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Quebec City

Updated on October 9, 2014

Visiting an Old World City in the Autumn

Quebec City is one of the oldest cities in North America. The old city is surrounded by a wall that still stands today. The city was named for the location on the Saint Lawrence River where the river narrows. The name comes from Kébec, an Algonquin word meaning "where the river narrows".

Quebec City is the second largest city in the province of Quebec and it is the capital of the province.

In October of 2010, it was a two day stop on a cruise that I took from New York to Quebec City and back. I had a great two days walking the streets of Quebec City and trying to capture the beauty of the city in my photographs. The narrow streets and brick passageways reminded me of a European city. The changing leaves on the trees were in full color and added to the beauty of the city.

In September of 2014 I was able to again visit Quebec City. On this visit we stayed one night at the beautiful Chateau Frontenac and then boarded a cruise ship on the second day.

On this page I will share with your photographs from both of my visits to Quebec City.

photographs by Mary Beth Granger

Chateau Frontenac and Governor's Promendade


Guidebooks for a Great Visit

Reading up on a new city helps you to get the most out of your visit. Whenever I find myself missing this step I am sorry. I will come home from the city and then realized that I missed some key places I would have liked to visit.

Lonely Planet Montreal & Quebec City (Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Montreal & Quebec City (Travel Guide)

A city guide will ensure that you don't miss something you would really like.

Exploring Old Quebec: Walking Tours of the Historic City
Exploring Old Quebec: Walking Tours of the Historic City

A walking tour is a great way to see Old Quebec. We spent two days walking the area and it was great.


Beautiful Old Buildings

High on the top of the hill overlooking old Quebec City you see the beautiful Château Frontenac. This luxury hotel has served those visiting Quebec City for over a century. It is the first thing I noticed when our cruise ship came into the port at Quebec City during our first visit. It is very majestic looking.

I was really excited to be able to stay there during our second visit.

Chateau Frontenac at Night
Chateau Frontenac at Night | Source

Streets in Quebec City

Upper Quebec City

The upper portion of Quebec City is within the city walls and is the area around Chateau Frontenac. I explored this area on both of my visits to Quebec City. There were lots of restaurants and shops in among the many historic buildings. During our second visit we had dinner in the 1640 Bistro one evening.

This bistro was just across the square from Chateau Frontenac.
This bistro was just across the square from Chateau Frontenac. | Source

Rue Du Tresor

One of my favorite places to visit is the street where artists show their wares. On this street you will find beautiful paintings, photographs, and other art mediums. Often artists will be there painting and they are happy to answer your questions.

Church of Notre Dame

historic church located in lower section of Quebec City
historic church located in lower section of Quebec City | Source

Lower Quebec City

The lower area of Quebec City is the French section of the city. It is below the walls of the city and on the shores of the St. Lawrence River. Our ship was docked by this section during both of our visits so I had a lot of time to explore these wonderful streets. They were very quaint and narrow and full of little shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Here are some of my favorite photos.

Interesting Entrance Way

Each shop or restaurant had different and interesting entrance ways.
Each shop or restaurant had different and interesting entrance ways. | Source

Pink Flower Pot Decor

Clever use of flower pots and lights decorate this entrance to a shop.
Clever use of flower pots and lights decorate this entrance to a shop. | Source

Photos of Old Quebec City

designs from my photographs

As I walked the streets of the old city. I was fascinated by all of the different windows and doorways. Each was unique and most were very colorful. It was mid October so most were also decorated for fall. I made these posters to show the beauty and variety of the window and door decorations. They can be purchased at my zazzle store at


Entrance to City Wall

This is one of the entrances into the city wall.
This is one of the entrances into the city wall. | Source

Touring Quebec City

During our second visit we met a great tour guide who took us around in his van for two hours showing us all around the Quebec City area. He was very knowledgeable about the history of the area.

He took us throughout the 5 areas of Quebec City.

  • English
  • French
  • Latin
  • Scottish
  • Irish

He also drove us through the fort that guarded the city and then when took a drive out to Montorency Falls

Entrance to La Citadelle de Quebec

This fort sits on a hill above Quebec City.
This fort sits on a hill above Quebec City. | Source

Montmorency Falls

These beautiful falls are located a short drive from Quebec City.  They are 275 feet high which is higher than Niagara Falls.
These beautiful falls are located a short drive from Quebec City. They are 275 feet high which is higher than Niagara Falls. | Source

What do you think of Quebec City?

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    • BuckHawkcenter profile image


      5 years ago

      I had a chance to visit Quebec City in my younger days and loved it. This is a great reminder of all the wonderful things to see and do while visiting such a beautiful city.

