What to Do in Québec City in May

Vue sur le Château Frontenac avec des tulipes
Guy Lessard

The buds and leaves of May are here and we’re loving the warmer weather. To help you make the most of your stay in Québec City, here are our recommendations for activities and events in May.

Feel the Power of the Area’s Most Beautiful Falls

Some you can drive right up to, while others come as a reward after a pleasant hike. No matter which ones you decide to visit, you’ll see the waterfalls at their spectacular best in the spring. A stop at Montmorency Falls Park is always a must, but to get off the beaten path, head to Canyon Sainte-Anne (which opens May 12 this year) or to Wendake, where there’s a lovely trail to Kabir Kouba Falls.

Relax in the Parks and Gardens

The parks are usually in bloom by mid-May, turning any stroll into a glorious nature bath. Admire the greenery on the Plains of Abraham or the footpath that runs along both sides of the St. Charles River. Insider tip: swing by Le Grand Marché and fill a basket with gourmet goodies for a picnic in the park.

Go for a Bike Ride

Québec City boasts an impressive 400 km of bike paths that stretch out in all directions from the city centre. By May they’re swept clean and are ready for you to roll, so get out there and enjoy! Favourites include Promenade Samuel De Champlain, which takes you along the St. Lawrence River out to the city’s twin bridges, and Corridor du Littoral, which runs all the way to Montmorency Falls. Go where the wind takes you!

Explore Alternate Realities at a Theatre Festival

Carrefour international de théâtre is an international theatre festival with innovative shows at indoor and outdoor venues. The signature event, “Où tu vas quand tu dors en marchant...?” is a series of weird and wonderful outdoor tableaux at different sites in and around the city centre.

Mark Your Calendar

  • Manasie Akpaliapik

    Manasie Akpaliapik

  • Affiche de l'exposition Ô merde au Musée de la civilisation

    Oh shit!

  • Pompeii exhibition at Musée de la civilisation

    Pompeii. The Immortal City

  • Vast Body

    Vast Body. Infinite Movements

  • Pouvoir secret des animaux
    Animal Super Powers Made With LEGO® Bricks
  • M comme mosaïque

    M comme mosaïque

  • Land Back – la Biennale d’art contemporain autochtone

    Land Back – la Biennale d’art contemporain autochtone

  • Don Giovanni

    Don Giovanni


This Month's Suggestions

  • Couple picnicking near the Pierre-Dugua-De Mons terrace while admiring the Château Frontenac and the St. Lawrence River.

    Québec City’s Best Picnic Spots

  • Bora-Boréal - at dusk

    12 Unique Stays in the Québec City Area

  • Spas and Health Centres

    Best Resort Spas and Wellness Centres

  • Nouvelle Vague Expeditions inc. - descent of La Traditionnelle on the Jacques-Cartier

    The Guide to Whitewater Rafting

  • Cassis Monna & filles
    Ice Cream Spots in Québec City
  • A couple hikes on the Scotora Trail in Jacques-Cartier National Park.

    Best Hiking Around Québec City


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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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