Welcome to Quebec City, a historic heritage delight of 400 years old

Every year, millions of tourists are attracted to this city for its rich history, charming 17th-century European architecture, and savory local cuisines.

Now, let’s take a virtual tour to discover why this city was rated the # 1 destination in Canada and # 2 in North America according to Expedia travelers.


A brief history dated back to 16th century 


In 1608, Samuel de Champlain, a French explorer and navigator, reached the site of present Quebec City discovering that two indigenous tribes, the Innu and Algonquins, were the inhabitants of the place. By that time, the Algonquins had named the land Kébec with the meaning “where the river narrows” in reference with the narrowing of the Saint Lawrence River. Champlain established a New French settlement as a permanent trading post and kept the Algonquin name “Quebec” for the place.

Old Quebec – the cradle of French civilization in Canada 


The historic district of Quebec City is known as Old Quebec. There is no other place in Canada that has such a rich history squeezed into one small site like this city. It is the only North American city that have well preserved its defensive works such as ramparts, bastions and gates.

In 1985, Old Quebec was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its historical heritage and the remarkable degree of preservation of the heritage.

Old Quebec has two parts, the Upper Town and the Lower Town. The Upper Town is situated on the Cape Diamond hilltop. The Lower Town is at the foot of the Cape Diamond, below Château Frontenac stretching out to the banks of St. Lawrence River

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The Upper Town has remained the military and administrative center of both the province and the country for much of its 4-century history.

Top things to do for tourists include taking a guided tour of the most photographed hotel in the world, Château Frontenac; strolling around the fortification and the Plains of Abraham; contemplating the vast landscape of St. Lawrence River and the countryside from Dufferin Terrace; and taking a selfie at the Fontaine de Tourny.

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The Lower Town was a prosperous trading port in the colonial period. Although falling into a decline from the late 1800s through the 1960s, the town was restored to retain its French sophistication in the 1970s.

Walking around the historic districts of Place Royale, PetitChamplain, and Old Port, tourists would feel like they have traveled back to the 17th and 18th centuries. Small streetside shops sell products and souvenirs made by local artisans. Museums recreate 400 years of Quebec history through thousands of exhibits from the Champlain period. Restaurants treat visitors with local delights mixing indigenous, French, Irish, and British cuisines.

Are you now excited about a vacation in Quebec City? Let’s first watch Samuel & Audrey’s travel and food videos to get their great city guides, travel tips, and street food reviews when they traveled to Old Quebec in the summer of 2014:

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Not only you, but the couple Samuel and Audrey also fall in love with Quebec City so much that they decided to come back the next year to experience the difference between seasons:

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Surrounding Attractions


There are a lot of must-dos in Quebec City other than just walking around Old Quebec to discover its 400 years of history. Tourists often spend a few more days to explore breathtaking natural beauties and cultural activities in surrounding areas.

In the video below, Alex and Marko the Vagabrothers explored the history of Quebec in 2017 by kayaking Jacques Cartier National Park, climbing inside the historic fortifications of the Old City, and spending an unforgettable night in a First Nations Longhouse.

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Not just only that, the two thrill-seekers also took the double zipline at Montmorency Falls which is 30 meters higher than Niagara Falls, and tasted foods and champaign made from blackcurrant in Île d’Orléans island:

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Can you expect any excitement in the very cold winter months in Quebec City? Oh yes, check out their itinerary in winter 2016 in which the brothers took a series of interesting activities: climbing the frozen Montmorency Falls, drinking local cider and feasting at a sugar shack on Île d’Orléans island, and sleeping in the Ice hotel.

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For Catholics and those who love splendid religious architect, don’t forget to visit the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré basilica to admire the glorious paintings and mosaics that embellish the basilica:

And families, you mustn’t forget to visit the awesome Aquarium du Québec, home to nearly 10,000 species.

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Food and Restaurants


Now come to the most enjoyable part for food lovers: the culinary delights of Quebec City. Some say France is famous for its food, the same holds true for Quebec City. Tourists can find not only traditional French cuisines but also modern dishes reflecting influences from France, Britain, and Ireland. Check out 7 traditional simple yet delicious cuisines below:

And our friends, Alex and Marko the Vagabrothers, shared very useful reviews of the 17 best food and nightlife in Quebec City:

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That’s the end of our virtual tour of Quebec City. Do continue to explore our series of virtual picture tours which contain 360o-view pictures of popular attractions and learn what unique experience the historic Old Quebec could bring to you.

Old Quebec Virtual Tours

Tourist Guide

Upper Town

Lower Town

Parliament Hill & Plains of Abraham

Inside Quebec City’s Wall

Place Royale

Quartier Petit Champlain

Old Port