What first surprises visitors in Québec is the sheer number of wonderful vistas of the St. Lawrence River, which overlooks and beautifies neighbouring landscapes. The river carries, in turn, raw materials, locals travelling from shore to shore, and tourists the world over to the lively Old Port area: it truly is part of the city's DNA.

Québec-Lévis Ferry

Short on time, but eager to take postcard-quality photos to savour for a lifetime? Hop the Québec–Lévis ferry across the St. Lawrence River. Winter, summer, spring, or fall, you’re guaranteed a spectacular view!

Winter crossings are especially magical thanks to colliding chunks of ice. Set aside about an hour for a return trip.

Québec-Lévis Ferry | Credit:  Traverse Québec-Lévis
Credit: Traverse Québec-Lévis

Excursions on the River

Many excursions on several types of vessels leave from the Old Port of Québec. Navigate the region and enjoy unbeatable views of the Château Frontenac, the Chute Montmorency and the Île d’Orléans. And why not enjoy brunch, dinner or a show while on board?

Let the St. Lawrence River’s waters lead you to the Grosse-Île historical site or to the whales in Tadoussac and in the Saguenay’s fjord — where salt water and fresh water meet.

Croisières AML | Credit:  Croisières AML
Credit: Croisières AML


Québec is increasingly positioning itself on the international cruise scene as a destination and port of embarkation of choice. Over the years, it has welcomed over 500,000 passengers enjoying, among others, the Canada—New England itinerary.

From summer to mid-fall, impressive ships such as the Queen Mary II call into Québec’s port. Cruise from Québec and discover for yourself the magnificence of the St. Lawrence River and the Atlantic seaboard!

View from Terrasse Dugua de Mons | Credit:  Jeff Frenette Photography
Credit: Jeff Frenette Photography

Baie de Beauport

Stop by Baie de Beauport, a hop and a skip away from the city, and take part in a slew of water activities on the St. Lawrence River. People enjoy windsurfing, sailing catamarans, kayaking, stand-up paddling and kite surfing in this unique maritime environment!

Whether you’re looking to get moving, cool off in the refreshing water games or simply bask in the sun, this is the place to be.

Baie de Beauport | Credit:  Jeff Frenette Photography
Credit: Jeff Frenette Photography

Promenade Samuel-De Champlain

A significant legacy of the capital city’s 400th anniversary, the Promenade Samuel-De Champlain literally gives the river back to Quebecers.

This enchanting space is a model of restoration of the St. Lawrence River’s shoreline and is dotted by a slew of attractions linked to the river, including a welcome centre, an interpretation path, an observation tower, pedestrian paths, themed stations, and parks.

Families, walkers, runners, cyclists and in-line skaters gather here as soon as the weather warms up.

Quai des cageux | Credit:  Jeff Frenette Photography
Credit: Jeff Frenette Photography

Ice Canoe

In the winter, the St. Lawrence River’s waters are not exactly at rest! The ice canoe, which once upon a time was used by residents of Québec and Lévis as a means of transportation, is now a competitive sport. 

During Québec’s Winter Carnival and the Grand défi Chez Victor, participants in this race give spectators an eyeful. 

Sports enthusiasts can even try this unique activity with expert guides as part of organized excursions

Canoe Race | Credit:  Carnaval de Québec
Credit: Carnaval de Québec