Located right on the banks of the Saint Lawrence River is Quebec city - our province's capital. Quebec city has a population of over half a million and is one of the oldest European settlements in North America. Making it an extremely popular tourist destination for North American history buffs and people who want to visit Europe without the insane price tag.
Quebec city is bursting with things to do. From visiting landmark historical sights to chilling at one-of-a-kind luxury spas - there is something for everyone in our dear province's capital. It is an especially beautiful place to visit during the winter months.
Over the next few pages, we will be looking at the key "to dos" for a weekend get-away in Quebec. Whether you're going with the whole family or a romantic getaway for two, a short trip to Quebec City is always memorable.
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Take a classic winter walk through Old Quebec
Visiting Old Quebec is the best way to travel to Europe without maxing out your credit card. Seriously, this neighbourhood is bursting with character and history. Beautiful architecture at every turn.
Take a stroll down the Quartier Petit Champlain
Despite it's touristy nature the Quartier Petit Champlain is quintessentially Quebec and is a must-see for anyone visiting Quebec, especially fist-time visitors.
See a little piece of history and visit Basilica Sainte-Anne-De-Beaupre
One of Quebec city's most iconic structures this Basilica is a true marvel, a must-see for all visiting the city, especially during the winter season.
Take a walk and visit Parliament Building
Very important location to visit for all the politics buffs out there. You can pay a little extra for a guided tour or just admire the outside - whatever you prefer.
Visit the Terasse Dufferin for a spectacular view of the city
The Teraasse Dufferin is just a public space that anyone can visit - totally free - with a spectacular view of the city. Grab a coffee and spend the afternoon.
Spend some time visiting la Citadelle De Quebec
The Citadelle is one of the oldest military building in all of Canada. It is also the residence of the Governor General of Canada. Making this a very important landmark for Canadian history and politics.
Continue your historic sightseeing by visiting the Fortifications of Quebec - a national historic site
This is an active military site and historic landmark - also known as the jewel of the Provincial Capital - a visit to the Fortifications of Quebec will take you on a journey way back into Quebec's history and past.
Visit North Americas oldest grocery store Épicerie J.A. Moisan
Established in 1871 this place names itself the oldest grocery store in North America. It's a casual shoppers dream come true. Filled with local goodies and kitchen trinkets, you'll be sure to find something to bring home to remember your trip.
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Make sure to call ahead for your reservation at the iX Pour Bistro
This cozy bistro only serves a couple people a night and is strictly reservation only. Making it one of the top "to dos" on the Quebec city fine-dinning list.
A fine dinning experience to remember at Le Saint-Amour in Old Quebec
Le Saint-Amour is located in the heart of Old Quebec and provides a true fine dinning experience to it's patrons. If you're looking for an elevated and classic dinning experience in Quebec city.
Visit L'affaire Est Ketchup for an unpretentious french dining experience
This place is a hole-in-the-wall type of restaurant that will surprise you. Serving fine French bistro-style food but in a laid-back and chill atmosphere, making it a great Quebec city find.
Visit Bistro Sous Le Fort for classic french bistro experience
Very quaint and local - Bistro Sous Le Fort will fulfil all your French/European dreams without having to take the 6 hour flight to paris.
Take a little trip through time and eat at Aux Anciens Canadiens
Quebec city is bursting with history and culture. And one of the best ways to experience that is through food. Sample some regional specialities at Aux Anciens Canadiens for a true french Canadian experience.
Chow-down on hearty BBQ at Chez Biceps BBQ
Nothing like perfectly roasted meat to compliment a day of sight-seeing. This is a must-try for anyone visiting the capital city.
Visit Le Clocher Penché for tantalizing and seasonal local dishes
Local dishes are served with regional and fresh ingredients at Le Clocher Penché. A must-visit if your looking to sample a modern take on traditional regional cooking.
Indulge in oysters and classic drinks at Kraken Cru
With a sea-food driven menu this spot is perfect for those oyster and seafood-lovers out there; serving up local oysters accompanied by a curated wine-list and classic cocktails.
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A truly unforgettable experience visit Hotel De Glace in Québec City
This is the only ice hotel in North America. A true marvel and definitely romantic experience for two. Visit just for the day, or spend the whole night.
Visit Les Santier Des Caps Charlevoix for an afternoon of Snowshoeing
The Quebec region is a true winter wonderland. There are countless areas to take advantage of the snow and wilderness.
Spend an evening ice skating at Place D'Youville
There are many places you can take advantage of ice skating in Quebec City, one of the most popular - and romantic - is the outdoor rink at Place D'Youville. Top the evening off with a intimate dinner for two afterwards.
