FREE THINGS TO DO IN QUEBEC CITY: 9 PLACES TO VISIT

Quebec City, along the Saint Lawrence River, is steeped with French colonial influence – from its stone buildings to its narrow streets. Looking around the city, one is inclined to think of old money. Nonetheless, there are several free things to do in Quebec City. Here are some of them.

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Admire the Martello Towers of Quebec City

Tours Martello de Québec are elements of the military defense system deployed by the British in the 19th century. Originally, 4 towers were built in 1812 but only 3 remain. Overlooking the Saint Lawrence River, Tower 1 in the Plains of Abraham has been converted into a museum. Tower 2 is now utilized for special events, while Tower 4 is open for the public to explore.

Bask in Tranquility in Quebec City’s Ancient Churches

Quebec City is home to several old churches with magnificent architecture. Among them are Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral, Sanctuaire Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Notre-Dame-des-Victoires and Holy Trinity Cathedral. A tour of these old churches is just one of the free things to do in Quebec City.

Browse the Shops in Quartier Petit Champlain

Quartier Petit Champlain is reputed to be the oldest shopping quarter in North America. Boutiques, shops, and cafes stream from restored houses. It is best to visit Quartier Petit Champlain in the early hours of the day or during evenings to skip the crowds.

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Enjoy the Views from Terrasse Dufferin

For great views of Quebec City, one can visit Terrasse Dufferin. Overlooking the Saint Lawrence River, the terrace envelops Chateau Fontenac up to the Citadelle of Quebec. From here, one can adore great vistas of the old city.

Explore the Battlefields Park

Known locally as Le Parc des Champs-de-Bataille, The Battlefields Park is great place to explore for all those colonial history buffs. And even if you are not, it remains a place to visit if you want to breathe in some fresh air. Also known as the Plains of Abraham, The Battlefields Park is the site of The Battle of Quebec. It definitely is a treat to stroll around the Joan of Arc Garden and see some historical elements. The park also has magnificent riverfront views.

Snap Some Photos at Place d’Armes

Among the different parks in Quebec City, the charm of Place d’Armes stands out. This public park dates back to the 19th century and is surrounded by notable structures, including Château Frontenac, the old courthouse of Quebec City, and the Cathedral of Holy Trinity.

Stop at Place-Royale

In 1608, Quebec City was founded in this cobblestoned square. These days, the square is lined with restored colonial buildings that house restaurants and souvenir shops.

Take a Stroll at La Promenade Samuel-De Champlain

La Promenade Samuel-De Champlain is a large park along Saint Lawrence River. The park allows people to admire the shoreline and roam around the themed gardens.            

Visit the Oldest Monument in Quebec City

The Wolfe–Montcalm Monument holds the distinction of being the oldest monument in the city of Quebec. One can find it in the Governors’ Garden next to Château Frontenac.