What to Do in Québec City in August

Équipe édito
Editorial Team
Updated on June 17, 2024
Cycliste dans la région de Portneuf
Chemin du Roy, Tourisme Portneuf

Here’s how we recommend spending those beautiful sunny days of August.

Keep Cool in the Summer Heat

When the sun comes out and the weather gets hot, what could be better than a nice dip? Waterparks, beaches, swimming areas and spray parks—find an oasis to better enjoy the warmer climes!

Explore the Neighbourhoods

Québec City's central neighbourhoods are concentrated in a relatively small area, so it’s easy to get from one to the next. Safe and inviting, each has its own special vibe, with unique food, shops, and places to relax and have a good time. Just like the people you’ll meet on the streets, the city’s neighbourhoods are warm, welcoming, and tons of fun. Here are some of the things we like to do on foot and by bike near Old Québec.

Get Outdoors and Off the Beaten Path

We’ve come up with 10 things to do in the heart of our beautiful region this summer, far from the beaten path.

Feel the Beat of the Major Events and Festivals

Be amazed by the uninterrupted parade of fun and world-class events:

  • Grands Feux Loto-Québec: This year again, the fireworks will take place every Tuesday and Thursday from August 1 to 24. 
  • New France Festival: A unique historical, festive and gastronomic event showcasing life in the 17th and 18th centuries. 
  • Plein Art: The most important summer gathering of crafts in the province. 
  • Festibière de Québec: A summer happening for beer lovers.

Foodie Finds on Île d'Orléans

Everyone loves driving around Île d’Orléans, but have you ever taken the time to stop and enjoy the food? Try the vanilla and black currant soft-serve ice cream at Cassis Monna & filles, the Paillasson cheese at Fromages de l’isle d’Orléans, the craft beer at the microbrewery, the jam at Confiturerie Tigidou, or a sweet treat from Chocolaterie de l’Île d'Orléans. Yum!

Make Delicious Discoveries in Public Markets

Foodies will love the abundance of fresh arrivals at Québec City’s farmer’s markets. These neighbourhood happenings and roadside stands are a great place to chat with locals and pick up mouth-watering seasonal fare.

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Mark your Calendar


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Équipe édito
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!

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