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The supermarket is the winner of the People's Choice Award for design. Read More

Adventure seekers should arrange an afternoon of windsurfing through this experienced local outfitter. Read More

This 40-acre indoor and outdoor public aquarium located west of the city center is home to over 10,000 marine creatures: fish, reptiles, amphibians, and... Read More

An antiques and curios shop opened in 1975, Arthur Quentin has since expanded to offer housewares, accessories, clothing, cookware, and other decorative... Read More

This military installation has a 250-year history that began with its construction by the French, who used it as their military headquarters in the mid... Read More

Learn more about the history of Québec’s parliament by visiting the National Assembly, housed in an imposing eighteenth-century building inspired by the... Read More

Baie-Saint-Paul is Charlevoix’s main town, nestled at the bottom of a valley with open views onto the St. Lawrence River. The town is home to a highly... Read More

Though Montreal after dark used to mean La Calèche du Sexe and other such red-light joints downtown, the city’s nightlife is now centered... Read More

Rising from a bustling plaza in the center of Upper Town, this impressive cathedral belongs to the oldest parish in North America. Rebuilt twice since... Read More

Set on an otherwise unappealing stretch of Rue Sainte-Catherine, the industrial-looking Belgo Building is an inauspicious hub for the city’s... Read More

Benjo is an innovative children’s toy store in the lively Saint-Roch neighborhood. Located directly across from L’Église Saint-Roch... Read More

Montreal has great bike trails throughout the city and along the water. The best of them is the one that follows the Lachine Canal for about nine miles,... Read More

What could be more energizing than visiting the city and admiring its most beautiful scenery by bike? The Corridor du Littoral allows you to do just... Read More

The kooky sister establishment to bar Plan B, Bily Kun hangs mounted ostrich heads along its 20-foot-high walls by way of decoration. The look is... Read More

In May 2009, the city launched North America’s largest public bike-share program, rolling out 3,000 bikes at 400 docksa round the city available... Read More

Quebec’s answer to American Apparel—a source for eco-friendly basics like perfectly fitting tees and baby-soft hoodies, all made in the... Read More

Boutique aux Mémoires is a Lower Town antiques store for both the serious collector and those who are curious about Quebec’s decorative... Read More

This museum boutique is set in a historic vault dating back to 1751. It sells memorabilia from the museum’s exhibitions, but you’ll also discover... Read More

Yes! Quebec City has its very own red double-decker bus! Running along a loop that takes in all the city’s major sights, the circuit covers eleven stops... Read More

In recent years, Montreal’s music scene has given rise to a parade of innovative bands, including the Arcade Fire and the Stars. If you want to... Read More

Seat of the Anglican Church in Quebec City, the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity was the first Anglican cathedral to be built outside of the British Isles.... Read More

In Montreal, where interior shops tend to cater to either traditionalists or cutting-edge Modernists, Celadon Collection bridges the gap between stodgy... Read More

Original Debut: Home to a fading vaudeville scene when it opened in 1913, the Imperial became a movie house in 1934 when it was leased to Léo... Read More

From Quebec City to La Malbaie, the Charlevoix Rail Transit winds through 125 kilometers of countryside charm, stopping in seven towns and picturesque... Read More

Rue Saint-Denis, up in the Plateau, is the prettiest shopping street in the city, with pint-size boutiques tucked into gabled houses. At this basement... Read More

Given the ubiquitous presence of the St. Lawrence River in this city, it only makes sense that some of the best tours here are held on the water.... Read More

A playground of over 55 square miles, Station Touristique Duchesnay welcomes outdoor enthusiasts who come do a wide variety of activities all year long,... Read More

De Retour caters to collectors of 1950's and 60's modern furnishings, lighting, and objét d’art. The shop, located on Rue Saint-Paul, is... Read More

Granted, this maple-focused shop sells its products at a premium price, but its central location, array of treats, and a museum that explains the... Read More

The brewing tradition is alive and well in Quebec, nowhere more so than at this excellent, nothing-but-the-basics microbrewery just a few blocks east of... Read More

The Domaine de Maizerets is a superb 66-acre urban park located in Limoilou that features over 11 kilometers of walking trails, an arboretum, a... Read More

