Explore the best of Quebec City in 2 days. After spending your first day following our Quebec City 1 Day itinerary around the heart of Vieux-Quebec (Old Quebec), the best bet for a second day is to explore the rest of the Haute-Ville (Upper Town). That includes the remaining portion of the old walled center and the greatest buildings and parks of Quebec City’s modern downtown just beyond.
All this (5km) will require about an hour and a half to walk – or about two if you want to loop back to the start.
Starting again at the Château Frontenac, walk Dufferin Terrace and then go beyond along the Promenade des Gouveneurs which circles around Quebec City’s Citadel, a 19th-century British build fort that’s still a military garrison. Get to the Citadel gates by 10a.m. to watch the changing of the guard.
From here descend to the city walls and work your way between two major gates – Porte St-Louis and Porte St-Jean – via Parc de L’Esplanade, a pleasant bit of greenery in the shadow of the defenses. Head west of Porte St-Jean and you’ll enter Place d’Youville, a major city festival hub; head east along Rue Saint-Jean and you’ll be walking another of the city’s liveliest streets. Before you explore its shops, pubs and restaurants check out Artillery Park. An interpretation center here explores the City Walls.
Leave the walled city along Rue-St-Jean and head south, along the other side of the city walls, to explore the grand Parliament Building, then cross the Grande Allée to access the Plains of Abraham, central Quebec City’s most important green space. Admire the pretty Joan of Arc Garden en route to the Musée National des Beaux Arts, whose top-notch art collection is always worth a look, not least because parts are free. Inuit and Québec art are strong points.
If you’ve worked up a thirst sightseeing one great place to quench it on the Grande Allée where you’ll find L’Inox, a local micro-brewery an easy walk away. Another great place for a drink is the revolving restaurant and bar atop the nearby Le Concorde Hotel. For nearby dining there are plenty of good options on Rue-St-Jean both inside and outside the city walls. See our Quebec City Gastro Tips for more inspiration.