Quebec city in the summer

Quebec City is truly unparalleled. Nestled on the northern shore of the Saint Lawrence River in the province of Quebec, this city is rich with history, art, culture, and diversity. It is truly one of Canada’s ultimate travel destinations. It’s for these reasons and more that asked me to customize the perfect 3-Day getaway in beautiful Quebec City.

3-Day Itinerary for Quebec City

This itinerary is relevant for whatever time of the year you choose to visit Quebec City.

 Day 1: Art, History, Culture & Heritage

old quebec in quebec city
Old Quebec

Begin your first day in the province of Quebec’s capital with an education on the culture, art, history and heritage bleeding from every street corner, monument and structure. The first place to visit is Wendake, a window into aboriginal culture and the Huron-Wendat First Nation to embark on a history tour that will take you back to the 17th century.

After your voyage through Wendake, head to Old Québec, a UNESCO designated “world heritage treasure”, for its centuries-old architecture, and historic sites. You’ll also find some European charm in Old Québec with horse drawn carriages. While there, visit some unique art galleries, museums, the famous Chateau Frontenac hotel, and the stunning Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral.

Upon visiting Old Québec, make your way to Fortifications of Quebec, a National historic site with over 4.6km of walls and gates to explore. Then, head over to Place-Royale for a trip back in time to the 17th century and to wander past period buildings along cobblestone streets. Feel free to also explore the neighbouring boutiques, Quebec city’s old port, art galleries and the famous neighbourhood of Quartier Petit Champlain for some shopping.

After that visit the Morrin centre, a site built upon years of history that is now a major hub for cultural and heritage education in Quebec City.

Lastly, end the day with miracles by visiting Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré shrine, one of North America’s oldest pilgrimage site and an attraction for almost 1 million people every year.

Day 2: Nature & Adventure

jacques cartier national park in quebec city
Parc National de La Jacques-Cartier

 Begin your second day in Quebec City exploring the historic site of the Plains of Abraham, which dates back to the Battle of the Plains of Abraham (a.k.a. Battle of Quebec) in the 18th century. Continue your exploration tour by visiting Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, the site of the famous Montmorency Falls.

(Fun fact: Montmorency Falls is higher than Niagara Falls by 30 meters).

End the second day at Parc National de La Jacques-Cartier, a site of mountainous plateau cut by deep valleys, for hiking, biking, snowshoeing or any other activity relevant to the season of your visit.

Day 3: Food & Entertainment

Poutine places in quebec city

To commemorate and conclude your last day in Quebec City, go on a food tour to explore the various French and international cuisines vibrant in the city’s food scene. Some places to visit include La Buche, Maple Delights, Snack Bar Saint-Jean (for the tastiest poutine), Le Moine Échanson, Creperie-bistro Le Billig, Érico (Quebec city’s chocolate Museum), Le Ciel in Hotel Le Concorde Quebec (a revolving restaurant), and Le Tournebroche.

Hotel de Glace in quebec city
Hotel de Glace

If you will be visiting Quebec city for more than 3 days, some other things to add to your itinerary include; a hot air balloon ride, an aerial tour, a ferry ride with Traverse Québec-Lévis, a visit to the Aquarium du Québec, an exploration of the ile d’Orléans, La Citadelle de Québec, Les Passages Insolites, Chemin du Roy, Hotel de Glace (ice hotel), Le Massif de Charlevoix, as well as attending some of Quebec city’s most popular annual festivals and events, Crépuscule, Quebec City Pride Festival, and Envol et Macadam.

Below is a cityscaping video of Quebec City that was shot and edited by Syed Zeehad.

Photo credits: Gregor Clark, Artur Staszewski, Quebec Original, All Women’s Talk and Luc Rousseau