From the same owners as Whiskey Café, Dominion Square Tavern serves a French-Canadian menu and house-made items by chef Érik Dupuis. The... Read More

About 25 miles from downtown Quebec City is Mont-Sainte-Anne, a mountainous area in which you can go camping, golfing, mountain biking or hiking in the... Read More

A sprawling central business district, downtown also encompasses the stately McGill University, gorgeous mansions along Rue Sherbrooke, and some of the... Read More

With its impressive selection of imported European products and the countless teas and spices presented in a wall of wooden cubes that look like an... Read More

Several stairways connect the Upper and Lower Towns, but the Escalier Casse-Cou is probably the most well known. Linking Côte de la Montagne to the... Read More

This eclectic little boutique/art gallery showcases paintings by owner Lysanne Pepin, quirky jewelry, and a handful of well-priced bohemian women&rsquo... Read More

Undoubtedly the friendliest and most informal festival of all, the Festibière de Québec is the meeting point for all lovers of Québécois beer.... Read More

Quebec City completely transforms early July every year: the city center is bursting with energy, the terraces are jam-packed, and people venture out... Read More

Every year, during the first week of July, Montreal puts on this music celebration. Some acts have included Emmylou Harris, Paul Simon, and Mali's... Read More

This fall music festival began very humbly a few years ago but quickly became a must-see. Some 80 artists perform in numerous bars, concert halls, and... Read More

For three weekends in late January and early February, Parc Jean-Drapeau becomes an outdoor celebration of winter with the Fête des Neiges, or... Read More

Gorgeous trompe l’oeil frescoes have completely transformed the area that was previously an eyesore separating the Saint-Roch neighborhood from the Old... Read More

Fans of vintage clothing shouldn’t miss this 15-year-old shop for its well-curated selection of designer hats, scarves, and party dresses from the... Read More

A traditional family activity in Quebec City during summer and early fall, fruit picking provides the perfect excuse to drive to scenic Île d’Orléans... Read More

Raymond Brousseau is an art collector who sold his 2,500+ piece Inuit art collection to Quebec City’s fine arts museum, where a fraction of the pieces... Read More

This ghoulish company conducts lantern-lit tours that cover some of the city’s darkest history: some 400 years worth of murders, gruesome executions,... Read More

Classical and popular music concerts, opera, dance, and theatrical productions are presented at this complex in the heart of Quebec City’s arts district... Read More

Parc National de la Jacques-Cartier, a short 30-minute drive from Quebec City, is one of our real treasures. A valley runs through its center, and a... Read More

This serene, four-floor luxury department store, housed in a beautifully restored Art Deco building within the mansion-lined block known as the Golden... Read More

In the heart of downtown, a refrigerated ice-skating rink is created for visitors can to glide around between mid-October and mid-March, depending on... Read More

In the heart of downtown, a refrigerated ice-skating rink is created for visitors can to glide around between mid-October and mid-March, depending on... Read More

Ile d'Orleans lies in the middle of the St. Lawrence River and is just a 15-minute drive from downtown Quebec City. The entire island is a designated... Read More

This 26-mile-long island, just 15 minutes’ drive from downtown Quebec City, is so rich in history and scenery that it is worth a multi-day trip in... Read More

Once just a pet project of insect collector Georges Brossard, the Insectarium officially opened in 1990 within the Montreal Botanical Garden. More than... Read More

Stop in at this 2009-opened boutique to pick up cult clothing brands Supra and Elm, plus works by up-and-coming Montreal artists. Read More

The oldest grocer on the continent stocks English teas, French soaps, and picnic fixings (our favorites: wild boar sausage and a wedge of locally made... Read More

Opened in 1871, J.A. Moisan is North America’s oldest grocery store. Its meticulously restored storefront and the antiques that decorate the aisles will... Read More

As one of the smallest yet prettiest gardens in the city, the Jardin Jeanne d’Arc is located on the Plaines d’Abraham. Its rectangular grounds are... Read More

The Jardin Saint-Roch was at the core of efforts to revitalize the neighborhood of the same name in the early 1990s. Today, it lies at the heart of one... Read More

La Barberie is not a place for a haircut, but a longtime microbrewery at the crossroads of the Saint-Roch district and the entrance to Lower Town. The... Read More

