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Top Things To Do In Quebec City With Kids

We decided to visit Quebec City over spring break, when it was still pretty wintery and grey. With its sophisticated French food, museum culture and focus on history, Quebec didn’t  seem like the ideal place to vacation with  a 4-year-old when we first arrived.

But over the five days we stayed we found plenty of places to eat and things to do with kids. Rich, Tiny Traveler and I had a fun stay. Check out the video to help with your itinerary for a Quebec family vacation. See more details below about activities in Quebec with little kids. (Read Tips for Quebec Airport and about Montreal, too.)

The Best Quebec City Attractions To See With Kids

• Upper and Lower Old Town, Quebec City:

the funicular in quebec old town The heart of Quebec City. You’ll spend a lot of time wandering the narrow streets looking for fairy tale characters, popping into sweet shops, and window shopping. Kids love the funicular, a diagonal glass elevator, that you take you between the high and low quarters

• The Chateau Frontenac Hotel:

It looks like a castle and TT loved exploring the giant lobby looking for the resident princess. Off-season you can find some surprising good deals and if you find one, absolutely stay here. The location and ambience can’t be beat.

• The Plains of Abraham:

The park has beautiful river views and plenty of green space for running around. The only playground we came across in town was here, just in front of the Art Museum. It was a surprisingly old and worn-in playground but our preschooler was happy for a chance to climb and slide a bit. The fort at the end of the park closest to the old town is a popular attraction but we didn’t find it compelling, especially with a 4YO and skipped it.

• The Museum of Civilization:

dressing up at the museum of civilization in QuebecThe fun things for kids are downstairs. If you want to explore the historical exhibits on the ground floor do that first, as it will be hard to draw kids away from activities for them.  The hands-on Once Upon A Time exhibit is the ideal choice for kids 8 and under if you have a rainy day. Kids 8 and up will  like experiencing an earthquake and playing with tornados in the hands-on Earth Unveiled exhibit. Be prepared for all the interaction to be in French, of course. With older kids and tweens the museum is small enough to let them explore downstairs while you explore up.

Les Halles du Petit Quartier:

1191 Avenue Cartier, near the Plains of Abraham. Local and homemade charcuterie, cheese, coffee, bread, pastries and prepared food. It’s a great place for breakfast or to stock up for a picnic on the Plains of Abraham.

• Around Town:

Scenic quebecThe Montmorency Falls are impressive. The gondola ride to the top is fun for all ages and the bridge across is not for the faint-hearted. There’s a playground at the top of the gondola and down below on the far side of the falls. With older kids you can do some hiking around the falls. We had a cold-weather picnic at tables inside the visitors Center. It’s easy to rent a car for the day and pair the falls with a drive around quaint Ile D’Orleans with its chocolate shop, roadside jam stands and scenic photo ops (left). 

The Québec–Lévis Ferry across the St. Lawrence River was easy and inexpensive and we all liked it, despite a gray day.

Quebec is a city of neighborhoods and Old Town is not the only place with atmosphere. Grab your stroller, scooters or a good pair of walking shoes and take some time to explore Saint-Roch, Saint-Jean-Baptiste and Haute-Ville. They all have their own unique collections of houses, restaurants and shops.

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  1. […] Japanese samurai costumes to Canadian animation. After the educational stuff, head downstairs for Once Upon a time, which lets kids (and parents) dress up as princesses, wizards, wolves and more before romping […]

  2. […] Check out our video itinerary of Quebec City. […]

  3. Sonja
    June 1, 2012 at 8:33 pm — Reply

    How exciting to make it fun and interesting for your 4 year old. Probably made your enjoyment that much more precious.

  4. Steve@MoreKidsThanSuitcases
    June 1, 2012 at 4:54 pm — Reply

    I was just thinking it looked like Beauty and the Beast when you said it on the video. If you’d have thrown on a blue dress and carried books through the square, I would have thought I’d fallen into a storybook.

  5. Becca@RWTYM?
    June 1, 2012 at 2:44 pm — Reply

    There seems like a ton to do there with kids – we really need to plan a trip to Canada.

    Thanks so much for linking it up with us this week!

  6. Lisa Goodmurphy @Gone With The Family
    June 1, 2012 at 1:01 pm — Reply

    Love Québec City – this is a great list of things to do with kids! We also had a great time strolling the boardwalk outside Château Frontenac and watching the various buskers; eating lots of crèpes; and taking a calèche ride through the old town.

    • FG Editor
      June 4, 2012 at 9:55 am — Reply

      Thanks for the tips. It was too cold and damp for buskers when we were there, but I can believe the walkway by the chateau is lively and fun for families when the weather is nice.

  7. Erin Patrick
    May 30, 2012 at 12:25 pm — Reply

    Eileen, I haven’t been there in so long. Thanks for the video. It brought back memories of a trip my family took there!
    PS Visiting from voiceBoks

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