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      Cheryl Paton 

      5 years ago from West Virginia

      It looks like a lovely place, especially the water falls and the flower pots over the doorway.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      5 years ago from United States

      As I read through this article today, I was reminded of how much a knowledgeable tour guide can really enhance a visit to any vacation spot. It sounds like a beautiful place to visit and of course, I loved all of your photos.

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      5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I've never been to Quebec City, but have been to Canada several times (I had a Canadian grandfather). I'm a fan of Kathy Reich's books (precursors to the TV show 'Bones') and many of her stories take place in Quebec City. I've loved her descriptions - and now I get to see these places through your beautiful photographs.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Most of my family are French and have been all over Quebec, yet I haven't been to Quebec City - my kids have on school trips though! gheesh. We've been to Montreal on a hockey tournament, but not Quebec City. It's so beautiful too!

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      Teddi14 LM 

      6 years ago

      beautiful pictures. Love the one with the funicular in the background. I went on one of those in Iowa a few years ago. My sister was scared to death. I laughed so hard I nearly peed my pants.

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      Michey LM 

      6 years ago

      Yes and I love the old Quebec city, it is warm and beautiful, it reminds me of some areas from Paris.

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      @anonymous: My sister and niece went on that tour when we stopped there. They really enjoyed it.

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      6 years ago

      I've been there. We did the Haunted Tour of the city, its a night time walking tour. that was fun

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      June Nash 

      7 years ago

      Not yet. It is on my list of places to visit.

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      Sarah Switalski 

      7 years ago from Iowa

      My husband and I went to Quebec City as part of our honeymoon. It's a beautiful city

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      7 years ago

      What a wonderful city and full of photo opportunities. You've captured it beautifully.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      I have never been to Quebec City. It is lovely and of course, you photography is beautiful!

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      TripleTK LM 

      7 years ago

      My husband I plan to go this fall. I am so excited. Thanks for the great pics.

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      7 years ago

      Quebec City is on my wish list of places to see. It looks beautiful. Squid Angel Blessed.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Oh my goodness, no, but I'd sure love to go. I love your photos, the doors were wonderful (who would have thought of that?) and you've captured the building architecture so well. Looks like a fascinating place to visit, and thanks for sharing.

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      7 years ago from Royalton

      Quebec City is one of our favorite cities. We love it's narrow streets and cobblestones but best of all we love the outdoor cafes.

      Squid Angel Blessed!

    • Art-Aspirations profile image


      7 years ago

      Your lens brought back memories - I was there as a teeneager. I loved the gorgeous old buildings, the street artists, the crepes, reading a menu in French, going to a discoteque. Now that tells you how long ago it was!

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      Mary Norton 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I remembered this very well. We used to go there for conferences and it is beautiful.

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      Mary Norton 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I remembered this very well. We used to go there for conferences and it is beautiful.

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      dexter yarbroug1 

      7 years ago

      Beautiful, beautiful photos!

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      7 years ago

      What a lovely city! I absolutely would love to visit sometime. Thumbs up and an Angel blessing for you!

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      7 years ago

      beautiful photos

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      7 years ago

      Reall beautiful city. Great lens. Thank you.

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      7 years ago

      would love to go there

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      7 years ago

      would love to go there

    • justholidays profile image


      7 years ago

      Quebec is definitely a marvelous, wonderful, amazingly beautiful city! I'd like to visit this city one day as I've always been attracted by Quebec! Thanks for sharing those beautiful pictures!

    • MomTips profile image


      7 years ago

      amazing place thanks for intersting and nice lens!

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      anne mohanraj 

      8 years ago

      I'd love to visit Quebec. Seems to have an old world charm ! Thanks for such an interesting lens!

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      Little Linda Pinda 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Beautiful. I have heard this is a city to visit too.

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      8 years ago

      Looks like a gorgeous place to visit - maybe one day. :)

    • patriciabruce1 profile image


      8 years ago

      Yes, I have. My sister and I went and stayed at a charming hotel right outside old Quebec. We enjoyed street performers, ate leisurely meals outdoors and took in all the lovely atmosphere. It was a beautiful place - full of history and culture. I would love to again! Nice lens that brought back lovely memories : )

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      8 years ago

      On my to do list!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      8 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Made my way back her on my travels to give this beautiful lens a Blessing!

    • privresearch profile image


      8 years ago

      Never been there, but seems like a lovely city

    • adamfrench profile image


      8 years ago

      Impressive lens, thumbs up, lovely city

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      8 years ago

      I like this lens, I hope to visit one day!

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      8 years ago

      I have not been to Quebec city but it looks beautiful.

