Amazing Activities for Big Family Fun

Jeunes qui glissent dans les glissades de la terrasse Dufferin
Catherine Côté

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

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    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). 

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    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 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

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    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.

    Many of the main streets are closed to vehicles every weekend this summer, making it even easier to explore the city’s various neighbourhoods on foot.

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    Immersion Québec

    Immersion Québec lets you experience historic events in a live action format using new technology. Wearing a virtual reality mask, you’ll be swept back in time to experience the defining moments of New France in the time of Samuel de Champlain. 

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    Château Frontenac

    In the summer, you’ll want to grab an ice cream cone and stroll along the Dufferin terrace to admire the sailboats or join the crowds for one of the free street shows given by talented musicians, jugglers, and acrobats. Enter the Château and take a guided tour through the hotel’s corridors and public spaces, learning about its famous guests and the historic meetings between global political leaders. 

    In the winter, go speeding down the hundred‑year‑old toboggan run on Dufferin Terrace, then warm up in the world’s most photographed hotel.

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    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.

     

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    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!

    This summer, be amazed by Onhwa' Lumina, an immersive multimedia forest experience inspired by Huron-Wendat culture.

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    Observatoire de la Capitale

    Observatoire de la Capitale's Horizons Discovery Experience has a vivid, fast-paced exposé of  the city’s history and the roots of Québec’s identity. Kids will especially appreciate the immersive videos.

  • Outdoor Activities with Kids and Teens

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    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.

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    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! 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! 

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    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, or kicksleds and get ready to have the time of your life in the great snowy outdoors!

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    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 rock shelters as you hike the forest, glide along a zipline, 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.

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    Arbraska Chauveau

    At just 15 minutes from Québec’s city centre, Arbraska Chauveau's treetop obstacle courses vary in difficulty, with 2 courses designed specifically for children 5 years and older equipped with a continuous lifeline so they can test their balance on monkey bridges, climbing nets, and swings and work their way up to the mini zipline. For teens there’s the ZIPTOUR, a course made up of 7 big ziplines, including 4 that take you over the river.

  • Free Outdoor Shows for the Whole Family

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    Street Performers

    During the summer, look no further than the streets and parks of Old Québec for amazing free entertainment courtesy of some of the world’s most talented street performers.

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    Free Outdoor Circus Show

    FLIP Fabrique revives the travelling circus tradition by presenting the show Récréation through the city in August. This free outdoor circus show is presented twice a day in the evening in several parks.

    Note: Image from a previous edition

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    Grands Feux Loto-Québec Fireworks

    If you like fireworks, you’ll love the Grands Feux Loto-Québec, which light up the sky and the St. Lawrence River between Québec City and Lévis. The energy of the crowd makes the evening that much more magical and exciting. If you want to find out what the theme is on any given night, visit the Grands Feux website. You’ll find tips and inspiration for things you can wear to join in the fun.
     

  • Indoor Fun Activities

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    Thrilling Amusement Centres and more!

    Rain or shine, Québec City is a great place to be! If your family likes rides and games, head over to the province’s biggest indoor amusement park, Méga Parc. Or you could all have fun learning with the engaging, interactive exhibitions at Musée de la civilisation. Located in Laurier Québec shopping center, Ludovica Miniland brings together more than 2,000 architectural replicas from around the world. If your kids still have energy to burn, they can bounce off the walls at Récréofun or iSaute. And be sure to plan a trip to Québec’s most magical toy store, Benjo, for the fun, the games, and the craft workshops.

    Please note that the number of clients authorized in the attractions is often limited and that it is strongly recommended to validate the schedule and book in advance. 


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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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