The Old City is like an open-air museum, and the best way to explore it is on foot with a local guide. A variety of excursions are also available to take you easily and comfortably beyond the historic district to other local attractions such as Montmorency Falls, Île d’Orléans, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine, Ice Hotel, whale watching, and more.

Let us suggest 3 different ways to explore Québec City and Area.

1. Excursions by Land

Everything is in easy reach from downtown. All kinds of tours are available, whether you prefer classic, themed, or personalized outings.

2. River Cruises and Boat Tours

Québec-Lévis Ferry | Credit:  Traverse Québec-Lévis
Credit: Traverse Québec-Lévis

One thing’s for sure—the view of Québec City from the St. Lawrence River is spectacular in any season!  A variety of thematic excursions depart from the Old Port in summer and fall. Colliding chunks of ice add an extra magic to winter ferry crossings.

Take a boat, inflatable boat or kayak guided tour

Take the ferry

Enjoy a dinner cruise

Go whale watching

3. Aerial Excursions

Aerial View of Québec City | Credit:  Complexe Capitale Hélicopère
Credit: Complexe Capitale Hélicopère

Thrill to a bird’s eye view of the fortifications, the Citadel, and the Old City’s winding streets. Other attractions can be added to your itinerary, such as Montmorency Falls or the Jacques-Cartier River valley.

Fly over the city by helicopter or explore the great outdoors by plane


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