Visiting Without a Car

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André-Olivier Lyra

Public transit, shuttles, and tour buses are some of the many options for visiting the main attractions of Québec City car-free and enjoying the magic of winter.  See our tips on visiting Québec City car-free.

How to Visit Québec City's Attractions Without a Car

Montmorency Waterfalls

  • Public bus (RTC) : You can take the 800 bus towards Beauport (get off at Montmorency #3473). Once there, you will be a few minutes from the suspension bridge at the top of the fall.
  • Cycling : Live an even more memorable experience by cycling along the Corridor du Littoral bike path. Montmorency Falls is approximately 12 km from the Old Port.
  • Bus Tours: Old Québec Tours offers guided tours to the Montmorency Falls year round. 

Jacques-Cartier National Park

Shuttle: Quatre Natures offers a shuttle service from Old Québec every day of the year.

Aquarium du Québec

  • Shuttle: The Orange Line of the Old Québec Tours connects the Infotourist Center (located in front of the Château Frontenac) and the Aquarium du Québec. In summer only
  • Public bus (RTC): Routes 13 and 25 take you near the Aquarium, getting off at stop # 1926 - des Hôtels. However, you will have to walk about 650 meters.

Grand Marché de Québec (Public Market)

Public bus (RTC): Route 3 will take you near the Grand Marché of Quebec (stop # 2986 - Le Grand Marché).

Village Vacances Valcartier / Ice Hotel

  • Summer shuttle: Details to come
  • Winter shuttle: From January 2 to March 20, 2022. Daily departures from Old Québec with Old Québec Tours.

Wendake

  • Shuttle: Old Québec Tours Green Line connects the Infotourist Center and the Huron-Wendat Museum. In summer only. 

Île d'Orléans

Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine

  • Public bus: Served by PLUMobile, Monday to Friday. By reservation: 418-827-8484 or 1-866-824-1433.
  • Bus Tours : Bus Tours: Old Québec Tours offers guided tours to the Shrine year round. 

How to Enjoy Winter Activities Without Driving in the Snow

Ice Skating

  • On foot: Starting in early December, you can hit the ice at Place D’Youville. With the lights and music, it’s the ultimate urban setting for a turn around the rink, any day of the week. It’s especially beautiful at night, in the glow of the surrounding city. Starting mid-December, the ice oval on the Plains of Abraham will also be ready to welcome skaters daily. Both rinks are free and offer low‑cost equipment rentals.

Hôtel de Glace (Ice Hotel)

  • Shuttle: January 2nd to March 20, 2022 departure from Old Québec with Old Québec Tours.

Snow Sledding

  • On foot: In the heart of Old Québec, on Dufferin Terrace, there’s a tradition that dates back over a hundred years: the toboggan run. What fun!
  • Shuttle to Village Vacances Valcartier : January 2nd to March 20, 2022, departure from Old Québec with Old Québec Tours.

Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

  • On foot: You’ll find nearly 12 km of cross‑country ski trails and 4 km of snowshoeing trails on the Plains of Abraham. If you’re staying nearby, you can even put your skis or snowshoes on right at your hotel and head straight for this fantastic urban park.
  • Public bus (RTC): You can take the 800 bus (get off at Bardy #1756) for a visit to Domaine Maizerets, where the trails criss‑cross landscaped areas and natural woodlands. 

Downhill Skiing

  • Shuttle: *Not in service for season 2021-2022* Mont-Sainte-Anne and Le Massif ski areas are both easily accessible from Québec City. Just hop on the Ski Bus, which picks up passengers at all the major hotels in the city centre. 

Dogsledding

  • ShuttleAventure Inukshuk runs a shuttle service that can pick passengers up from any hotel in Old Québec.

Ski Touring

  • ShuttleQuatre Natures offers a day-long backcountry skiing package with a professional guide that includes all the necessary equipment as well as transportation to and from Québec City.

Nordic Spa

  • On foot: Located 2 km from Musée de la civilisation, Strøm Spa is within walking distance. However, you will probably opt for a taxi or a bus ride (on route 1, stop at Champlain #1119). 
  • Public bus (RTC): For a more urban atmosphere, the Skyspa is accessible via bus routes 800 and 801 (get off at J.-Dallaire #2000).

Fat Biking

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