Quebec City is a marvel to visit. Filled with a rich history, beautiful architecture and timeless culture, this oldest French-speaking community in North America deserves all the praises it gets. It's no wonder that UNESCO declared the oldest part of Quebec as a World Heritage Site; its beauty must on all accounts be preserved.
Thinking of choosing Quebec as your next travel destination? Here are the top things to do in this beautiful Canadian city.
Visit Montmorency Falls Park. This natural wonder, which is higher than the Niagara Falls, will sure enrapture in you in its majesty. It stands at 272 feet tall, and for a little tip, schedule your visit here in the summer, where during the day you can enjoy a picnic with friends and family with the falls as the backdrop, and during night time the plunging water of the falls is illuminated for a beautiful effect.
Enter the Notre-Dame-de-Québec Basilica. It may not be as striking as Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica, but this cathedral still has its own charm. One of the oldest cathedrals in North America, it has stood its ground since 1647. Employ a tour guide and explore its walls and history. And if you're brave enough, you can go in the crypt and visit the resting places of old cardinals, governors and the other 900 souls buried there.
Explore the old streets of Place-Royale. Visitors, especially first-timers, will surely enjoy spending their hours exploring this quaint town area in Quebec. The streets and buildings still retain the influence during its French Colonial past, and its boutiques and restaurants are something not to be missed! Make sure to also stop by Place Royale Interpretation Center, where you can learn more about the history of this neighborhood.
Relish in the charm of Old Québec (Vieux-Québec). Your trip to Quebec wouldn't be complete if you don't visit Old Quebec, the city's most historic neighborhood. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, just wandering down its European-style streets is certainly enough to get most out of your trip. Walking on the streets is free but to get inside some of its most popular attractions like the Citadel and the Quartier Petit-Champlain, you will need to pay an entrance fee.