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Things to Do in Quebec City, Canada in 31 Beautiful Photos!

Quebec City's Notre-Dame Church.

Quebec City’s Notre-Dame Church.

Quebec City is a Perfect Vacation…

It’s freezing rain in Boston right now, and I’m seized with an urge to write a new article about the best place our family traveled last year: Quebec City, Canada during the summer! In this article, I’ve compiled 31 of my most beautiful photos from Old Quebec for your escapist pleasure.

The city does flowers so well!

Old Quebec does flower boxes so well!

Charming Flowers in Summer

Quebec City is a destination that epitomizes the word “charming.” It is worth at least three days of unstructured wandering and restaurant-hopping through its cobblestoned streets, should you be wise enough to schedule a visit.

Chateau Frontenac is the glamorous heart of the city.

Chateau Frontenac is the glamorous heart of the city.

Flowers, Frontenac, Food, and Fun!

In these photos, you’ll see the four “Fs”. First, flowers abound in the city in summer, spilling out of window boxes in exuberant rainbow waterfalls. My all-time favorite Quebec flower photo is below, captured after I asked my husband one too many times to pose for me. Bwhaha! (He would have looked even more epic if we’d made a flower crown of those orange things.)

My husband was not excited about posing with the pretty flowers. Hehe.

Colin was not excited about posing with the pretty flowers AGAIN. Hehe.

Quebec City Restaurants: Incredible Food

Next, you will see food, because Quebec is famous for its delicious, French-inspired fare. We dined on outdoor patios almost every meal, and our little traveling toddler enjoyed the al fresco meals, too.

Dining al fresco is the thing to do during a Quebec summer. Our little guy loved it, too!

Dining al fresco is the thing to do during a Quebec summer. Our little guy loved it, too!

Chateau Frontenac is Like a Castle

Third, Chateau Frontenac features prominently in many of these pictures, because the fancy hotel reminds me of a fairy castle, and makes a gal happy to look at.

Paired with Old Quebec’s historic 17th century buildings (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), it’s all a romantic feast for the eyes. Want to sleep inside this castle? Click to see current deals on this remarkable hotel, as it’s surprisingly affordable!

Isn't it like a fairy tale land?

Isn’t Old Quebec like a fairy tale land?

Fresh Food Markets of Canada

Finally, these photos show fun. From river-side walking paths, to fresh markets, to joyful public art, Quebec City made our family smile with its color and joie de vivre. Despite the fact that I was in my first trimester of pregnancy during the trip and nauseous as heck, I still had a good time, and that says a lot!

Sunset on the St. Lawrence River.

Sunset on a sweet footpath we found along the St. Lawrence River.

Photos for Quebec Travel Inspiration

Without further ado, let us explore Quebec City through some more luscious photographs! I’m curious to find out: Which ones call out to you the most? Which surprise you? Which make you want to find that exact spot and sip an espresso in front of its glory? Let’s see!

Quebec City street art alley

Pink glass street art in an alley.

A tranquil green park in Old Quebec.

A tranquil green park in Old Quebec.

Old Quebec City

Delightful purple flower boxes.

Street performers are a big part of the city's culture.

Street performers are a big part of the city’s culture.

Fire-juggling street performers.

Fire-juggling performers captivate in the center of Old Quebec.

Charming streets of Quebec City.

Charming streets of Quebec City.

Salad with brie, raspberries, and honey.

Salad with brie, raspberries, and honey.

Quebec City murals

Awesome public art and murals abound in Quebec City.

Our son attempting to rob my purse during an outdoor lunch.

Our son attempting to rob my purse during an outdoor lunch.

The stunning ceiling of Quebec's Notre-Dame Church!

The stunning ceiling of Quebec’s Notre-Dame Church!

Quebec City flowers

These bright red flowers were all around.

Chateau Frontenac.

Me romping with Devi at Chateau Frontenac.

An interior view of Notre-Dame Church.

An interior view of Notre-Dame Church.

Delicate pink flowers along the restaurant patio where we ate dinner one night.

Delicate pink flowers along the restaurant patio where we ate dinner one night.

Quebec City

These winding streets are good for a week of happy wandering through Old Quebec.

A steep cobblestone hill.

This steep cobblestone hill in Quebec reminded me of Greece.

Quebec City cannon

Cannons are sprinkled throughout town.

Gold and green in the Quebec City dusk.

Gold and green in the Quebec City dusk.

Things to do in Quebec

Isn’t this an inviting place to eat? Cobblestones!

An ugly bridge support beam transformed by public art!

An ugly bridge support beam transformed by public art!

Who needs napkins?

Who needs napkins when dining outdoors?

Old Quebec

This cobblestone ramp was both beautiful and useful for our stroller.

Old Quebec

Horse-drawn carriages add to the allure of Old Quebec.

Old Quebec City

Doesn’t picturesque Quebec City make you want to hold hands?

Ready for an Old Quebec City Trip Yet?

So, did you enjoy this stroll through delightful Quebec City? I hope so, because I loved photographing it! Do leave your impressions or experiences with the city in the comments section, below. I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

See all my articles from our Montreal to Quebec City road trip.

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Tal Bright

Sunday 23rd of December 2018

Quebec is on my list for my next visit to Canada. Somehow I missed it last time... Your photos in this post definitely show how charming it is!

Lillie Marshall

Monday 24th of December 2018

Definitely check it out!!!

Maude

Monday 28th of March 2016

Hi!

I come from Quebec city! Thank you so much for the good words about my city! I you ever want to come back... during the winter, at Christmas time is the perfect choice! Every shop, every corner is decorated with lights! You can even visit the Chateau Frontenac ... it is very special when they decorate for Christmas.

Lillie

Monday 28th of March 2016

Great suggestion!

Alex Jacobson

Tuesday 26th of January 2016

Wow! Thank you for your article and awesome photos. Your family are so sweet. As for me, Quebec is a favourite city among others. We travelled there with my gf about 8 months ago. Quebec is one of North America’s oldest and most magnificent settlements. The city’s compact size makes it ideal for walking, and it shines brightest when you slow down. There’s more than a glimmer of Old Europe in its classic bistros, sidewalk cafes and manicured squares. I think Quebec must be in everyone's bucket list.

Lillie

Sunday 14th of February 2016

So well said! I agree that the compact size is perfect for strolling.

Marc

Sunday 24th of January 2016

One of my favorite cities in the world. I agree with you totally. Quebec is so wonderful even in the winter. Great pictures.

Tawanna

Sunday 24th of January 2016

Every time I see your photos of Quebec, it reminds me to put it on my list of places to travel in the near future. Stunning shots!

Lillie

Sunday 14th of February 2016

Peer pressure! :)

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