Québec City is certainly about history, architecture and food. While much of the Old Town, including accommodations and restaurants, is geared toward adults, there are also good things to do with younger ones in the central core, while around the edges are sights fully designed for kids' enjoyment.

Fun with History

Youngsters go giddy over the ubiquitous street performers and guides in period costume, the uniformed soldiers beating the retreat at the Citadelle and the antique cannons sprinkled around Battlefields Park. Walking the Fortifications or rampaging down the pedestrian-friendly Terrasse Dufferin, with its river views and buskers, always delights children. Place d'Armes and Place-Royale are also good for street performers. A slow tour of the Old Town in a calèche (horse-drawn carriage) appeals to the whole family.

Winter Frolics

In winter, children will be mesmerized by the Glissade de la Terrasse toboggan run on Terrasse Dufferin; the ice palace, ice slides, snow tubing and dogsledding at Winter Carnival; the whimsically decorated rooms at the Ice Hotel; and the outdoor ice-skating rinks at Place d’Youville and the Plains of Abraham.

Other Activities

The Érico chocolate shop in St-Jean Baptiste also has a museum devoted to all things chocolaty. Get a history lesson, see the kitchen, sample a chunk and try to resist the shop. Make sure you try the hot chocolate.

Outside the center, Aquarium du Québec has walrus, seals, polar bears and thousands of smaller species.