    • TapIn2U profile image


      8 years ago

      Everything is picturesque. Would love to visit this place in one of my future travels. Thanks for posting the photos. Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

    • MCB2011 profile image


      8 years ago

      No, Beautiful!

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      8 years ago

      Nope, been to Quebec twice but not Quebec City

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      8 years ago

      Nice Lens! Quebec has been on my places to visit for some time now.

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      8 years ago

      Gorgeous! I have family in Ontario, Canada, but have not yet visited Quebec. I would love to go, and could even practice my high school French.

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      jseven lm 

      8 years ago

      I've been to Canada once when I was little, but did not see too much but Niagara Falls. This is a great info lens with nice pics!

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      8 years ago

      A beautiful city. The best kept secret in North America.

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      8 years ago from Tennessee

      Beautiful city! I've been to Montreal but never Quebec City. I know my grandparents visited, stayed at the Fontenac and had a marvelous time. Thanks for sharing!. Canada is lovely.

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      8 years ago

      Have been to several Canadian cities but not Quebec yet. My parents went to the Frontenac for their honeymoon in 1947. Lovely lens.

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      hessa johnson 

      8 years ago

      Beautiful photos. Would love to visit!

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      8 years ago

      I went as a senior in high school and we stayed at the Hotel Frontenac. It was so impressive. We saw the Citadel and went into the coutryside and saw houses with bright colored roofs. We also visited the falls and St Anne de Beaupre. I'd love to go back and take my family- I have fond memories of a wonderful city.

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      8 years ago

      Yes, I had been there and your beautiful lens brought back those great memories.

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      8 years ago

      I would love to go there...

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      Fcuk Hub 

      8 years ago

      No, but I'm thinking to go there.

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      8 years ago

      I'm impressed by these amazing pics! I haven't been to Quebec City. I would like to pay a vist there one day!

      BTW, How to add pics like that in the lens?

    • JMaltman profile image


      8 years ago

      I haven't been in about 20 years now, but my memories of our trip there in Grade 8 are great ones! Its a beautiful city and your lens does it justice!

      On Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, we should be thankful for all our beautiful places in our country - in fact, I should add that to my Thanksgiving lens!

    • TheGourmetCoffe profile image


      8 years ago

      Quebec City is beautiful, nice place to visit. Enjoyed your lens very much!

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      8 years ago

      I never been to Quebec City, if I have a chance, I would love to visit this place.

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      lasertek lm 

      8 years ago

      No. But I would love to go visit this place with my family.

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      8 years ago

      loved it, great photos and nice easy reading, easily gave you a 'thumbs up' on this.

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      8 years ago

      Very cute lens.

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      Shivani09 LM 

      8 years ago

      I loved Quebec City so much!! great lens

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      8 years ago

      I went in June of 1996. I can't believe it's been that long when I lived so close to it!

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      8 years ago

      @indigoj: true

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      8 years ago

      ~ Blessed by a Squidoo Angel of the Travel Canada/a> ~

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      Indigo Janson 

      8 years ago from UK

      Wonderful photography! No, I've never been but it looks like a lovely place and quite similar to Edinburgh in some ways though I am sure very different in others. I enjoyed all the Autumn colour that you captured.

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      8 years ago

      I have been at least six times. Absolutely love it. The photographs are really beautiful and really show off how colourful the city is. I love all the flower boxes on the old brick buildings and of course the quaint shopping boutiques.

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      Faye Rutledge 

      8 years ago from Concord VA

      I've never been to Quebec City. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      8 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      I visited Quebec City long ago, and loved it! Your amazing photos make me want to go again.

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      JenOfChicago LM 

      8 years ago

      No, but I am hoping to go this year!

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      8 years ago

      I have been to Quebec city many times in my life, being born in "La Belle Province".

      Your photos are magnificient!

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      8 years ago

      I have done old Quebec City twice on foot, once with three 15 year old girls. lol But it is amazing. I really loved it, but have no pictures. Next time!

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      Rhonda Albom 

      8 years ago from New Zealand

      I toured in Canada from Montreal to Niagra Falls with the girls when they were little. I decided not to go to Quebec City, but now seeing it through your eyes I wish I had gone.

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 

      8 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      I have never been to Quebec City. It looks fabulous. I hope to go there someday.

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      8 years ago

      Very beautiful impressions of Quebec, thank you for sharing them.

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      Nathalie Roy 

      8 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Quebec city is truly beautiful, particularly the old part. I was born in the Quebec (but not in the city) and I have visited many many times. It never gets boring to me. In winter it is beautiful too, with the ice on the St Laurent river.

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      sukkran trichy 

      8 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      i love this city.


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