A Walking Tour of Quebec City’s Must-See Sights and Landmarks

Quebec City is a beautiful and historic destination that is perfect for exploring on foot. With its narrow cobblestone streets, charming neighborhoods, and stunning landmarks, there is no shortage of sights to see and things to do in this vibrant city.

One of the best ways to experience the charm and character of Quebec City is to take a walking tour through its various neighborhoods and landmarks.


Put on your walking shoes and join us as we explore the many wonders of Quebec City on foot.

Time needed:around 1h – 1.5h
Length:0.98 miles (1.58 km)

The route consists of 10 locations

  1. Champlain Monument
  2. Place d’Armes
  3. Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville
  4. Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral
  5. Parc Montmorency
  6. Petit-Champlain
  7. Fresque du Petit-Champlain
  8. Rue de Cul-de-Sac
  9. Place Royale
  10. Fresque des Québécois

Starting-location: Château Frontenac

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This walking tour starts at the Château Frontenac. The hotel is an iconic landmark of the city and is known for its grand architecture.

1. Champlain Monument & 2. Place d’Armes

The first stop of your walking tour in Quebec City is the Champlain Monument. This impressive statue pays tribute to the explorer and founder of Quebec City, Samuel de Champlain. From the monument, you can enjoy panoramic views of the city and the St. Lawrence River. If you walk a bit further you’ll see the Place d’Armes, a small square.

3. Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville

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As you continue your walking tour, make sure to include a stop at the Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville. This beautiful square is home to the city’s historic town hall and is surrounded by a number of charming restaurants and cafés.

4. Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral

Next on your itinerary should be the Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral. This stunning architectural masterpiece is a must-see for anyone visiting Quebec City. The basilica is home to a number of beautiful works of art and the porte sainte.

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The porte sainte, or “holy door,” is a special door at the cathedral that is traditionally sealed shut and only opened during the Jubilee Year, which is a year designated by the Catholic Church as a time of special grace and forgiveness of sins.

5. Parc Montmorency

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After exploring the basilica, take a short walk to the Parc Montmorency.

6. Petit-Champlain district

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No walking tour of Quebec City would be complete without a visit to the Petit-Champlain district. This charming neighborhood is filled with narrow cobblestone streets, boutique shops, and delicious restaurants.

7. Fresque du Petit-Champlain

Make sure to check out the Fresque du Petit-Champlain, a beautiful mural that depicts the history of the district.

8. Rue de Cul-de-Sac

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As you continue your tour, make sure to include a stop at the Rue de Cul-de-Sac. This narrow street is home to a number of charming houses and is a perfect spot to snap an Instagram picture.

9. Place Royale

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Then, head to the Place Royale, a charming square that is home to a number of historical landmarks.

10. Fresque des Québécois

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Your walking tour should end at the Fresque des Québécois, a beautiful mural that depicts the history of Quebec City.

Bonus Tip: A smartphone walking tour

To make your walking tour more fun, there is an app which provides an interactive scavenger hunt walking tour.

You’ll explore the city on foot and get points for solving different types of tasks:

  • Find sights: You will use hints to find the best sights and hidden gems throughout the city. The map function in the app will help you get there.
  • Solve questions: Once you’ve arrived at the place you’re looking for, you’ll be asked questions about the sight. Most of the time, the answers are hidden in signs, pictures, etc. A great and fun way to learn new things about the city.
  • Have fun: During the adventure you can also expect exciting photo tasks that require a lot of creativity. If you master the snapshots, you will be rewarded with points.

Along the way, you’ll reach the amazing places, discussed in this blogpost. The experience is not limited in time. You can explore the city at your own pace and take breaks.


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