Holidays in Quebec City set you in the heart of continental Canada. Home to centuries of history and beautiful architecture, this grand old provincial capital is waiting for you to discover its secrets. Step back in time with the cobbled streets, horse-drawn carriage rides and chocolate box buildings. Walk around the fortifications and shop in the famous boutiques of Rue Saint-Jean.
Old Quebec City is a beautifully preserved French colonial district. Some of the buildings here date back to the 17th century. Chic cafes and trendy boutiques offer endless enticements. Perched on a hill above is the ravishing Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac - the most photographed hotel in the world. One of the great joys of exploring this city is suddenly catching it from a different angle. At Cap Diamant you can follow in the footsteps of the British Army, who in 1759 climbed these treacherous rocks to the Plains of Abraham to capture the city.
Quebec City holidays: a taste of Europe in North America
The Quebecois are just as passionate about food as their French cousins. A gourmet food tour is one way to get a feel for the incredible produce available; from fine cheeses to excellent wines. You’ll stroll between restaurants and food outlets, enjoying tapas-sized tasters. You really can’t go home without tasting poutine - a mountain of fries, cheese curds and gravy. You’ll find this to be a life-affirming meal that’s best eaten after a day of exploring or at the conclusion of a long night out.
For an incredible day trip, the Montmorency Falls are a short drive away. This enormous, thundering natural wonder is 84m in height, 30m taller than the more famous Niagara Falls. A suspension bridge spanning the rim enables you to get up close.
Great sample itineraries
Quebec City is well placed for travel across Canada and the US. Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries for Quebec Cityholidays. With so many options for your Quebec City holiday package, we recommend you talk to one of our Destination Specialists to make the perfect tailor made holiday just for you.
Eastern Journey Canada Tour
Escorted Tour From East To West Canada
Explore Quebec City
Old Quebec City
Discover the cities fascinating history - take a walk along the fortified walls (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and admire the picturesque views from many different vantage points. Visit various notable historical sites, such as the cobbled streets of the Petit-Champlain District, the Old Port and Place-Royale, the impressive battlefields of Plains of Abraham and the Parliament Buildings. Make sure to stroll along the Dufferin Terrace and take a picture of world-famous Château Frontenac, the most photographed hotel on the planet.
Discover the fascinating history and cultures of Quebec's Huron-Wendat Nation. Take a walk through historic Old Wendake dating back to 1730, view craft demonstrations and exhibitions of cultural objects, and archaeological artifacts or head to the Onhoüa Chetek8e Traditional Huron Site - this authentic reconstruction of a Huron village is an incredible window onto the history, traditions, and way of life of the Huron-Wendat Nation.
Step into a winter wonderland with guaranteed snowy scenes and epic activities that can only be enjoyed in the winter months. The adventurous can try their hand at snowshoeing, fat biking, snowmobiling and dog sledding - while families will love ice skating or tubing and sliding through the snow tracks throughout the city. No winter trip to Quebec City would be complete without a visit to the famous ice hotel - Hotel De Glace. Enjoy a signature cocktail in the hotel's ice bar or relax and unwind in the Nordic Spa next door.
Open year-round, the beautiful Montmorency Falls Park is located just a few minutes from downtown Québec City. This incredible waterfall is 276ft tall - over 100ft taller than the famous Niagara Falls in Ontario. Take the cable car up the cliff for a panoramic walking tour or follow the footpath along the top of the cliff to the suspended bridge, for breath taking views of the surrounding park - thrill-seekers can even try the 300 metre double zip line across the falls.
Parc National de la Jacques-Cartier
Nicknamed “Québec City's Great Outdoors” - Jacques-Cartier National Park is a vast and mountainous, crisscrossed by deep valleys, churning rivers and stunning forests. A paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, there are a multitude of ways to experience the park and its scenic landscapes, from hiking and cycling trails to snowshoeing, fishing, canoeing or kayaking - but visiting in autumn is an absolute must to view the breath taking displays of 'Fall' colour.
Take an unforgettable journey out on the famous St Lawrence River to spot more than five different species of whales that migrate through its waters every year. Best viewed between May - October, travel either independently or on a tour through the stunning Charlevoix region to Baie-Sainte-Catherine situated at the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord and with views that are simply breathtaking. You could be lucky enough to spot Minke, Humpback or even Blue and Fin whales or if you want to be closer to the water, head out in a Zodiac where you may spot Rorquals, and Belugas.
“Much of the world's maple syrup is produced in Quebec so make sure to sample some tasty treats at one of the many sugar shacks.”
“Stop for afternoon tea at Le Chateau Frontenac; one of the most beautiful hotels in the world. Le Champlain Restaurant is one of the finest in the city.”
Events & Festivals
Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Quebec City holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.
Quebec City Winter Festival
The Quebec City Winter Festival has been held, on and off, since 1894. Taking place from February to March, it’s a celebration of winter activities such as skating, dog sledding and ice sculpting. Parades wind through the city streets and revellers break bread together at huge outdoor banquets. Celebrate this festival like the Quebecois and warm up with a traditional and delicious mug of Caribou, a hot beverage made from whisky, maple syrup and red wine.
Quebec City Summer Festival
Quebec City Summer Festival takes place over 10 days at venues across the city during the month of July. It features a fantastic line-up of music, comedy and art.
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