Things to Do on the May Long Weekend in Québec City
The Victoria Day long weekend (or National Patriots' Day) can’t come soon enough! Spring is in full swing, the Québec City area is gorgeous, and there are fun things to do everywhere you turn. Here are our tips for activities the whole family will love.
- Étienne Dionne
Take a Guided Tour of Old Québec
Every year, thousands of visitors from all over the world flock to Old Québec. Crack the code on its fascinating history and learn the secrets surrounding the sites with the help of a local tour guide.
- Printemps de la musique
Explore Heritage Sites with a Soundtrack
As part of the city’s “Printemps de la musique” (Musical Spring) event, Old Québec comes alive with free musical routes leading to a number of heritage sites.
Dig Into a Good Ice Cream Cone
The lineups in front of Tutto Gelato on Rue Saint-Jean are a sure sign that spring has arrived! Dish or cone? Whatever your style, these ice cream shops are sure to hit the spot.
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Catch Some Early Summer Vibes in Baie de Beauport
The beach in Baie de Beauport opens in mid-May, with weekend equipment rentals for watersports of all kinds. Of course, you could always just hang out and enjoy a little sun and sand.
- Arbraska Chauveau
Go Whizzing Down a Giant Zipline
Waiting for the trails to dry? Head up to the treeline and go flying along a series of 7 mega ziplines, including 4 that span the Saint Charles River. It’s a thrilling spring activity just 15 minutes outside the city, at Arbraska Chauveau.
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Go Paddling on the Saint Charles
Rent a canoe or kayak from Canots Légaré and get out on the calm waters of the Saint Charles River. Pro tip: Bring a picnic! At the halfway mark, you’ll come to a little sandbar that’s perfect for a break and a well-deserved bite.
- Empire 47, La Shot
Try Mountain Biking
At Empire 47, you’ll find bike guides and plenty of trails for beginners, along with an extensive collection of rental bikes, making it a great place to try this highly popular sport.
- Onhwa' Lumina - Moment Factory
Experience a Nighttime World of Wonder in Wendake
Produced in collaboration with Montréal’s internationally acclaimed Moment Factory, Onhwa’ Lumina takes visitors on a magical journey full of nature and technology as they explore the rich history of the Huron-Wendat Nation.
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Go Whitewater Rafting
Rivers rise as snow melts, making spring the best time to experience the speed and excitement of whitewater rafting. Starting in early May, you can slip into a neoprene wetsuit and shoot the rapids safely with the experienced guides at New Wave Expeditions.
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Eat at a Snack Shack
The Québec City area is a snack shack mecca, full of unassuming roadside stands and diners that serve up a mean hamburger and fries. For foodies, snack shacks like Chez Mag on l’Île d’Orléans offer a tantalizing new take on old favourites. Bet you can’t try just one!
Treat Yourself to a Spa Day
The May long weekend is perfect for relaxing at one of the many Nordic spas and wellness centres in the area. Spring for a massage, wrap, or esthetic treatment and treat your body and soul to a little TLC!