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2 Days in Quebec City Itinerary: a Perfect Weekend Getaway

With its cobblestone streets, colourful buildings and breathtaking views of the St. Lawrence River, Quebec City is a must-see destination in the province. Whether it’s for a romantic weekend or a getaway with friends, it’s sure to charm you! From the historic heart of Quebec City to the bucolic landscapes of Île d’Orléans, this perfect weekend gateway itinerary of 2 days in Quebec City will help you discover the must-sees of this urban paradise.

What to Do in 2 Days in Quebec City?

What better way to start the day than a stroll through history in the Old Port and Petit Champlain District?

Old Port of Quebec City Street- Mélanie Jean
Photo: Mélanie Jean

Day 1 – Discover the Historic Charm of Quebec City

With its European flair and cobblestone streets, you are sure to fall in love with this part of the city.

Place des Canotiers

You will find several photogenic streets, art galleries, museums, and restaurants. Don’t miss the Place des Canotiers, a magnificent urban park that offers a panoramic view of the upper town.

To add a touch of discovery and history to your weekend in Quebec City, head to the Musée de la Civilisation museum nearby.

Place des Canotiers - and Château Frontenac - Mélanie Jean
Photo: Mélanie Jean

Petit-Champlain District

The Petit-Champlain District is a must during a trip to Quebec City. The picturesque streets of this area are part of the heritage dating back to Nouvelle-France. Don’t miss the famous funicular, which links Dufferin Terrace and Petit Champlain since 1879. The only one of its kind in North America!

Petit-Champlain Funicular - in Quebec City - Mélanie Jean
Photo: Mélanie Jean

Place Royale

Right next door, you will find place Royale, the founding place of Quebec City. Did you know that this is where the birth of Quebec City took place in 1608? Cradle of French America, place Royale is the heart of Old Quebec City. Notre-Dame-des-Victoires is also one of the oldest churches in North America.

Château Frontenac

Continue your Quebec City weekend getaway on the Upper Town side of the city. Don’t miss the Château Frontenac and Saint-Jean Street. Most photographed hotel in the world, the Château Frontenac needs no introduction.

Don’t hesitate to go inside to discover its magnificent, decorated lobby. On Saint-Jean Street, you will find a host of boutiques of all kinds and many restaurants, including some of the best in Quebec City.

St-Jean street - in Old Quebec City - Mélanie Jean
Photo: Mélanie Jean

Parliament Hill

The Parliament Hill area is also on the program for your weekend in Quebec City. The magnificent Tourny fountain, which stands in front of the Parliament House, has become one of the most famous symbols of the city. When night comes, it lights up and seems to come to life.

If you have time during your two days in Quebec City, don’t hesitate to take a guided tour inside the parliament. This impressive building, built in 1886 and which hosts the seat of Quebec’s government, is worth a visit.

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Plains of Abraham and Grande-Allée Street

End your first day with a visit to the Plains of Abraham and the famous Grande-Allée Street. This splendid 98-hectare urban park hosts the Citadelle of Quebec and the Musée national des Beaux-arts du Québec, 2 main landmarks of Quebec City. These museums offer a complete immersion in the history of Quebec City, through the different eras that have shaped it.

On Grande-Allée Street, you will find many restaurants of all kinds, including the famous panoramic bistro-bar of the Concorde hotel.

Day 2 – Bucolic Getaway Around Quebec City

For this second day of your getaway in Quebec City, head towards the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency and Île d’Orléans.

Seigneurie de l'Ile d'Orléans -Flowers Fields - Mélanie Jean
Photo: Mélanie Jean

Parc de la Chute-Montmorency

Don’t miss the panoramic footbridge over the highest waterfall in Quebec (30 metres higher than Niagara Falls!). This suspension bridge is a must-see on your Quebec City itinerary. Go next to the promenade at the base of the Chute Montmorency waterfall. It will make you experience all the power of this mighty natural beauty. 

For a completely different point of view and to add a little thrill to your Quebec City itinerary, you can also take the panoramic staircase up its 487 steps. An unforgettable experience!

Montmorency Waterfall Park - Mélanie Jean
Photo: Mélanie Jean

Orléans Island or île d’Orléans

Île d’Orléans is also a must-see during a weekend in the Quebec City area. For its unique local products, its countryside landscapes, and its varied activities, Île d’Orléans will totally charm you.

During a tour of the island, don’t miss the Seigneurie de l’Île d’Orléans, the Mauvide-Genest manor, the cheese factory, the Isle de Bacchus and Sainte-Pétronille vineyards, as well as the numerous orchards.

If you have a sweet tooth, you should go to the Nougaterie or the confectionery of the old school. All their products are made locally.

As you can see, this perfect weekend gateway itinerary of 2 days in Quebec City offers you a blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. From its picturesque cobblestone streets to the breathtaking Chute-Montmorency waterfall, there is no shortage of things to see and do in Quebec City!

Wondering how to get to Quebec City? Read this article!

Ile d'Orléans Vineyard - in Ste-Petronille - Mélanie Jean
Photo credit: Mélanie Jean

Where to Stay for Two Days in Quebec City

Hotel Nomad – Affordable trendy place right by the Château Frontenac, designer rooms at reasonable prices.

Le Capitole Hôtel – For a spectacular and luxury stay with a breathtaking view of Old Quebec City.

Auberge Saint-Antoine – Stay in the heart of history in this hotel-museum in the Old Port of Quebec.

Hôtel 71 – 60 rooms and suites overlooking the river in a prestigious building to experience the vibe of Old Quebec City.

Monastère des Augustines – A place filled with history where relaxation happens in the heart of the old town.

Auberge international de Québec – More on the budget side? This hostel is in walking distance from everything!

View from Hotel Nomad Quebec
View from Nomad

Where to Eat for a 2 Days in Quebec City Itinerary

Chez Muffy – From farm to fork, enjoy an original cuisine in a historic maritime warehouse dating back to 1822. Consider brunch there too!

Chez Boulay – The meeting of Nordic terroir and French know-how cuisine.

L’Entrecôte Saint-Jean – Old Quebec City Parisian bistro with the best steak and French fries of the city.

Légende par La Tanière – This gourmet restaurant will introduce you to seasonal Canadian dishes, with a tasting menu, and food and wine pairings. One of my all-time Quebec favourites!

For more ideas about things to do in Quebec City, click here.

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Geographer by training and photographer by passion, I have been fascinated by travel for over 20 years! The encounters they allow me to make and the places I discover on each trip are my main source of inspiration. Resident of Quebec City for more than 40 years, I am in love with my city and I like to share my favourites with those who want to discover it.

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