Fall in Québec City
Our Concierges recommandations
Les Tours Voir Québec - Historic city tours, food tours, group or private (170$). Join these professional and passionate guides to learn more about our wonderful city!
Québec 1608 – Excellent company offering 3-hour private walking tours (170$). Possibility to arrange a full-day tour with lunch, and many other tailor-made experiences! They focus on providing the history of Quebec City in perspective with the North American history.
Mendel Tours – Excellent private walking tour with Mr. Mendel who is well renowned for its deep knowledge of the City and his historic books. Private walking tour starts at 270$. Reservations required weeks in advance.
Quebec City Food Tour – The company specializes in food tours in both Saint-Roch neighborhood (Lower town) –Quebec’s foodie scene- and in the Old City & Faubourg Saint-Jean-Baptiste (Upper town), in a fun and friendly approach. Reservation online only.
AML offers nice cruises on the Saint-Lawrence river: 90 minutes guided cruises, dinner or brunch cruises, whale watching (including bus transport or not) and special events.
Vieux Port Yachting offers a 3-hour introduction to sailing or reserve a sail boat for private or group excursions with a captain.
Excursions Maritimes offers zodiac excursion on the Saint-Lawrence River, a nice way to discover the beauty of the shores of Quebec and Lévis.
Old Quebec Tours - Les Tours du Vieux Quebec offers 2-hour city tour and 4.5—hour countryside tour. Hop on, hop off double-decker bus available over summer time, a great way to get a general overview of the different neighborhoods and to find your bearings!
Quebec Bus Tour - Countryside tour of the Orleans Island including 5-gourmet stops or a good combo of a City tour and discovery of Montmorency Falls. Excellent deal & small groups.
Limo A1 has exceptional driver-guides to discover the city and the countryside in style! Please allow 90 minutes to two hours for a City Tour and three hours to a full day for a countryside tour. Starts at 75$++ per hour in a sedan car (2 people).
Helicopter Tour - Amazing way to enjoy city or country flyovers. “Pilot of the day” package available for the most memorable experience!
Spa & Thermal Experience
Strom Spa - Located at a 10-minute taxi ride only from our property, treat yourself with a thermal experience, Nordic baths, outdoor whirlpools, eucalyptus steam bath and more… with scenic views on the Saint Lawrence River. Concierge tip: Try their unique flotation bath for an optimal moment of relaxation. $$
Siberia Spa – Located at a 30-minute drive from the hotel. Enjoy a thermal experience, Nordic baths, and more, in a wonderful setting surrounded by trees.
Museums & Cultural Visits
Musée de la Civilisation - The Musée de la Civilisation links the past, the present and the future. While remaining strongly rooted in the reality of Québec, it projects a new, attentive and dynamic outlook on all of human experience in its whole, and on civilizations from the world over.
Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec - Located in the heart of the Plains of Abraham, the Fine Arts Museum presents exhibitions featuring Québec artists, past and present, and prestigious international art exhibitions.
Monastère des Augustines – Opened since 2015, this brilliant museum introduces you to the evolution of the spiritual and social engagement of the Augustinian Sisters of Quebec through the history and from the 40 000 artifacts drawn from 12 monastery hospitals. By visiting the permanent exhibition, you will discover their way of life, their work caring for the sicks, and how they balanced their traditional vocations by action and contemplation. Tip: make the most of your visit by having a healthy lunch on site or joining one of the daily classes given on site such as yoga and meditation.
Musée du Fort - This museum presents a sound and light show that recreates the six attempts to take the city over the years. The military history is related using a spectacular 36 m2 (400 sq. ft.) historic model of Québec City in 1759 along with the latest visual and audio technology. Permanent exhibitions with artefacts complete the show.
La Citadelle de Québec - La Citadelle is an active military garrison and cannot be visited individually. The one-hour guided tour will provide you information about the American attacks, the construction of the fortress and its buildings. The visit of the Royal 22e Régiment Museum located in an old French powder magazine (1750) and a former military prison (1842) is included in the tour. Guided tours are offered in French or English.
