This is Quebec!
Magnificent natural region, Quebec city will charm you with its hospitality with a smile. You may fall under the charm of Quebec, the only fortified city in North America! As you explore the meandering streets, you can feel the romance. Curious about the past of this historic city? Discover its oldest neighborhoods, like Petit Champlain, Place Royale and the Old Port. With its architecture so rich in history, the Capital offers many events internationally known: winter carnival and summer festival, plays and exhibitions … And restaurants are highly rated!
Quebec touristic essentials and its region
Distance 1 km
The Park of Montmorency Fall (83m) is a key attraction in the itinerary of your next visit to the beautiful region of Quebec. This enchanting site offers many activities. Enjoy your visit by the hiking trails that will take you to viewpoints where the waterfall is impressive. The view from the suspension bridge allows you to admire the fall below, the St. Lawrence River and Orleans Island. You’re not able to climb hundreds of stairs? Instead, take the cable car and see the falls from all angles. After take a walk from the cliff path between the Manoir Montmorency and fall. The Manoir offers its fine gastronomy anytime.
Distance 10 km
The Château Frontenac
The Château Frontenac is located in the Upper Town of the Old-Quebec. “The most photographed hotel in the world”, it overlooks the Cap Diamant and hugs the Dufferin Terrace. Dufferin Terrace consists of a long boardwalk offering a breathtaking view of the St. Lawrence River, the South Shore of Quebec city and Orleans Island. You will see some guns remembering the strategic position of the historic district of Old-Quebec. A funicular, located opposite to the Chateau Frontenac and adjacent to the Dufferin Terrace, connects the Old Port and the Quartier Petit Champlain to the Upper Town of Quebec.
Distance 11 km
Citadelle, Plains of Abraham
On September 13, 1759, this giant urban park was the site of the famous Battle of Québec, the confrontation that decided Canada’s fate when the French lost the city to the British. The park was created in 1908 for the 300th Anniversary of the city of Québec. A urban place representing the values and history of Quebec. 103 hectares of green land and flowers where people can walk around, lay in the grass or practice various leisure through out the year. Adjacent to the Plains of Abraham, at the top of the famous Cap Diamant lies the biggest British Fortress in North America. Built by the British between 1820 and 1850 to defend the city. The Citadelle is a remarkable military heritage site and home to the Musée Royal 22e Regiment, where you can learn all about the history of the regiment and the fortress.
Distance 10 km
Place Royale and Champlain
With its many local shops and enchanting ambiance, Le Petit-Champlain is the most charming pedestrian street to win you over. Known for its concentration of art galleries and fine bistros, Le Petit‑Champlain is a bona fide memory maker. The Royale Place was redone completely from the 60’s to the 80’s. Each and every building and monument were renovated respecting the hisotical archives in order to respect the historical gem of Québec City when it was officially founded. The unique period architecture testifies to the combined French and British influences so characteristic of the city’s built environment.
Distance 3 km
Facing Le Royal Champêtre, at 5 minute-drive, l’Île d’Orléans is a Must during your stay!
Stop in at the many artisan outlets and farm stands (visit the vineyards, cider producers, chocolate shops, vinegar makers, and cheesemakers) around the island for a delicious sampling of local products and the tastiest shopping you’ve done in years! Driving around Île d’Orléans is like a trip back in time to 18th century rural Québec, complete with centuries-old villages, farms, churches, and heritage homes. As the birthplace of French North America, it’s ground zero for many of our ancestors—families that arrived from France and went on to make their homes throughout the continent. The island is also home to 5 of Québec’s prettiest villages. Île d’Orléans has over 600 historic buildings that have been lovingly restored and preserved, including magnificent stone houses that date back to the French colonial era and the oldest rural church in New France.
Distance 17 km
Natural Park of Cap Tourmente
The Cap Tourmente NWA, made up of marshland, plains and forests, is located on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, 50 kilometres (km) east of Québec City. Established in 1978 by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), its purpose is to protect the American bulrush marshes that serve as the primary habitat of the greater snow goose during migration periods.
The wildlife area is home to more than 180 bird species, 30 mammal species, 22 types of forest stands and 700 plant species. Many of these species are at risk, including the peregrine falcon, the bobolink, and the butternut. In spring and fall, migratory birds congregate in the narrow corridor framed by the river and the cape’s escarpment and invade the mosaic of habitats in the wildlife area. The area is renowned for the awe-inspiring spectacle of the greater snow geese gathering at the site by the tens of thousands during migration. In addition to 20 different duck and goose species, some 10 or more species of birds of prey and 30 warbler species have been observed.
