Land in the midst of 400 years of French Canadian history, with flights from Boston to Québec City.
Find European charm nestled in the midst of the Canadian wilderness in Québec City. Steep stairways lead to winding streets steeped in history, where French flair is infused into every boutique and café. Cobbled streets take you to expansive natural vistas that are sure to sweep you off your feet.
When you’re looking for things to do in Québec city, look to the past. Perched atop Cap Diamant, the Citadelle de Québec stands as a reminder of the wars fought over this island in the St. Lawrence. After the changing of the guard ceremony, take a stroll through Battlefields Park, the site of one of Québec City’s most famous battles. During the summer, the park turns from peaceful retreat to party central as Le Festival d’été de Québec music festival takes over the Plaines d’Abraham.
Further from the city, les Chutes Montmorency stand a towering 80 metres, sending torrents of water thundering into the river below. Climb up the surrounding cliffs, or, in the winter, climb the icy walls formed by the falls. As the temperature drops, a phenomenon called the Sugar Loaf is formed from frozen mist at the base of the falls. For a real treat, climb the Sugar Loaf with the help of a guide.
The landscapes of the province are framed in the Musée national des beaux-arts. Art and culture are captured in the three part Musées de la civilisation, whose buildings are spread throughout the city.
Get to know Québec City’s native civilization at the Huron-Wendat Museum in Wendake. Or walk through the streets of the old city, Vieux Québec, to see first hand the European heritage of this Canadian city. Wherever you go, your trip from Boston to Québec City is sure to enchant.
After your flight from Boston to Québec City, take a fresh look at the recently revived Saint-Roch.
Where there once stood a working class neighbourhood, you’ll now find one of Québec City’s coolest areas. Former factories and warehouses now produce trendy fare and fashionable clothing. Along rue Saint-Joseph, you’ll find a snapshot of Saint-Roch’s transformation.
As Saint-Roch’s main road, rue Saint-Joseph carries a representative collection of restaurants and bars. Eat in art galleries or cozy up in classic pubs. Ambience is always on the menu, and Saint-Roch being in Québec City, so is poutine.
Burn off the calories with a walk along the Saint Charles River. This quiet river is a peaceful way to spend the afternoon during a busy trip from Boston. A riot of colour is waiting in the brightly growing Jardin Saint-Roch. Keep your eyes open for the busts of famous Québec artists, tucked between the trees and flowers of the park.
Find the historic roots of Saint-Roch at Québec City’s largest church, Saint-Roch Church. Standing 46 metres high, this towering church dates back to 1923. After the destruction of the Saint-Roch mall in 1974, the church regained its place as one of the most prominent features in the neighbourhood’s skyline.
After seeing Saint-Roch, stop off at the Gare du Palais. This beautiful train station can take you by train or bus to wherever your trip from Boston is headed next in Québec City.
Overlooking the St. Lawrence River, Haute-Ville was strategically chosen for its scenic view. You can see the remnants of this military past in the Citadelle de Québec and the Parc Historique de l’Artillerie. Whether you’re watching the changing of the guard or admiring the grand fortifications which once served to protect the city, Québec City’s military history stands on guard throughout the Upper Town.
In Place d’Armes, the main square of the Upper Town, entertainers and performers turn the city streets into a carnival. Past the performers, the rue des Trésors puts on an equally impressive show. Lined with artworks and artists, this street is the best spot to pick up a painting or print to bring back to Boston.
After finding a treasure along the rue des Trésors, take a stroll along Terrasse Dufferin. This wide walkway will take you right to the most photographed hotel in the world, the Château Frontenac. Keep the Château’s world record in place with a photo of this beautiful hotel.
Throughout Upper Town, you’ll find architecture from every era of Québec City. From the granite and sand Remparts de Québec, to the art deco Edifice Price, Upper Town’s buildings are beautiful in their own way.
Before you leave for Boston, get to know Québec City’s French heritage at the Musée de l'Amérique francophone, where the city’s New France past lives on.
Fly from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) to Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB), with a quick connection in Toronto. Boston to Québec City flight time is 3 hours and 30 minutes on average. The distance from Boston to Québec City is around 1,415 km / 880 mi.
Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks along the way.