We’re proud of it and with good reason: its 4.6-km (2.8-mi.) fortress, the plains where the country’s destiny was played out and the world’s most photographed hotel—the majestic Château Frontenac... A fortified city that’s open to the world. Québec City lets you bask in old-European charm in a modern setting.
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In the Québec region, the soul of New France resonates in Old Québec City. Enjoy an unobstructed view of stunning landscapes from above the Montmorency Falls. And savour the delights of the four seasons on Île d’Orléans.
L’Hôtel de Glace (ice hotel)
The only of its kind in North America, the ice hotel is built out of 2,300 blocks of ice and 15,000 tonnes of snow. You can make a lot of snowmen with that! Even if you don’t spend the night, you can visit the main lobby, chapel, slide and rooms.
The Hôtel de Glace (ice hotel) is only twenty minutes from downtown by car.
All the rooms have impressive sculptures and coloured lighting. Each winter, the architects are inspired by a new theme for the spectacular decors. And you won’t want to leave without sipping on a boreal cocktail served in an ice glass!
Old Québec City
The only fortified city north of Mexico, Old Québec City is best discovered by strolling through its inviting cobblestone streets. You’ll find yourself in an area that’s centuries old yet wired for the future. Shopping and dining experiences await as part of the wintry magic and summer rhythms.
The mix of French, British, Indigenous and North American influences can be felt all around at Place-Royale, where the city was founded. You’ll think you somehow stumbled onto a movie set... and you actually have, as many filmmakers have chosen Old Québec City for their backdrop. To go from lower town to upper town, take the challenge of climbing the Casse-Cou stairs or opt for a ride up in the funicular linked to Dufferin Terrace, where Château Frontenac looks out over the St. Lawrence River. You’ll want to continue exploring all the way up to Saint-Louis Gate, the Citadelle, the Parliament Building… before taking a well-deserved break on the Plains of Abraham.
Château Frontenac is the world’s most photographed hotel, with or without a filter.
At 83 m (272 ft.) in height, the impressive Montmorency Falls are a full 30 m (98 ft.) higher than Niagara Falls.
Whether by car or public transit, this outing will be the high point of your day: all the lookout points for taking in the falls will have you constantly reaching for your camera, whether it’s from the suspension bridge or the 487-step panoramic staircase. You can also fly past the falls on a zip line, stretching some 300 m (984 ft.), or in a cable car from the station at the foot of the falls. Or admire the falls from the vantage points offered by any of three cliffside adventure circuits (via ferrata); in this case, your hands probably won’t be free for taking photos! But you’ll certainly have lots of exciting stories to tell later.
The falls are 30 m (98 ft.) higher than Niagara Falls. You’ll need to turn your camera to fit them in!
For a more leisurely excursion, visit Manoir Montmorency, located in the park that is part of the Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (SÉPAQ), and dine on the restaurant’s terrace, before or after checking out the Manoir’s gift shop and interpretation centre.
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