Aquarium and Farms

Polar bear swimming underwater at the Aquarium du Québec.
Jeff Frenette Photography

Whether it’s a visit to the famous Aquarium du Québec or a local farm, there are plenty of places where curious visitors can come into contact with nature and animals in the area. Many regional parks also have wildlife observation activities. As you’ll see, there’s no need to go to the zoo to learn about animals!

Aquarium du Québec

Aquarium du Québec is home to over 10,000 marine animals, including walruses and seals that put on quite a show! There are also tons of fun and surprising seasonal activities that will keep you entertained for hours. You’ll get to marvel at the depths of the Pacific Ocean as you walk through the Grand Ocean tunnel and touch Atlantic rays in a petting basin.

Aquarium du Québec will immerse you in the beauty of the underwater world, but that’s not all. In the summer there’s a splash pad, a ropes course, and a park with picnic tables—everything you need for a wonderful day with the family.

In the winter, the Aquarium grounds turn into a fairytale village during Festilumières. Every day when the sun goes down, the animal sculptures light up, creating a magical winter wonderland. All throughout the year, there are special activities to make your visit memorable.

A Day at the Farm

Heard of agritourism? It’s a form of tourism that puts you in direct contact with farmers and ranchers happy to share their knowledge and their stories of farm life. It’s an enriching experience full of people and food, where you’ll get to connect with nature and find out just what it takes to live on a farm.

You’ll get to feed and pet animals, of course, but there’s lots more to see and do, like bringing a picnic to enjoy in an idyllic farm setting and even picking fresh fruit to go with your lunch (during harvest season, of course)! At most farms you’ll also have access to an exclusive selection of local products. Trust us—your whole family will love their day at the farm.

Wildlife Watching

The Québec City area is also known for its vast regional parks just outside the city that are home to all kinds of wildlife. Head out like a great explorer to observe moose, whales, beavers, great snow geese, and even black bears in their natural habitats.

The secret is to know where to go depending on the time of year. From May to October, for example, there are beaver observation activities at Jacques Cartier National Park and you can have the chance to observe moose in the fall. As for black bears, they hibernate during the winter but can be observed safely with a guide in warmer months. If you’d like to spend a day out on the water whale watching, many tour companies offer one‑day excursions out of Québec City.

Québec cité
Editorial Team

As proud ambassadors of our beloved city, we’re delighted to be sharing the things and places we love most in the Québec City area. What a joy for us to help you discover everything this vibrant and welcoming city has to offer!

You'll Also Like
  • Amusement Parks
    7 Fun Activities with Kids from 6 to 11 Years Old Read
  • A family and children participate in an interpretation activity at the Aquarium du Québec.
    5 Family-Friendly Indoor Activity Ideas Read
  • A family photograph themselves in the snowy Petit-Champlain district, with the Château Frontenac in the background.
    5 Family Activities for Christmas Read
  • Porte Saint-Jean illuminated in the evening and skating at the Place D'Youville ice rink.
    The Best Ice Skating Rinks and Trails Read
  •  Several people walk in the evening on rue du Petit-Champlain, covered with snow and decorated with many illuminated trees.
    4 Magical Spots to Enjoy Québec City’s Holiday Sparkle Read
  • Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site
    5 Perfect Activities with Kids Under 5 Read
  • Family Vacation
    The Best Family Vacations are Happening in Québec City Read