Obsérvatoire de la Capitale

Québec City

Head 221m up to the 31st floor of the Édifice Marie-Guyart for great views of Old Québec, the St Lawrence River and (if it’s clear) even the distant Laurentians. It all helps to get your bearings, and the information panels along the way will get you up to speed on some of the local history, city superlatives and 'fun facts.'

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Québec City attractions

1. Hôtel du Parlement

0.17 MILES

Home to Québec's Provincial Legislature, the gargantuan Parliament building is a Second Empire structure completed in 1886. Free 30-minute tours, offered…

2. St-Jean-Baptiste


Strolling along Rue St-Jean is a great way to feel the pulse of this bohemian district. The first thing that strikes you, once you've recovered from…

4. Église St-Jean-Baptiste

0.23 MILES

This colossus, named after the patron saint of French Canada, completely dominates the southwest end of Rue St-Jean. The first church was built in 1842…

5. Musée des Plaines d'Abraham

0.24 MILES

This museum spread over three levels presents a fine multimedia history show entitled Battles: 1759–60. Incorporating maps, scale models, interactive…

6. Martello Tower 2


Near the entrance to Battlefields Park, Martello Tower 2 is only open to the public for special events, which vary from year to year; inquire at the Musée…

8. Porte St-Louis

0.31 MILES

Southernmost of the Old City's three main town gates, 'St Louis' Gate' was built at the end of the 17th century and replaced in 1878.