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Where in the world: Canada  /  Quebec

Top 15 things to do in Quebec

1. Old Quebec, Quebec City

Get a feel for the complex history and culture of French Canada at Old Quebec. Often referred to as the Latin Quarter, the World Heritage Site-protected neighborhood consists of an upper and a lower town, and dates back to the early 17th century. Explore the cobbled streets of the citadel, Quebec's original fortification, and be sure not to miss the multitude of quaint churches throughout the neighborhood. From the heights of the upper town, you can enjoy sweeping views out over the water.
Suggested duration: 6 hours
Tours from $24 › Learn more about Old Quebec

2. Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, Quebec City

Look down over Quebec's highest cascade from atop a suspension bridge at Parc de la Chute-Montmorency. Plunging from a height of 83 m (272 ft), the falls stand 30 m (98 ft) taller than the more famous Niagara Falls. During the colder months, the falls feature a cone of ice known as the Sugar Loaf at their base. Ride a zipline or walk along a clifftop trail in the surrounding park; feel free to bring food with you for a picnic.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $14 › Learn more about Parc de la Chute-Montmorency

3. Old Montreal, Montreal

Wander through one of North America's oldest urban areas at Old Montreal. First established by French colonialists in the mid-17th century (after the defeat of the local Iroquois people), the neighborhood retains much of its old-world charm. Admire the facades of important religious buildings, grab a meal on the terrace of one of the district's many restaurants, or simply lose yourself in the web of cobbled streets. Stroll down to the waterfront to see views over the Saint Lawrence River.
Suggested duration: 6 hours
Tours from $22 › Learn more about Old Montreal

4. Quebec City Walking Tour

Likely to sell out FROM $25
Experience the period charm of Old Quebec on a two-hour guided walking tour of this historic city's many highlights. This leisurely paced, downhill walking tour is ideal for all visitors to Quebec City; families, individual travelers and small groups. Please take note the meeting point is inside the tourist information center at our sales desk. Check-in is required 10-15 minutes prior departure of the tour.
Suggested duration: 2h
Tours from $25 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. Notre-Dame Basilica, Montreal

See the jewel of Canada's religious heritage at Notre-Dame Basilica, one of the world's most dramatic examples of Gothic Revival architecture. The majestic church boasts hundreds of intricately carved wooden statues in a grand interior that holds up to 4,000 worshippers--all under a blue ceiling speckled with gold stars. Instead of depicting religious scenes, the stained glass windows narrate the history of Montreal and offer a glimpse into the city's development over the centuries. The church regularly hosts musical events, with the main concert taking place at Christmas, when thousands attend the performance of Handel's "Messiah."
Suggested duration: 1 hour
Tours from $22 › Learn more about Notre-Dame Basilica

6. Montreal Botanical Garden, Montreal

Find yourself surrounded by 22,000 species of flora and fauna at Montreal Botanical Garden. Established in 1931, the expansive gardens offer a mix of botany and wildlife, with the insect exhibit taking a place of pride among a host of floral displays. You'll note bonsai and orchid exhibits as you stroll through the fragrant gardens. Reserve your tickets in advance to avoid having to queue at the entrance.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $5 › Learn more about Montreal Botanical Garden

7. Mount Royal Park, Montreal

Survey Quebec's largest city from a lofty vantage point at Mount Royal Park. The tallest peak of the city's iconic mountain park soars to 234 m (764 ft), making it the highest point in the city. Visit the monuments scattered throughout the expansive park, and stroll the tree-lined paths to feel yourself immersed in nature without having to leave the metropolis. When you reach the summit, scan for sweeping views over the city.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $45 › Learn more about Mount Royal Park

8. History Walking Tour of Old Montreal

FROM $22
Soak in the rich history, culture and heritage of Montreal on this walking tour of Old Montreal. See famous sites such as the exterior of Notre-Dame Basilica, Place Jacques-Cartier, City Hall and Champ de Mars, and learn about the city's amazing art and spectacular architecture from your guide, all while enjoying the quaint French charm. You can choose to tour the east side, west side or both the east and west sides of Old Montreal.
Suggested duration: 1h 30min
Tours from $22 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. La Citadelle de Quebec, Quebec City

