Le Manoir d’Auteuil is located near museums, historic sites, parks, restaurants and many other exciting things to do in Quebec City. It’s an ideal home base to start your visits to many of the most popular Quebec City tourist attractions.
Quebec is also the home to many wonderful annual arts, sports and cultural events, including the Festival Grand Rire de Quebec (The Laughs for All comedy festival), the world famous Festival de Jazz de Quebec, Summer Music Festival, The Festival of Nouvelle France, The Military Music Festival, the Carnaval de Quebec, International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament and the Snowboard Jamboree.
Seasonal activities, including ice-skating, cross-country skiing and parks for spring and summer walks, are all within a few minutes of the hotel. Winter, summer, spring or fall, you will always find wonderful things to do in Quebec City. Explore our recommendations of thought-provoking museums and galleries, theatres with exquisite productions, and a range of restaurants and bars for your perfect meal.
One of Quebec’s treasures and located just a short walk from the Hotel Manoir d'Auteuil, the Basilica de Notre Dame is a must see. With the ornate gilded gold interior, the Basilica is a favourite spot for pilgrims, worshipers and visitors alike. Midnight mass over Christmas is especially beautiful, typically accompanied by angelic voices of the children's choir.
In 2013, the Vatican presented a gift to the oldest church in North America, the Cathedral-Basilica Notre-Dame de Québec. The purpose of the gift was to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the famous old church. This exceptional gift is the Holy Door and it’s the only one of its kind in North America.
The gift from the Holy See is a massive bronze door embossed with biblical figures. It is the seventh Holy Door in the world.
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Just 30 minutes by car from Old Québec and the hotel Manoir d’Auteuil, you can take in the exceptionally welcoming environment of Montmorency Forest. No matter what season you are visiting Québec, you will find a wide range of outdoor activities at the forest, including some educational ones for young and old alike.
The 412 km Montmorency Forest, all of which is open to the public, is the biggest teaching and research forest in the world. The mission of the forest is to provide public education related to sustainable forest management, with a focus on developing viable and sustainable management of the timber, wildlife, water, recreational, tourism and landscape resources. The model ensures the maintenance of biodiversity within the distinctive ecology of the natural forest and management of the ecosystem with the help of Laval University and its students.
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The Plains of Abraham offer a simple yet rewarding outdoor activity in a wonderful and historic 108-hectare setting. A picnic will leave you feeling mesmerized by the bucolic charm of a space just moments from the heart of Quebec City. The huge park that was once a battlefield along the bank of the Saint Lawrence River with beautiful views of the city of Lévis on the river’s South Shore and the Island of Orléans in plain view just a few kilometers downstream.
For a picnic getaway, the Plains of Abraham are an idyllic setting. Harmony, tranquility, the singing of birds, squirrels and flowers. There is so much to see after your picnic. And, if you would like to enjoy the sounds of nature, the shade of the majestic trees or a few minutes of sunbathing, you may fancy a walk with your lover on the trails or through the grassy valleys. The experience is sure to leave you will feeling fully revitalized.
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Take a stroll along the ramparts surrounding the walled city to enjoy the magnificent Old Quebec views. This historic site has preserved the only remaining fortified city walls in North America. The wall surrounds most of Old Quebec and were refortified by the British after they took the city from the French in the Battle of the Plains of Abraham.
The Ramparts of Quebec City were declared a World Heritage site in 1985 and a National Historic Site of Canada in 1948.
One of our favourites, take a moonlight ferry ride from Quebec City to Levy. Enjoy the views and watch the ice caps go by! See Old Quebec from the St. Lawrence River.
The Hotel Manoir d'Auteuil is located just a short walk from the famous Chateau Frontenac and Dufferin Terrace. The Terrace overlooks the Saint Lawrence River and is a lovely spot to watch the cruise ships come in to port.
Either drive, bike or take a tour to the beautiful Montmorency Falls. Known to be higher than those of Niagara, the Montmorency Park is beautiful and well worth a visit.
By car, it is about a 10 minute drive from the hotel. By bike, a relaxing ride along the Saint Lawrence River will take about 45 minutes.
Perfectly located just within the ramparts of the Old City, Le Manoir d'Auteuil faces Parliament Hill and the Esplanade Park. Take a short walk from Le Manoir d'Auteuil and you will find yourself right in front of the Parliament.
There are bronze sculptures scattered throughout the gardens, as well as many monuments to Canadian Surveyors and the Acadians and Parliament Fountain.
Situated just up the street from Le Manoir d'Auteuil, the Citadel of Quebec is a must see for all tourists. The museum showcases Quebec City's military history, including that of the Queen's Royal Regiment. Tour this active military base and view Quebec from its highest point.
During the summer months, the changing of the guard takes place at 10 a.m. on the Citadelle's parade grounds every morning. The ceremony marks the arrival of new sentries to relieve those on duty at the garrison. The Citadelle is a short walk from Le Manoir d'Auteuil.
The Plains of Abraham offer 11 km of groomed cross-country ski trails during the winter months. This really is a winter wonderland for everyone. Not only do the Plains of Abraham offer cross-country ski trails, but a large ice skating rink as well. Skis, snowshoes and skates are all available to rent for a nominal charge at the Plains of Abraham, just a 10-minute walk from Le Manoir d'Auteuil.
