Amazing Activities for Big Family Fun

A mother and her son observe the fish in the Grand Ocean tunnel at the Aquarium du Québec.
Jeff Frenette Photography

Discover the best family activities in Québec City. From outdoor adventures to history, Québec City spells big fun for everyone! Québec is known as a welcoming city. It’s also the kind of place that sparks amazement, especially with kids and teens. No matter what your family is into, there are tons of fun things to do. 

  • Must-Do Family Activities

    1 Village Vacances Valcartier

    Québec City locals love Village Vacances Valcartier. And with good reason! It’s the perfect 4‑seasons amusement park and home to the famous Hôtel de Glace, the only ice hotel in the Americas. Village Vacances Valcartier is also known for its outdoor summer waterpark, which has 35 waterslides, 100 splash pad toys, 2 adventure rivers, and a huge wave pool. And to fuel all that fun in the sun, there are also a number of restaurants on site.

    There’s also a 4‑star hotel designed with families in mind. Put your snowsuits on and go snow tubing and sledding in the biggest winter amusement park in the Americas, with thrilling runs like the Himalaya, the Tornade, and the Everest. No matter how cold it is outside, you can have fun on the waterslides in the Bora Parc, Québec’s only indoor waterpark, where it’s always a balmy 30°C (that’s 86°F). *Note that Bora Parc is temporarely closed until further notice*

  • 2 Aquarium du Québec

    Dive into a fascinating underwater world with a visit to Aquarium du Québec. The Aquarium has some 10,000 marine animals, including fish, walruses, seals, polar bears, and more, plus tons of indoor and outdoor activities all through the year. Your kids will love the discovery zones, the light sculptures, the treasure hunt and interactive trail, the ropes course for kids ages 6 to 12, the concerts, the Halloween activities, and the splash pad! Come for the fish, come back for the fun!

  • Have Fun Learning About History

    3 Old Québec

    Old Québec is like an open-air museum. A simple stroll is all it takes to immerse yourself in this UNESCO World Heritage gem. Discover a rich and fascinating history as you walk along the fortifications or through the Petit-Champlain District.

  • 4 Château Frontenac

    In the summer, you’ll want to grab an ice cream cone and stroll along the terrace to admire the sailboats or join the crowds for one of the free street shows given by talented musicians, jugglers, and acrobats. 

    In the winter, go speeding down the hundred‑year‑old toboggan run on Dufferin Terrace, then warm up on an amazing guided tour of the world’s most photographed hotel, Château Frontenac.

  • 5 Plains of Abraham

    Just a few steps away on the Plains of Abraham, your kids will have fun climbing on the many cannons. Don’t miss the interactive exhibits and activities at the Plains of Abraham Museum, perfect for drawing kids into the rich history of the place.

     

  • 6 Wendake

    If they’re curious about Québec City’s first inhabitants, there’s no better place than Wendake. There are so many things to do that are totally educational and totally fun!

  • Outdoor Activities with Kids and Teens

    7 Montmorency Falls Park

    Imagine walking along a rocky cliff that overlooks an enormous waterfall or zipping along a steel cable at high speed. With the via ferrata and zipline at parc de la Chute-Montmorency, your teenagers are in for a real adrenaline rush.

  • 8 Canyon Sainte-Anne

    For an easy walk in a spectacular setting, Canyon Sainte-Anne is a real crowd‑pleaser. The suspended bridges give you breathtaking views of the canyon. Your whole family will love it! For the adventurous, there’s a via ferrata cable course. Or try the AirCANYON, a zipline that takes you across the rushing river and through the forest at high speed, seated on a chair with your feet dangling in the air. It’s wild! *Please note that the AirCANYON is temporarely closed until further notice*.

  • 9 Jacques-Cartier National Park

    If you feel like being out on the water in a canoe or raft or on a paddle board, head to Jacques-Cartier National Park. In the winter when the river’s frozen, there are plenty of activities to keep you warm. Rent snowshoes, Hok or cross‑country skis, downhill tubes, skates, fatbikes, or kicksleds and get ready to have the time of your life in the great snowy outdoors!

  • 10 Station touristique Duchesnay

    For nature walks and a host of outdoor activities all in one place, Station touristique Duchesnay is where it’s at. You can go kayaking, canoeing, or paddleboarding, discover the joys of riding a Segway in the forest, and even observe bears in their natural habitat. In the winter, bundle up and go ice fishing, have fun sledding or tubing as a family, or try Hok skiing, followed by a bit of R&R at the hotel or in one of the cabins or huts available for rent.

Couple picnic near the Pierre-Dugas-De Mons terrace, in front of a panorama of Old Québec and the St. Lawrence River.
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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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