Whatever the weather, there’s plenty to see and do in Québec City, one of the oldest cities in Canada. Book a flight to Québec City and say “bonjour” to architecture from centuries past and modern day entertainment.
With so many things to do in Québec City, you’ll never be left out in the cold. Since 1894, the city has worked hard to keep locals and visitors in good spirits with the wintertime Carnaval de Québec.
Today, the largest winter carnival in the world, Québec’s Winter Carnival features hundreds of activities, like parades, snow sculptures, dogsledding and ice canoeing races.
Be sure to spend some time with Bonhomme, the carnival’s famous and jolly life-size snowman ambassador. He’s sure to delight the little ones and make the whole family feel welcome to the festivities. Don’t forget to also pay a visit to Bonhomme’s sparkling ice palace.
No visit to this historically rich city would be complete without spending some time in Vieux Québec, the historic quarter also known as Old Québec. This area is the historical hub of the city and a World Heritage Site, with buildings dating back four centuries. This area charms tourists with European flair, cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and architectural wonders.
Atop the highest point of Haute-Ville, Upper Town, you’ll spot Château Frontenac. This iconic hotel is internationally renowned for its balance of old-world beauty and modern luxury. The most photographed hotel in the world, it also offers some picture-perfect views of the St. Lawrence River and Old Québec below.
Outside of the history-steeped walls of districts like Old Québec and Place Royale, there is a modern side of the city that is just as exciting.
Explore Québec City’s diverse neighbourhoods. Bohemian paradises with trendy boutiques, bars and European-style cafés with patios await. After drinking in all of that history, you’ll want a hearty meal. Head to foodie heaven and grab a bite at Québec City’s best restaurants.
Let your palette explore the neighbourhoods of Basse-Ville—or Lower Town—Saint-Roch and Little Italy. You’ll have French and international cuisine served with a smile and a “Bon appetit!” in no time. Book a flight to Québec City for an authentic taste of French Canadian history and a generous helping of modern flavours.
Known to Francophone locals as Les Plaines d’Abraham, this park’s primary claim to historical fame was its role as a crucial battle site in 1759 during the Seven Years War. Now it’s one of the largest parks in North America. This Plains of Abraham are perfect for families, history buffs and nature lovers.
Today, with outdoor activities and events there’s tons of fun at The Plains of Abraham for kids and the young at heart. Explore the area’s rich history with exhibits and guided tours. Displays of over 100 artifacts tell the archaeological story of the area while virtual exhibits complete augmented reality show the history of the Martello Tower.
With the park’s annual Halloween festivities, you’re sure to have a freakishly good time. Ghost walks and tales of true horror on the battlefields of centuries past will give even grown ups a good scare. For tourists of trick-or-treating age, there are ghost stories and spooky decorations at the Joan-of-Arc Garden.
Throughout the year, visitors can enjoy the park’s gorgeous green spaces and even learn from its interpretive signs along the pedestrian and bike trail near Gilmour Hill.
The Plains of Abraham is also home to over 11 km of cross-country skiing trails and 5 km of walking trails. Spend some time out on the Plains of Abraham skating rink and then slide over to the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec to enjoy some indoor activities.
Adventurers both young and old will love walking through this winter wonderland guided by expert 20th-century snowshoers. You’ll even be equipped with your own snowshoes, arrow sash and lantern, topped off with a cup of hot chocolate.
The park is packed with fun during the summer too. Flex your green thumbs at the Great Celebration of Nature, an annual event that has delighted nature lovers of all ages for over 20 years If gardening isn’t your go to, check out free summer concerts at the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand that will have you moving and grooving all season long.
Be sure to visit the nearby historical tourist hotspots of Old Québec. This city is full of critically-acclaimed and locally beloved restaurants, bars, trendy boutiques and more. Book a flight to Québec City and explore all the fun firsthand.
Even from afar, it’s easy to see the beauty of the 19th-century architecture that makes Château Frontenac the most photographed hotel in the world. The château towers over the St. Lawrence River from atop Cap Diamant in gorgeous and historic Old Québec.
Start off your journey to the historic district of Old Québec aboard the Funiculaire du Vieux Québec. Along this vertical railway, you’ll find amazing views of the St. Lawrence River.
Walking along the cobblestone streets, you’ll find all sorts of edible offerings from old-fashioned authentic French cuisine to modern dishes from around the world, Old Québec has gourmet restaurants galore.
La Citadelle de Québec is the star of the city’s historical story. The star-shaped citadelle and national historic site overlooks the St. Lawrence River, offering amazing waterfront views of the city below. Old Québec is a top-notch tourist attraction that earns its popularity with noteworthy restaurants, beautiful historic landmarks and a palpable old world European charm.
Before you say ‘au revoir,’ be sure to try some Old Québec vintage cheddar. This traditional Canadian cheddar is carefully cured and aged to perfection with a clean sharp taste that may even surprise your taste buds with subtle hints of caramel or fruit.
Book a flight to Québec City and treat your taste buds to its diverse cuisine while your eyes are dazzled by awe-inspiring old world architecture.
Porter’s check-in desk is located in the departures area.
Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) is about 16 km / 10 mi from downtown Québec City.
Taxis from downtown cost about $35 CAD. Car service costs about $85 CAD.
Please allow sufficient time to drop off your car rental before your departing flight.
Take the Réseau de Transport de la Capitale 78 bus to the airport stop. The fare is $3.50 CAD.