The Latest and the Greatest of Summer 2024

Équipe édito
Editorial Team
Updated on May 30, 2024
Vue aérienne du Vieux-Québec en été
Étienne Dionne

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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.

 

  • 1

    Transat Québec St-Malo

    2024 marks the return of the Transat Québec St-Malo, this legendary race which brings together dozens of the fastest sailboats in the world, as well as hundreds of teammates from all over the world. For 10 days, the Transat will offer a festive program in the Old Port, ending with the spectacular start of the course. 

    Naval enthusiasts will be thrilled as the Transat Québec Saint-Malo will be followed by the Québec Naval Rendezvous event.

  • 2

    Diocese of Québec Turns 350 and Holy Door Opens

    Until December 8, 2024, the Catholic Church of Québec marks the 350th anniversary of the founding of its diocese, which, at the peak of its influence in 1712, covered the entire American continent as far as the Gulf of Mexico. The thousands of people expected during the year are invited to discover the richness of Quebec City’s religious heritage. Here are some of the activities on the program: 

    • Opening of the Holy Door: It is possible to pass through the only Holy Door outside of Europe. A unique spiritual experience not to be missed.
    • Pilgrimage in Old Québec: The Pèlerinage Vieux-Québec Website facilitates the organization of an individual or group pilgrimage through the holy places of Old Québec.
    • New Kapoah trail: 4 to 10 day itineraries, inspired by the Camino de Santiago, to walk in the footsteps of the indigenous people, the first settlers and the saints of the Québec region.
  • 3

    Musée de la civilisation - Featured Exhibitions

    The MCQ is renewing several of its halls by presenting new exhibitions that are as interactive and captivating as ever.

    • Gladiators -Heroes of the Colosseum: Explore in a new way the lives of these fighters who aroused so much admiration through more than 150 pieces dating from the era of ancient Rome.
    • Wrestling: Québec in the Ring: Sport, theatre, circus, entertainment? Wrestling is a fascinating universe that leaves no one indifferent. This exhibition is developed in collaboration with the creative company Ex Machina and its artistic director, Robert Lepage.
    • In Other Words, Québec: This new permanent exhibition presents historical events specific to the evolution of Québec society through six pavilions, each with a specific theme. 
  • 4

    Musée national des beaux-arts - Featured Exhibitions

    While awaiting the end of the work for the opening of the Espace Riopelle planned for 2026, the Pavillon Pierre-Lassonde is offering major exhibitions this summer.

    • Rembrandt. Etchings from the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen:  This exhibition highlights this famous artist's innovative approach to the art of printmaking, revolutionizing the medium with bold experimentation. A panorama of the artist's exceptional skill, demonstrating his human, aesthetic and technical mastery.
    • Helen McNicoll. An Impressionist journey: Despite the restrictive norms imposed on women of her social class in the early 1900s, this little-known Canadian artist distinguished herself by her love of travel and her exploration of new horizons. The exhibition features more than 60 works exploring themes of female independence, risk-taking, friendship, and women's freedom.
  • 5

    New Boat Tours From Québec City

    AML Cruises introduces new excursions departing from Québec City:

    • DJ and cocktail cruise: End your day in style by sipping cocktails to the beats of a DJ's tunes. Enjoy the best vantage point for a splendid panorama of the illuminated buildings of Old Québec.
    • Full-Day Excursion to Grosse-Île: Explore this former quarantine station without the hassle of driving with a combined bus/cruise tour departing from the Old Port.
  • 6

    Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon Immersive Experience

    The immersive audiovisual experience "The Dark Side of the Moon" is being presented all summer in a 360-degree dome at the outdoor venue of the Grand Théâtre de Québec. Each song from the legendary album is accompanied by a visual dimension, sometimes futuristic and spatial, sometimes paying homage to the retro visual iconography associated with Pink Floyd.

    June 13 to September 15 (Thursday to Sunday)
    3 performances per day

  • 7

    The Plains of Abraham Museum Tells the Story of the American Invasion

    Blending history and art, the exhibition Québec 1775: Blizzards and Battle unveils the little-known story of the American invasion attempt, one of the earliest major military campaigns of the American War of Independence. Featuring works by six artists and utilizing digital media, the exhibition immerses visitors in the struggles, dilemmas, and heroic feats of ordinary individuals in extraordinary circumstances.

  • 8

    Glamping at Village Vacances Valcartier

    It is now possible to enjoy comfortable camping at Village Vacances Valcartier in one of the Coolbox units. These mini houses provide a gentle and hassle-free introduction to camping in a rustic-modern style. All that's left to do is pack your bags!

  • 9

    Tea House of Île d'Orléans

    The Tea House of Île d'Orléans offers herbal teas from their boreal garden, selected teas, chilled infusions, homemade pastries, and light menus crafted from the seasonal harvests of their eco-responsible micro-farm, all within a sublime setting that reawakens all our senses.

  • 10

    The First 3D-Effect Glow-in-the-Dark Mini-Golf

    Already known for its butterfly aviary, Bfly Québec is enhancing its family entertainment offerings with a 3D-effect glow-in-the-dark mini-golf (a first in Québec!), a crystal maze, and giant inflatable games. Bfly is located at the Méga Parc amusement park. Opening on June 22nd.

  • 11

    New Triathlon Competition

    The German series Challenge Family, operating in 27 countries, has chosen Québec City as the host city for its first triathlon in North America. The Sail Challenge CAP Québec will welcome athletes for three events in a picturesque setting: the swim will take place in the Louise Basin, surrounded by majestic sailboats; the bike course will follow the St. Lawrence River to Montmorency Falls; the running course will provide a view of Québec's history and the outdoor environment that the city has to offer.


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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