18 responses to “What to see and do in Quebec City: My top 10 list, plus where to eat and sleep”

  1. Vivian, VIA’s virtual tour guide

    Great article! I’ll be in QC City later this month, and I’m definitely checking out the free Cirque du Soleil show, thanks for the heads up 🙂

    Vivian is Virtual
    VIA Rail’s tour guide

  2. Lynette

    I need to travel (by bus or air perhaps) in September from Camden, Maine to Quebec City for a writers’ conference. I do not want to driver What are my options with public transportation?

  3. Young

    Your article was very helpful and interesting. I am planning a trip to Quebec in August, 2013.
    Two questions:
    1. Do you know if all your suggestions/recommendations are still relevant or available?
    2. Is a completely non-French speaker able to communicate and get around easily?

  4. Julie

    Hi, I am visiting Quebec City in the Fall and wanting to cross the border to spend a couple of nights in Maine on my way down to Boston. I cannot find any trains/buses which stop in Maine – I am happy to drive, but can’t seem to find many car hire options which allow crossing the border? Some offer it but say there may be extra fees/charges (on top of the quote given) to cross the border or be an international driver (we’re from Australia) so would prefer getting across the border by public transport and then picking up a car from there.. Any help muchly appreciated!

  5. Sean

    Hello Hilary.

    I realize that this post is years old, but I wanted to thank you for writing it. We just got back from a week long trip to Quebec City today and had a ball. We especially wanted to thank you for the Cafe Le St. Malo recommendation! It was not one of the recommendations from the concierge at the hotel (St. Antoine), so we would not have found it otherwise – and it was our best dinner of the week! Thank you so much!

  6. Nancy


    Thinking of celebrating our 40th anniversary in Quebec City. Good idea?
    If so, is late August early September a good time or would October be better?

    Where to stay, eat, see besides above. How much time is needed to see the best sites? A week, four days?

    If transportation is difficult, would it be good to rent a car?

    Thanks for any help.


  7. Megan

    Hi Hilary
    Great Article and some wonderful suggestions! We travelled to QC from Portland via Portsmouth and Montreal in Summer 2012. We are back in Portland this coming December and would like to go back up to QC and experience it in the winter, possibly for xmas. Just wondering your thoughts in driving there from Portland, considering snow etc at that time of year? We drove back to Portland direct from QC in about 6 hours but i’m not keen to take the same road if there’s snow and thinking we should allow at least double the amount of travelling time? Would be interesting to hear your thoughts if you have any.

  8. kate

    Hello, great site, thanks! Traveling from Quebec to Portland Maine in early August- any good places to stop & break up the trip (have two small kids). thanks!

  9. Susan

    How many full days would you suggest for a visit with a teenager?

  10. Carolyn

    Hillary I thank you for your info. My husband is working a job in Rumford , ME and it is our 43 anniversary and Canada is on the bucket list. We got our passports so we could take a week and see some of Canada. I went to Quebec City with a school group in Jan. 2000 (I went back to finish my college in my mid forties) and fell in love with the city. With only a week I have planned a trip leaving Rumford an going to Quebec City then on to Montreal then Oshawa then Toronto and Niagara Falls. We love driving and looking. Do you think this is doable in a week. Also, we rented a car to drive to Maine from Lucedale, MS and plan on driving it to Canada, Do we need any special thing license or permits to drive it across the border? Looking forward to Canada and Maine

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