Must-see attractions in Québec

  • Rue de la Commune Est

    Old Montréal

    Set back from the waterfront, ‘the Common’ is a showcase of the rejuvenation that has swept Old Montréal. Compare it with old photos and you’ll see the…

  • Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan


    A key concert venue during the Jazz Festival, this multistory building hosts concerts year-round in the Salle l'Astral. It also has a small gallery with…

  • Parc du Portugal


    This quaint little park is dedicated to Portuguese immigrants and their community, founded in Montréal in 1953. At the rear of the park, next to the…

  • Louis-Joseph Forget House


    This late-19th-century Victorian mansion has a pleasing symmetry, with a focus on its wrought-iron, oak doors with fine iron grilles created at Montréal's…

  • Église St-Viateur d’Outremont


    If you are already on Ave Laurier for the shopping and food, poke your head into this church, opened in 1913. The interior is pure Gothic Revival with…

  • Place Ville-Marie


    Known for its rotating rooftop beacon that illuminates downtown at night, the 42-story Place Ville-Marie tower marked the beginning of Montréal’s…

  • Sanctuaire Notre-Dame-du-Cap

    Eastern Townships & Mauricie

    The grand Sanctuaire Notre-Dame-du-Cap looks like a spaceship sitting on a launch pad. Located in Cap-de-la-Madeleine (take bus 2), about 4km northeast of…

  • Université du Québec à Montréal


    The modern, rather drab buildings of Montréal’s French-language university blend into the cityscape and are linked to the underground city and the Berri…

  • Matamajaw Historic Site

    Gaspé Peninsula

    Head here to see how the chaps in the old fishing club used to relax in wood-paneled luxury after a hard day on the river. There's a wooden suspension…

  • Martello Tower 2

    Québec City

    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…

  • Westmount Square


    Westmount Square, designed by Bauhaus architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, is a modern complex with office towers, terrace and shopping concourse that…

  • Westmount City Hall


    The faux medieval towers of Westmount City Hall come as a surprise after the skyscrapers of downtown. This Tudor gatehouse in rough-hewn stone looks like…

  • Guardian Trust Building

    Old Montréal

    One of several grand buildings along Rue St-Jacques, the 1902 Guardian Trust Building has helmeted women's heads guarding the entrance while those of…

  • Fraser Manor


    Rivière du Loup was called Fraserville in the 19th century, after the powerful Scottish dynasty that inhabited the grand Fraser Manor. Today, the building…

  • St James United Church


    The excellent acoustics at St James United are coveted for organ and choir concerts, as well as performances at the international jazz festival. The…

  • Musée Amérindien et Inuit


    This museum, located in the town's first post office, is more a gallery of indigenous art and crafts. As you may guess from the name, there's a focus on…

  • Musée des Anciens Canadiens


    With more than 250 wood-carved figures from René Lévesque to Harry Potter, this museum provides a good introduction to the work of the beret-clad…

  • Porte Kent

    Québec City

    The last (1879) of the three main city gates to be built. 'Kent Gate' lies between Porte St-Jean and Porte St-Louis.

  • Poste de Traite Chauvin


    This replica of a fur-trading post from 1600, the first in New France, offers some history on the first transactions between the region's indigenous…

  • Martello Tower 4

    Québec City

    Martello Tower 4, which is never open to the public, is in the St-Jean Baptiste district perched on Rue Lavigueur between Rue Félix-Gabriel-Marchand and…

  • Petite Chapelle de Tadoussac


    Built in 1747 by the Jesuits, this is one of North America's oldest wooden churches. Also known as the Indian Chapel, it contains a small exhibition on…

  • Pavillon du Bassin Bonsecours

    Old Montréal

    This pavilion has a snack bar in summer and winter. On frosty days, it's a fine place to warm up after ice-skating on the rink in front.