Guide to Your First Visit in Quebec City
Visiting Quebec City for the first time? No need to stress. Follow our simple guide in 6 easy steps to ensure the success of your visit.
Step 1: Spot the Major Events and Festivals
The best way to discover what a city is all about is to experience one of its festivals. Live Quebec City to its full potential by finding yourself in the heart of the festive atmosphere of one of its many festivals!
Not to be miss in July:
- Festival d’été de Québec (Quebec City’s Summer Festival)
- Canada’s National Holiday; see how fun it can be to celebrate like a real Canadian
For those who plan to visit during winter time:
- Quebec Winter Carnival is a winter classic, our article Sing Along to the Quebec Winter Carnival Song will convince you to go.
Don’t forget to check out all the major events taking place during your vacation, there is no downtime in Quebec City! To make your search easier, visit Quebec City Tourism .
Step 2: Choose the Best Outings
Gather with family or friends and select your excursions and activities to do during your vacation in Quebec City. Both the city and its surroundings are full of activities:
- Escape in nature in one of the trails in the Vallée Bras-du-Nord or Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier.
- Discover the beauty of Île d’Orléans and bring your bike with you!
- A rainy day is coming? Go practise your painting skills at the Crackpot Café (website in French only) and bring home a souvenir.
For more ideas, check out our 10 Things to Do with Your Children During Your Vacations and our suggestions for a solo visit to Quebec City to get inspired.
Step 3: Get to Know the Different Neighbourhoods
All safe and welcoming, the different neighbourhoods of Quebec City have very distinct personalities!
Are you looking to discover the first fortifications of Old Quebec? Then stay at Hotel Palace Royal to get the best view on the fortifications. Old Quebec is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so it is the ideal place to enjoy landscapes with European accents and to admire the St. Lawrence River!
Are you planning a shopping trip or a day full of outings? Then stay in the neighbourhood of Sainte-Foy-Sillery-Cap-Rouge. You will be close to Laurier Québec, Place Ste-Foy, the Aquarium du Québec and major highways to quickly set off on an adventure. Several of our establishments are there, such as Hotel Plaza Québec, L’Hôtel Québec, Hotel Québec Inn and a few others.
Take this opportunity to list the different restaurants you would like to try in each neighbourhood and take a look at the other neighbourhoods too; they all have a lot to offer.
Step 4: Book 15 Days in Advance
A little advice to save on your stay: prepay and save. Once your neighbourhood is selected and your dates are set, do not wait any longer and book at least 15 days in advance at one of JARO Hotels to get 15% off the price of your accommodation during your summer holidays. Visit hotelsjaro.com to take advantage of this opportunity!
Step 5: Determine How to Get There
There are many ways to get to Quebec City!
Coming in by plane? Land at the Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport to be right in the middle of it all. You can also land at Montréal-Trudeau International Airport and take a shuttle bus that will take you directly to Quebec City in just 3 hours.
Many bus routes connect Quebec City to most cities in Canada and the United States. Located 450 km from Ottawa, 673 km from Saint John, 586 km from Fredericton, and 775 km from Toronto, it is always possible to take the road for your vacation. Check out the different options now: https: https://www.orleansexpress.com/en/bus-quebec/
By taking the VIA Rail Canada train, you will arrive directly in Sainte-Foy, a neighbourhood in which many of our facilities are located. You can also choose to get off the train right in downtown Quebec City, at the Gare du Palais. If you are coming from the United States and are taking an Amtrak train, you will arrive in Montreal and can simply transfer on a VIA Rail Canada train heading towards Quebec City.
Step 6: Establish Your Means of Transportation in Quebec City
You won’t have a car during your holidays? No problem! Getting around Quebec City is easy. The city’s transportation network, called RTC, can get you almost anywhere in the city to allow you to explore all its corners.
Pro tip: Locate the 800 and 801 buses. They can get you downtown, to the bus station, the train station, the Videotron Centre or the various shopping centres.
To consult the various routes, visit RTC website.
Looking to get to your destination faster? Then choose one of the many taxi services or the Uber application.