Regardless of the season in which you find yourself in Quebec City, there is a multitude of things to do and see. From winter festivals and indoor amusement parks to historic sites and UNESCO world heritage sites, this city really does have it all. Keep on reading to discover an abundance of things to do in one of my favorite cities.
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Visit the only fortified city north of Mexico at the Citadelle de Quebec. Learn about 400 years worth of history at this walled-in fortress.
Embark upon the ferris wheel or zip through the air on the rollercoaster found inside the Galeries de la Capitale. Home to 19 amusement park rides, an arcade, an indoor skating rink, and a mini putt golf course, this mall is one of the largest of it’s kind in Eastern Canada.
Take a stroll on Dufferin Terrace and admire the views of the famous Chateau Frontenac as well as the St-Lawrence river.
Home to a library that would give anyone some serious Beauty and the Beast vibes, the Morrin Centre is a cultural center. Visit to learn about the contribution and culture of local English-speakers.
Snap some Instagram shots at the Maison de la Litterature while strolling through the rows and rows of books.
Step back in time and explore the 400 year old Place Royale. Stroll through the cobblestone streets and marvel at the Notre-Dame-Des-Victoires church, the oldest stone church in all of North America.
Sample some locally grown and produced products from the Old Port Market. Authentic maple syrup, produce, beer, and fish are among some of the many goodies that you can find here.
Learn all about Quebec’s military history at the Plaines of Abraham. This park is the site of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham and is home to a museum to educate visitors about what happened in that spot.
Spend a rainy day indoors at the Musee de la Civilisation. One of the most popular museums in Quebec City, guests can expect to come out of it a little bit smarter on the subject of civilization and how much things have evolved over time.
Visit during the winter months and take your hand at ice canoeing across the St Lawrence river. Aboard a large canoe, paddle through the ice on the river and admire the view of the city.
For the paranormal enthusiasts, partake in one of the city’s ghost tours through the streets of Old Quebec. Learn about 400 years worth of murders, executions, and ghost sightings while strolling through the winding cobblestone streets of the old city.
Marvel at Quebec City’s skyline from above in one of the many helicopter tours offered. Climb aboard the aircraft and enjoy a 15 minute flight around some of Quebec’s most famous landmarks such as the Quebec Bridge and over the St-Lawrence river.
Whether just strolling through or if you’re brave enough to last through a night here, the Quebec Ice Hotel is a wonder to see. Built entirely from scratch with ice and snow each season, this hotel is the only one of it’s kind in Canada.
Stuff your face with one of Quebec’s most famous dishes, the poutine. Consisting of French fries, gravy, and cheese curds, this delicacy is a must try when visiting the city. Find some of the best poutines at Chez Ashton, whether you’re going for the classic version or one with many toppings, they have what everyone is craving.
Take a ride down the Dufferin slides on a toboggan and experience speeds of up to 70 km/h. This attraction is one of the most unique in the city and also one of the oldest at over a century old.
Ride the Funicular of Quebec, a cable-driven car that brings people up and down on a railway track. The funicular can bring you from the Dufferin Terrace beside the Chateau Frontenac to the Quartier Petit Champlain within 2 minutes.
Step back in time and pick yourself up some foodie souvenirs at the same time in North America’s oldest grocery store, J.A Moisan. The grocery store also doubles as a Victorian themed bed and breakfast.
Treat yourself to a day of relaxation at the Siberia Spa. Based on the concept of alternating hot and cold to promote deep relaxation, you can enjoy the multiple outdoor thermal baths the spa has to offer.
Bring your taste buds around the world at the Buffet Des Continents. This all you can eat buffet-style restaurant serves dishes from countries around the world such as Italy, Greece, China, and authentic French Quebec cuisine.
Take a day trip 20 minutes out of Quebec City to the neighboring town of Iles D’Orleans. Take in views of Quebec’s gorgeous scenery stretching out across the St-Lawrence river and the surrounding countryside.
