Updated: December 2017

Quebec City Ferry - Quebec City to Levis:

Quebec City is a beautiful place with the St. Lawrence river running alongside. The best way to view the city skyline is to get out on the river. There is one main cruise terminal at the waterfront, but make sure you know what you are doing before buying tickets. In all the guidebooks I had read they mentioned a basic ferry crossing to Levis for $3 or so. When I went down to the waterfront I went to the most obvious spot I could find that was selling tickets and tried to purchase a ferry crossing for myself, my wife, and 2 kids. When the lady behind the counter said it would cost $75 I was floored. After a few minutes of clarification, I was in the wrong place and she directed me to the Levis ferry building just up the road where the tickets were much cheaper. She was selling tickets to a river cruise which lasted 1 1/2 hours and was more thorough. The boat had a big line for it, so I'm sure those lunch and dinner river cruises are probably worth it. I, however, just wanted to get a vantage point on the river for some photos with my family and didn't want to spend that kind of money.

One of the major buildings that you will want to photograph from the river is the Chateau Frontenac - a hotel that is part of the Fairmont collection. This hotel resembles a castle that stands amongst the smaller buildings in the upper and lower regions of Old Quebec. The ferries start running in the early morning and go well past midnight during the longer summer evenings. The wait is minimal as they head out every 20 to 30 minutes. We waited roughly 10 minutes before the boat took off and the ride itself last barely 10 minutes from side to side of the river. That is just enough time, though, to take some great pictures of the Old Quebec city skyline and riverfront area. The ferry takes cars, bikes and foot passengers. You can get out on the Levis side of the river, however we choose just to go back and forth without disembarking the ferry. My kids enjoyed the trip - if you can even call it a trip. I don't think we could have managed the 90 minute river cruise as my children may have gotten bored. The short ferry ride was just enough of a diversion and it felt good being on the water since the temperatures were near 90 degrees with high humidity.

Levis Quebec City Ferry Tickets - Prices:

How much are tickets? Surprisingly cheap considering almost everything else in Quebec City is expensive. Kids 4 and under are FREE. Those 5 to 11 are $2, 12 to 64 are $3 and seniors get a slight discount. If you plan on taking bikes over to Levis to ride, it's $3, and cars are $6.75. These prices are all one way so consider you will have to get back somehow and either buy a roundtrip ticket at the terminal or purchase a one way ticket for the return trip. For a full schedule of the ferry crossings, check out the page at http://www.traversiers.gouv.qc.ca/ferries/quebeclevis_16.php#Schedules. If you want to take the longer cruise and pay the extra money, go with the river cruise line near the ferry terminal. They serve food and kids up to a certain age are free as well.

Quebec City Ferries:

There are 3 places you can enjoy the ride on the ferry. Indoors is shaded, although not that cool. We bought a few snacks from the vending machines on the inside and then proceeded outside to the lower level and sat on the benches. With the hot temperatures people were searching for some shade and so did we. The breeze was minimal on the lower level so we went up to the top level where at least we had a 5 to 10 MPH breeze to cool us off a bit. The sun still beat down on us, but it felt good getting on the river for at least a few minutes. The ride was smoooth on the river, I guess if you cross over in bad weather it could get pretty choppy and rough. The views from the top deck were amazing and we got several incredible pictures with the Chateau Frontenac in the background along with much of the waterfront. For the price, it's hard to beat this ferry to Levis from Quebec City. If your kids get tired of walking along Petit Champlain or Place Royale, take the ferry and give them a break.