A Perfect Day in Old Quebec

Canada’s historic Old Quebec is a UNESCO world heritage treasure.

Having spent my birthday in Montreal this year, my friends and I drove up north for two hours to spend a lovely day in Quebec City, particularly Old Quebec. I love old towns and this particular one is very reminiscent of a European town. Very Old World French. What I love most about this part of Canada is its bilingualism. Something that most Americans do not have.

We had no particular itinerary for Old Quebec. We just drove to the city center and from there on followed signs to the old neighborhood. This is a popular destination so you will see lots of tourists and visitors. Once we got to Old Quebec’s main street, we looked for parking and walked. There are tons of restaurants and stores in the area so you will want to take the time to walk around and just follow the crowd.

It’s hard not to fall in love with Old Quebec.




Quebec City, Canada

Quebec City, Canada

I also recommend taking the funicular railway. It is a quick ride between Haute-Ville (Upper Town) to the Basse-Ville (Lower Town) for only $2.25 Canadian dollars.

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A visit to Old Quebec won’t be complete without taking a stroll at Terrasse Dufferin, a beautiful terrace along St. Lawrence river and next to the majestic Chateau Frontenac. It is definitely a must!



You can also walk to the National Historic Sites of the Fortifications of Quebec and the Citadel for more of Canada’s history. This is definitely one of my favorite old towns!

Have you been to Old Quebec? What was your favorite part?

Jen is a Chicago-based traveler and a full-time Director of Development for an arts & culture organization. Originally from Connecticut, she created JetsettingJen as a place to share her travel stories and photos with friends and family. Now, it is a place for adventurers, explorers and dreamers. Its purpose is to inspire and encourage people to see the world and achieve a better work-life balance.