While most visitors head for the two main cities, Montréal and Québec City, there are many things to do throughout the province in both summer and winter. Historical sites, cultural institutions, festivals, small towns, and beautiful parks and natural areas are just some of the highlights. Find the best places to visit in the province with our list of the top attractions in Quebec Canada.
Best Things to Do in Quebec City in Canada This Winter
Stroll Around Petit-Champlain District
There’s a reason all winter visitors to Quebec City flock to Quartier Petit-Champlain. Resembling a quaint European village, this picture-perfect neighborhood in the Lower Town is all narrow cobblestone streets lit by Victorian lamps and characterful stone facades decked out in garlands and glittering Christmas lights.
Immerse yourself in the fairytale-like atmosphere as you stroll along the snow-blanketed Rue du Petit-Champlain and then warm up with a chocolate chaud by the fireplace in one of the inviting cafés and bistros lining the street. As the oldest commercial neighborhood in North America, expect to find lots of charming independent boutiques and artisan shops selling original souvenirs and locally made products.
Rue de Petit-Champlain
What is it? The narrow Rue de Petit-Champlain in Old Quebec, with its brightly painted shutters and old French-style architecture, was voted Canada’s most beautiful street in 2014.
Why go? Stores are inevitably quite pricey, but there’s plenty of enjoyable window-shopping to be done if you’re on a budget. At the top of the street you’ll find the famous Escalier Casse-Cou (Breakneck Stairs), the oldest stairs in the city and a key connection between the Upper Town and Lower Town.
What is it? Old Quebec restaurant serving gourmet burgers and poutines. It’s the most affordable lunch you’ll find this close to the heart of town.
Why go? Quebecois food is known for being rich and heavy, and no dish captures this better than poutine, which is, in its most essential form, a hot mess of potato, cheese curds and gravy. Head to Chic Shack and order la braisée 2.0 poutine, topped with red ale-braised beef, parmesan, pickled onions, horseradish aioli and fresh herbs.
Plains of Abraham
On September 13, 1759, this giant urban park was the site of the famous Battle of Québec, the confrontation that decided Canada’s fate when the French lost the city to the British.
Citadelle de Québec
At the top of the famous Cap Diamant lies the biggest British fortress in North America. Built by the British between 1820 and 1850 to defend the city, the Citadelle is a remarkable military heritage site and home to the Musée Royal 22e Regiment, where you can learn all about the history of the regiment and the fortress.
GO ON A BIKE TOUR
Cyclist loves the city because there is over 200 km of bike trails. When we decided on the bike tour, we were a tad concerned since we’re not the best cyclists. The trails, however, were mostly flat and easy enough for beginners. We even took our bikes all the way to Montmorency Falls. If you’re looking for a bike tour company, we went with Cyclo Services, which provides you with a lot of insight into the city along the ride.
Quartier du Petit Champlain
From a quaint portside neighborhood with fur trading warehouses and imposing traders’ homes, district or Quartier du Petit Champlain grew into a tourist destination with excellent restaurants, boutiques, galleries and bistros. There is still a village atmosphere, with cobblestoned narrow streets and old stone houses that now house some great small hotels.
In the summer, sit at one of the outdoor restaurants, listen to street musicians and imagine life four hundred years ago. Don’t miss the 900 feet long mural that depicts Quebec’s history, and stretch your muscles on the steep Breakneck Steps built-in 1935.
Le Château Frontenac
Overlooking Québec City, the grandiose Château Frontenac is the most iconic building in the provincial capital, visible from miles away. Canadian Pacific Railway constructed the hotel in 1894, and it still welcomes guests from around the world in one of the most romantic settings you can find.
The hillside vantage was once the location of Fort St.-Louis, but today, the wide boardwalk of Terrasse Dufferin provides scenic views south to Levis and the St. Lawrence River. Both hotel guests and tourists can see the ruins of the fort that lie beneath the Promenade des Gouverneurs, the main road that leads south toward the Plains of Abraham and the Citadel.