Visit the oldest military building in Canada, La Citadelle de Quebec, and absorb 300 years of rich history. Take a tour of the citadel to learn about its role in the colonial past. You'll discover the reasons for the structure’s intriguing "star" shape, and delve into a museum filled with uniforms, weapons, and other artifacts. Be sure to keep your eye on the citadel's schedule during the summer months, as the site holds many interesting events, including the opportunity to visit at night. If you enter after dark, you'll come across notable figures from the citadel's past and hear them recount the tales of their times.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $24 › Learn more about La Citadelle de Quebec

10. Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal, Montreal

Known for its giant dome, Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal represents one of the world's most significant churches dedicated to St. Joseph, drawing over 2 million worshipers every year. The massive cathedral features a votive chapel with approximately 10,000 lights and candles. Completed in 1967, this pilgrimage site displays the heart of Brother Andre, who reportedly performed various miracles and possessed healing powers. Religious visitors come to see the relic, climbing 300 wooden stairs on their knees to reach the oratory. Casual tourists can walk up the stone steps or board a shuttle bus at the base of Mount Royal.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $45 › Learn more about Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal

11. Place Royale, Quebec City

See the cradle of French civilization in North America at Place Royale, a historic square around which Quebec was established in 1608. Visit the oldest stone church in North America, featuring a suspended model of a ship from its barrel vault ceiling, and learn about the history of the first colonists of New France at the museum. Admire a large mural depicting the life of colonists from various stages of Quebec's history, and stroll the historic cobbled streets lined with cafes, restaurants, and shops.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $25 › Learn more about Place Royale

12. Half-Day Trip to Montmorency Falls and Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré from Quebec city

FROM $65
Explore the beautiful countryside surrounding Quebec City on a half-day sightseeing tour to magnificent Montmorency Falls - higher than Niagara Falls - and the pilgrimage shrine of Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré. With a choice of morning or afternoon tours, you'll see Quebec's spectacular countryside and visit interesting sites along the way.
Suggested duration: 4h 30min
Tours from $65 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, Montreal

Immerse yourself in an encyclopedic collection of culture at Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, one of Canada’s most prominent art museums. Spread across four sprawling pavilions, the museum plays host to a diverse archive of international artists, Canadian and Quebec art, world cultures and decorative design expressed through a plethora of creative mediums. Founded in 1860, the collection has grown to over 41,000 works, ranging from antiquity to contemporary art and design. Take your time to explore the rich variety of works on display, and be sure not miss the impressive Tiffany stained glass windows, opened in 2011 as part of a 444-seat concert venue.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $5 › Learn more about Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal

14. Pointe-a-Calliere, Montreal Archaeology and History Complex, Montreal

Experience a journey through Montreal's history at Pointe-a-Calliere, Montreal Archaeology and History Complex. Situated in Old Montreal, the museum was founded in 1992, on the city's 350th birthday. View relics and artifacts from almost every historical period, and explore the archaeological crypt where you can see foundations of some of the city's oldest buildings. Take advantage of interactive displays to learn about key moments in the city's history, discover the world of 18th-century sailors, or check out the website to see if the museum is hosting an interesting temporary exhibit during your visit.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $5 › Learn more about Pointe-a-Calliere, Montreal Archaeology and History Complex

15. Montreal City Sightseeing Tour with Live Commentary

FROM $48
See the best of Montreal on this sightseeing tour with a professional guide. Aboard a coach, admire more than 200 top Montreal attractions and landmarks while enjoying live commentary, letting you learn about the sights you see. Highlights including Old Montreal, Olympia Park, Notre-Dame Basilica and St Joseph's Oratory. This is an easy, comfortable way to soak up the unique French character of this charming Canadian city!
Suggested duration: 3h 30min
Tours from $48 › More about this tour at viator.com ›