The Château Frontenac (full name Fairmont Le Château Frontenac) is one of the most iconic buildings in all of Canada. It is the most spectacular historic hotel in Quebec City and is located in the historic Upper Town of Old Quebec. Visiting the Château Frontenac is an essential part of any weekend itinerary of Quebec City.

While there is little history to many of the North American cities (many are only around 150 years old), Quebec City is one of the oldest and most rewarding in North America. Quebec City is worth anyone's time and a worthy part of any Canadian trip and has a history central to the development of modern Canada.


The Background of The Château Frontenac

This Châteauesque-styled building boasts 18 floors and is one of the first completed grand Canadian railway hotels. It was designed by Bruce Price and was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway company. It is now designated as a National Historic Site of Canada and has been expanded on three occasions (last happening in 1993).

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  • Opened: In 1893 (Then with 170 Rooms)
  • The Château's Height: 80 Meters or 262 Feet (Augmented by the 54-meter or 177 Foot Elevation It Sits at)

The architectural style used throughout the hotel served as a template for other Canadian grand railway hotels built in the late 19th to early 20th centuries. The central fortress-like tower design was inspired by the medieval chateaus found throughout France's Loire Valley.

This heritage resort seduces visitors from around the world with its breathtaking views of the St. Lawrence River and the UNESCO-listed architecture of the Old fortified City. One fun fact from the history of Old Quebec city is that the Americans have tried unsuccessfully several times to invade what is today Canada. In 1774 the Continental army attacked Quebec City leading to one of their first defeats against the British.

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The Grandeur of The Château Frontenac

Château Frontenac offers 610 guestrooms and suites to the weary traveler and rewards them with an elegant touch of historic Europe. It is a luxury hotel and one can expect the very best of French Canadian hospitality and service here.

  • Rooms: It has 610 Guestrooms and Suites
  • Cost: From $222 Per Night

Tip: In Summer Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux National Historic Site (Hidden under Dufferin Terrace, Adjacent to the Château) is open to the Public

  • Central Tower: the 80 Meter Central Tower Was added Between 1899 and 1924 (along with 3 Wings)

The Château Frontenac has been the accommodation of choice for many famous people while visiting the beautiful city of Quebec. Its guests include Queen Elizabeth II, Céline Dion, Princess Grace of Monaco, Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul McCartney, Charlie Chaplin, and others.

For Alfred Hitchcock fans out there, it was also the filming location of the 1953 film I Confess - starring Montgomery Clift and Anne Baxter. George Jessop was the then manager of the hotel and plays himself in the film.

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  • Hallways: It Boasts 12 Kilometers of Hallways
  • Windows With Views: There Are Around 2,000 Windows With Views Of The St. Lawrence River, The City, and the Interior Gardens
  • Honey: 650 Liters Of Honey Are Collected Every Year From 4 Hives In The Hotel's Private Rooftop Garden

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Guided tour of the Château Frontenac

Anyone can come inside and admire the recently renovated lobby together with historical artifacts going back 400 years. To learn more about this castle, consider their guided tours of the grand hotel.

The hotel offers professional guided tours of the Château. On these tours, one can really discover the history of the Grand hotel and gain a new appreciation for the most iconic hotel in Quebec City. One will discover the famous people and historical events that have shaped the identity of Fairmont Le Château Frontenac over the years, as well as the architectural developments and renovations that it has undergone in recent years.

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  • Adults: $21.50 CAD ($17 USD) (Aged 17 Years Old and Over)
  • Youth: $10.75 CAD ($8 USD) (Aged 6-16 Years)
  • Children: Free (Aged 0-5)
  • Family: $53.75 CAD ($42) (2 Adults and 2 Youths)
  • Duration: 1 Hour

There are special rates for guests staying at the hotel. See their website for more information.

If one does not stay at the grand hotel, then at least take a tour of it and see why this is the most iconic building in Canada as well as a reminder of the glory days of the Canadian railways.

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