Situated on the banks of the Saint Lawrence River, this Gothic basilica is an extraordinary sight. Built in the Romanesque Revival style in the shape of a cross, it features twin bell tower spires that pierce the sky and a lavish facade. The interior is equally impressive with colourful stained glass windows, historical relics, intricate mosaics and an ornate ceiling.
A short drive from Quebec City, Jacques-Cartier National Park is a natural haven located in the Laurentian Mountains. Hike glacial valleys, forested plateaus and winding rivers and keep an eye out for the local animals like otters, bears and moose. Fish for Atlantic salmon or canoe the waterways and in the winter, enjoy a network of cross-country skiing circuits.
Take a trip to the roaring waters of Montmorency Falls, a massive waterfall at 83 meters high. For breathtaking panoramic views, take a cable car across the waters or trek cliffside hiking trails to a lengthy suspension bridge over the crest of the gorge. You can even try a thrilling 300 meters zip line over the drop of Montmorency Falls.
Citadelle of Quebec is one of the most massive fortresses in North America. Constructed between 1820 to 1850, it's also the oldest military building in Canada. Take a guided tour around the star-shaped site, wander the fortified walls and watch the changing of the guard ceremony. You'll also find an interesting museum in the citadel.
The site of this museum is impressive in itself with an unusual mix of contemporary glass architecture and pre-existing buildings. Inside, you'll find rotating exhibitions covering a diverse range of topics and permanent displays like the People of Quebec... Then and Now, which explores the history of the territory and the many cultures that have shaped it.