Quebec City is one of the last remaining fortified cities in North America—it was developed between 1608 and 1871—and you can take a guided tour to... Read More

Sitting like a five-pointed star among The Plains of Abraham and just above Terrasse Dufferin, La Citadelle de Québec is a still-active military... Read More

A star-shaped fortress located in a prime spot overlooking the St. Lawrence River, La Citadelle is a daily reminder of the city’s military past. Built... Read More

A newcomer, La Réserve is a great addition to Limoilou’s 3rd Avenue, an emerging food destination. Leaning towards Italy, its offerings include cheeses,... Read More

The name of this place means “the road to India,” which was the route the Spanish and Portuguese were looking for when they discovered America. Their... Read More

Try to catch a performance by the Mittenstrings, an up-and-coming Montreal phenomenon. Read More

The oldest public market in Montreal, the Lachine Market dates to the 1840’s. The farmers’ market became a permanent market in 1909, and the... Read More

Le Capitole is a Beaux Arts-style theater first designed in 1902 by famed American architect Walter S. Painter. It's one of 15 buildings in the city... Read More

In the heart of St.-Roch, this warehouse-like restaurant morphs into a dynamic performance space after dark. Events range from poetry slams, film... Read More

Close to the bike paths along the Lachine Canal, Le Marche Atwater pieces together a farmers’ market atmosphere from a mix of pastry shops,... Read More

Once you have the gourmet accoutrements from the Les Touilleurs kitchenware store, cab it up to Little Italy and this enormous food market, which is the... Read More

Le Paingrüel is one of the most popular boulangeries in Quebec City. Located in the heart of the St.-Jean-Baptiste district, the bakery is housed... Read More

Running through magnificent scenery, the Train du Massif follows a 90-mile track from the Montmorency Falls to La Malbaie. Different packages are... Read More

The 119-year-old grocery has plenty of Québécois cheeses. Read More

Step inside this tiny chocolatier and the powerful aromas of caramel, spice, milk, and yes, chocolate are as comforting as stepping back into your... Read More

Les Tam Tams is a free music festival held on rainless Sundays from May through September; it attracts drummers, dancers, vendors, and curious... Read More

Proof that Montreal is an epicurean’s dream: this exquisitely ordered kitchenware store in Outremont’s poshest shopping neighborhood. The... Read More

The shop specializes in underground comics and illustrated novels, including titles written and produced by the store’s own publishing house. Read More

Historically home to the city’s working-class, English-speaking black community, the gentrifying, still-off-the-tourist-map neighborhood that gave... Read More

p>Italian Canadians, Montreal’s largest ethnic group, originally settled in this far-north neighborhood after WWII. Italian is still spoken... Read More

If you need to visit a traditional Quebec City souvenir shop, this is where you should come. Modeled along the lines of an early-century general store,... Read More

In the western suburb of Point St. Charles, this 1668 farmstead—with a handsome stone house, outbuildings, and surrounding gardens—has been... Read More

Designed by Marius Dufresne and completed in 1914, the five-story Maisonneuve Market is located in its namesake district. Although historically a daily... Read More

As the city’s main public market, the Marché du Vieux-Port serves as a year-round pantry for locals as well as one of the best places for edible... Read More

Conseil des métiers d'art du Quebec is an organization that brings together talented artisans who produce crafts and handmade products to sell at a... Read More

This ethnic enclave filled with Hasidic, Portuguese, Italian, and Greek communities has been immortalized in the novels of Mordecai Richler, who grew up... Read More

Eclectic Mile End space that's one part antiques shop and one part gallery. Read More

Explore the four biospheres here; the Atlantic puffin exhibit is a favorite.... Read More

Spread across 180 acres just a couple of miles east of downtown, the ... Read More

Explore and sample imported French goods and fresh Canadian products at these four public markets; Read More

Sitting on commercial Cartier Street, Morena is a modern Italian grocery store that sells a wide variety of prepared dishes such as soups, arancini,... Read More

Morrin Centre is housed in Quebec City’s first prison, built over 200 years ago. Tours explore the site’s dark but fascinating history, but the star... Read More

This museum is devoted to the history of French-speaking North America and is part of the historical Québec Seminary, dating back to 1663. In this... Read More

