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La Citadelle de Quebec

Downtown Quebec City 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Sitting like a five-pointed star among The Plains of Abraham and just above Terrasse Dufferin, La Citadelle de Québec is a still-active military base. — Travel + Leisure

Built at the city's highest point, on Cap Diamant, the Citadelle is the largest fortified base in North America still occupied by troops. — Fodor's

Its picturesque steep streets and frowning gateways; and the splendid views which burst upon the eye at every turn, is at once unique and lasting. — Afar Magazine

Today the Citadelle is the base of Canada's Royal 22s... the regiment earned three Victoria Crosses. — Lonely Planet

Some areas of the Citadelle are off-limits, as it is still a military base for the Royal 22nd Regiment — Michelin Guide

Musee national des beaux-arts du Quebec (MNBAQ)

Montcalm 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The 25,000 works in its permanent collection cover the history of art in the province, focusing on works beginning with the French colonial period. — Afar Magazine

This neoclassical beaux arts structure showcases more than 22,000 traditional and contemporary pieces of Québec art. — Fodor's

Includes almost a dozen permanent collections and world-class traveling exhibits. — Travel + Leisure

Carve out at least half a day to visit this excellent art museum. — Lonely Planet

This remarkable Fine Arts Museum in Battlefields Park provides a comprehensive overview of Quebec art from the 17C to the present. — Michelin Guide

Musee de la Civilisation

Downtown Quebec City 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Its immense diversity... combines permanent historic displays with rotating, interactive exhibitions about everything from dragons to the evolution of hats. — Travel + Leisure

This engaging museum can be both a geographic and cultural touchstone for a visit to Québec City. — Frommer's

Two excellent permanent exhibits at the museum examine Québec's history. — Fodor's

This museum wows you even before you’ve clapped your eyes on the exhibitions. — Lonely Planet

Exhibitions are dynamic (expect holograms, videos, and ambient sounds), often interactive, and sometimes downright bizarre. — Concierge

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Place Royale

Downtown Quebec City 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Place Royale is a gorgeous public place that makes for pretty pictures, but it’s also one of our most significant historic attractions. — Travel + Leisure

This small but picturesque plaza is considered by Québécois to be the literal and spiritual heart of Basse-Ville -- in grander terms, the birthplace of French America. — Frommer's

The houses that encircle this cobblestone square, with steep Normandy-style roofs, dormer windows, and chimneys, were once the homes of wealthy merchants. — Fodor's

This interpretive center touts the Place-Royale neighborhood as the cradle of French history. — Lonely Planet

This picturesque square, surrounded by restored 17th- and 18th-century buildings, is one of the oldest inhabited areas on the continent. — Concierge

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Battlefields Park

Downtown Quebec City 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

These 250 acres of gently rolling slopes have unparalleled views of the St. — Fodor's

Covering 108 hectares (267 acres) of grassy hills, sunken gardens, monuments, fountains, and trees, Québec's Battlefields Park was Canada's first national urban park. — Frommer's

The elusive beauty of this steep site overlooking the St Lawrence provides the opportunity for an outing that is both recreational and rich in historical significance. — Michelin Guide

Conveniently close to the Old Town, this vast park is a great spot for outdoor activity. — Lonely Planet

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Terrasse Dufferin

Downtown Quebec City 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Perched on a clifftop... this 425m-long boardwalk is a marvelous setting for a stroll, with spectacular, sweeping views. — Lonely Planet

This wide boardwalk with an intricate wrought-iron guardrail has a panoramic view. — Fodor's

Terrasse Dufferin, which is perched just below the iconic Fairmont Château le Frontenac, is a public park with sweeping vistas of the St. Lawrence River. — Travel + Leisure

Excavation alongside the Château Frontenac took place from 2005 to 2009 as part of a project to perform maintenance work on the promenade. — Frommer's

Overlooking the majestic river, this vantage point offers breathtaking views of the Lower Town and the St. Lawrence River. — Michelin Guide

