So European. So historic. So easy! Make time to see the sights of Quebec City while you're in town for ACE.
Monday, June 24 is Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, the national holiday of Quebec. Come early to enjoy the festivals, food, and entertainment and celebrate with the locals.
Must do activities within walking distance of the hotels and Convention Centre
||Perched atop Cap Diamant, Château Frontenac overlooks the St. Lawrence River below. Erected over a series of seven stages beginning in 1892, the building resembles the château-style hotels built by Canadian railroad companies in the late 19th century. Recognized worldwide for its charm and known for its quality cuisine, the Château is the most photographed hotel in the world.
||In 1633, Samuel de Champlain had a modest chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary built on the grounds where Basilique-Cathédrale Notre-Dame now stands. The cathedral is the result of nearly 350 years of construction. The interior is decorated with numerous impressive works of art such as an Episcopal throne canopy, stained glass, paintings, sculptures, and a sanctuary lamp presented to Monseigneur de Laval by Louis XIV.|
|Quebec City Fortifications
Built under the French and English regimes to protect the city, the imposing walls exemplify the development of defensive systems in use from the 17th to the 19th centuries. The ramparts, declared a historic monument in 1957, have become a national historic site. They surround the city over a distance of 4 to 6 kilometers. A trail with interpretation panels makes it possible for visitors to walk atop the walls and gates.
||Samuel de Champlain (Québec’s founder) built his first home at Place Royale in 1608 and the site has remained a landmark throughout the province’s evolution. As the first permanent settlement in New France, Place Royale hummed with the hustle and bustle of rich merchants.Today, it is surrounded by businesses, restaurants, and interpretation centers that bring its rich history to life and is also home to Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, the oldest stone church in North America, built in 1688.
|Rue du Petit-Champlain
||The illuminated streets of the Petit-Champlain district are an invitation to travel back in time to the founding of Québec over 400 years ago. With its cobblestone pedestrian streets, admire the inviting windows of historic homes in a romantic environment. North America’s oldest shopping district, le rue Petit Champlain offers colourful decorative art shops and sophisticated designer and artisanal boutiques, and an array of quaint bistros and top quality restaurants.
||A national historic site in the heart of Old Quebec, Artillery Park bears witness to the importance that military presence had in forming the city. The French built various fortifications in the 17th and 18th centuries, and this site was later used for a military barracks, then gradually transformed into a garrison. The British Royal Artillery Regiment established its headquarters there until 1871. A cartridge factory set up in 1879 provided munitions for the Canadian army until it closed in 1964.
|Asssemblée nationale du Québec (Parliament)
||The Parliament Building was erected between 1877 and 1886 and was recognized as a national historic monument in 1986. Its architecture, inspired by the Louvre Palace in Paris, makes it one of the only French-style institutional buildings in Québec City. It is Québec’s oldest historic site and the seat of Québec’s government. The four wings form a square containing the Foutaine de Tourney from Bordeaux, France, and the façade includes 26 bronze statues of key historical figures. Free guided tours are available.
|Observatoire de la Capitale
||Located at a height of 221 meters, the highest point in the city, the immense glass panels of Observatoire de la Capitale afford a view of Québec City and surrounding area, thus revealing four centuries of history through geography, nature, and architecture.
Museums and Attractions
Musée de l'Amérique francophone — Located one the Séminaire de Québec site created in 1806, this museum is considered as being Canada’s oldest. It is basically a museum that reflects both the contemporary and the historical dynamism of French culture in North America.
Musée de la civilisation
Inaugurated in 1988, Musée de la civilisation is a modern state-run museum located in Québec City near the Place Royale historic site. Known as one of the most popular museums in Canada, it is distinguished from others by its innovative and bold museology dealing with current, historical, esoteric, or even controversial subjects.
Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
Inaugurated in 1933, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec has become the living memory of art and artists of Québec Province. It features more than 30,000 works and art objects from the 17th century to the present day. In all, the national museum collection preserves vestiges of the activities of some 3,000 artists and craftsmen—the largest and most complete art collection of the province, from its beginnings to the present day.
Featuring 10,000 specimens representing 300 species of mammals, indigenous and exotic fish, invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles, as well as polar bears, walruses and seals in the outdoor park.
Recreation and Fitness Activities
St. Charles River Linear Park
This beautiful trail begins at Lac-Saint-Charles and continues for 32 km ending at Old Port where the St. Charles joins the St. Lawrence River with access points throughout Quebec City. The restoration of this path received multiple environmental and sustainability awards.
Many additional recreational activities are available along the St. Charles including rafting,
Montmorency Falls Park
Just 15 minutes from Quebec City, the spectacular falls can be seen from many vantage points and the park includes walking paths, gardens, a zip line, and restaurant.
Huron Traditional Site
Located on the Huron-Wendat reservation about 25 minutes from Old Quebec, the Huron Traditional Site is a unique opportunity to discover the history, the culture and the lifestyle of Hurons of the past and of today. Tours, shopping, and food are available.
Resort and recreational area featuring a panoramic gondola, golf, hiking, biking, and hiking just 30 minutes from Quebec City.
Jacques Cartier National Park
Just 30 minutes from Québec City, this park is host to one of the most beautiful glacial valleys in Québec, the spectacular Vallée de la Jacques-Cartier. The Jacques Cartier River has sliced a 550-metre-deep channel into the plateau creating spectacular views.
Additional activities include: Kayaking and canoeing at Canot Légaré, hiking at Mont Wright, and water slides.