Whether walking, running, biking or skating, the Plains of Abraham park, just in front of the Museum of Fine Art, is a perfect place to unwind and spend your day. The views of the Saint Lawrence River are beautiful and the colours of Fall warm the soul.
Experience a fun way to tour the city with a carriage ride! Just walk across the street on rue d'Auteuil, and you can start your Quebec City tour. Pair your horse and buggy tour of the city with one of our Romantic Getaways and an evening out at one of our favourite restaurants.
In honour of the 400th anniversary of Quebec City, this gorgeous fountain was installed at the center of the roundabout on Avenue Honoré-Mercier. The fountain comes from Bordeaux in France, as commissioned by the mayor to celebrate their pairing.
The sculptures are the work of the famous artist Mathurin Moreau and features jets of water from the mouths of frogs, children holding hands, the gods Neptune and Acis, and goddesses Amphitrite and Galatea.
Enter through one of the three historic gates protecting the walked city of Old Quebec. L'Hôtel Manoir d'Auteuil is situated just inside the Gate entrance on the famous rue d'Auteuil street, at the bottom of St. Louis street. While beautiful by day, the gates are a sight to behold by night.
This charming little Esplanade Park is located in the heart of Old Quebec. It is nestled just between the gates Saint-Louis and Saint-Jean in a heritage site located in front of the Hotel Manoir d’Auteuil. The park is a place where you can traipse, stroll, take a walk, sit and relax to admire the view even in winter when the park is covered with its white coat. Magnificent photos can be taken in this enchanting setting.
In this historic and unusual place in Québec City, you can see an old gunpowder house dating from the ninth century. And up d’Auteuil Street, which is very close, are the Porte Saint-Louis and the horse-drawn carriage rides through Old Quebec. And going down d’Auteuil Street, you will arrive at the Saint-Jean gates and you will come across the renowned Saint-Jean Street, with its famous restaurants, pubs, and boutiques.
In Esplanade Park, you will have the opportunity to view several monuments as well as a work of art. Among the most eye-catching monuments, you have the monument of the heroes of the Boer War, as well as the alley of the poets with its monument dedicated to the great poet of the 20th century, Mr. Emile Nelligan. This monument is also adjacent to the monument of playwright and poet, Alexander Pushkin, as well as some other famous poets of different nationalities. This is to highlight the contribution of immigrants who have participated in the construction of the great city of Quebec since the last centuries.
The Esplanade Park is a public space and a must to discover.
Don't miss the artists on Rue du Tresor! As you meander throught the streets of Old Quebec, you will eventually stumble onto Rue du Tresor. Also known as "Art Alley", this famous little street is lined with paintings as local artists showcase their work. This is a great stop as well if you would like to hire a portrait artist, creating a treasured memory of your visit to Quebec City.
Take a 10 minute walk from the hotel, and you will find yourself surrounded by the charm and beauty of the Petit Champlain neighborhood in Old Quebec. This is the oldest part of Old Quebec. Be sure to visit the Eglise de Notre Dame des Victoires, the original church situated in Place Royale.
During the summer months, it is not unusual to bear witness to the 22nd regiment parading near by Le Manoir d'Auteuil. We are located just around the corner from the Citadel, and military parades are a delightful common occurance through the streets of Old Quebec.
The port of Quebec is popular for its cruise terminals as well as the other activities it has to offer. From biking trails, green spaces, parks and many other great activities, you will thoroughly enjoy discovering this part of the city.
A beautiful site to see, especially overlooking the Terrace Dufferin just in front of the Chateau Frontenac! Cruise season in Québec City is really spectacular with all the magnificient ships docked in the port just next to the oldest walled city in North America. The Terrasse Pierre-Dugua-de-Mons which is situated in the Bastion-de-la-Reine park offers an absolutely lovely view of the city, and probably the best view of the ships during cruise season.
Guided Tours of Québec City by Ship
Why not plan an afternoon or evening on the Saint Lawerence River, feeling the cool breeze in the summer air on board le Louis-Jolliet. The guided tour of the river, as you see the view from the water of the Old City, the Isle d’Orleans and Montmorency Falls. You will see a nice overview of the region, which will certainly tempt you to venture on your own to those fabulous sites and discover them further. This tour is a perfect combination of nature and culture. During this tour you will discover the history of Québec city and its surroundings. The cruise starts at Cap Diamant and will end near the beautiful Montmorency Falls.
If you are a photography buff, we certainly recommend a late night ferry ride across the river to the town of Levis. The views of Old Quebec by night are nothing short of breathtaking. Definitely worth a toast while crossing the river!
Activities in the Port of Québec
Some of the ships that you can expect to see in Québec City:
You can follow this link to see all the different activities and schedules of the cruise ships arrivals and departures.
Whether you choose to rent a bike or bring your own, Parc Jacques Cartier is a beautiful spot to spend the day biking. The Park is located about 25 minutes from the hotel by car and is open all year long for outdoor activities, summer and winter alike. In the summer, you can rent kayaks and canoes at the park. During the winter, trails are open for hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing alike.