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  • 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

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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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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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