Visit the Village Valcartier where everyone is sure to find something to entertain them, no matter the season. In the winter go tubing down the hills at high speeds and go down the multiple water slides the park has during the summer months
Hop aboard a cable car and ride over the Montmorency Falls, a waterfall that is 30 meters higher than Niagara Falls, and experience breath-taking views.
Explore the Jacques Cartier National Park and get up close and personal with some of Quebec’s wildlife and plant life. Located only about 30 minutes from the city, it’s a great destination for a day trip out of Quebec.
Admire the beauty that is the Basilica of Saint-Anne-De-Beaupre and step inside to stare in awe at the stain glassed windows and mosaics that decorate this church. Learn about the history of Jesus’ grandmother and the role she played in Christianity.
Go under the sea at the Aquarium du Quebec to get up close and personal with such animals as walruses, polar bears, arctic foxes and seals. Don’t forget to go through the tunnel aquarium and be surrounded by colorful fish and coral reef.
Get your blood pumping and jump around in a room filled with trampolines. Visit Quebec’s largest trampoline park at iSaute Quebec, the perfect place for people of all ages.
Hop aboard a Croisiere AML cruise ship and head out onto the St-Lawrence river in the hopes of spotting humpback whales.
Sip on a latte, play some board games, and hang out with a bunch of kitties at the Cafe Felin Ma Langue Aux Chats cat cafe. Home to about 6-7 different cats, the café is a great place for cat lovers looking for a relaxing place to spend the day.
Spend the afternoon marveling at over 25,000 different pieces of artwork at the Musee Des Beaux Arts. The majority of the pieces that can be found in the museum consist of artwork created by Quebec artists with some of the oldest pieces dating back to the 18th century.
Explore the city at your own pace with Quebec’s very own double decker buses. The hop on hop off buses allow you to visit 12 of Quebec’s top tourist attractions as fast or as slow as you want, with a pass allowing you access to the bus for a full day. Enjoy the best views of the city from the top of the open deck of the bus.
Stroll through over 400 different types of trees and flowers at the Roger-Van den Hende botanical gardens. Visitors can also enjoy multiple statues and an arboretum.
Visit Quebec during the winter and experience the magic that is the Carnaval de Quebec. The largest winter festival in the world, it runs from the end of January to mid-February and offers activities such as dog sledding, ice canoeing, snowboarding as well as offering a front row seat to witness the famous ice sculptures and ice hotel up close and personal.
Plan your trip around the Festival de L’ete and enjoy 11 days worth of concerts put on at the Plaines of Abraham. Performers that play at the festival come from all sorts of genres of music which ensures for something enjoyable for everyone.
Watch the sky light up with colorful, bright fireworks during the Grand Feux Loto-Quebec. Enjoy the show from the banks of the St-Lawrence river as thousands of fireworks brighten up the skies.
Take a creepy, self-guided app tour through one of the oldest cemeteries in Quebec, the St-Matthews cemetery. Most of the deceased buried in this cemetery died between the years 1772 and 1860
Shop until you drop at one of Quebec’s most popular malls, the Laurier Quebec. The mall is home to over 300 shops and restaurants and is the largest in Quebec in terms of amount of stores.
Bring home some authentic maple syrup goodies from the Delices Erable boutique, specializing in maple flavored products using locally made syrup. Items that can be bought include sweet treats such as maple popcorn, maple leaf cookies, and even maple flavored coffee.
Hop aboard a dog sled pulled along by six dogs at the Aventure Inukshuk and zoom through forests filled with snow capped trees on hundreds of kilometers worth of trails.
Go back in history and learn about the first settlers of this beautiful province at the Huron-Wendat museum. Discover how the Huron people lived back in the day and what it took to make Quebec what it is today.
Get some fresh air while walking through the many paths in the Domaine de Maizerets and partake in the many activities the park has to offer. Activities are an abundance in both winter and summer making it a great place to visit all year around.
What are some of your favorite things to do in Quebec City? I’d love to hear all about them.