The Musée de la Civilisation is in no way a museum to be admired passively. It has opted for innovative, interactive exhibits to immerse visitors via... Read More

This museum was opened in 1988 in Old Quebec, next to the St. Lawrence River, to help promote and showcase French culture and history. Designed by the... Read More

Known for its immense diversity, the Musée de la Civilisation (Museum of Civilization) combines permanent historic displays with rotating,... Read More

Overlooking the very place where Quebec City was founded in 1608, the Musée de la Place Royale unveils the history of New France through the lives of... Read More

For a deeper look at Canadian art, don’t miss the Beaux-Arts museum in the heart of downtown’s Golden Square Mile. There is a small (but... Read More

Located right on the historic Plaines d’Abraham, the stately Musée National des Beaux-Arts fascinates visitors with its setting as well as its exhibits.... Read More

Located right on the historic Plaines d’Abraham, the stately Musée National des Beaux-Arts fascinates visitors both with its art as well as with its... Read More

Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec houses Canada’s largest national art collection. Set inside three Battlefield Park (also known as ... Read More

One of the city’s best-kept secrets is the park nestled along the Rivière Saint-Charles, which runs from the lake of the same name to the St. Lawrence... Read More

If you happen upon the Old Port in Quebec City in early August, you’ll find yourself traveling 400 years in the past. This is the New France Festival,... Read More

Located in the heart of the Old City, this 360-year-old basilica-cathedral stands on the site of the chapel constructed by Samuel de Champlain, the... Read More

Designed by New York architect James O’Donnell, the Gothic Revival-style Notre-Dame Basilica faces Place d'Armes in Old Montreal. Although... Read More

Overlooking historic Place Royale, where Quebec City was founded in 1608, this 300-year-old church has had a tumultuous history. Used as a place of... Read More

The Observatoire is the place to get an overview of Quebec City’s geography at a glance. Offering a stunning 360° view from the top floor of the city’s... Read More

Standing at 221 meters above sea level (and with 31 floors), this is Quebec City's tallest building. The former exhibition hall is now the city's... Read More

Set in the often-narrow streets of Old Montreal, said to be some of Canada’s most haunted, these English- and French-language walking tours... Read More

Site of the 1976 Summer Olympics, this complex of hulking concrete buildings—and former home of the Montreal Expos (now used for concerts and... Read More

Olympic Pedigree: Home to rowing events in the 1976 Games, and one of the largest artificial outdoor rowing facilities in North America.... Read More

At the city’s north end, Outremont is home to the city’s tony Francophones, and its main drag, Avenue Laurier Ouest, is one of Montreal... Read More

Set right in front of the bridge leading to Île d’Orléans, Parc de la Chute-Montmorency provides up-close-and-personal access to the impressive... Read More

Located just out of the downtown area, the Parc du Bois-de-Coulonge is a beautifully maintained park that will delight amateur horticulturalists and... Read More

After exploring Old Montreal, save time for a walk through Frederick Law Olmsted’s wooded and sprawling, 470-odd-acre Mont-Royal Park, which spans... Read More

Raft challenging white-water rapids on the Rivière-Rouge or cycle (or cross-country ski in the winter) along part of the 143-mile Parc Lineaire... Read More

This national park, just a 30-minute drive from Quebec City, is one of our real treasures. A valley up to 550 meters deep runs through its center, along... Read More

Quebec’s largest national park is perfect for swimming and the new rock climbing–like “via ferrata” (ropes, ladder rungs,... Read More

The skating rink at Place d'Youville, in windswept Upper Town, is always packed. Read More

Between Jacques-Cartier and Clock Tower quays in the Old Port, the Patinoire du Bassin Bonsecours is a scenic outdoor skating rink along the St.... Read More

Dubuc made his name with his super-sleek men’s wear collections (in a palette that rarely strays far from black, gray, slate, or beige). At his... Read More

Place Royale is a gorgeous public place that makes for pretty pictures, but it’s also one of our most significant historic attractions. Considered the... Read More

This is a park that needs no introduction: Covered by flowery, wooded and grassy plains and valleys, the Plaines d’Abraham serve as the lungs of Québec... Read More

The Plains of Abraham is one of Canada’s most scenic monuments, as well as hallowed ground for French and British soldiers who fought and died... Read More

