5 Days in Summer

Picnic in Quebec City
Jeff Frenette

If you’re in town for 5 days and wondering what to see and do during your stay, here’s an itinerary that will give you the full Québec City experience. Enjoy a fully satisfying trip.

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 1

    Discover over 400 Years of History

    1 Guided Tour

    Start exploring with a guided tour. Old Québec is essentially an open‑air museum and touring with a guide brings all that history to life.

    0.58 km
  • 2 Citadelle

    Visit the Citadelle, the largest British fortress in North America. Built in the shape of a star, it is part of the fortifications that encircle the historic district and is one of the reasons Old Québec is included on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

    0.60 km
  • 3 Stroll through the Upper Town

    Stroll through the Upper Town and catch some of the lively street performers. Pull up a chair at one of the many restaurants and mozy on through the Old City, which always has a great vibe on summer evenings.

  • Day 2

    Enjoy the Scenery

    4 Promenade Samuel-De Champlain

    Rent a bike and head out to Promenade Samuel-De Champlain, an urban park that runs along the banks of the St. Lawrence River. For lunch, pick up some local fare and have a picnic in one of the best picnic spots.

    9.26 km
  • 5 Musée de la civilisation

    Next stop: Musée de la civilisation and its interactive and innovative exhibits. The permanent exhibitions will allow you to learn more about the French Canadian culture.

    0.54 km
  • 6 Shopping in Petit-Champlain

    Rue du Petit‑Champlain is one of the prettiest streets in Canada and a great place to do some shopping. It leads to the legendary Place Royale, where Québec City was founded in 1608.

    After touring the area, you can head back to the Upper Town on the funiculaire (cable car), which offers a panorama view of the St. Lawrence River and the Lower Town.

    There are shows and events all year in different parts of the city. Check the events calendar to see what’s shaking while you’re in town.

  • Day 3

    Discover a Majestic Waterfall and an Island Full of Treasures

    7 Parc de la Chute-Montmorency

    At Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, you can take the 300‑metre double zipline and fly across the falls with a friend. You’ll get an amazing adrenaline rush and an epic view!

    4.36 km
  • 8 Go around Île d’Orléans

    Head over to Île d’Orléans and follow Chemin Royal all the way around the biggest historic borough in Québec. The island boasts magnificent rural landscapes, hundred‑year‑old homes, talented artisans and delicious local products.

    15.54 km
  • 9 Québec City Ferry

    Catch the ferry to Lévis for a spectacular view of Québec City and Château Frontenac.

    Hungry? Traditional Québec cuisine is hearty, filling, and proudly featured at a number of local restaurants.

  • Day 4

    Experience Indigenous Culture

    10 Huron Traditional Site Onhoüa Chetek8e

    At Wendake, you can discover the ancestral culture of the Huron‑Wendat Nation. See a traditional dance, hear the stories and legends, visit the long house and enjoy some Huron‑Wendat cooking.

  • 11 Go out in Saint-Roch Neighbourhood

    Get off the beaten tourist path and mingle with locals. You’ll find quirky boutiques and much‑loved restaurants along rue Saint-Joseph, main street of the Saint-Roch neighbourhood. Enjoy a fine pint at one of the local microbreweries or stop into Phoenix du parvis, a bar chansonnier where you can get the full folk experience.

  • Day 5

    Get into the Great Outdoors

    12 Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier

    If you’re a nature lover, you can hike one of Québec’s most beautiful glacial valleys at Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier. Kayaks and canoes are available there too, so you can paddle down the river. 

    In the evening, revisit the street or neighbourhood that made the biggest impression during your trip and take time to soak it all in. While you’re there, be sure to try a poutine, the craziest meal in Québec. It’s made with fries, gravy, cheese curds, and plenty of wacky toppings. 

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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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