7 Ways to Have a A Budget-Friendly European Experience in Quebec City


Want to take a family vacation that gives you the European experience without the trans-continental price tag? Head to Quebec! There are so many awesome family-friendly things to do in Quebec City. You can take my word for it, it’s my home!  It’s often been compared to Europe without the sky-high prices. The charm of the province lies in the narrow cobblestone streets and stone buildings. The feel of France emanates from every aspect of the city thanks to the boutiques, bistros, stone structures, and unique experiences your family – and budget – will love. Check out a few of our favorite things to do in Quebec City on a family vacation!

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Things to Do in Quebec City on Your Family Vacation

Old Quebec


The area is incredible with opportunities to simply walk around and enjoy the historic aspect that the neighborhoods offer. Charming cannot adequately describe the shops, eateries, and crooked streets. You could explore all day and just enjoy the location on foot – no expensive cabs needed. If you are looking for a little romantic spot to spend time with your significant other, this is the place. It’s so quaint, it makes it easy to be comfortable and relax. You won’t need to spend a dime to enjoy the views.

Montmorency Falls Park


The falls are stunning and provide a backdrop for photos that will be treasured memories. Let your inner photographer enjoy the millions of photo ops, or simply put the camera down and soak up the atmosphere. You won’t find and experience like this anywhere else. While some parts of the area are closed in the winter, you can still see the falls in their frozen and icy splendor.

Plains of Abraham

Take in stunning views of the city from this historic area in The Battlefields Park. The Plains of Abraham hosts numerous events throughout the year, including a fun winter carnival.  Rent skates and hit the ice during the winter or pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the fresh air during the warmer months.



There are a few great options for skiing. You can enjoy the scenic locale and ski with the family for a nature-packed adventure. Camp Mercier and Centre de Ski de Fond de Charlesbourg are a couple of favorite places to try. You can even try to “paraski,” which is like parasailing, but with skis.

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Around 5,000 seats pack the enclave with a view of the Chateau Frontenac. Located in the old Quebec City, you can catch amazing programs and shows. It’s not uncommon to catch a free circus show featuring performers perfecting their craft. Family-friendly free fun – yes, please!


There are so many tour options. Enjoy a ghost tour adventure with Les Promenades Fantomes. The experience is praised as professional and fun as guides walk you through the streets featuring actors in full costume and makeup to portray the plights of the ghosts. The entertainment lies more on the amusement side versus scary, so it’s a kid-friendly thrill.

Quebec Montgolfieres

For an experience you will never forget, try a hot air balloon ride. Quebec Montgolfieres is a well-respected option. Another romantic treat, you’ll fly in the sky in an intimate basket which holds up to 6 people. You’ll also enjoy options like a sunrise liftoff to a champagne toast at the end of your trip.

Between the stunning views and the historic lure of the area, you and your family will love the charm of the European feel. You could easily spend days exploring all of the things to do In Quebec City for an experience that will make you feel like you are abroad.

Have you ever been to Quebec City? What are your favorite things to do there on a family vacation?

12 thoughts on “7 Ways to Have a A Budget-Friendly European Experience in Quebec City”

  1. Quebec City and area is amazing. I’ve been there several times. The city is stunning and the people are extremely friendly and welcoming. I can’t wait to go back. However, you’ve posted a picture of Niagara Falls..

  2. The falls are absolutely beautiful. I have a friend that would love the ghost tours. It looks like a beautiful place to visit, hopefully one day I can get there.

  3. I would love to experience Quebec. I have never been. There seems like there are some great activities to experience and keep your family busy.

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