1. Citadelle of Quebec
The Citadelle of Quebec (French: Citadelle de Québec), also known as La Citadelle, is an active military installation and official residence of both the Canadian monarch and the Governor General of Canada. It is located atop Cap Diamant, adjoining the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City, Quebec.
Nicknamed the “Gibraltar of America”, the citadel was built between 1820 and 1850 and is the largest British fortress built in North America. It is located atop Cape Diamond (Cap Diamant), the highest natural point in the area. Find out about its critical role in the city’s defence system.
Experience a night tour at La Citadelle! Join ghosts as they come to life and share little-known stories about the fortress and Québec City!
2. Musée de la civilisation
The Musée de la civilisation à Québec is a museum located in Quebec City. It is situated in the historic Old Québec area near the Saint Lawrence River.
The most popular museum in Québec City. A visitor-oriented museum with a participatory and interactive approach for stimulating wonderment and encouraging discovery. Magnificent exhibits of international calibre about Québec culture and history.
This museum wows you even before you’ve clapped your eyes on the exhibitions. It is a fascinating mix of modern design that incorporates pre-existing buildings with contemporary architecture. The permanent exhibits, such as the one on the cultures of Québec’s Aboriginals and the one titled ‘People of Québec: Then and Now,’ are unique and well worth seeing, and many include clever interactive elements. At any given moment there’s an outstanding variety of rotating shows.
This is really the only museum in town that regularly focuses on contemporary issues and culture. Recent special exhibits have focused on topics as diverse as Oceania, ancient Rome, the history of Radio Canada or the work of Québécois writer Michel Tremblay. It’s a big place with lots to see, so focus on only one or two exhibitions if you’re not planning to make a full day of it.
3. Château Frontenac
Overlooking the St. Lawrence River, this grand, castlelike hotel is a 3-minute walk from Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec and 8 minutes’ walk from boutiques in Quartier Petit Champlain.
Located in the heart of Old Québec, this urban resort provides a breathtaking view of the St. Lawrence River and the architecture of the old fortified city.
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Plush, traditionally designed rooms have cable TV, Wi-Fi (fee), tea and coffeemakers and room service. Upgraded rooms add city or river views; some have sitting areas and/or modern decor. Suites include living rooms, additional bedrooms and/or marble bathrooms.
Breakfast is served in a cafe with river views, and there’s an upscale restaurant, a wine-and-cheese bar, and a bistro. A spa and a fitness center with an indoor pool are also on-site.
4. Montmorency Falls
The Montmorency Falls is a large waterfall on the Montmorency River in Quebec, Canada. The falls are located on the boundary between the borough of Beauport, and Boischatel, about 12 km from the heart of old Quebec City.
Beautiful Montmorency Falls Park is just a few minutes from downtown Québec City. The waterfalls are 83 m (272′) tall, a full 30 m (99′) higher than Niagara Falls. You can admire the view from the cable car, suspended bridge or stairs climbing up the side of the cliff.
5. Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec
The Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec (“Our Lady of Quebec City”), located at 16, rue de Buade, Quebec City, Quebec, is the primatial church of Canada and the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Quebec, the oldest in the Americas north of the Spanish colonies in Florida and New Mexico. It is also the parish church of the oldest North American parish north of Mexico and was the first north of Mexico to be elevated to the rank of minor basilica, by Pope Pius IX in 1874. It is a National Historic Site of Canada, and located within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Historic District of Old Québec.
Standing on the same location since 1647 and designated a Canada National Historic Site given its architectural value, the Cathedral bears witness to the history of a whole population. Here rest four governors of New France, the bishops of the diocese of Québec and a funerary chapel dedicated to François de Laval. Visitors will see various works of art and pieces of archives with the splendid interior decoration as a background.You could also see de Holy Door.
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