The only facility of its kind in Québec, Aquarium—which
spreads out over 16 hectares—is designed to take visitors to the heart of
the St. Lawrence and other Canadian marine ecosystems to discover the plants
and animals of the North. This amazing journey to the North Pole is a unique
opportunity to observe nearly 10,000 salt and fresh water fish, reptile,
amphibian, invertebrate, and marine mammal species such as Atlantic and
Pacific walruses, seals, and polar bears.
1675, avenue des Hôtels
Québec City’s multipurpose arena is a sleek, state-of-the-art building that was inaugurated to great fanfare in September 2015. In the coming months and years, the Centre Vidéotron will be the site of major events that will mark the history of Québec City.
See the Centre Vidéotron (amphithéâtre multifonctionnel) section of the City of Québec website. (in French only)
Perched atop Cap Diamant, the immense, striking
Château Frontenac appears to look down defiantly upon the St.
Lawrence River below. Erected over a series of seven stages beginning in
1892, the building brings to mind the château-style hotels built by Canadian
railroad companies toward the end of the 19th century. Recognized worldwide
for its charm, the Château is also becoming known for the quality of its
1, rue des Carrières
This 22 km (or 44 km round-trip) bike and recreation path runs from the La Cité-Limoilou borough to the western part of the La Haute-Saint-Charles borough. It offers scenic landscapes for cyclists, pedestrians, and rollerbladers. The path crosses the boroughs of La Cité-Limoilou, Charlesbourg, and Des Rivières, as well as the Wendake village and the Borough of La Haute-Saint-Charles.
Located right next to the river, the stunning Corridor du Littoral stretches
out over 50 km between the city of Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures and
Montmorency Falls. The path, which was designed to marry recreational and
tourist pursuits, is equally fun on foot or rollerblades, or by wheelchair
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 area, thus revealing four centuries of history
through geography, nature, and architecture.
1037, De La Chevrotière,
A standout amongst Québec’s political heritage buildings,
Hôtel du Parlement (built in 1886) is one of North America’s oldest
parliamentary institutions. The building’s fascinating Second Empire–style
architecture is a testament to the province’s political history, and it
houses an impressive collection of works. The multimedia display entitled
Le Québec, ses députés, ses regions (Québec, its MNAs, and its regions)
explains the inner workings of the National Assembly, which is where the
province’s 125 members sit.
1045, rue des Parlementaires
Place D’Youville is the heart of the city’s action. In
winter, ice skaters whirl around to lively music on its outdoor rink.
Place D’Youville is the location of choice for winter Carnaval and
summer Festival events. It’s also a favorite spot for street performers.
West of St. John’s Gate, in front of Palais Montcalm
Samuel de Champlain (Québec’s founder) built his first
home at Place Royale in 1608. In 1686, a bust of King Louis XIV was erected,
and the site was given the name it still carries today. Two years later,
Champlain’s house was torn down and Église
Notre-Dame-des-Victoires was built in its place.
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 under the French Regime. In 1690, the
French used onsite cannons to defeat English Admiral Phipps’ fleet.
Following the 1760 Conquest, Place Royale returned to its commercial roots.
Today, it is surrounded by businesses, restaurants, and interpretation
centers that bring its rich history to life.
27, rue Notre-Dame
The provincial government’s foremost 400th anniversary gift to Québec City,
Promenade Samuel-De Champlain extends nearly 2.5 km along the St.
Located between Côte Ross and Côte
Sillery, the Promenade boasts new and exciting views of Québec City’s
coastline and is open to pedestrians, cyclists, rollerblade enthusiasts, and
The Promenade offers interpretive stations where visitors can learn about its
surroundings in four unique settings with modern facilities that highlight
the area’s rich history.
For more information on tourist attractions in Québec
City and its surrounding areas, visit the
Québec City Tourism website.