8 Great Things to Do in Quebec City

Quebec City has a remarkable old city, majestic castle walls, and a whole lot of funness. I even found a place where the bartender customizes drinks for you. For a milestone birthday, I selected Quebec City as the place to go. Among the dozens of activities my family did, I narrowed my list to these 8 Great Things to Do in Quebec City Canada.

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8 Great Things to Do in Quebec City

Cirque du Soleil

After choosing Quebec City, I checked the calendar of events. When I discovered that Cirque du Soleil had a performance on my birthday, I asked my family for tickets. I mean what can be more iconic than seeing Cirque du Soleil in the place where it was born? It was fascinating seeing the show in a French setting—all dialogue was in French and it seemed we were the only people not fully aware of what was being said. We loved it, though!

Cirque du Soleil in Quebec City
what to see in Quebec City: Cirque du Soleil

Quebec Castle

Kids of all ages, even my advanced age, love seeing the massive castle walls and city-surrounding fortress of Old Quebec City (Vieux-Québec).

things to do in Quebec: castle walls
what to visit in Quebec City: castle in Quebec City, Canada
things to do in Quebec: castle walls
castle turret, Quebec City Canada

Unlike most North American attractions, not every single square inch of the castle is blocked off to public access. During our visit, an international BMX bicycle competition occurred within the main square.

People, including my family, climbed the walls looking for great viewing locations.

things to do in Quebec City: castle walls
castle walls, Quebec City Canada

Le Château Frontenac

If there is a single “must see” in Quebec City, it is the Chateau! The iconic property is now a Fairmont hotel, so, yes, you can drop a small fortune to stay here. We stayed in a nearby Airbnb rental but did visit the Chateau a few times.

things to do in Quebec City: Chateau Frontenac
where to stay in Quebec City: Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City Canada

One local expert suggested I try the make your own drink at the Bistro Le Sam bar. We dropped another small fortune on the unique experience but, hey, it was my birthday and it was one of the best things to do in Quebec City.

things to do in Quebec City: Chateau Frontenac
make your own drink at Chateau Frontenac

Scenic Quebec City Streets and Cafes

I love this picture but it is by no means the only quaint street in Quebec. There are dozens of these scenes and that is why Quebec City is just so darn attractive and popular.

Quebec scenic street
Quebec City attractions: scenic street in Quebec City old town

Montmonercy Falls

A few minutes outside Old Quebec City is this magnificent waterfall. It was roaring during the first week of August. You can walk up from a parking lot off the highway or drive up to the park entrance. If you do the latter, as we did, you will cross a walkway over the top of the waterfall.

things to do in Quebec: Montmorency Falls
places to visit near Quebec City: Montmorency Falls, Quebec Canada

Then you will walk around the north end of the canyon, with more remarkable Montmorency views. By the way, Montmorency Falls is taller than Niagara Falls. Cool!

things to do in Quebec: Montmorency Falls
Quebec attractions: Montmorency Falls, Quebec Canada

A highlight is climbing all the way down the staircase (you will be tempted not to because you have to go back up or, tip, have someone drive down to get you) and getting wet. Yes, you will get soaked if you go to this viewing spot. In August, that is a great thing. In October, probably not.

things to do in Quebec: Montmorency Falls
Montmorency Falls, Quebec Canada

Île d’Orléans

A perfect thing to do after visiting Montmorency Falls is to explore the island in the St. Lawrence River called Île d’Orléans. The island is the original French settlement in the area and now produces agriculture all year round. There are several farm stands, local artisan shops, and other attractions worth visiting.

things to do in Quebec: Île d'orléans
places to visit near Quebec City: Île d’orléans, Quebec Canada

Local Quebec Maple Syrup (Sirop)

The first morning, I went into town and bought this loaf of fresh French bread from a small bakery. Mmm, mmm, great.

French bread in Quebec City
what to eat in Quebec City: fresh French bread

A gift from our apartment host was a can of local maple syrup. Amazing maple syrup. Being the stickler I am about traveling with only carryon bags, I knew I would not bring the can of syrup home. Problem solved: we will devour the whole thing. P.S. it was a sweet visit.

yummy maple syrup in Quebec
what to eat in Quebec City: local maple syrup in Quebec

Well, dang, the combination created just about the most perfect breakfast I have ever had. Is my tummy rumbling right now? You bet it is!

Quebec sirop
fresh bread + local syrup = perfect breakfast

Quebec’s Quirky Art Scene

By now, you know my penchant for finding quirky sights. Right?

Quebec City public art
amazing public art in Quebec City (garage)

Can you believe that zebra is painted on a garage door? I want to do that to my garage door but the homeowner’s association would have a conniption.

Quebec public art
flower art in Quebec City

I think this flower bed design is a bicycle rider. If not, what do you think it is?

art in a side street in Quebec city
Quebec City public art, photo by Fun in Fairfax VA

Exploring those quaint scenic streets I mentioned earlier, you might just stumble into public art such as this. So, yes, it is a bunch of plastic items. Your interpretation is as good as mine, probably better.

Quebec City public art
Quebec City art in a park, photo by Fun in Fairfax VA

Believe me, it is a great thing that these pigeons are not real.

quirky warning sign Quebec
Quebec warning sign: no disco dancing?

One of my favorite warning signs. I found this sign on the ferry, which, by the way, provides amazing views of the Chateau (like above). Does the sign portray a warning against disco dancing? No speed skating? What do you think it means?

Well, these pictures and brief descriptions represent some of the fun my family had last summer. Although I only selected 8 things to do in Quebec City, there are hundreds of other activities, attractions, and more.

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5 thoughts on “8 Great Things to Do in Quebec City”

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  2. After going to Montreal, I am in love with that region. Hope my travels take me to Quebec city soon. PS love the waterfall with rainbow pic!

  3. Cool post, looks like a great place to visit! I can’t believe how European the streets look compared to western Canada…I guess it’s due to the French influence.

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