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Observatoire de la Capitale

Downtown Quebec City 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The site features an overview of the city's history with 3-D imagery, audiovisual displays... and a time-travel theme with a 1960s twist. — Fodor's

This observatoire offers a 360-degree view of the Québec City skyline, from the city’s highest vantage point. — Frommer's

Head 221m up to the 31st floor for great views of the Old Town. — Lonely Planet

Standing at 221 meters above sea level (and with 31 floors), this is Quebec City's tallest building. — Travel + Leisure

At 221m/725ft, the observatory on the 31st storey of this administrative building commands a splendid view of Historic Quebec, the citadelle, the fortifications, the St. Lawrence River. — Michelin Guide

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Basilique Cathedrale - Notre-Dame-de-Quebec

Downtown Quebec City 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Québec's Roman Catholic basilica got its start as a small church in 1647. — Lonely Planet

A "holy door" was added to the church in 2014, as a special form of pilgrimage. — Fodor's

Rising from a bustling plaza in the center of Upper Town, this impressive cathedral belongs to the oldest parish in North America. — Travel + Leisure

Originally consecrated in 1674, the cathedral was destroyed during the fighting between French and British forces in 1759 — Michelin Guide

In 2014 it celebrated 350 years as home to the mother parish to all of North America. — Frommer's

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Musee du Fort

Downtown Quebec City 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Built by a history teacher in the 1960s and updated some in the 1980s, this floor-sized diorama depicts the French, British, and U.S. battles for control of Québec. — Frommer's

A 400-square foot model of historic Quebec is the playing field for a state of the art light and sound show.   — Atlas Obscura

Reenacts the area's important battles, including the Battle of the Plains of Abraham and the 1775 attack by American generals. — Fodor's

Completely renovated to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2015, this mini-museum houses a 30-minute multimedia show... of attacks on Québec City. — Lonely Planet

This museum features a sound and light presentation (30min) that traces the city's military and civil history — Michelin Guide

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Montmorency Falls Park (Parc de la Chute-Montmorency)

Chutes-Montmorency 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Think Niagara is impressive? Montmorency's cascade is a full 30 meters (99 feet) higher, at 83 meters (272 feet). In winter, the lake at its base becomes a vast skating rink. — Afar Magazine

It’s a popular family destination: kids big and small love to play in the falls’ mist, to ride the cable car up the falls, and to cross above the falls on a suspended bridge. — Travel + Leisure

Before flowing into the St Lawrence River, the Montmorency River drops an exceptional distance of 83m! — Michelin Guide

A path from the lower parking area leads to the base of the falls, where the water comes crashing down. The view is spectacular from here in all seasons. — Frommer's

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La Promenade des Gouverneurs

Downtown Quebec City 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This small park beside Château Frontenac was created in the mid-17C for the enjoyment of the governor-general of New France. — Michelin Guide

In this small park just south of the Château Frontenac stands the Wolfe-Montcalm Monument, a 50-foot-tall obelisk that pays tribute to both a winning (English) and a losing (French) general. — Fodor's

This walkway suspended from the cliff, connecting the terrace in front of Château Frontenac to the Plaines d’Abraham, is one of the most romantic walks you can take. — Travel + Leisure

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Parc de l'Artillerie

Downtown Quebec City 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A complex of defensive buildings erected by the French in the 17th and 18th centuries make up Artillery Park. — Frommer's

The old iron foundry houses a magnificent scale model of Québec City built in 1808, allowing visitors to get a sense of the city as it looked then, as well as its geography and history. — Fodor's

It commemorates three centuries of military, social and industrial life in Quebec City. In summertime, Parcs Canada stages a wide range of events here, including a demonstration of cannon fire. — Michelin Guide

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Aquarium du Quebec

Quebec City 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Established on a site overlooking the St. Lawrence River, the Aquarium of Quebec houses more than 10,000 fish, invertebrates, amphibians and sea mammals. — Michelin Guide

