What’s New to See and Do in the Québec City Area

Vue sur le Vieux-Québec le soir
Emmanuel Coveney

Everything’s coming up exciting and new in Québec City! Recognized as Canada’s best destination, Québec City is also a warm, welcoming, and safe place where all the necessary public health measures are in place. Read on—there’s a whole lot going on you won’t want to miss!

New Ways to Enjoy a Classic: Montmorency Falls Park

Improvements at the Base of the Falls in 2021
New installations at the base of the falls now provide greater access to this magnificent natural amphitheatre, with a new walkway that crosses over the river to an area where you can sit and admire the cascading water. For thrill seekers, the via ferrata and zip line are at the top of the falls. The walkway on the eastern bank of the river is now wider and lined with a stone garden. It leads to the promontory, where you can experience the power of the falls close up. On the western bank, there’s a nice trail for walking and a new wooden boardwalk where you can dip your feet in the water.  

A One-of-a-Kind Floating Walkway
Visitors will be able to get right up close to the falls by crossing the river on a semi-submersible walkway. It’s a particularly impressive way to see them crashing down from a full 30 metres higher than Niagara Falls. Expect to get wet!

Once the renovations are complete, there will be a trail running through four sections on a single level that will be fully accessible to wheelchairs and families with strollers.

Mosaïcultures Québec 2022

Québec City will host the Mosaicultures for the first time ever from June 24 to October 10, 2022. It’s an outdoor exhibition of some 200 plant sculptures made with more than 6 million plants and assembled into 20 delightful scenes. This year’s theme, “Once upon a time, on Earth,” is meant as a hymn to the beauty of life on our planet. The event will take place in beautiful Bois-de-Coulonge Park, a site with a fascinating history that you’ll also be able to learn all about.

Canada's First Club Med

Club Med Québec-Charlevoix opened on December 3, 2021, at Massif de Charlevoix. Built with locally sourced materials, the resort blends in seamlessly with the surrounding environment and boasts spectacular views of the mountains and the St. Lawrence River. With all the great outdoor activities and fabulous local fare, it’s the perfect place for an all-inclusive mountain getaway.

Le Diamant, a Gem of a Theatre

Located in a historic building set off by sweeping contemporary architecture, Le Diamant is a prime venue for Québec and Canadian performing arts, showcasing our cultural excellence in theatre, dance, music, opera, multimedia, the circus arts, and even wrestling. The brainchild of Robert Lepage and Ex Machina, Le Diamant features a reconfigurable theatre that draws large-scale and innovative productions to the city and presents them in an intimate venue.

New Direct Flights

Québec City will have new direct flights to the following destinations in the summer of 2022:

  • Air Transat will be adding a weekly direct flight to and from London’s Gatwick Airport from May 11 to September 28.
  • Air Canada will be adding up to three direct flights a week to and from Vancouver starting May 20 and up to four direct flights a week to and from Calgary starting May 21. This in addition to the two new routes added at the end of 2021, from Québec City to Fort Lauderdale and Québec City to Orlando.
    Air Canada will also resume its pre-pandemic schedule for the Québec City−Montréal and Québec City−Toronto routes by summer 2022, with respectively eight and five flights daily.
  • Air France will connect Québec City to Paris from May 17, 2022. Flights between Québec City and Paris will be operated on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with Airbus A330-200 aircraft, equipped with new travel cabins that can accommodate 224 passengers.

Self-Serve Rental e-Bikes

Québec City now has 100 e-bikes for rent from ten different stations in Old Québec and the rest of the city centre from the start of May until the end of October. The new bike-sharing service, called àVélo, offers a flexible and eco-friendly alternative for short trips around town.

More bikes and stations will be added in the coming years, for an expected total of 1,000 e-bikes and 100 stations by 2024.

The 737 Restaurant

Love flying? Get the full in-flight experience when you dine at 737, a restaurant located inside a refurbished Boeing 737. Have a pizza while you peruse the historic posters and learn about the history of aviation in Québec. Your reservation includes time on the flight simulator located in the cockpit. In the summer, there’s a huge patio around the plane with food trucks and events.

New attractions at Aquarium du Québec

Hundreds of animated animals will parade before your eyes in the new immersive projection room. Eels, polar bears, walruses, Greenland sharks, sperm whales, and giant squid await you in the ImMERsion experience.

Kinuk and Shouka, the beloved polar bears at Aquarium du Québec, have a new habitat featuring three pools connected by a river and a bigger, more natural environment with a magnificent view of Québec City’s two bridges. 

Québec City’s First Sustainable Restaurant

Alentours is a local, sustainable restaurant that sources its ingredients from producers in a 150 km radius. Chef Tim Moroney grew up in New York and worked in Copenhagen before deciding to open his restaurant in Québec City thanks to the quality and diversity of the food produced in the area. As a sustainable restaurant, Alentours is fully hydro-powered and composts all food waste. The restaurant serves a 5-course meal that changes weekly based on the availability of seasonal ingredients, so you won’t know what you’re eating until you arrive!

