Quebec prides itself from being different from the rest of Canada. Aside from being home to one of the largest Francophone population outside of France, there are plenty of places to visit in this place. If you’re easily enamored by towering fortresses and castles, you’ll be more than happy to spend an afternoon just wandering the ancient cobblestoned streets of Old Quebec. This place has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inside its fortifications, charming and cozy cafés and antiques shops and bookstores crowd the streets. If you want to go for a history lesson, visit Citadel, a military fortress which took 30 years to build. Today, the Citadel is occupied by the only Francophone infantry contingent of the Regular Canadian Armed Forces. Although this site still functions as a military base, tourists are more than welcome to participate in guided tours.
You can also visit the Notre-Dame-de-Québec Basilica, which is one of the oldest cathedrals in North America. The exterior may seem simple at first but that perception will quickly change once you go inside; the bold neo-Baroque interior will take your breath away. Notre-Dame de Québec is gilded in shimmering gold leaf and historic religious paintings. Plus, if you don’t scare off easily, you can add a little spook to your visit by visiting the crypt.
You can also take a walk to Montmorency Falls Park which attracts nature-lovers with its 272-foot waterfall. This means that Montmorency Falls is one and a half times taller than Niagara Falls.
Take a quick look at Battlefields Park, also known as the Plains of Abraham, as the perfect place to rest and snatch a few breaths of fresh air. While you’re sure to see a few historical elements (like the occasional ornamental cannon), make sure to pay attention to its manicured gardens.