Spread across 40 hectares, Québec’s aquarium contains some 10,000 aquatic creatures, including freshwater and saltwater fish, amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates and marine mammals. — Lonely Planet

This is the only aquarium in North America with examples of all five species of cold-water seals. — Fodor's

This 40-acre indoor and outdoor public aquarium located west of the city center is home to over 10,000 marine creatures: fish, reptiles, amphibians, and sea mammals. — Travel + Leisure

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Chevalier House

Downtown Quebec City 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Maison Chevalier is in fact three 18C adjoining abodes: maison Chesnay, maison Frérot and maison Chevalier itself. — Michelin Guide

This old stone house (which is actually three houses brought together) was built in 1752 for the shipowner Jean-Baptiste Chevalier. — Fodor's

Indoor tours focus on how the furnishings, gathered from the museums’ collections, represent Québec’s different political regimes during the 18th and 19th centuries. — Frommer's

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La Promenade Samuel-De Champlain

Sillery 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Visitors looking to enjoy the city’s fresh air will find a bicycle lane, separated from a pedestrian path; a soccer field, a children’s playground, and many recreation areas. — Travel + Leisure

A scenic path approximately 2.5 km long (1 1/2 miles) along the St-Laurent river between Quai des Cageux and Côte de Sillery. — Frommer's

This 2½-kilometer (1½-mile) park along the St. Lawrence River is a local favorite, with an amazing view of the river and the two bridges that cross it to the west. — Fodor's

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Eglise Notre Dame des Victoires

Downtown Quebec City 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It was named in thanksgiving for two successful occasions when Quebec City resisted the sieges of the British. Inside, the magnificent retable represents the fortified city. — Michelin Guide

Dating from 1688, and named for French victories over the British in 1690 and 1711, this is North America's oldest stone church. — Lonely Planet

The fortress shape of the altar is no accident; this small but beautiful stone church on Place Royale is linked to a bellicose past. — Fodor's

Overlooking historic Place Royale, where Quebec City was founded in 1608, this 300-year-old church has had a tumultuous history. — Travel + Leisure

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Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

Quebec City 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The first Anglican cathedral outside the British Isles was erected in the heart of Québec City's Upper Town between 1800 and 1804. — Fodor's

Seat of the Anglican Church in Quebec City, the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity was the first Anglican cathedral to be built outside of the British Isles. — Travel + Leisure

Built from 1800 to 1804, this elegantly handsome Anglican cathedral was the first ever built outside the British Isles. — Lonely Planet

King George III provided the funding and sent English oak from the royal forests of Windsor for the pews. In summer, the courtyard is a gathering place for artists. — Michelin Guide

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Old Quebec

Quebec City 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It is best to visit the Old City on foot, in order to absorb the distinct character of the narrow, winding streets. — Michelin Guide

This steep cable railway has been hoisting passengers in the heart of Québec City for over a century.  — Atlas Obscura

Old Québec City looks and feels like a charming town in France that was transported to the shores of the St. Lawrence River more than four centuries ago. — Afar Magazine

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Maison Henry-Stuart

Quebec City 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

If you want to get a firsthand look at how the well-to-do English residents of Québec City lived in a bygone era, this is the place. — Fodor's

Surrounded by a small park, the façade of this 1849 cottage is graced with large French windows — Michelin Guide

This handsomely preserved cottage, built in 1849, once belonged to an upper-middle-class Anglophone family, and contains period furnishings from the early 1900s. — Lonely Planet

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Seminaire du Quebec

Downtown Quebec City 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Behind iron gates, next to the Notre-Dame-de-Québec cathedral, lies a tranquil courtyard surrounded by austere stone buildings with rising steeples. — Fodor's

The seminary comprises three sections arranged around an inner court. Note the sundial on the facade of the Procure Wing, completed in 1681. — Michelin Guide

Founded in 1663, this Roman Catholic seminary is one of the city's oldest institutions. — Lonely Planet

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