Old Port

Old Québec

Vue sur la marina du Vieux-Port de Québec
Vieux-Port, Emmanuel Coveney

The perfect place to get away from it all by the water, the Old Port offers stunning views and loads of laid-back charm. Here are the top things to see and do in Old Québec's easy-going area.

Old Port Map

Québec City’s Old Port stretches out along the St. Lawrence River and is home to a marina, cruise ship terminal, and plenty of picturesque little streets. Take the time to explore Rue Saint‑Paul, Rue Sous‑le‑Cap, Rue Sault-au-Matelot, and Rue Saint-Pierre. It’s the perfect place for a leisurely stroll.

Art Galeries and Antique Shops

The charming streets that surround the Old Port are perfect for strolling and whiling away the hours at antiques stores, art galleries, and restaurants. The enchanting decor is peppered with historic houses that were once home to the likes of grain merchants and wholesale grocers. At Place FAO, amid the circa 1900 architectural gems of the old financial district, lies a striking fountain sculpture that’s a favourite of passersby.

Place des Canotiers

Place des Canotiers is a wonderful urban park at the confluence of the St. Lawrence River, the port, and the city. With its unbeatably gorgeous view of Château Frontenac, the Petit-Champlain, and Old Port districts, it’s a favourite spot for locals and tourists looking to soak up the sights, check out the action on the river, and just enjoy life.

Musée de la civilisation

Musée de la civilisation is one of the finest institutions in Québec City. The museum is known for its interactive and participatory exhibitions exploring the myriad facets of society and the human experience. There’s also People of Québec…Then and Now, a permanent exhibition where you can learn about what makes Quebecers tick, plus workshops that are fun for the whole family.

Water excursion

variety of water excursions depart from the Old Port. Observe the play of the current—and chunks of ice crashing against each other in winter—while you enjoy the fresh breeze. Admire the magnificent landscapes, including Cap Diamant which is beautifully lit up at night.

A Top Cruise Destination

Québec is increasingly positioning itself on the international cruise scene as a destination and port of embarkation of choice. Over the years, it has welcomed passengers enjoying, among others, the Canada—New England itinerary. From summer to the end of fall, impressive ships call into Québec’s port. 

Illuminated Silos

Witness of the Old Port’s industrial vocation by day, the Bunge grain silos are transformed come nightfall. They serve as the backdrop to Aurora Borealis, an impressive work that illuminates the grain silos with the colours of the northern lights, creating a fascinating luminous sculpture.

Gare du Palais Train Station

Built in 1915 in the same style as Château Frontenac, the Gare du Palais train station gives passengers their first taste of the romantic, picturesque city that awaits. In 1992 it was designated a heritage railway station in recognition of its architectural, historic, and environmental value.

Îlot des Palais

This historic and archeological site is located on the grounds of the city’s first brewery, which was founded by Jean Talon, the very first intendant of New France. An immersive onsite exhibition takes visitors on an unlikely journey full of twists and turns. Guests get to visit the remains of the brewery, the successive palaces built for the intendants, the King’s prison and stores, and the largest French Régime–era vaulted cellars still standing in Québec City today.

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