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Top 10 Things to Do in Quebec City

Quebec City is steeped in history; it is a dynamic, clean, beautiful city with many attractions to discover including these top picks.


1. Musee de la Place Royale

Located in the heart of Old Quebec this museum traces the history of New France and the Place-Royale itself through a display of authentic artifacts.

The museum has an interactive section for kids, a recreated historic home, historic costumes, a 3D film and excavated artifacts. Get the details here!

2. Musee National des Beaux-arts du Quebec

This fine arts museum holds about 25,000 works mostly produced in Quebec or by Quebec artists. Some of the works date back to the 18th century and there are pieces in a wide range of medium. Read more here.

3. Montmorency Falls Park

See this stunning 83 meter high waterfall which is even higher than Niagara Falls. See the falls from a cable car or on foot. On site are hike trails, a restaurant and ziplines. Get the details here!

4. Musee de la Civilisation

This museum hosts a range of exhibits throughout the year from historic to contemporary. The permanent exhibition focuses on the history of Quebec City as seen through the eyes of its early residents.

The museum’s location on the banks of the river and the architecture are an extra bonus. Read more here.

5. Fortifications of Quebec National Historic Site

See the ancient defensive fortifications which once protected the city from 1608 to 1871 and learn about the city’s military history. This UNESCO site is the only surviving fortified city in North America. Get the details here!

6. Hotel de Glace

The original Ice Hotel opens each year January 4 - March 28 and offers lodging or a tour of the artistically created hotel built completely from ice. Tour the 44 ice hotel rooms; see ice sculptures, an ice bar and the ice chapel. Read more here.

7. Aquarium du Quebec

See over 10,000 marine animals including reptiles, sea mammals, polar bears, seals and walruses in addition to the thousands of fish. There are feeding sessions, water games and an indoor and outdoor area spread over 16 hectares. If traveling with kids also visit the Mega Parc amusement park. Get the details here!

8. Observatoire de la Capitale

Get a birds-eye-view of Quebec City from the 31st floor of the Marie-Guyart Building, 221 meters off the ground. 

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There are interactive multimedia stations exploring the history of Quebec as you take in the 360° views. Read more here.

9. Musee du Fort

Learn about the great battles of Quebec City through a sound and light show which brings the city’s military history to life. The experience includes an introductory talk, the 30 minute sound and light show and a look at a large 3D model of Quebec City in 1750. Get the details here!

10. The Battlefields Park

This national historic park was the location of many conflicts between the British and French including the 1759 Conquest. Today the 103 hectare park includes the Plains of Abraham, the Plains of Abraham Museum and Des Braves Park.

You can see exhibitions, visit the Martello Tower and take part in many activities including winter sports, ice skating, special festivals and explore the gardens. Read more here.

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