It’s the province of Québec that took its name from the city, and not the other way around. After all, it’s the capital!

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. The city of Québec lets you bask in old-European charm in a modern setting.

Distance between main cities

Montréal
296km
Gatineau
438km

Did you know?

The city of Québec is the first city north of Mexico to be registered on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

To be discovered absolutely

In the Québec region, the soul of New France resonates in Old Québec. 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!

Montmorency Falls

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.

Île d’Orléans

Feeling a bit hungry? Where better to tempt your tastes buds than on Île d’Orléans, located in the St. Lawrence River across from Montmorency Falls. Vineyard, chocolate maker, vegetable farms, strawberry fields, large orchards, maple groves... the attractions of this agritourism paradise are equalled only by the hospitality of the local producers and artisans.

A trip to the island—67 km (42 mi.) by car or on bike—is a trip back in time. At the Maison de nos Aïeux, you just may discover that your ancestors were among the 300 families that arrived from France and went on to settle all over North America. You’ll also want to visit the 18th-century flour mill now converted into a restaurant as well as the Espace Félix-Leclerc, which pays tribute to the poet and singer in what was his last home. Take in a show at the coffee shop–concert hall, and stroll down the trail to the river. It’s like walking in Félix’s footsteps!

Only a panoramic photo can do justice to this heritage site, with its 3,600 buildings and stone houses.

Explore the city of Québec and its old-European charm!

The city of Québec is our capital and it has lots of great stories to tell.

History and nature in the city of Québec area

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An adventure from the city of Québec to Charlevoix

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