Québec City welcomes people with open arms, and offers the perfect balance of history, culture, nature and modern living. With its wealth of safe, charming and affordable neighbourhoods – each with its own special vibe – it’s challenging to decide where to move to. Here are seven of our favourites.


One of the oldest neighbourhoods in Québec City, the tree-lined area of Limoilou attracts young professionals and families and is known for its booming gourmet food scene, with nearby cafés, bakeries, restaurants, bars and specialty grocers. For those who love walkable towns, Limoilou’s Linear Park along the Saint-Charles River provides the perfect excursion. Another park, Le Domaine de Maizerets, has hiking, and cross-country ski trails.

Old Town

With its gorgeous historical buildings, some of the top restaurants in Canada, and the oldest cobblestone streets in North America, Vieux-Québec or Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, a thriving tourist destination and an upscale family-friendly neighbourhood. Its maze of winding streets and alleys near Château Frontenac make it a wonderful area to explore year-round.


Nestled in the downtown core, this stylish district was once a working-class area, but it’s now home to Rue Saint-Joseph’s upscale boutiques, eateries and bars. Popular with singles and urban professionals, Saint-Roch has a vibrant, multicultural arts and technology scene, so you’ll find multimedia studios alongside vintage shops. The neighbourhood also boasts the lovely Jean-Paul L’Allier gardens.


Art and culture lovers flock to Montcalm, a lively residential area ideal for families. The neighbourhood houses theatres, galleries and museums – including the Musée national des beaux‑arts du Québec – and comes alive each summer during the Festival d’été de Québec. It’s also a great place to enjoy culinary adventures in the many pubs, cafés and friendly bistros.


With its colourful homes nestled along the hillside, festive bistros and artisan boutiques, Saint Jean is the quintessential bohemian neighbourhood. Tucked between Old Québec and Montcalm, you’ll be in foodie heaven thanks to the wealth of local cuisine, and you’ll probably find live music, chocolate shops, poetry readings and funky bakeries all on the same street. Each September, the area comes together for a three-day Pride festival.


Perfect for young families, suburban Cap-Rouge has several local schools, multiple parks and many historic buildings to enjoy. With many trails along the river, this area is popular with people who enjoy water sports.


Established in 1634, this northern suburb is the oldest European settlement in Canada. It’s steeped in rich culture, with exquisite architecture and plenty of nature, including the Parc de la Chute Montmorency. Two popular family-friendly events are the spring Festival Salon de Mai and the summer Festival Folklorique.

It’s undeniable that Quebec City offers beautiful scenery, thriving culture, and is a safe place for families to live. If you’re looking to make a move to “la capitale nationale,” browse our collection of stunning properties for sale.

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