French joie de vivre practically oozes from Quebec’s cobblestone streets and 400-year-old buildings. No matter what time of year you visit, wandering around the walled city is sure to transport you back in time. In the summer, have a delicious meal at one of the French terraced cafes, while in winter head to an outdoor ice skating rink.
Start at the Place Royale, the very spot where Samuel de Champlain founded the city in 1608. The square is lovely, bordered by historic homes and a beautiful trompe l’oeil mural.
Discover the history of Quebec City at the Musee de la Civilisation, opened in 1988 to promote French culture and history. The museum has a permanent exhibition on the aboriginal history of Quebec and past temporary exhibits have included pieces from the Louvre.
Explore La Citadelle, part of the old fortifications of the city and still an active military installation. Quebec City is one of only two remaining fortified cities in North America (the other is in Mexico). During the summer, there are even musket demonstrations.
The stunning Chateau Frontenac towers over the old town and is the most photographed building in the city. Luminaries like Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt have stayed here, but even if you aren’t a guest, you can still admire its opulent architecture.
See more imposing architecture, dating back to 1647, at the Notre-Dame de Quebec Basilica – the oldest cathedral in North America. Don’t miss the gilt ornamentation on the ceiling.
The Quartier Petit Champlain is the oldest commercial neighbourhood in North America. The area features cobblestone streets, independent shops and bistros marked by baskets of flowers.
For history of a more natural persuasion, the Aquarium du Quebec contains a mind-boggling 10,000 aquatic animals, including polar bears and walruses.
Escape the city to Montmorency Falls. Although not as famous as Niagara, the falls are actually 27m higher. A pedestrian bridge runs over the top of the falls, giving visitors a vertiginous view of the rushing waters.
Enjoy a two-night stay in Quebec City as part of an eight-day Best of Eastern Canada tour. Book by January 31, 2017 and save up to $200pp on selected departures. Tour including flights priced from $5255pp twin share. Visit RACQ Travel or contact one of our friendly travel consultants on 1300 096 166.