• Old Québec at sunset

Quebec City Holidays

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.

Destination Highlights
  • Wander the cobbled streets of the only fortified city in North America
  • Discover a fascinating history, from Quebec’s 17th century origins to the American Revolutionary War
  • Shop in fabulous boutiques, relax in charming cafes and while away the evening in hip bars
  • Dine in some of the world’s best restaurants; from poutine joints to classic French bistros

Time Zone

GMT-5 hours

Flight Time

Approx 8 hours; Indirect flights are available with Air Canada via Toronto or Montreal. Indirect flights are also available with United Airlines and American Airlines via the USA.

Currency

CAD - Canadian Dollar

Visa Information

Please ensure you have a valid electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) prior to your departure to Canada. Please check on the Canadian Embassy for all Visa FAQ’s.

Language

French, English

Health Information

No vaccinations required
  • a castle on top of Château Frontenac

    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.

  • a woman in a wedding dress

    Wendake

    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.

  • Interior

    Winter Activities

    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.

  • Montmorency Falls, Quebec City, Quebec

    Montmorency Falls

    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.

  • a close up of a lush green forest

    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.

  • a small boat in a body of water

    Whale Watching

    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.

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    Omkar

    Destination Specialist

    “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.”

     

  • Charlotte, Destination Specialist

    Charlotte

    Destination Specialist

    “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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