6. Old Quebec
Old Québec is a historic neighbourhood of Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Comprising the Upper Town and Lower Town, the area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
See for yourself with a visit to the Fortifications of Québec and the Citadel, the city’s two main defensive works.
Moving from military history to religious history, take in the stunning Notre-Dame-de-Québec Basilica-Cathedral, the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, the Jesuits Chapel, and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.
After stopping off at one of the city’s many museums and interpretation centres, take a walking tour or a horse-drawn carriage ride to get a true feel for this unique historic district.
Fine dining and shopping are an art form in Old Québec, particularly along rue Saint-Jean and rue Saint-Louis, where European charm adds a dash of flair to any outing.
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7. Plains of Abraham
The Plains of Abraham is a historic area within The Battlefields Park in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
Canada’s first national historic park. National Battlefields Park is over a hundred years old. Its main sites are the Plains of Abraham (98 hectares) and Des Braves Park (5 hectares).The 1759 Battle of the Plains of Abraham was the defining confrontation between the French and British Empires in North America.
8. Aquarium du Québec
Dive into the sea, in Québec City. Come and meet the 10,000 marine animals that inhabit the Aquarium: fish, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, and sea mammals. Among them, polar bear, walruses, and seals will provide you with unique moments. Watch them when they’re feeding or being trained. A fascinating experience for young and old alike! This huge site (16 hectares) has superbly laid out areas indoors and outdoors. Come for a picnic, cool off with the water games, and navigate the Tree-to-Tree pathway-safe and designed for kids. A great way to spend an exceptional day!
9. Café du Clocher Penché
This splendid, high-ceilinged cafe serves classy bistro fare that proudly shows off local Québécois products. What sets it apart are the delicious – and very rich – weekend brunches, featuring homemade brioches with fresh fruit, crème fraîche and maple syrup, bagels topped with smoked mackerel, or veggie chili served with poached eggs, roasted squash, and lime sour cream. Reservations recommended.
10. Le Cercle
This very cool art space and show venue draws a hip crowd for its international DJs and underground bands, ranging from indie rock to electronica, blues to Cajun. It hosts numerous other events, including film, fashion and comic strip festivals, book- and album-release parties, wine tastings and more. Affordable tapas, weekend brunches and an atmospheric bar space sweeten the deal.
11. La Fromagère
This wonderful little shop just inside the main entrance of the Vieux-Port market sells an awe-inspiring selection of Québécois cheeses. For a notion of the tremendous variety available here, check out the Québec dairy association website, www.ourcheeses.com.
12. Chez Boulay
Renowned chef Jean-Luc Boulay’s latest venture serves an ever-evolving menu inspired by seasonal Québécois staples such as venison, goose, wild mushrooms and Gaspé Peninsula seafood. Lunch specials and charcuterie (cold cuts) platters for two (served 2pm to 5pm) offer an affordable afternoon pick-me-up, while the sleek, low-lit dining area with views of the open kitchen makes a romantic setting for dinner.
13. Montreal Botanical Garden
The Montreal Botanical Garden is a large botanical garden in Montreal, Quebec, Canada comprising 75 hectares of thematic gardens and greenhouses.
On its 75 hectares, the Montréal Botanical Garden presents a remarkably diverse array of plants to visitors in all seasons.
14. Ice Hotel
The Ice Hotel near Quebec City, Quebec, Canada is the first and only true ice hotel in North America.
Located only 4 km from the north end of Québec City, the Hôtel de Glace is a must-see attraction to discover every winter. The only Hôtel de Glace in America, has seduced over a million people around the world since its opening in 2001.
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