Old world charm awaits when you fly direct from Toronto to Québec City.
Whether you’re wandering the cobblestone streets of Old Québec, or staring in wonder at the towering waterfall at Chutes-Montmorency, Québec City offers an enchanting escape. With so many things to do in Québec City, it’s easy to lose yourself in this Canadian city with French flair.
The 400-year history of Québec City is visible everywhere you go. Architecture acts as a window into the past, with landmarks like the Citadelle de Québec and Catedral-Basilica de Notre-Dame de Québec scattered throughout the city.
The streets of Québec City are bustling with activity. Along the European-style streets of the Petit Champlain District, you’ll find some of the best shopping in Québec City.
Continue along Rue Saint-Jean to treat your palate to the best products of Québec City’s French influence. Québecois classics like poutine and maple candy are sure to spoil your dinner. After getting a taste of Québec City’s restaurants, pick up some preserves to bring back to Toronto at Epicerie JA Moisan, the oldest grocery store in the world.
After dinner, entertainment is only a few steps away. Québec City’s street performers turn every avenue into a stage. Jugglers and clowns add a carnival atmosphere to the city’s parks. Get a front row seat to the show at the Plaines d'Abraham park.
During the Festival d'été de Québec, the summer music festival at the Plaines d'Abraham, the lineup includes some of the biggest names in music. But summer isn’t the only time to party in Québec City. Winter in the city brings Carnaval de Québec and Bonhomme, the famous snowman mascot of the festival. The event turns cold Februaries into a festive celebration, with events like the International Snow Sculpture Competition.
No matter what time of year you travel from Toronto to Québec City, this charming city is sure to enchant.
Designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985, Old Québec City is the historic heart of the city. Feel the city’s past come to life, as you wander among Old Québec’s glorious monuments and 17th-century architecture.
Old Québec is divided into two regions, Haute-Ville, the Upper Town, and Basse-Ville, the Lower Town. When you’re looking to get between the two areas, the funicular can get you from one to the other without breaking a sweat. If you want a challenge, 30 sets of steep stairs link the Upper and Lower towns. On Québec City’s oldest stairway, the Breakneck Stairs reward you with the most amazing views of the town below.
Perched on cliffs overlooking the St. Lawrence, Upper Town’s view extends for miles into the countryside. If you can pull your eyes away from the skyline, look for the Catedral-Basilica de Notre-Dame de Québec. This historic church was first constructed in 1647 and has since gone through many cycles of destruction and reconstruction. Today, this tremendous building is not only a church but also a museum open to visitors.
Originally home to working class residents, Lower Town is full of narrow streets, quaint shops, and local restaurants. In Petit Champlain, one of North America’s oldest shopping streets, the stores are fully stocked with contemporary fashion boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries.
This area of the Lower Town is not only one of the best places to shop in Québec City, it’s also home to magnificent murals depicting the city’s history. Before you return to Toronto, head over to the Place Royale public square. See where Samuel de Champlain first began his little settlement that became Old Québec.
This recently revitalized neighbourhood is the perfect stop on your trip from Toronto to Québec City.
Saint-Roch’s history finds its centre in the Saint-Roch Church. The largest church in Québec City, the current building was finished in 1923. Standing on the site of three previous churches, this neo-Gothic and neo-Roman structure is one of Saint-Roch’s best attractions.
This former working-class neighbourhood has recently undergone a massive shift. Its former factories are now trendy restaurants and boutiques. Saint-Roch’s new look is best seen along Rue Saint-Joseph.
The main street of Saint-Roch, Rue Saint-Joseph’s restaurants are the perfect appetizer to any visit to the neighbourhood. From hip eatery-gallery hybrids to cozy pubs, the ambience is as varied as the fare. Of course, this being Québec City, poutine is always on the menu.
After a walk along Rue Saint-Joseph, stay outside for some of the best things to do in Saint-Roch. Wander down the shores of the Saint Charles River. Smaller and quieter than the Saint Lawrence, this waterway is a river less travelled. Further inland, the Jardin Saint-Roch’s plant life and cultural events add colour to the neighbourhood year round.
When you’re ready to leave Saint-Roch, make a stop at the Gare du Palais. This beautifully designed station has train and bus service, to take you to the next destination on your trip from Toronto to Québec City.
Fly non-stop from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ) to Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB). Toronto to Québec City flight time is 1 hour and 30 minutes on average. The distance from Toronto to Québec City is around 720 km / 445 mi.
Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks along the way.