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  • 1 Dufferin Terrace Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place Terrasse Dufferin CDN - Québec G1R

    Stretching 671m/2,200ft above the majestic river, this popular vantage point offers breathtaking views of the Lower Town, St. Lawrence River and sur-rounding region. The terrace, a large wooden boardwalk, is an extension of Lord Dufferin's beautifica..

  • 2 Lower Town Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CDN - Québec G1K 4H4

    This narrow stretch of land dominated by Upper Town was the site of Champlain's "Habitation." The first settlers arrived here in the late 17C and established shops and residences around the fort and the market square, now known as Place Roy..

  • 3 Place d'Armes Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CDN - Québec

    Located outside the confines of the Fort Saint-Louis, the square (1620) originally served as grounds for drill exercises and parades. With the building of the citadel in the early 1900s, Place d'Armes lost its military function; today it's a lovely g..

  • 4 Hôtel du Parlement Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1045 Rue des Parlementaires 1045 CDN - Québec G1A 1A4

    This majestic edifice is the finest example of Second Empire architecture in Quebec City. Housing the parliament and various government ministries, the building forms a quadrangle surrounding an inner courtyard; its imposing façade presents a histori..

  • 5 Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Parc des Champs-de-Bataille CDN - Québec G1R 5H3

    This remarkable museum complex in Battlefields Park provides a comprehensive overview of Quebec art from the 17C to the present. You'll find works by some of Quebec's greatest visual artists, including the painters Jean-Paul Riopelle and Jean-Paul Le..

  • 6 Citadel Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Porte Durnford CDN - Québec G1R 3R2

    Some areas of the Citadel are off-limits, as it is still a military base for the Royal 22nd Regiment. Erected between 1820 and 1832, this massive fortress, enclosing 16ha/40 acres, is typical of star-shaped fortifications. Advanced works, or outworks..

  • 7 Fairmont Château Frontenac Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1 r. des Carrières CDN - Québec G1R 4P5

    The Château Frontenac Hotel is inextricably linked with the image of the old city. Named after Louis de Buade, Comte de Frontenac, governor of New France (1672-82, 1689-98), the hotel stands on the site of the Château Haldimand, also known as the &qu..

  • 8 Quebec Seminary Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    2 côte de la Fabrique CDN - Québec G1R 3V6

    Founded in 1663 by Msgr. François de Laval to train priests for the colony, this institute of higher learning is the oldest in Canada. In 1852 the seminary was granted a university, Université Laval, which grew within the seminary walls until the Sai..

  • 9 Place Royale Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CDN - Québec G1K 4E9

    Today the heart of Lower Town, this charming cobblestone square was the hub of the city's economic activity until the mid-19C, when the port, and subsequently the area, fell into decline. Bordered by typical 18C stone houses, topped by steep roofs an..

  • 10 Museum of Civilization Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    85 r. Dalhousie CDN - Québec G1K 7A6

    Designed by Moshe Safdie, this acclaimed museum is housed in two stark, angular buildings crowned by copper roofs and a glass campanile. A monumental staircase links the buildings and leads to a terrace overlooking an inner court and the Maison Estèb..

  • 11 Old Courthouse Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    12 r. St-Louis CDN - Québec G1R

    Now housing the Ministry of Finance, this Second Empire-style building (1887) was erected on the site of the former Récollet convent and church, both destroyed by fire during the late 18C. On each side of the main entrance, note the coats of arms of ..

  • 12 Battlefields Park Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    835 Av. Wilfrid-Laurier CDN - Québec G1R 2L7

    Created in 1908, on the tricentennial of the founding of the city, this national park stretches over 226 acres along a cliff on the south side of the Quebec City plateau. Overlooking the St. Lawrence plateau, the site commemorates the battles fought ..

  • 13 Cartier-Brébeuf National Historic Site of Canada Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    175 r. de l'Espinay CDN - Québec G1K 7A1

    Located on the northern shore of the Lairet Basin, this site commemorates Jacques Cartier, who wintered on this spot in 1535-36, and Jean de Brébeauf, a Jesuit missionary. The interpretation center features insightfuldisplays, which recall Cartier's ..

  • 14 Historic Good Shepherd Chapel Interesting

    Religious buildings

    1080 r. de la Chevrotière CDN - Québec G1R 3J4

    Designed by Charles Baillairgé in 1866, the chapel is located on the second floor of the former convent of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd. The tall, narrow, Baroque-style nave is flanked by superimposed side galleries, enabling occupants on all lev..

  • 15 Chevalier House Interesting

    Museums and art

    50 r. du Marché-Champlain CDN - Québec G1K 8R1

    This imposing stone structure, topped by a red roof and high chimneys, is composed of three separate buildings. The west wing was built in 1752 for a wealthy merchant, Jean-Baptiste Chevalier. Restored in 1956, the house now serves as part of the Mus..

  • 16 Church of Our Lady of the Victories Interesting

    Religious buildings

    32 r. Sous-le-Fort CDN - Québec G1K 4G7

    Completed in 1723, this stone edifice topped by a single spire stands on the site of Champlain's "Habitation." It was named in thanksgiving for two successful occasions when Quebec City resisted the sieges of the British. Inside, the magnif..

  • 17 Augustine Monastery Interesting

    Museums and art

    32 r. Charlevoix CDN - Québec G1R 5C4

    Founded by Augustinian nuns in the 1640s, this monastery is best known for its hospital, the Hôtel-Dieu, which still operates today. The church, designed by Pierre Émond in 1800, features a Neoclassical facade adorned with a sculpted Ionic portal. Hi..

  • 18 Museum of French America Interesting

    Museums and art

    2 côte de la Fabrique CDN - Québec G1R 3V6

    Operated since 1995 as part of the Museum of Civilization, the collections of the Museum of French America encompass objects and works of art reflecting France's rich historic, cultural and social heritage in North America. The mu-seum's holdings inc..

  • 19 Ursuline Monastery Interesting

    Religious buildings

    18 rue Donnacona CDN - Québec G1R 4T1

    Founded in 1639 by Madame de la Peltrie and Marie Guyart (Mère Marie-de-l'Incarnation), the monastery is the oldest educational institution for young women in North America and is still in operation today. The chapel (1902) is particularly remarkable..

  • 20 Price Building Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    65 rue Ste-Anne CDN - Québec G1R 3X5

    This 16-storey Art Deco edifice, Quebec City's first skyscraper, was built in 1930 to accommodate the head office of Price Brothers, famed for introducing the pulp and paper industry to the Saguenay region. Its copper roof blends well with the surrou..

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