The Latest and the Greatest of Summer 2022
Québec City in the summertime has all the usual attractions: the historic architecture in Old Québec, the lively patios in the neighbourhoods, the street performers, and great venues to visit—not to mention the incredible forests, rivers, lakes, and other natural attractions nearby that are perfect for exploring, having fun, and getting away from it all. Québec City has everything you need for an amazing summer vacation.
Here are all the new and exciting things you’ll want to include in your summer trip.
Mosaicultures in Québec City for the First Time Ever
See some 200 plant sculptures arranged into 20 larger-than-life scenes made with over six million plants. The theme of this year’s plant sculpture festival—Once Upon a Time: The Earth—is an ode to the beauty of life on our planet. The sculptures will be on display at enchanting Bois-de-Coulonge Park, which will also be presenting its historic past.
June 24 to October 10, 2022
- Onhwa' Lumina - Moment Factory
An Immersive Multimedia Pathway in Wendake
Produced in collaboration with the internationally renowned Québec firm Moment Factory, Onhwa’ Lumina will transport visitors to a magical world combining nature and technology with, as a backdrop, the rich history of the Huron-Wendat Nation. With a length of 1.2 km, Onhwa' Lumina will be open to the public at nightfall.
- Edward Hopper, Hotel by a Railroad, ca. 1952. Oil on canvas, 79.4 × 101.9 cm. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1966 (66.2507)
America. Between Dreams and Realities Exhibition
Explore a selection of works that illustrate the impact of America’s social and cultural history on its art, from the Great Depression to the present day. Artists featured include Louise Bourgeois, Edward Hopper, Arthur Jafa, les Guerrilla Girls, Willem de Kooning, Ana Mendieta, Louise Nevelson, Isamu Noguchi, Jackson Pollock, Lorna Simpson, and Andy Warhol.
This world exclusive was custom-curated for MNBAQ using works from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden collection in Washington, DC.
June 9 to September 5, 2022
- L. Labat
Imagine Monet: An Immersive Exhibition
Lose yourself in a world of oversized images taken from the paintings of Claude Monet, the famous French impressionist. An innovative experience that awakens the senses. Imagine Monet is presented at Cruise Terminal 30 in Québec’s Old Port (near the grain silos). Reservations required.
June 10 to September 5, 2022
Old Port's Habour Bath
The Port of Québec Oasis is a new free public harbour bath located at Bassin Louise just outside Espace 400e building.
There is a rest area as well as outdoor changing rooms, lockers, and showers. The harbour bath provides the equivalent of an Olympic-sized swimming pool with five 50 m swimming lanes and a 25 m² leisure swim area. Lifeguards are on site at all times during the opening hours to ensure the swimmers’ safety.
- Simon Clarke
New Immersive Space at Aquarium du Québec
Hundreds of animals come to life in the aquarium’s new immersive projection room. See eels, polar bears, Greenland sharks, sperm whales, and giant squids in Aquarium du Québec’s ImMERsion experience.
Cigale: Music, Food, and Fun at the Beach
A day at the Baie de Beauport always feels like a vacation getaway. Add two days of musical performances on two stages, craft beers, cocktails, and great food, and you have all the makings of a great moment with friends. This new festival is set to be one of the hottest events in Québec City this summer.
This year’s lineup includes: KALEO, Portugal. The Man, Andy Grammer, Robert Robert, and many more!
August 6 & 7, 2022
- Croisières AML
River Shuttle Between Old Québec and Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré
On foot or by bike, board the new AML Cruises river shuttle between Québec City's Old Port and Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. From there, several options are available, with or without meals: self-guided tour of the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine and the surrounding area or a bus excursion to Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canyon Sainte-Anne or Sentier des Caps.
- Domaine Sainte-Anne, Les Festifs
- Groupe A / Annexe U
Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré: Beyond the Famous Shrine
Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré is looking better than ever this summer!
- Domaine Sainte-Anne: Pitch a tent on this grassy haven across from Sainte-Anne Shrine for a few nights of camping or just to enjoy everything it has to offer: vintage roller skates, shows, yoga, evening campfires, and more!
- Refurbished wharf: This access point to the St. Lawrence River is sure to be a lively spot this summer, for fishing, sea kayaking, kitesurfing, boating, and zodiac rides (coming soon).
Insider’s tip: While you’re there, be sure to stop in at Café Apollo.
A New Eco-Friendly Outdoor Recreation Centre
Located north of Québec City in Sainte-Brigitte-de-Laval, Centre récréotouristique des Hautes Terres is the place to go for sustainable outdoor fun. This summer, the centre will feature hiking, electric side-by-side vehicle rental, forest survival workshops and more activities to be added at a later date.
Bonus Content: More New Stuff!
- This summer will see the introduction of 400 e-bikes across 40 stations in Old Québec and the city centre. The bike-sharing service, called àVélo, is a sustainable alternative for short trips around town.
- Stoneham Nordic Spa recently opened its first 5 tiny Nordic chalets. By spring 2023 the spa will have a total of 14 units available for stays in harmony with nature.
- The Jacques-Cartier–Portneuf bike route has been a favourite among cyclists for nearly 25 years. This summer, 7 basic campsites have been added to the northern portion of the route.
- Explore Côte-de-Beaupré and Route de la Nouvelle-France with the help of a new interactive map that puts photos, an audio guide, and informative content at your fingertips!