The perfect place to get away from it all by the water, the Old Port offers stunning views and loads of laid-back charm.
Art Galeries and Antique Shops Hub
The charming streets that surround the Old Port are perfect for strolling and whiling away the hours at antiques stores, art galleries, and sidewalk cafés. The enchanting decor is peppered with historic houses that were once home to the likes of grain merchants and wholesale grocers. At Place FAO, amid the circa 1900 architectural gems of the old financial district, lies a striking fountain sculpture that’s a favourite of passersby.
Place des Canotiers is a wonderful urban park at the confluence of the St. Lawrence River, the port, and the city. With its unbeatably gorgeous view of Château Frontenac, the Petit-Champlain, and Old Port districts, it’s a favourite spot for locals and tourists looking to soak up the sights, check out the action on the river, and just enjoy life.
A Breathtaking View of Québec City
A variety of water excursions depart from the Old Port. Observe the play of the current—and chunks of ice crashing against each other in winter—while you enjoy the fresh breeze. Admire the magnificent landscapes, including Cap Diamant which is beautifully lit up at night.
A Top Cruise Destination
Québec is increasingly positioning itself on the international cruise scene as a destination and port of embarkation of choice. Over the years, it has welcomed passengers enjoying, among others, the Canada—New England itinerary. From summer to the end of fall, impressive ships call into Québec’s port.
Witness of the Old Port’s industrial vocation by day, the Bunge grain silos are transformed come nightfall. They serve as the backdrop to Aurora Borealis, an impressive work that illuminates the grain silos with the colours of the northern lights, creating a fascinating luminous sculpture.
A Train Station Fit for a Castle
Built in 1915 in the same style as Château Frontenac, the Gare du Palais train station gives passengers their first taste of the romantic, picturesque city that awaits. In 1992 it was designated a heritage railway station in recognition of its architectural, historic, and environmental value.