Holidays to Québec City have plenty of French flair, a naturally beautiful backdrop and buckets of European-meets-Canadian charm

As you pass through Porte St Louis and roam the network of cobblestone streets and squares of Old Québec, catching moments of hurried conversation, you may feel as though you’ve landed somewhere in deepest France. On the other hand, the warm-hearted welcome you receive on Québec City holidays is characteristically Canadian. Dip into a continental-style patisserie for a pastry treat or order a tub of poutine, the most comforting of Québécois comfort foods, to fuel your wanderings through one of North America’s oldest settlements.

Whichever way you turn you’ll feel as if you have one foot in the past and one foot in the 21st Century. The 125-year-old Fairmont le Chateau Frontenac dominates the skyline of the heritage-rich Upper Town, an ever-present and reassuring city guardian. The stone buildings which house the boutiques of the pretty-as-a-picture Petit-Champlain Quartier sit in the shadow of the great railway hotel and the city’s bustling waterway – the St. Lawrence River – is just a couple of blocks away. And it’s not all about what’s inside Old Quebec that counts; the creative neighbourhood of Saint Roch and the boho Saint-Jean-Baptiste quarter will draw you outside the city walls. Keep an eye out for Québec’s incredibly detailed murals, sample the local brews along Rue Saint-Jean or enjoy a summer picnic in the artsy park, Jean-Paul-L’Allier.

A trip to Québec City is easily added to an exploration of Eastern Canada and our Canada experts can recommend the best addresses in town and the best experiences. 

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Québec City Hotels

Our recommendations for the best places to stay in Québec City

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

Striking a pose above Quebec City’s fortified Old Town, the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac is one of...

Auberge Saint Antoine

With an impressive Clefs d’Or concierge team eager to help you discover Old Quebec in the best wa...

Hotel 71

Hotel 71’s guestrooms have a grown-up and residential feel about them. The clink of wine glasses...

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