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  • Zespy
    Chandler, Texas249 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely a must see!
    We toured old Quebec by car due to mobility issues. Our tour guide was excellent and took us everywhere a car could go. He stopped multiple times to allow us plenty of time to see the site and take pictures. Fascinating architecture! Definitely a must see!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 14, 2023
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,429 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Picturesque and History
    One of the most picturesque cities in Canada, maybe the most picturesque combined with colonial history. Also a food-lovers paradise, plus lots of great cafes. Also parks, great walks. One must visit here at least once.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 15, 2023
  • Lisa Clare
    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic day of exploring, eating, shopping and just being together with people you love.
    Very Romantic, fun place to visit. We'd suggest visiting with partner, friends, etc. Wonderful restaurants, bars, shopping. I'd suggest not bringing your pets (not very dog friendly) and kids might not enjoy as much as adults would.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 23, 2023
  • Brendan S
    Arlington, Virginia2,040 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Charming walled town
    The biggest downside that Old Quebec has is that everyone has figured out that it’s charming and picturesque, and the streets, restaurants and shops are crowded as a result. I can’t blame a place for being popular. The shops and restaurants are local rather than corporate. There’s history and archaeology here; not just shopping and dining. It’s clean and relatively sedate considering how busy it is. There are views of colonial streets and houses, the castle-esque Fonterac Hotel, the St. Lawrence River and the old town walls set up with cannon. It’s modern but still authentically historical. Definitely worth the trip to visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 3, 2023
  • CharlieinTexas
    Austin, Texas5,121 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots to see … Architecture, St Lawrence views, and more
    Bit of France in North America. Charming city, great views of the St Lawrence River and lots of room to roan, if you can avoid the midday and afternoon tourist crunch. Get there early and be ahead of the crowds.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 5, 2023
  • wayne B
    Maryborough, Australia49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful buildings
    Took the ferry across to Old Quebec, well priced for a return trip. From there on we walked along the boardwalk and made our way around the La Citadelle de Québec and the various viewing points along the way. The buildings in and around Old Quebec were just amazing. The architecture the history, made for an enjoyable walk. We sat at one of the sidewalk restaurants, relaxed and had some enjoyable food and drinks. We continued to walk around and take in some more of this fascinating place. We left on the ferry with more views of the city behind us and will remember this for a long time to come.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 11, 2023
  • Lori47401
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old Quebec is Incredible!
    Incredible! The architecture throughout the Old Quebec was absolutely incredible. If you appreciate old buildings and details of architecture, this area is a must to see. Lots of food and shopping options. Although a hillside, it is fairly easy to walk around as they provide many resting spots to enjoy the scenery.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Brad P
    Riverside, California8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small but beautiful location
    Charming place! We wondered how long to give to seeing Old Quebec going into our visit. For us, 2 1/2 days was sufficient. We did not do any tours but walking through the streets, sampling the restaurants and shops visiting the famous water fall just outside of town and driving through the Plains of Abraham all in that span was more than enough time for our family of three. It is a wonderful place but not as expansive as the entire city
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Cathy G
    Clinton, Massachusetts336 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful area that feels like Europe
    My first time in this area with a bus tour. The Old town Quebec area was like being in Europe, especially seeing the little street with colored umbrellas hanging across the street. So many good places to eat, shop and the Funiculare was a fun way to avoid a lot of steps. We had to experience the Fairmont Hotel Fontanez which is the huge hotel on top of the hill. Just beautiful even though we only made it to the lobby. Our restaurant we enjoyed in Old town was a small pub on Rue du Cul de Sac and called Q-De'Sac Resto Pub. Their onion soup was awesome and wood fired pizza. Burgers were hand formed and delicious with onion rings they served with HONEY which we had never had- but pleasantly surprised how good they were. Our server, Marylou, was friendly, accommodating and even though the 2nd time we went she was acting as bartender too, she made time to come and talk with us (she remembered us from day before.)
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Sonluvr
    Columbia, Maryland80 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous and romantic
    Such a beautiful town. We walked all over the area for two days, upper town and lower. Be prepared for LOTS of steps if you venture down to the lower town. Upper town has the views and some breezes that helped with the humidity. Everyone was so friendly and more than willing to speak English for those of us who struggled with our high school French!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 30, 2023
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KMac
34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
If you can't go to Europe, go to old Quebec City for a similar experience. First, there's the language...French, you know you're in someplace different than the rest of Canada and the USA. Then, there's the age...400 years more or less. It's historic and largely intact, with narrow, winding streets, age old facades and some spectacular churches and public buildings throughout. Along the St. Lawrence, it is an inviting place to spend a few days and just wander the streets, experience the restaurants, shops and sites. We were told the city decorates for the holidays and has a beautiful Christmas market. We're willing to tolerate the Canadian climate for the that experience in the future and look forward to some additional hospitality from the kind Canadian folks we encounter next.
Written June 13, 2024
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nancym290
Weymouth279 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Upper and Lower Quebec are rather touristy but a must see if visiting the city. Watch the days you visit -- Sunday and Tuesday are limited (some stores open but not all); Monday is very quiet.
Quebec City is on a hill so be prepared for a good walk.
Nonetheless, we had fun.
Written June 1, 2024
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Prabhleen Kaur
Amritsar District, India15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
I spent some quality time exploring Old Quebec in the month of March as well. Such a beautiful city to visit. friendly people and lots to see in walking distance. Perfect place to spend a couple of days It's very charming and has lots of buildings and monuments to see.
Written May 31, 2024
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Peter G
Sydney, Australia2,053 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Really interesting city that’s great to walk around and take in the sites and multitudes of tourist shops.

There’s something here for everyone.
Written May 30, 2024
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Frank W
Coquitlam, Canada4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We stayed at Hôtel Champlain.......Hotel was quiet, comfortable and the location excellent in upper town, Old Quebec
Written May 27, 2024
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The_Wanderer1992
Columbia, MD2,514 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
I spent some time exploring Old Quebec on a cold April morning. It's very charming and has lots of buildings and monuments to see. Lots of construction was going on.
Written April 26, 2024
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Patricia C
Oakville, Canada39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Such a beautiful city to visit. friendly people and lots to see in walking distance. Perfect place to spend a couple of days
Written March 21, 2024
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Jess
Omaha, NE10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Such a cute area of a European feel without the long plane ride. We stayed at the Cheteau Frontenac and were not disappointed. We did make some trips out of old town but spent an entire day shopping on Champagne. The area is likely more walkable in the warmer months but still beautiful in the winter.
Written March 18, 2024
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Lang A
Lincoln, NE3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
My wife and I and another couple went in December to experience the European-like Christmas Markets and had a wonderful time. Old Quebec City is almost like being in France. Friendly people and delicious food.
Written February 17, 2024
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MargieDetroit
Detroit, MI97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Traipsing around Old Quebec gave opportunity to revisit history, see various old churches, ogle art shops, and just plain love the winter holiday decorations.
Written February 4, 2024
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