Québec City in the summertime has all the usual attractions: the historic architecture in Old Québec, the lively patios in the neighbourhoods, the street performers, the never-ending stream of events and festivals, and great venues to visit—not to mention the incredible forests, rivers, lakes, and other natural attractions nearby that are perfect for exploring, having fun, and getting away from it all.
Here are all the new and exciting things you’ll want to include in your summer trip.
New Public MarketOfficial opening on June 14
Québec City's Grand Marché (public market) will have permanent and seasonal stands featuring a cornucopia of unique northern specialties. The bustling market, mere steps from the Videotron Centre arena and its massive public square, will be open year round.
New Extreme Waterslides at Village Vacances ValcartierOpening in July
The Eldorado is a tower of a height comparable to a 10-storey building that serves as a starting point for two new simulated free fall waterslides. Four additional slides will be added to this complex over the next few years.
New Reception Pavilion at the National AssemblyOfficial opening on June 1st
Through this major project, the National Assembly is building a new visitor centre including a theme-based exhibit on Québec's history and democracy, a multi-purpose reception room for groups, and an agora. Guided tours are free and last 45 minutes.
The Diamant Theatre
Located at Place D'Youville, The Diamant is a new venue for different art forms offering a rich and contemporary programming. The company Ex Machina, directed by the artist Robert Lepage, will be the main resident. The inaugural activities are planned for Labour Day weekend.
Free Circus Show Presented in a New VenueJuly 16 to September 1st
The outdoor free circus show is back this summer but moves to place Jean-Béliveau, next to the Videotron Centre and to the Grand Marché (Farmers' Market). Tuesdays to Sundays.
UCI Mountain Bike World ChampionshipsAugust 21 to September 1st
Mont-Sainte-Anne hosts more than 700 elite athletes who are riding for their country during this 14-day event. This is the first time in the history of the sport that this prestigious event has been awarded 3 times to the same mountain and the same organizers.
Miró in Mallorca. A Free Spirit.May 30 to September 8
Feast your eyes on nearly 200 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by Catalan internationally-renowned artist Joan Miró, presented at MNBAQ in a North American exclusive. The works pay tribute to the artist’s mature period (1956 to 1981); during this time, he had settled in Mallorca and pursued his work with a great sense of freedom.
Eastern Canada’s Largest Indoor Amusement Park Gets a Makeover
The Méga Parc at Galeries de la Capitale has a new look with 18 attractions in a surrealist environment reminiscent of the industrial revolution. New features include the only spokeless Ferris wheel in North America, a 17-metre drop tower, and the longest indoor skating track in Canada.
Immerse Yourself in Québec City’s History with an All-New Interactive Experience
Explore Québec City’s rich heritage and relive historical events as if you were there with Immersion Québec.
A Life-Sized Museum
Musée de la civilisation has 2 major exhibitions on that deal with science and the natural world:
Venenum, A Poisonous WorldApril 25, 2019 to March 8, 2020
Delve into the mysteries surrounding poisons, including those found in nature, and the ways they’re used by man.
Curiosities of the Natural WorldMay 16, 2019 to January 5, 2020
The story of humanity told through some 200 objects with remarkable scientific significance.
- The History of Capital Punishment in Québec
The Hanging of William Pounden: Capital Punishment at the Québec City Public Prison is a new immersive guided tour at the Morrin Centre. Take the opportunity to visit the charming Victorian library dating back to 1868.
- The Fully Restored Dauphine Redoubt
Let a Parks Canada guide take you on a journey through the 18th century over four floors of one of Québec City’s oldest military buildings.
- The Architecture of Monastère des Augustines
Take a guided tour to discover the monastery’s exceptional architecture, which has received numerous excellence awards and honours.
- GeoRally and Beer Tasting
On the Beer Trail, organized by Îlot des Palais, sends you on a hunt for the places where beer is made, sold, and enjoyed.
- Quad Safari to Observe Black Bears
Learn the basics of quad driving and explore the magnificent natural environment of Station touristique Duchesnay on the way to a black bear–watching viewpoint.
- High Tea at Château Frontenac
Enjoy afternoon tea served in beautiful teacups brought out just for the occasion at Fairmont Le Château Frontenac.
- Opening of a new distillery
Distillerie Stadaconé offers a commented tour combined with a puzzle game. The activity ends with the tasting of their three gins: the ROUGE with cranberry accents, the BLEU with the boreal notes and the NOIR with exotic flavour.