Discover Lévis

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Discover Lévis

Whether you're planning a family outing or a weekend for two, Lévis is a people-friendly city that has what it takes to meet your expectations. Only a few minutes from Québec city, Lévis offers numerous places to access the majestic St. Lawrence River and is also a wonderful place to explore heritage and cultural sites, visit art galleries, or participate in events such as Festivent and Festival Jazz Etcetera. Whether you travel on foot or by bike, don't miss Parc des Chutes-de-la-Chaudière or Parcours des Anses with your family. And if you enjoy discovering delicious local products, why not wander our back roads on your own "tasting tour"? Lévis offers all that—and much more. 

The St. Lawrence River everywhere you look

The mighty St. Lawrence River flows past Lévis for 40 km, providing myriad opportunities for contemplation, outdoor sports, and exploration. Experience the river by sailboat or kayak, or enjoy a fishing excursion. There are parks with river access and some have great beaches also well worth a trip. And there's the special magic you experience gazing down on this majestic waterway from dramatic look-outs like the celebrated Chevalier de Lévis Terrace, or just catching a glimpse of the water from historic riverside neighbourhoods.

The Old Lévis: a well-guarded secret

No visit to Lévis would be complete without a stroll through Old Lévis. Walking is the easiest and best way to get to know the old town. You'll find a remarkable concentration of heritage buildings, their magic heightened by the setting high atop the bluffs overlooking the river. Avenue Bégin is the heart of the old quarter, and no one can resist its charming little boutiques and restaurants that answer to every kind of craving.

For a great way to find the hidden treasures of Old Lévis, check out the illustrated travel podcasts on levisvisitelibre.com. It's a mobile website that can also guide you through the other historic Lévis districts—Charny, Saint-Romuald, and Saint-Nicolas.

Exploring treasures of the past

Many of the most important episodes in Lévis's history are associated with the area in and around Old Lévis. The A. C. Davie Shipyard National Historic Site takes you back to the days when workers mastered the most advanced technology of their day right here amid the fascinating remains still clearly visible by the side of the river. Lévis Forts National Historic Site of Canada is equally fascinating with its presentation of little-known facts about the city's past and military role. And another journey through time awaits you at Maison Alphonse Desjardins, this time to the beginnings of the credit union movement in North America. 

So beautiful and so close

There are so many reasons to visit Lévis, and just as many to stick around a while! It has the best view of Québec City, it's easy to get to, and it's packed with great things to do. Plus, the trip across the river is an attraction in itself—a breathtaking river cruise onboard the Québec City-Lévis ferry.

The two cities make a matchless combination with their shared wealth of sea-faring, military, and religious heritage. Lévis stands out for culture, with intimate performance venues like the L'Anglicane, distinctive, cutting-edge art galleries, outdoor concerts, and a diverse array of other cultural activities. Get the most out of the beautiful surroundings with a ride along two of the province's most spectacular bike paths—Parcours des Anses and Promenade Samuel de Champlain, which form a loop on both sides of the St. Lawrence River. Other Lévis treasures range from the celebrated drama of Chaudière Falls Park to the quiet countryside where roadside fruit and produce stands brim with gourmet delights.