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How to Spend 3 Days in Quebec City

How to Spend 3 Days in Quebec City

Quebec City has a wealth of diverse draws, from its historic walled core and rich culinary scene to nearby waterfalls, mountains, and national parks. Here are some of the top options for a 3-day tour of the city, including museums in Old Quebec, a whale-watching excursion, and outdoor activities for all four seasons. 

Day 1: Essential Quebec City

Kick things off with an overview of the city and its key sights. A sightseeing cruise along the St. Lawrence River will carry you past major landmarks including Château Frontenac, Orleans Island (Île d'Orléans), and Montmorency Falls, which at 272 feet (83 meters) is the highest waterfall in the province.

In the afternoon, delve deeper into the history of New France and Québécois culture with a thorough exploration of UNESCO World Heritage–listed Old Quebec. Museum-hop your way around the Museum of Civilization (Musée de la Civilisation) and the Museum of French America (Musée de l’Amérique Francophone), both of which can be easily reached by hop-on hop-off tour bus. Spend the evening drinking and dining in one of the city’s many brewpubs, which can be found scattered around the old town and St. Roch neighborhoods. 

Day 2: Whale Watching or Ice Wine Tasting

The St. Lawrence River is a feeding ground for all kinds of majestic creatures, including more than 10 different whale species. Sign up for a whale-watching tour and travel from Quebec City to the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park, where you’ll board either a high-speed zodiac boat (ideal for close-up whale encounters) or a larger observation vessel (which offers protection from inclement weather). A certified naturalist will explain more about the unique marine ecosystem as you scan the water for belugas, minke whales, and humpbacks. 

Outside whale-watching season (May to November), or if you’d simply prefer to stay on land, take a food- and wine-focused excursion to Orleans Island, during which you can taste ice wine, ice cider, and locally made chocolate. Back in town, embark on a dinner cruise along the St. Lawrence River and admire the illuminated city skyline while tucking into a multicourse meal.

Day 3: Active Outdoor Adventure

Quebec City’s setting alongside the St. Lawrence River and the Laurentian Mountains make it well-suited to lots of outdoor activities year-round. In summer, cycle along the bike paths of the St. Lawrence or kayak with a guide through the Parc Maritime de Saint-Laurent. In winter, the plentiful options for outdoor fun include ski-shoeing (a cross between snowshoeing and cross-country skiing) in Station Touristique Duchesnay park, nordic skiing (a mix between cross-country and downhill skiing) in Massif du Sud Regional Park, ice canoeing on the St. Lawrence River, and snow tubing down the more than 30 slides at the Valcartier Vacation Village. 

Having worked up an appetite, return to Old Quebec for a guided gourmet food tour. Sample charcuterie and French-style plates, and witness liquor-drizzled dishes being flambéed tableside. 

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Island of Orleans Food and Drink Tour

Island of Orleans Food and Drink Tour

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Located in the Saint Lawrence River, just outside of Quebec City, is Ile d’Orléans (Island of Orleans), a culinary haven. On this half-day guided tour, discover specialty drinks and foods of the region at several different stops, including a vineyard. Taste wine, ice cider, cassis, and visit a chocolate factory. Learn about the history and early settlement of the island.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Snow Tubing at Village Vacances Valcartier

Snow Tubing at Village Vacances Valcartier

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Secure your ticket in advance and speed down snow-covered slides in a winter wonderland at Valcartier Vacation Village. With more than 35 snow slides to choose from, take a thrilling ride down one of the four longest and steepest slopes with views of the Jacques-Cartier River, or opt one of the tamer options that are fun for the entire family.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$31.35
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Quebec City Guided Sightseeing Cruise

Quebec City Guided Sightseeing Cruise

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Enjoy the view of Québec City and the surrounding countryside from the water on this sightseeing cruise along the Saint-Lawrence River. Set sail from the Cap Diamant to Montmorency Falls, the perfect combination of nature and culture. Take in the stunning view from three distinctive exterior terraces, with commentary from a costumed guide dressed as the French-Canadian explorer Louis Jolliet. See the Québec City skyline and cruise beneath the famous Fairmont Le Château Frontenac hotel. A variety of beverages and snacks are available for purchase on board the boat.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Quebec City Gourmet Dinner Cruise with music

Quebec City Gourmet Dinner Cruise with music

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Enjoy a magical evening in Quebec City cruising the Saint Lawrence River, enjoying fantastic city views accompanied by a 5-course meal during this evening dinner cruise. Take in the entertainment from world-class circus performers, with picturesque views of Old Quebec as your backdrop. It's the perfect evening out for you and that special someone.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$120.60
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Quebec Ski-Shoeing Excursion

Quebec Ski-Shoeing Excursion

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Discover the winter beauty of Jacques-Cartier National Park on this roughly 4-hour ski-shoeing hike. A mix of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, ski-shoeing provides low-impact exercise amid peaceful forest landscapes. With trekking poles in hand, follow a guide onto snowy trails and learn about the Quebec woods. Warm up with hot chocolate, stop for lunch, and keep watch for wildlife in the area, including deer and moose. This small-group tour is limited to eight people, ensuring a more personalized experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.05
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Quebec City Bike Tour Along Saint Lawrence River

Quebec City Bike Tour Along Saint Lawrence River

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Get to know the best of Old Québec City on this guided bike tour. Enjoy a relaxing 13-mile (20-kilometer) ride along the majestic St. Lawrence River and Old Québec's bike-friendly Lower Town district, learning about its history from 1608 to the present day. Get to know this UNESCO World Heritage Site with educational and entertaining commentary from the knowledgeable guide. See the famous castle/hotel Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, the Citadelle of Quebec, and more while admiring the city’s natural beauty along the Saint Lawrence River. Bike and helmet are included.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Half-Day Orleans Island Small-Group Sea Kayaking Tour

Half-Day Orleans Island Small-Group Sea Kayaking Tour

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Soak up the summer landscapes along the St Lawrence River on this daytime 3-hour sea-kayaking tour. Departing from Quebec City or the Parc maritime de Saint-Laurent, just outside Quebec City, this tour is suitable for beginners and experts alike. Enjoy views of Orléans Island and learn about its history. This small-group tour is limited to just eight people, ensuring a more memorable experience.
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  • 3 hours
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