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Québec City, Quebec

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Explore the charming capital city of the Canadian province of Québec, and its surrounding nature, to discover a little piece of France in North America. Québec’s motto is “je me souviens” (I remember). To the more than half a million residents of Quebec City, this means more than just honoring the lessons learned from the past; it also expresses the delight in preserving monuments and traditions while enjoying freedom and showing “joie de vivre” (lust for life). To experience the charm of this historic port city, join the easy-going locals in historic squares, splendid museums, fresh-produce restaurants and cliff-top parks.

Québec City was one of the earliest European colonies on the continent. The settlement on the St. Lawrence River was a fur-trading post, established in 1608 by the Frenchman Samuel de Champlain. Most residents today cherish the French language and Gallic traditions, even though more recent immigrant groups also add their culture to the mix. Set out to explore Old Québec (Vieux Québec) on foot or by bike. All major historic and family attractions are within easy reach from the Old Port Québec.

Browse the shops and enjoy fresh local produce in the old stone buildings of Petit-Champlain, North America’s oldest commercial district. Admire the ornate Church Notre-Dame-des-Victoires in Place-Royale in Quebec’s Lower Town.

Rue de Petit-Champlain is where you can get access to the cable railway that will transport you to the Upper Town. Enjoy the magnificent views of the river from Dufferin Terrace, a promenade atop the cliffs, or get active in Battlefields Park.

You could spend days in Old Québec, but don’t miss other exciting parts of the city. Saint-Roch, for example, is known for its artists, trendy bars and galleries. It’s also worth making the short trip to Montmorency Falls, which freezes over in winter.

If you are into history, art, gourmet food, shopping and wintersports, you won’t regret a visit to Québec City. Aéroport International Jean-Lesage is just a short drive away from the city and gives access to Canada’s stunning wilderness.

Travel Tips

With its distinct European fl air, the region of Québec is a mecca for world-class arts and entertainment, and its legendary countryside draws visitors from around the world. The city is a treasure trove of history, filled with centuries old architecture, including fortresses from French and British rule. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Old Québec holds endless charms, from its cobblestone streets and horse-drawn carriages to its exquisite French-Canadian cuisine.

Flight Times

  • 5.5 hours from San Francisco
  • 5.5 hours from Los Angeles
  • 1.5 hours from New York

Old Quebec is a UNESCO World Heritage treasure. Visit the fortifi cations of Québec and the citadel for a glimpse of its military history. Its religious history can be discovered in the Notre Dame de Québec Basilica Cathedral. Along rue Saint-Jean and rue Saint-Louis, explore fi ne dining and shopping.

Things to do

  • Explore the neighborhood around the hotel and fi nd a cozy café to dine in
  • Explore history and heritage in Old Québec, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the only fortifi ed city north of Mexico.
  • Visit Place-Royale, the Petit Champlain district, and the Plains of Abraham or Montmorency Falls, outside the city.


  • Activities - Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or a mix of both, we can offer suggestions for every type of traveler. Be sure to pre-book tours and activities to get the dates and times you desire, avoid sellouts, and obtain the best pricing. Pre-booking is especially important during high-season travel.
  • Private or Shared transfers at time of booking - All transfers include a meet-and-greet by English-speaking drivers, luggage assistance, and bottled water in modern vehicles to and from all points of entry as well as between cities.


  • The Canadian dollar is the currency of Quebec City, Quebec. Exchange rates vary by currency and economic seasonality.
  • Credit cards are accepted at most places, making it unnecessary to carry large amounts of cash.

Tipping Etiquette

  • Restaurants: The usual is 10 - 15%
  • Porters: $2-$10
  • Taxi's: 10% - 20% of the fare

Time Difference

  • Quebec City is in the Eastern time zone of North America

Entry Requirements

  • A passport is required when traveling outside of your country. If any passenger carries anything other than a Passport supplied by your home country, please contact the Consulate of the country(s) you are visiting to verify document requirements. If you do not have appropriate documentation, you will be denied entry. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your return trip for international travel.