Treat yourself to a unique activity and go dog sledding outside the city
Right outside the city lies the opportunity for one-in-a-lifetime wilderness and adventure activities like dog sledding. Bring a date for a unforgettable winter afternoon.
Spend an afternoon alpine skiing at Mont-Sainte-Anne
Mont-Sainte-Anne is a beautiful mountain and ski resort town located approximately 45 minutes outside Quebec City. Perfect for a day of skiing or a romantic mountain get-away for two.
Spend an night cozying up in a traditional Yurt in the Vallée Bras-Du-Nord
About an hour drive North-West from Quebec city lies the Vallée Bras-Du-Nord. Here you can really get in touch with nature and cozy up to someone special for an unforgettable night in a traditional Yurt.
Indulge in a intimate fine-dinning experience at the famous Restaurant L'Initiale
For a cream de la cream type of dinning experience, visit Restaurant L'Initiale on a romantic evening date for two.
Sip a hot drink at La Maison Smith in Old Quebec
For a eating experience that comes at a reasonable price, you can sip a warm latte with your lover at La Maison Smith. Right in the heart of Old Quebec.
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Melt the worries away at Le Nordique Spa Mont Ste Ane
For a real outdoor nordic spa experience try this one located about 45 minutes outside of the city center. Spend the day or the whole night for the full experience.
For a luxurious outdoor spa experience visit Le Nordique Spa Stoneham
This spa is located right on the river bank of the Jacques Cartier river and is surrounded by mountains. Making it a truly unique spa experience for those who are new to the region.
Visit Siberia Spa located right outside downtown Quebec City
This spa is located just 10 minutes from downtown Quebec city and provides a truly luxurious outdoor spa experience. Spend the day relaxing in the baths or pamper yourself with one of their exclusive treatments.
Spend a day relaxing and visit Sky Spa in Downtown Quebec
This sky grazing spa - also located in Montreal - has a location in downtown Quebec city. A fun way to unwind after a grueling day of sightseeing in the city.
It doesn't get more majestic than Spa Des Neiges in Saint-Anne-De-Beaupré
Located a short 30 minutes drive outside downtown Quebec city, this outdoor winter spa is the perfect way to top off your Quebec city adventure.
Visit the luxurious Noah Spa in Scott Quebec
Just 45 minutes outside of Quebec city you can find Noah Spa. A luxurious indoor spa offering relaxation packages and unique treatments for a day of relaxation.
Hit two birds with one stone and spend a day at the Moment Spa Le Chateau Frontenac
Le Chateau Frontenac is not only an iconic Canadian landmark but is also currently operating as a hotel with 611 guest room! Spend a day at the Luxurious spa which is housed on the 6th floor of this historic marvel.
Take a break at downtown Spa Infinima in Quebec City
This spa is perfect for a quick recharge after a long day of sightseeing and outdoor activities. It's convenient location and package deals are perfect for those visiting for a weekend.
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Participate in Quebec City's annual Winter Carnival!
One of the worlds largest winter carnivals actually happens right in our own province! The Quebec City annual winter carnival is on this year from January 26th to February 11th.
Head out to Village Vacances Valcartier for a day of Snow tubing and other winter activities!
Snow tubing is a staple winter activity in Canada. In the Quebec city region, there are multiple locations to partake in this quintessential winter activity, just a short drive outside of the city.
Visit Parc National De La Jacques Cartier for cross-country skiing and other outdoor activities
The stunningly breathtaking Parc National De La Jacques Cartier is located only an hour outside of Quebec City by car. A wonderful way to appreciate and take in the wilderness of the Quebec North.
Visit Parc De La Chute-Montmorency for an unforgettable winter afternoon
Les Chute Montmorency are as beautiful in the summer as in the winter. Located just 20 minutes east of the city center, it's an easy afternoon site to see while sightseeing in the city for a long weekend.
Visit "Le Grand Blue" at Baie-Saint-Paul outside Quebec City
Baie-Saint-Paul is located about 90 minutes north of Quebec city, but is totally worth the drive. Nestles on the shores of the Saint-Laurence river this majestic water-side town offers a true regional Quebec experience.
Visit Village Nordik Du Port De Quebec for Ice Fishing!
Village Nordik Du Port De Quebec is full of winter activities - including ice fishing - for the whole family to partake and enjoy. Visit their site for all the information!
Spend the day getting lost in the great Quebec wilderness at Reserve Faunique Portneuf
Located about 90 minutes outside of Quebec City lies a wildlife reserve full of opportunities for outdoor winter activities. For those who are die-hard wilderness fans, this is the place for you.
Partake in one of the oldest attractions in town and go sledding just steps from Chateau Frontenac
One of the oldest attraction in Quebec city and is open all winter long, spend an afternoon tobogganing in the center of town while taking in the historic sights of the city. It's truly a win/win.