5 Days in Fall Itinerary

Couple se prenant en selfie au belvédère de la place des Canotiers à Québec
Francis Fontaine

Québec City in fall is vibrant and mesmerizing. Hues of ruby red, golden yellow, and sunset orange adorn the city, the days are warm and the nights are breezy. It's a perfect time to explore Old Québec, enjoy the local terroir, soak at a spa, and commune with nature.  

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • History, Culture and Golden Sunset
  • Day 1 History, Culture and Golden Sunset


    Begin With a Guided Tour

    A guided tour of Old Québec is the perfect introduction to over 400 years of history. This is French North America's birthplace: learn about battles, French Canadian culture, important historical figures and sites to visit after your tour. 

    1.11 km
  • 2

    Wander Around Old Québec

    After your guided tour, saunter through the streets of Upper Town. Enjoy quaint streets lined with boutiques and restaurants. Then duck down quiet roads to admire the blend of French and British architecture. Look for the hidden parks and walk along the fortification walls. Have lunch in one of the best restaurants inside the walls

    2.02 km
  • 3

    Explore the Plains of Abraham

    This 240-acre park is one of the best places in Québec City for fall foliage. Walk along the pathways and visit Jardin Jeanne-d'Arc. The museum is great to learn about the famous battles of the Plains of Abraham as well. 

    2.88 km
  • 4

    Soak up the Postcard Views

    Set next to the Citadelle or Pierre-Dugua-De Mons Terrace, the best spots for postcard views of Québec City. Reach the top and soak up the gorgeous fall colours. Château Frontenac stands majestically over Old Québec, and from here, love affairs with the city take root. 

    1.23 km
  • 5

    Go on a Dinner Cruise

    As the golden hour begins to wane, the Croisières AML dinner cruise departs. Watch the sunset on the deck with a glass of wine and enjoy a gourmet dinner. Sailing on the St. Lawrence River, the cruise offers stunning views of Québec City.  

  • Artisans and Huron-Wendat Nation
  • Day 2 Artisans and Huron-Wendat Nation


    Enjoy a Café in Place Royale

    In the morning, before 9 am, Place Royale is peaceful and spectacular. Sit at a table outside La Maison Smith, sipping a café au lait. Admire Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, a charming church which stands in the place of the first trading post in 1608. This square is where Québec City began more than 400 years ago. 

  • 7

    Shop for Souvenirs on rue du Petit-Champlain

    It's the oldest shopping street in Québec City. We love this narrow street, with its artisan boutiques and French restaurants. Some of the best bowls of French onion soup, an autumn favourite, are found here as well. You will also find the funiculaire, which offers transfers between Lower and Upper town, as well as a nice view. 

  • 8

    Bike on Promenade Samuel-De Champlain

    Rent a bike and ride along Promenade Samuel-De Champlain. This pathway hugs the shore of the St. Lawrence River on one side, and the tree-covered cliffs on the other. In autumn, when the fall foliage is at its most vibrant, this corridor is one of our favourite places to be. There is public art, pretty views, and plenty of places to relax and enjoy a picnic. 

    16.93 km
  • 9

    See Onhwa' Lumina

    In Wendake, not far from Québec City, this is one of our favourite evening activities. Onhwa' Lumina is an interactive 1.2 km trail highlighting the history and culture of the Huron-Wendat Nation. It's a rhythmic vibrant journey with video and light installations.  

  • Waterfalls and Île d'Orléans
  • Day 3 Waterfalls and Île d'Orléans


    Be amazed by Montmorency Falls

    Standing at 83 metres-high, Montmorency Falls is taller than Niagara Falls. Watch the fall from the pathway above the falls, then take the stairs to the base. In fall, the waterfalls are stunning, and we recommend enjoying them from every angle. You can also ride the cable car and try the zipline. 

    19.17 km
  • 11

    Visit Île d'Orléans

    This island near Montmorency Falls is an integral part of Québec's food scene. Spend a few hours exploring the island and trying the local terroir. Chez Mag has the best lobster rolls and a chocolate-dipped cone at Chocolaterie de l'Île d'Orléans is a must. A gourmet lunch at Cassis Monna et filles is always a good idea and several wineries are open to the public for tastings. The drive on Route du Mitan and the visit of Île d’Orléans is highly recommended as the fall colours are gorgeous here. 

    47.77 km
  • 12

    Walk at Canyon Sainte-Anne

    Follow Hwy 138 through Beaupré to Canyon Sainte-Anne for some afternoon fun. Hike the trails and walk across the 60 metre-high suspension bridge. AirCanyon zips through the canyon at 50 km/h and offers unforgettable views of the canyon and Sainte-Anne river. 

    8.49 km
  • 13

    Enjoy Cap Tourmente

    Not far from Canyon Sainte-Anne is Cap Tourmente – the best place to view snow geese from late September to mid-October. This national wildlife area has marshes, plains, and forests. It also hugs the Saint-Lawrence river. There are over 180 bird species here, but in autumn (and spring) the snow geese are the superstars.

    Microbrasserie des Beaux-Prés is another great spot to admire the geese, while drinking a local beer of course! 

  • Hiking and Nordic Spa
  • Day 4 Hiking and Nordic Spa


    Hiking at Jacques-Cartier National Park

    Some of the best fall foliage is at Jacques-Cartier National Park. Go on a hiking tour through the park with Quatre Natures, watch wildlife or go canoeing. This is also a perfect place for snapping autumn photos that are sure to make your friends and family jealous! 

    53.16 km
  • 15

    Relax at a Nordic Spa

    Québec's climate makes it an ideal place for an authentic Nordic spa experience. After hiking at the park, go to Nordique or Sibéria spa for an afternoon of pampering. Both surrounded by tall evergreens and snuggled beside small rivers. The plunge pools, saunas, and hammocks are ready and waiting! In Old Québec, along the St. Lawrence River, Strøm Spa is another wonderful option.  

    Tonight, try one of the best fine dining restaurants of Old Québec for an evening to remember.  

  • Whale Watching Tour
  • Day 5 Whale Watching Tour


    An Unforgettable Day of Whale Watching

    Autumn is the best time for whale watching in Québec. Whale watching tours depart in the morning, travelling along the St. Lawrence River to the Saguenay fjord. There is a large boat tour, which is perfect for families and those who like to move around.

    For an up close and personal experience, we recommend a zodiac boat tour. Whichever boat you book, make sure your camera is fully charged and keep your eyes peeled. Autumn is perfect for spotting humpback whales! 

    In the evening, stroll through Old Québec and enjoy a patio (many have heat lamps) or venture to a restaurant in Saint-Jean-Baptiste or Montcalm for cocktails and dinner.  

Pamela Macnaughtan, amoureuse de Québec
Pamela MacNaughtan

Travel writer and photographer, Pamela has a deep love of all things Québec City. She is an anglophone from Ontario who prefers living in Québec. An avid city explorer and chocolat chaud connoisseur, Pamela accentuates the finest experiences in the city.

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