What to Do in Québec City in July

Équipe édito
Editorial Team
Updated on June 2, 2023
Terrasse Pierre-Dugua-De Mons - Couple walking on the Terrasse Pierre-Dugua-De Mons in summer
Jeff Frenette

Summer is in full swing! Here are our suggestions for things to see and do in July.

Go on a Guided Tour

Québec City is a great place to stroll around, snap shots, and have some good eats. But it’s also full of history and secrets that come to life with a local guide. A guided tour will leave you seeing the city in a whole new light. If history isn’t your thing, a food tour should manage to do the trick.

Short on time? Hop on and off the fabulous Red Bus as you move from one Old Québec attraction to the next.

Get Into the Québec City Summer Festival Spirit

The Festival d'été's three main stages in the heart of downtown will once again welcome international, local and emerging artists, and the restaurant terraces in the surrounding streets will be crowded with happy festival-goers. 

Go on a Boat Tour

Taking a boat tour on the St. Lawrence River is a summer vacation classic.

To appreciate the panorama of Montmorency Falls and Old Québec, get aboard a Zodiac of Excursions Maritimes Quebec. To explore the gorgeous Île d’Orléans, you can go kayaking during the day or at the sunset, or discover the island’s coves, currents, and maritime history aboard a zodiac with Croisières Orléans.

The Croisières AML river shuttle takes you to the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré dock from the Old Port. An original way to visit the many attractions of Côte-de-Beaupré, such as the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine, Mont-Sainte-Anne and Canyon Sainte-Anne.

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.


Go on an Amazing Hike

The natural landscapes in the Québec City area are as rich and varied as the culture. It’s like a giant playground made by Mother Nature. The trails lead up dramatic cliffs with sweeping views of the St. Lawrence, through glacial valleys, and into the heart of the boreal forest. From Jacques-Cartier National Park to Sentier des caps de Charlevoix to Vallée Bras-du-Nord, here are the best spots for a short or long hike.

Get Your Feet Wet

If you want to stay cool this summer, there are plenty of options: waterslides, pools, and splashpads. With 30+ waterslides and attractions of all kinds, Village Vacances Valcartier is an aquatic paradise. For a day at the beach, try Baie de Beauport : it's only a few minutes from downtown!

The brand new Promenade Samuel-De Champlain's Station de la Plage (Beach Station) is a must this summer. Its fine sandy beach, infinity swimming pool and mirror pool with water fountains will dazzle young and old alike.

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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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