Known as the Plateau, this hip, vibrant, edgy community is Montreal’s answer to Manhattan’s Greenwich Village and Lower East Side. Boulevard... Read More

This traditionally working-class western suburb has several surviving historic sights, including the lovely Maison Saint-Gabriel. Read More

This neighborhood wine bar has a stylish décor that evokes a ‘60s-era Danish living room (Wegner-style chairs, teak bookcases), plus a... Read More

This walkway suspended from the cliff, connecting the terrace in front of Château Frontenac to the Plaines d’Abraham, is one of the most romantic walks... Read More

A gift from the city to its citizens for its 400th anniversary in 2008, Promenade Samuel-de-Champlain is a spectacular linear park that runs along the... Read More

Evidence that Montreal designers can compete on the world’s stage: the glorious interior of Pullman, which merges mid-century modernism (polished... Read More

Just to the east of downtown, Montreal’s gay village has terraced restaurants and clubs along Rue Saint-Denis (which runs through the Latin... Read More

This is an unmissable quarter of the city—in 2014 Rue de Petit-Champlain was named the best street in Canada. With cobbled streets, stone facades, and... Read More

One of the city’s newest touring companies takes visitors on a three-hour tour of the city’s most creative “foodie” neighborhood: Saint-Roch. Tours are... Read More

Winter is an integral part of our identity—so naturally, we have a festival to celebrate it! Taking place in the middle of February, often the coldest... Read More

The Québec-Lévis Ferry is the most scenic—and cheapest—“cruise” visitors can enjoy on the St. Lawrence River. It connects the Old Port on one side of... Read More

Who would think wandering around in the cold of winter wearing nothing but a bathing suit could be not only therapeutic, but fun? Nordic spas provide an... Read More

Who would think wandering around in the cold of winter wearing nothing but a bathing suit could be not only therapeutic, but fun? Nordic spas provide an... Read More

Located inside Laval University, the city's main institution for post-secondary education, the Roger-Van den Hende Botanical Garden is free for all... Read More

This street used to provide access to the Royal Treasure, and it's where the colonists ventured to pay their yearly taxes. The cobbled street now plays... Read More

Following a tragic fire that largely destroyed the Saint-Jean-Baptiste neighborhood in 1881, this superb church was built and quickly restored the area... Read More

The Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica is located about 20 miles out of Quebec City and attracts over a million and a half visitors every year. Built on... Read More

Stop by the local Benedictine monastery where monks encourage guests to pick apples in their orchard and sample house-made cheeses and cider. Read More

At the very end of Promenade Samuel-de-Champlain, Station des Cageux is a dock that features an observation tower, offering a clear view of the St.... Read More

Terrasse Dufferin, which is perched just below the iconic Fairmont Château le Frontenac, is a public park with sweeping vistas of the St. Lawrence... Read More

Terrasse Pierre-Dugua-de Mons, at the end of popular Rue St. Denis, is a welcome oasis (it's part of the larger Champs-de-Bataille park). The green... Read More

In the early 19th century, Quebec City's Old Port was one of the five biggest ports in the world. The surrounding waters remain a key cruise ship... Read More

Québec City is the only city north of Mexico that is still surrounded by fortifications. The three-mile circuit around the Old City offers breathtaking... Read More

Right at the foot of Château Frontenac, thrillseekers will be happy to find a toboggan 82 meters high that offers a heart-challenging 150-meter run. The... Read More

Right at the foot of Château Frontenac, thrillseekers will be happy to find a toboggan 82 meters high that offers a heart-challenging 150-meter run. The... Read More

This agency conducts a wide variety of tours around the city and the region. Walking tours are the most interesting options, and combine the endless... Read More

What Lies Beneath: At first glance Montreal does not appear to be overcrowded, but maybe that’s because everyone is underground. More than four... Read More

The historic heart of the city, Old Montreal is a portside hamlet of narrow cobblestoned streets and handsome stone buildings dating from the 18th and... Read More

This huge year-round playground is the quintessential Quebec City family destination. In the summer, there’s a waterpark equipped with 35 waterslides,... Read More

Entering the stylish Whisky Lounge is a little like stepping (one imagines) into a Havana lounge, circa 1952. It’s not just the real Cuban cigars... Read More

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