Quebec City is rich in history and culture. Take advantage of your stay in Quebec City to visit its many attractions and enjoy unique experiences!
The historic district of Old Quebec was included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1985. Its outstanding universal value (OUV) is recognized through two of the ten criteria established by UNESCO. The first one refers to a well-preserved urban complex by the example of the most complete fortifications in northern Mexico. The second reports on the role of the former capital of New France, which represents one of the major milestones in the colonization of the Americas by Europeans.
Quebec City has been part of UNESCO’s global network of creative cities as a “Literary City” since October 31, 2017. She obtained this label because she has an effervescent and diversified literary life. Only Quebec City, Montreal and Toronto are part of the network in Canada.
Ideas for activities
The Fairmont Château Frontenac, the venue of the conference, is an icon of Quebec City and is reportedly the most photographed hotel in the world. At the very top of Cap Diamant, it has been overlooking the St. Lawrence River and Dufferin Terrace for over 100 years. Take a moment to walk on the Terrace to admire the river landscape!
The Morrin Centre offers different ways to discover its important history, recalling four important periods in the history of Quebec City. Initially used as a military barracks, it later became the city’s common prison. The Morrin Centre will ultimately be the site of the first English-language institution of higher education in Quebec City.
The Citadel, located on Cap Dimant, is part of the fortifications of Quebec City. It is considered to be the most important British fortress in North America. In 1980, it was designated a National Historic Site of Canada. Take the opportunity to visit this unique historical site!
A site of the great battles of 1759 and 1760, Battlefields Park includes the Plains of Abraham and Parc des Braves. It is the first national park in Canada. It welcomes approximately 4 million visitors each year, offering exhibitions, activities and information about the park. You can walk freely in the park and through different paths.
As the only remaining fortified city in North America, Quebec City’s Fortifications of Quebec National Historic Site is a reminder of the city’s rich military past. The fortifications that surround Old Quebec extend over nearly five kilometres. Guided tours are offered by Parks Canada.
Located at the foot of the cliff below Château Frontenac, Quartier Petit-Champlain has one of the oldest commercial arteries in North America. It is lined with shops of local craftsmen and restaurants. Take the time to stop in the shops and meet the artisans!
A commercial heart of Quebec City until the mid-19th century, Place-Royale is now the city’s historic heart. It is a reflection of the history of Quebec City. Indeed, some buildings represent the period of New France, while others reflect British influences. There is also Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church, one of the oldest churches in North America. A unique place to discover!
The Parliament Building is the first national historic site in Quebec and the seat of the National Assembly of Quebec. Built between 1877 and 1886, its architecture, almost unique in North America, makes it one of the few large French architectural buildings in Quebec City. The main façade is decorated with 26 bronze statues in homage to the women and men who have left their mark on Quebec’s history.
Opposite the Parliament is the Tourny fountain. Measuring nearly 7 meters high and with 43 water jets, it enchants passers-by when it lights up in the evening. Installed in Bordeaux in 1857 and then removed in 1960, the fountain was discovered by chance during a visit to the Paris flea market by a Quebec City businessman. It was then transported and restored before being offered to the city for its 400th anniversary in 2008.
The first stone church in Quebec City, it was burned down in 1759 and 1922. It was subsequently rebuilt both times according to the original plans. Today, there are neo-classical architectural components such as stained glass windows, three organs and asymmetrical towers. The church is open to visitors.
Holy Trinity, the first Anglican cathedral outside the British Isles, is located in the heart of Old Quebec. It was recognized in 1989 as a national historic site because of its historical character and architectural value.
Île d’Orléans, the largest historic district in Quebec, has more than 600 historic buildings recognized by the Government of Quebec for their heritage value.
The Island is located 15 minutes from downtown Quebec City.
Located a few minutes from Quebec City and part of the Sépaq network, Montmorency Falls is 83 m high, 30m higher than Niagara Falls. It is possible to enjoy the place thanks to a panoramic circuit including a cable car, a suspension bridge and a panoramic staircase of 487 steps. Via ferrata and zip line routes are also available.
Located about 50 kilometres from Quebec City (about 40 minutes by car), Jacques-Cartier National Park is one of the most spectacular glacial valleys in the province of Quebec. A river flows between the different mountainous plateaus. It is home to both deciduous and coniferous trees at an altitude of 550 metres.
For more information, visit the website of the Office du tourisme de Québec.