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1. Take in the beauty of Old Québec
Journey back in time as you explore the historic district of Old Québec, a UNESCO world heritage site enclosed by the only fortified city walls north of Mexico. With its busy restaurants, artisan shops and family-run bakeries, this delightful area is full of character and atmosphere. The exquisitely detailed Notre-Dame-de-Québec Basilica-Cathedral is particularly photo-worthy.
2. Visit the historic La Citadelle
On the edge of this magical city lies La Citadelle, North America’s largest fortress. Started by the French in 1820 and finished by the British in 1850, La Citadelle was built to defend against an American invasion that never came. Guided tours of the Citadelle and the nearby Regiment Museum run regularly and unveil 300 years of military history.
3. See the spectacular Montmorency Falls
Mentioned in the John Keats poem Sleep and Poetry, the majestic Montmorency Falls are 30 metres higher than the more famous Niagara Falls. The best way to experience this wondrous work of nature is by standing on the suspended footbridge and feeling the thunder of the falls rumble beneath your feet.
4. Stroll along the promenade
Photo opportunities abound along the Terrasse Dufferin, a clifftop walkway that follows the St Lawrence River. The view as you gaze out across the river towards Old Québec is unforgettable, while the iconic Château Frontenac is justifiably the world’s most photographed hotel.
5. Enjoy afternoon tea at the Château Frontenac
The grand Château Frontenac dates back to the nineteenth century and is the star of the city skyline. Many famous guests have made this exquisite hotel their residence during their time in Québec City, including Queen Elizabeth II, Céline Dion and Sir Paul McCartney. With magnificent views across the St Lawrence River, a visit to the Château Frontenac for afternoon tea makes the perfect end to a day ashore.