The Latest Lumière sur l’art Lampshades

Lumière sur l’art is a series of 34 giant lampshades on Avenue Cartier that gives Québec artists a chance to shine. This year’s lampshades were designed by Diane Obomsawin, a graphic artist of Abenaki descent. The digital, mixed media works use a combination of old photos and original drawings. The new lampshades go up on November 10, 2021.

Pub du Mitan at the Île d'Orléans Craft Brewery

Pub du Mitan recently underwent major renovations that preserved all the pub’s old ancestral charm while adding a nice, modern touch. On sunny days they open the barn doors onto the patio so everyone can enjoy the fresh air and fabulous view of the St. Lawrence River.

New Restaurants

2020 and 2021 have been challenging for restaurant owners, to say the least. Yet some forged ahead and opened new establishments in the midst of the pandemic. Thanks to them, there are now some 20 new restaurants to try in and around Québec City.

New Places to Stay in the Québec City Area

New places to stay are constantly popping up in Québec City and the surrounding area. To help you put together the most up-to-date packages, here are the newest hotels, as well as those that have recently been renovated or will be soon. 

Forts-et-Château-Saint-Louis and Wendake

The exhibition, produced in partnership with the Huron-Wendat Nation at the Forts-et-Château-Saint-Louis National Historic Site, retraces more than 200 years of diplomatic history with the First Nations. Come and explore these six new stations based on values intrinsically related to diplomacy: pride, honour and respect.

Le Vivoir, Relaxation and Mindful Eating – Monastère des Augustines

Le Vivoir is a living space where our guests can enjoy a healthy meal in an environment conducive to relaxation. Completely renovated and expanded, this place of healing is suitable for both exchanges and internalization. The food offer is flexible and diversified. We give guests the opportunity to create a menu by choosing food combinations that suit their tastes, dietary constraints, hunger and values. A wide choice of vegetarian dishes, fish, meat, vegetables and cereal products are available to our guests, while prioritizing local, seasonal and organic products.

Daytime access is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for $49, while evening access is from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. for $59.

New chef at La Traite restaurant in Wendake

The restaurant La Traite at the Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations in Wendake, known for its exceptional cuisine honouring local Indigenous products, is proud to announce Marc de Passorio as its executive chef. He has won two Michelin stars (once in 2009 and again in 2015), three Gault & Millau toques and a Gault & Millau Gold award, and has made discovering and cooking regional dishes his speciality. With over 40 years of international knowledge and experience, the renowned chef has acquired an expertise and respect for local products, in line with the organization’s vision. The sharing of values and knowledge is sure to take the cuisine to the next level. De Passorio and his staff plan to offer an enjoyable, heartfelt culinary experience that makes local Indigenous products the star of the show.

Immersive Multimedia Path in Wendake

Produced in collaboration with the internationally renowned Québec firm Moment Factory, Onhwa’ Lumina will transport visitors to a magical world combining nature and technology with, as a backdrop, the rich history of the Huron-Wendat Nation. With a length of 1.2 km, Onhwa' Lumina will be open to the public at nightfall.

New Winter Wear Rental Service for Tourists

The young company Tuque & Bicycle Experiences, known for its fat bike activities in downtown Québec City and throughout the region, is launching in December a brand new winter clothing rental service. Tourists now have the chance to rent and have delivered complete snow suits to fully experience the joys of our winter wonderland. The advantages? No need to over pack luggages, no need to worry about the clothes (they are made for our winter conditions) and no need to look for the winter wear since it's delivered (accommodations in and around Québec City).

Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré: Beyond the Famous Shrine

Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré is looking better than ever this summer!

  • New river shuttle from Old Québec: An original way to get to Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, on foot or by bike, with breathtaking views of the Côte-de-Beaupré landscapes from the St. Lawrence River.
  • Domaine Sainte-Anne: Pitch a tent on this grassy haven across from Sainte-Anne Shrine for a few nights of camping or just to enjoy everything it has to offer: vintage roller skates, shows, yoga, evening campfires, and more!
  • Refurbished wharf: This access point to the St. Lawrence River is sure to be a lively spot this summer, for fishing, sea kayaking, kitesurfing, boating, and zodiac rides (coming soon).

Insider’s tip: While you’re there, be sure to stop in at Café Apollo.

Coming in 2023

The Holy Door Opens 

Point of interest
Jeff Frenette

Québec City’s Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral is home to one of the world’s seven holy doors and the only one outside Europe. Exceptionally, the door will be open on December 8, 2023, to mark the start of the celebrations for the parish of Notre-Dame de Québec’s 350th anniversary. Fun fact: the Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral was the first catholic parish north of Mexico and is a national historic side of Canada.

 

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

  • L'exposition Pharaons au MCQ

    Time of pharaohs

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