How to Enjoy Quebec City Without Even Trying!

  • Brooke Saward
  • Sep 2, 2015
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Quebec City is a little piece of French heritage and culture in North America. Having completely preserved its’ Francophone culture, Quebec City is like stepping back in time and into France all in one – complete with French architecture, food, and of course, the official language is French! But English-speaking visitors fear not, nearly everyone you encounter in Quebec City speaks fluent English and those who don’t are happy to find someone who does to help translate your query. It is thus a fantastic little find in Eastern Canada that is a highly popular tourist destination in both the summer (high season) and winter (covered in a layer of snow, it becomes even more beautiful!) But you don’t have to try hard – or at all – to enjoy Quebec. So here’s how to enjoy Quebec this summer!

Parliament Park Quebec Come in Summer

I’m a sucker for a snow-covered city, but I chose to visit Quebec in the summer nonetheless. What I found was truly mesmerising – a city full of colour, vibrant plant life, and sunny summer days. Any city is hard not to enjoy in summer!

quebec city

Walk the Streets of Old Quebec

Inside the city walls you will find endless inspiration with the extremely well-preserved French architecture. There are also endless artisan stores to visit, as well as souvenir stores (you’ll struggle to walk a block without seeing one)!

Al Fresco Quebec

Enjoy Alfresco Dining

Eating in Quebec is not a chore, but rather a long social event – be that over lunch or dinner. The French love their food, and this tradition has inherently been passed on through generations of French Canadians. You can not only expect great food, but also a great restaurant scene. Why not try joining the locals and dining al fresco!? Head to Grande Allée for a long strip of fantastic al fresco restaurants.

Poutine Quebec

Eat on the Cheap

You don’t have to break the bank to visit Quebec City – a city that is actually quite moderately priced given the picture perfect allure! Though it can be tempting to eat out every night with the fantastic restaurants on offer, if you want to save a few bucks and eat on the cheap one night, there are some great cheap eats around the city on offer! Perhaps the cheapest (and most reliable) of the bunch is to try the famed Quebec delicacy – Poutine (chips with gravy + cheese curds on top).

Art Quebec

Enjoy the Open Museum

Walking around the city, you will soon find you are accompanied by an amazing range of sculptures, murals and endless artist galleries. The best part? They’re free! Inside the city walls you will find a high concentration of art work both on the streets and off. Be sure to look around!

Quebec parks

Kick Back on the Green

If you’re tired of walking the city streets, why not kick back in one of the many parks for a picnic, to read a book, or just to people watch!? One of the most popular parks (and huuuuuge in size) is the Battlefields park, where you’ll always find plenty going on.

ile d'orleans quebec

Escape the City for a Few Hours to Visit Île d’Orléans

If you have more than two days in Quebec City, you might enjoy a city escape to the nearby (20 minutes drive) Île d’Orléans, an island filled with fresh produce, local artisans, and gorgeous French homes!

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!





    September 24, 2015

    Quebec City was one of my favorite food vacations. You can get poutine everywhere – and your should. It’s delicious!



    September 21, 2015

    Great tips 🙂
    The city looks indeed beautiful and I bet there are even more fun things to do beyond this list!



    September 6, 2015

    Aaah, my hometown! You’re making me miss it so much (and crave a fat poutine!)


    Rachael @ Catch Me if You Can

    September 4, 2015

    you have made me fall in LOVE with Quebec. It was on my list of places to visit but now it has definitely moved to almost the top (London and Paris are first, because…Paris). all the colors!!!!


    Jacob Fu

    September 3, 2015

    I’ve only been to Quebec city once but have been meaning to get back there! It’s such a beautiful city with so much to explore!


    Beth | Adventuring the Great Wide Somewhere

    September 3, 2015

    Eeep! Quebec has officially been added to my travel bucket list! I’ve been following along on Instagram, and like you, I cannot get enough of those colorful little streets and houses!



    September 3, 2015

    I love Québec City and I’m so happy you enjoyed visiting it this summer. You absolutely must go back in the fall though. The colours of the changing leaves are stunning!




    September 3, 2015

    As a Canadian, Quebec is still one of the places I need to go out and see!
    XO Janina



    September 2, 2015

    It looks beautiful! Another place added to my list to visit xx



    Marie C.

    September 2, 2015

    Quebec looks lovely 🙂



    September 2, 2015

    Canada has been on my travel wishlist for a while now and your recent posts are only making me more determined to get there soon! Looks like you had a lovely time there 🙂



    September 2, 2015

    I would love to go to Quebec! Its very high on my wish list!



    September 2, 2015

    You should change the destinations tab in your blog to say North America instead of just USA! That way you can include Canada 🙂



    September 2, 2015

    I can already tell this was one of your highlights in Canada 😉 So many beautiful photos and posts.



    September 2, 2015


    Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

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