How Safe Is Quebec City for Travel?

Quebec City, Canada
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Quebec City is the capital of the Canadian province of Quebec, located on cliffs overlooking the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Quebec City’s Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and, interestingly enough, the only city in North America (outside Mexico and the Caribbean) with its original city walls.

A huge benefit to living in Quebec is the simple fact that most people are bilingual here, something that can’t be said about the rest of Canada.

Quebec has a low cost of living and a high quality of life.

Property prices are low, and restaurants of every ethnicity are cheap and excellent, especially near the larger centers.

Warnings & Dangers in Quebec City

Overall Risk


Quebec City, like the rest of Canada, is overall, very safe. You'll find an abundance of respect and tolerance for everyone, so you can rest assured that you will probably encounter no problems when traveling there. Still, do not let your guard down and be vigilant at all times.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Transportation is very safe and reliable in Quebec City. Still, take few precautionary measures when in public transportation.

Pickpockets Risk


There is no reason to fear pickpockets. There is almost no risk of petty theft, and following a few basic precaution rules should take care of this issue.

Natural Disasters Risk


Quebec is susceptible to a couple of natural disasters, like floods and then, ironically, forest fires. Be careful and follow the authorities' instructions.

Mugging Risk


Although some areas should be avoided at night, Quebec City is very safe when it comes to mugging or kidnapping, especially for tourists.

Terrorism Risk


There haven't been any terrorist attacks in Canada's recent history (except for the mass shootings in 2012, but those were isolated incidents); however, terrorist attacks should never be ruled out, so be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Scams Risk


There is no risk of getting scammed in Quebec City, but still be careful when receiving change, check it twice, negotiate everything in advance and be wary of people offering you unwanted help, directions, etc.

Women Travelers Risk


Quebec City is very safe for females traveling alone. There are no dangers to watch out for, just apply basic rules of precaution and your trip should go smoothly.

So... How Safe Is Quebec City Really?

Quebec City is a very safe city to travel to.

If you’re planning on traveling to Quebec City, you should relax when it comes to safety, since the crime rates in this country are very low, even in the big cities.

Violent crime is also almost non-existent since if it does happen, it is usually linked to particular neighborhoods and is rarely in the form of a random attack.

Generally, crime rates in Canada compared to those in the United States and a big part of the rest of the world are very low.

Furthermore, backing up what has been said in the lines above, for twenty months, between November 1st, 2006 and July 14th, 2008, the city of Québec reported no homicide on its territory.

The crime rate is pretty well the same across Canada with somewhat higher rates in the cities than in the country.

Residents living in Quebec claim that there aren’t any bad neighborhoods to avoid in this city, only irrelevant ones of little interest to tourists.

As for the safest and “coolest” areas, locals do recommend the old city called Vieux-Québec.

It has an old European charm and you can find good restaurants and lots of cultural attractions.

How Does Quebec City Compare?

CitySafety Index
Quebec City85
Buenos Aires (Argentina)60
Tianjin (China)67
Cordoba (Argentina)61

Useful Information

  • Visas - Some countries need a visa to enter Canada. However, citizens from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia and some other countries do not need it for stays shorter than 180 days. If you are not sure about your visa status, contact your nearest Canadian embassy for further detail.
  • Currency - The Canadian dollar is the official currency of Quebec City. ATMs are widely available, and credit cards are used and accepted in most establishments. Canada is for anyone's pocket. It is full of attractions that aren't expensive, and sometimes are free, and you can buy excellent low-cost food and drinks.
  • Weather - The average temperature in Quebec City is usually colder than in the United States and Western Europe, so prepare yourself and dress in layers if you're planning on visiting between October and April. During the rest of the year, the daytime temperature goes well above 15°C and usually is somewhere between the 20s-30s°C.
  • Airports - Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport is the primary airport serving the Canadian city of Québec. Located some 11 km) west southwest of the city, it's Quebec's, it is the eleventh-busiest airport in Canada.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Quebec City, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Quebec City Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan -13° C
Feb -10° C
Mar -4° C
Apr 4° C
May 12° C
Jun 17° C
Jul 20° C
Aug 19° C
Sep 13° C
Oct 7° C
Nov 0° C
Dec -9° C
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3 Reviews on Quebec City

  1. I would sleep directly on every sidewalk and park in Quebec city and I can almost guarantee that I wouldn’t even get my stuff robbed or anything at all. As safer as it gets.

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    Olivier says:

    Very safe and beautiful

    Quebec City is the safest of all major canadian cities. There are some years where Quebec City has no murders! On average, they get 1, 2, maybe 3 murders every year and it’s almost always targeted. Cases of armed robberies and attacks are very rare in Quebec City. That means each criminal will be found because the Quebec City police department is probably one of the least busy of all big north american cities. So they will spend a lot of ressources to solve each crime committed in the city. It also means the police has zero tolerance for all law/bylaw violations, like vandalism and loitering.

  3. It’s a dump and most of it’s economy is based on the elderly and civil servants 30 years ago it was more vibrant but now it’s dead!

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