Québec City, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, stands as one of North America’s oldest and most charming cities. Founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, the past and present live comfortably together in this vibrant, historic city. Walkable, friendly and easily reachable via most hubs, Québec City makes for a fun, long weekend family escape. Here’s our list of the best things to do in Québec City with kids so you can plan a wonderful, long weekend.
DAY 1: DISCOVER OLD QUÉBEC
EXPLORE THE PICTURESQUE COBBLESTONED STREETS OF OLD QUÉBEC CITY
The best way to enjoy Old Québec City is by foot, though you might also want to opt for a horse and carriage ride. Don’t miss the historical sites, especially the Fortifications of Québec and the Citadel, the city’s two main defensive works, or the Notre-Dame-de-Québec Basilica-Cathedral, one of the oldest cathedrals in North America. You’ll also love exploring the many charming boutiques and cafés.
ENJOY A CLASSIC CRÊPE LUNCH OR DINNER
Visit Casse-Crêpe Breton (1136, rue Saint-Jean) for the most delicious crêpes — both savory and sweet — you’ll ever eat.
RIDE OLD QUÉBEC’S FUNICULAR
Skip the steps and travel from the to the Basse-Ville (Lower Town) to the Haute-Ville (Upper Town) via funicular, the only one of its kind in North America. Enjoy the evening street performers, which you’ll usually find in the large square near Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec (16 Rue De Buade).
DAY 2: DELVE INTO HISTORY AND CULTURE
SHOP FOR YOUR PICNIC LUNCH AT THE MARCHE DU VIEUX-PORT DE QUEBEC
Shop for local, seasonal fruits and veggies, organic cheeses and meats, freshly baked breads at this bustling outdoor market, and enjoy a guaranteed foodie feast. You’ll find everything you need for the perfect picnic lunch.
DISCOVER THE HISTORY BEHIND THE FOUNDING OF QUÉBEC CITY AT THE MUSÉE DU FORT
Watch a 30-minute sound and light show that will take you back in time to the founding of Québec City and the geography, people and major events that have shaped its history. The theater is small enough to make families feel a part of the action while docents will be on hand to answer any questions.
EXPLORE CANADIAN AND WORLD CULTURE
At the Musée de la Civilisation, families are invited to take a fresh new look at both local and international cultures. Don’t miss the museum’s youth zones, where kids are asked to step into the action and explore culture through hands-on activities and more.
TAKE A FERRY RIDE
Enjoy a picturesque view of the city skyline aboard a commuter ferry as you sail the St. Lawrence River from Québec City to Lévis and back. Ferries leave every 30 minutes in the daytime and on the half-hour during the evening.
DAY 3: GET BACK TO NATURE
VISIT THE MONTMORENCY FALLS PARK
Located just a few minutes from downtown Québec City, Montmorency Falls Park is a spectacular historic and natural site, thanks to the 272-foot high waterfall which is 98 1/2 feet higher than Niagara Falls! Step aboard the cable car and ride to the top of the waterfall, where you can travel across the chutes via a suspended bridge.
END YOUR TRIP ON A SWEET NOTE
Head back to Québec City and visit the Érico Chocolate Museum and boutique. This cozy museum illustrates the history of chocolate from the Mayan civilization to the present day and features a collection of over 200 items from Mexico, the Caribbean Islands and Europe. Take a peek into the kitchen and watch the artisan chocolate making process, then fill up on chocolates galore.
This article was originally published by Hilton Mom Voyage.