Family-Friendly Quebec Guide

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Advisor - Julia Floriza
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Julia Floriza

  • Canada

  • Quebec

  • Active Travel

  • Adventure Travel

  • Arts & Culture

  • Birthdays

  • Family Travel

  • Food & Wine

  • Nature Escapes

  • Kid-friendly

  • Local Food

  • Outdoors

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Curator’s statement

Quebec City is a beautiful destination to connect with the local people and learn about the culture and rich history. Quebec City is full of adventure and is great for family excursions ranging from tobogganing in the winter or ziplining across Montmorency Falls in the summer.

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Things to do in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

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Explore the Fairmont Castle with a castle tour (There's a lot of history and beauty in the architecture.)

Highly recommend the Montmorency Falls/Ile d'Orleans bus tour to explore the countryside (Get to check out a charming chocolate/ice cream shop in the countryside as well as other famous landmarks in the area.)

Take a tour back into history on the Old Quebec City tour (Fun walking tour with a costume-themed guide with fun facts about the city.)

Shop with the local artisans at the famous Quartier Petit Champlain (Famous street with some of the oldest artisans still in business. Oldest business is a local shoemaker that still makes moccasins.)

Explore the city with the kids by doing a scavenger hunt. Its clues and riddles are on a specially-designed app that helps lead you to some of the city's hidden gems.

Relax and recharge at the Strom Nordic Spa for a rejuvenating spa thermal experience.

Day Trips

The Montmorency Falls & Ile d'Orleans Half-Day Bus Tour. With the tour you get to see a little bit of the countryside outside of Quebec City as well as checking out landmarks along the way including the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre and a local chocolatier/ice cream shop (if it's in season, the cassis sorbet is amazing!)

Places to eat & drink in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

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Le Cochon Dingue: Parisian-style bistro that is kid-friendly and lively. Their Croque Madame is delicious and kid-approved!

Paillard: French-Canadian boulangerie with great selections of breads, pastries, sandwiches and more. Great place for lunch with a lot of pastry selections for all ages. Their beignet dulce is delicious.

Baguette & Chocolat: Cute little coffee shop/bistro with the friendliest staff. Great place to start your day with a croissant and a mocha latte. There is also a wall of post-it notes where anyone can write/draw little messages and post on the wall. Post-its and pins are already on the board to use.

Chez Victor: Popular gourmet burger spot with different sauce selections to go with the burgers. Great vegetarian options, and the staff is great at handling food allergies.

Chez Jules: Charming French bistro that serves great French food. Beef bourguignon and escargot (ask for bread for dipping) are among their most popular dishes. I recommend making reservations as the restaurant gets busy for lunch and dinner.

1640 Bistro: Located across from Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. Great place for lunch or dinner. Great patio seating and very busy. Reservations are recommended.

Place Dufferin: Located in Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. Offers Afternoon Tea experience with a great selection of tea, tea sandwiches and sweet treats. Also great for breakfast.

Bistro Le Sam: Also located in Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. Beautiful fine-dining restaurant with amazing views of the St. Lawrence River. Great staff and service. Ample food selections for kids. They even have cute mocktails for kids. Highly recommend for special occasions. The dark beer-braised short rib and the root vegetable fries were delicious. Reservations are recommended, especially during the weekends.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Katherine Hurley's guide, Quebec City For Families.

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