Distance 20 km
Just breathtaking! You will get excited by the unique views from three suspension bridges up to 60 metres above the abyss. Activities like forest walks, strolling over the suspension bridges and visiting observation platforms are included in the dual experience. You will see the forest turn fiery orange and red during autumn. Many of Canyon Sainte-Anne’s attractions are accessible by wheelchair or a free adapted shuttle. Naturally Sensational, the rocks of the Canyon has 1,2 billions years of creation. You can as well try the zip line and the Via Ferrata experience (additionnal charges apply and reservation is recommanded). Opens in May until the second week of October.
Distance 25 km
Explore Huron-Wendat ancestral traditions! Experience Huron‑Wendat culture in Wendake, the beating heart of the Huron‑Wendat Nation. Share in their long history, culture, and traditional knowledge as you take in dancing, hear stories and legends, and visit the Huron‑Wendat Museum and the authentic craft stores in the village, located at 20 minutes drive from Québec City. Round out the immersive experience by tasting the finest Northern terroir cuisine, with subtle and succulent dishes featuring game meat and corn. Don’t miss The Huron-Wendat culture by visiting the Huron‑Wendat Museum, warmed by the fire in the longhouse, you’ll learn about their myths and legends. After that, stop by the Huron Onhoüa Chetek8e Traditional Site for a craft workshop. Don’t miss at the end of June the popular Pow-Wow. Open year-round.
Distance 200 km
Whales and Fjord
The Saguenay Fjord was carved out near the very edge of the North American continental ice sheet. This fjord has the very rare characteristic of being intracontinental. Most other fjords, such as those on Baffin Island and in British Columbia, Scandinavia, and Chile, empty directly into the ocean. But the Saguenay Fjord lies in the interior of North America, providing a water passage into the Laurentian Highlands from which Hudson Bay can be reached by an inland route with which Aboriginal people were familiar long before Europeans arrived. Being at the heart of Québec, the St. Lawrence River stands out for its marine life and exceptional splendor, unique in the world. Various species can be observed between May and October, such as : whales (blue, minky,fin and humpback), white or beluga whale, harbour porpoise and seals (grey, harbor and Groenland Harp).
Distance 20 km
Shrine of Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré
Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré is the oldest pilgrimage site north of Mexico. Follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims who have been coming to this site, one of 5 national shrines in Québec, for over 350 years to pay homage to Saint Anne. Step inside and admire the glorious stained glass, paintings, mosaics, and stone and wooden sculptures that adorn the basilica. Attributed with miraculous healing powers, Saint Anne is a popular saint among people who are sick and handicapped. You’ll see many objects hung from the sanctuary columns in gratitude for Saint Anne’s favours. Don’t miss, The vault (decorated in mosaics that tell the life of Saint Anne) and The Way of the Cross (Outside, below the escarpment, you can make a modern‑day pilgrimage along the path that takes you past 14 stations illustrating moments in the Passion of Christ. Built gradually between 1913 to 1945, each station features 5 bronze statues). Daily Masses, auduiguide available in 4 languages. Opening hours from 8h30am to 4h30pm. Guided tours from June to September for the Basilica and the Chapel.
Distance 34 km
The four-season resort offers golfing, mountain biking, hiking, canyoning, paragliding, downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing and ice skating in a magnificent surroundings. Mont-Sainte-Anne’s downhill ski sloppes are registered on the World Cup circuit. The cross-country ski centre is the largest in Canada, with 213 km (127,8 miles) of trails. A rental centre, where you can find a full range of mountain bikes and accessories, as well as hiking boots, is located by the 153.1 km (92-miles) mountain bike network, which includes 5 downhill runs. Don’t miss the breathtaking view of the St Lawrence Valley from the 800-metre (2640-ft) gondola climbing to the summit of Mount Sainte-Anne. You have to see the 72-m (236-ft) Jean-Larose Falls, which are south of Highway 360 and east of the ski lodge. Opening: winter (December to April) and summer (June to October).
Distance 100 km
Train de Charlevoix
In the winter:
The Club Med, is planned to open in 2021, beside the ski station Le Massif of Charlevoix. Located at 50 minutes drive from the Royal Champêtre, is the highest vertical East of the Canadian Rockies… Le train de Charlevoix leaving from Montmorency Waterfall is planned to be in service for this big opening. Stay tuned for more informations. Ski season starts normally by November 23rd. As of December 7th, we are sure to function on a daily basis until Mid-April, depending on the conditions.
In the summer:
Le Train de Charlevoix starts the Summer at mid-June with the rail transportation service between Quebec and Charlevoix. It offers a confortable transportation to Baie Saint-Paul and even La Malbaie with three departures a day (from Wednesday to Sunday) without food catering onboard. Departures are from the Montmorency Fall station, at 5 minutes drive from Le Royal Champêtre, Mid-June until Mid-October. The train will be travelling between mountains and seashore, along 140 km of breathtaking riverside scenery.