Traditional military ceremonies Changing of the Guard takes place daily from June 24th to September 3rd at 10 am at the Citadelle (except July 1st & 3rd) Beating of the Retreat is at 6pm every Fridays and Saturdays in July and August (except July 1st).
Parliament building - The guided visit is free, more or less 4 times a day, more during the holidays alternatively in English and in French. Open 7 days a week during the summer and closed on week-ends the rest of the year. Concierge tip: try to mix a visit with a lunch at their restaurant: Le Parlementaire; sumptuous dining room!
Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux National Historic Site - For over 200 years in Québec City under both the French and English regimes, the Saint-Louis forts and Châteaux served as the official residence and seat of power for most of the governors. Take your time to appreciate this unique archaeological site at your own pace. Open 7 days a week during the summer from 10am until 6pm, 3.90$ per person.
Aquarium - 10,000 marine animals inhabit the Aquarium: fish, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, and sea mammals. Among them, polar bear, walruses, and seals will provide you with unique moments. Watch them when they're feeding or being trained.
Village Vacances Valcartier - This fabulous water park is one of the best familial activities. Only 40 minutes driving distance from Quebec City. The Bora Park, an indoor water park, is also perfect for rainy days.
Wendake Village - Visit this native village located at 30 minutes driving distance from Quebec downtown. This is the only Huron-Wendat community in Canada! Discover their culture by visiting their top attractions such as the Huron traditional site or the Hotel Musée Premières-Nations.
Sainte-Anne de Beaupré Basilica - This world pilgrimage Basilica can be visited all year long. Superb visit!
The Enchantment Of Colors
Plains of Abraham (Battlefields Park) - Wonderful historic park enjoyable all year round which offers pretty views overlooking the river. This park is one of Canada’s most important historical parks as well as one of the most prestigious city parks. This is where the historical battle between the French and the English troops took place in 1759.
Jacques Cartier National Park – Located at 30 minutes driving distance from Québec City, Jacques-Cartier National Park features a remarkable landscape characterized by contrasts: mountainous uplands fractured by steep-sided valleys. A river winds through the most spectacular of them, the Valley de la Jacques-Cartier, a trench more than 550 m deep. Activities including paddling down-river, calm water excursions are available upon reservation (48 hours prior).
Montmorency Falls - Located between the river and the cliffs, the Montmorency Falls (83 m) dominates the landscape. It can be visited on foot, by cable car, or from the gourmet restaurant. This park is a few minutes from Québec City ($).
Canyon Ste-Anne - At 45 minutes driving distance from Quebec City, explore the imposing 74m high Sainte-Anne waterfall rumbling into its 1.2 billion years old notch. Go across the highest pedestrian bridge in Quebec, 55 meters high. Thrilling via ferratas and Giant zipline.
Charlevoix region is located further up the East (pass Beaupré Coast). The main reasons to visit are the charming artist town of Baie-Saint-Paul and the stunning scenic drive linking Baie-Saint-Paul to La Malbaie (road 362 East). The region is accessible by road and also by train in summer time… travelling between mountains and seashore, along 140 km of breathtaking riverside scenery between Québec City and La Malbaie, the Train de Charlevoix conveys passengers on a unique cruise experience. ***Reservations have to be made in advance***
Orleans Island - From early summer to late fall, the Orleans Island offers a charming half-day trip with its small typical villages. Local craft and products, vineyards, cider houses, farms to visit or where to enjoy u-pick fruits (apples, strawberries, raspberries along the seasons). Specialties to look for: apple products, maple syrup, duck products, local wines and ice ciders.
Quebec City Film Festival - September 16th to 25th - Excellent film festival including outdoor and indoor presentations. Perfect event for local and international films lovers.
German Christmas market - November 15th to December 25th (Thursday to Sunday) - Dates to be confirmed - Visit this magical Christmas market taking place in the Upper Town. Local and German products available and festive ambiance with animation.
To organize your stay, make your bookings, request other suggestions or tailor-made itineraries feel free to ask our concierge team, we will be happy to introduce you to our wonderful city and its surroundings!
Ophélie & Audrey
Your Concierge Team