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  • Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

    1. Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

    Upper Town | Hotel–Sight

    The most photographed landmark in Québec City, this imposing turreted castle with a copper roof owes its name to the Comte de Frontenac, governor...Read More

    Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
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  • 2. Festival d'Été International de Québec

    Arts/Performance Venue

    An annual highlight in the first half of July is this exuberant Summer Festival, 11 days of rock, folk, hip-hop, and world music. It's a great...Read More

  • Jardin des Gouverneurs

    3. Jardin des Gouverneurs

    Upper Town | Park/Playground

    In this small park just south of the Château Frontenac stands the Wolfe-Montcalm Monument, a 50-foot-tall obelisk that pays tribute to both...Read More

    Jardin des Gouverneurs
  • La Citadelle

    4. La Citadelle

    Upper Town | Military Site

    Built at the city's highest point, on Cap Diamant, the Citadelle is the largest fortified base in North America still occupied by troops. The...Read More

    La Citadelle
  • Maison J. A. Moisan

    5. Maison J. A. Moisan

    Outside the Old City | Store/Shop/Mall

    Founded in 1871 by Jean-Alfred Moisan, this place claims the title of the oldest continuously operating grocery store in North America. The...Read More

    Maison J. A. Moisan
  • 6. Musée de la Civilisation

    Lower Town | Museum/Gallery

    Wedged between narrow streets at the foot of the cliff, this spacious museum with a striking limestone-and-glass facade was designed by architect...Read More

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  • 7. Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec

    Upper Town | Museum/Gallery

    The 2016 opening of the spectacular new wing of the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) increased the museum’s space by 90%, provided...Read More

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  • Parc Jeanne d'Arc

    8. Parc Jeanne d'Arc

    Upper Town | Park/Playground

    An equestrian statue of Joan of Arc is the focus of this park, which is bright with colorful flowers in summer, and often adorned with seasonal...Read More

    Parc Jeanne d'Arc
  • Place Royale

    9. Place Royale

    Lower Town | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    The houses that encircle this cobblestone square, with steep Normandy-style roofs, dormer windows, and chimneys, were once the homes of wealthy...Read More

    Place Royale
  • Plains of Abraham

    10. Plains of Abraham

    Upper Town | Park/Playground

    This park, named after Abraham Martin, who used the plains as a pasture for his cows, is the site of the famous 1759 battle that decided New...Read More

    Plains of Abraham
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  • 11. Promenade Samuel-de-Champlain

    Outside the Old City | Promenade/Boardwalk

    This 4-kilometer (2.5-mile) park along the St. Lawrence River is a local favorite, with an amazing view of the river and the two bridges that...Read More

  • 12. Antiques district

    Lower Town | Store/Shop/Mall

    Antiques shops cluster around rues St-Pierre and St-Paul, the latter once part of a business district packed with warehouses, stores, and businesses...Read More

  • 13. Aquarium du Québec

    Outside the Old City | Zoo/Aquarium

    Breakfast with the walruses, lunch (carefully) with the polar bears, and spend the afternoon watching the seals do their tricks at this clifftop...Read More

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  • 14. Avenue Cartier

    Outside the Old City | Neighborhood/Street

    The mix of reasonably priced restaurants and bars, groceries and specialty food shops, hair salons, and stores makes Cartier a favorite lunchtime...Read More

  • 15. Basilique Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Québec

    Upper Town | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    François de Laval, the first bishop of New France, once ruled a diocese that stretched to the Gulf of Mexico. Laval's original cathedral burned...Read More

  • 16. Boutique des Métiers d'Art du Québec

    Lower Town | Museum/Gallery

    This boutique, run by the Conseil des métiers d'art, a coordinating body that oversees all kinds of arts and crafts disciplines and organizes...Read More

  • 17. Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

    Upper Town | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The first Anglican cathedral outside the British Isles was erected in the heart of Québec City's Upper Town between 1800 and 1804. Its simple...Read More

  • 18. Chapelle des Ursulines

    Upper Town | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Founded in 1639, the Couvent des Ursulines is the oldest institution of learning for women in North America. Its chapel is where French general...Read More

  • 19. Édifice Price

    Upper Town | Building/Architectural Site

    Styled after the Empire State Building, this 17-story, art deco structure was the city's first skyscraper when it was built in 1929. It served...Read More

  • 20. Église Notre-Dame-des-Victoires

    Lower Town | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The fortress shape of the altar is no accident; this small but beautiful stone church on Place Royale is linked to a bellicose past. Grateful...Read More

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