10 Ways to Get Outdoors and Off the Beaten Path

Équipe édito
Editorial Team
Updated on May 4, 2023
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Getting out on the land or water or even up in the air is easy in Québec City. To add a little something different to the usual classics and favourites, we’ve come up with 10 things to do in the heart of our beautiful region this summer, far from the beaten path.

  • On the Water
  • On the Water

    When the weather heats up, take the cue to discover some amazing beauty spots where you can cool off on the water.


    Rafting on the Montmorency River

    Who knew rafting could be relaxing? It’s true! Just head to Panorac in Sainte-Brigitte-de-Laval, a mere 30 minutes outside Québec City. From there, you can navigate a stunning 6 km section of the Montmorency River on a guided rafting excursion complete with secluded beaches where you can take a dip and explore the riverbank.

  • 2

    Kayak around Île d’Orléans

    Snag a front-row seat to an Île d’Orléans sunset on a sea kayak excursion with Quatre Natures. Their certified guides accompany small groups of kayakers out on the water for a happy hour like no other. Daytime excursions are also available, including an excursion that takes you around the island and one designed for families.

    ecoNo car? No problem! Quatre Natures runs a shuttle service from Old Québec to Île d’Orléans.

  • 3

    Paddleboard like a foodie

    Õ Pagaie in Portneuf has come up with a new way to satisfy your love of food, out on the water. The company has joined forces with several local food artisans to create unique paddleboarding adventures with a gourmet twist. From the brunch sampler to the picnic lunch on the water to the three-course taco dinner on a secluded island, Õ Pagaie has you covered with excursions throughout the day.


  • 4

    Rafting with the family on the Sainte Anne River

    Looking for the ultimate change in scenery? Look no further than Les Excursions de l’Ouest for a one-of-a-kind rafting experience through the Sainte Anne River gorges in Saint-Casimir. Bring the whole family and admire the untamed beauty all around as you navigate beginner-level rapids. 

  • 5

    Pick your pleasure at Canots Légaré

    Rent a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard from Canots Légaré, just 15 minutes from Québec City, and spend an hour, an afternoon, or a day exploring the Saint Charles River. The folk at this family-run business will set you up with everything you need to cast away on a calm 20 km stretch of the river. All ages welcome! 

  • On Dry Land
  • On Dry Land

    Québec City is surrounded by magnificent green spaces just waiting to be discovered. From family fun to high adventure, there’s something for everyone.


    Hike to Jean Larose Falls

    One word to describe Jean Larose Falls: spectacular. The 400-odd stairs that take you to the three successive waterfalls were recently rebuilt and reopened to the public. The falls are near Mont-Sainte-Anne and can only be reached on foot, making them something of a hidden gem. To get there, follow the gentle 4 km loop. You’ll be glad you did!

    For a more intense hike, the Mestachibo trail combines a great workout with great views. This challenging route takes between three and five hours to complete one way. Be ready to scale several rocky areas and tackle elevation of some 530 metres. The trail starts at the church in the village of Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges and ends at Jean Larose Falls. We recommend arranging transportation to pick you up at Mont-Sainte-Anne and take you back to the village.

  • 7

    Hike the Montagne à Deux Têtes trail

    Centre récréotouristique des Hautes Terres in Sainte-Brigitte-de-Laval is the starting and ending point of the Montagne à Deux Têtes trail, an impressive 7.5 km intermediate-level loop you can take in either direction. On a clear day, sweeping views to the south reveal the hills and mountains of the Montmorency Valley, the village of Sainte-Brigitte, Québec City, the river, and the south shore in the distance. 

  • 8

    See black bears

    Want to see black bears from a safe vantage point? Check out Aventure Inukshuk. From an observation tower nestled in the forest, you’ll have a unique opportunity to watch these furry giants in the wild. The peaceful hideout is also the ideal location for spotting woodpeckers, blue jays, hares, and other woodland creatures.

  • In the Air
  • In the Air

    The Québec City region’s abundant valleys and cliffs take visitors to dizzying new heights. Feel the excitement of having the world beneath your feet!


    Fly across 7 ziplines

    Thrill seekers, this one’s for you. Skim the treetops at Arbraska Chauveau Park as you take on a series of seven giant ziplines that zigzag across the Saint Charles River, just 15 minutes outside the city. What a rush! There’s even an obstacle course way up in the tree tops.

  • 10

    Go airborne at Canyon Sainte-Anne

    At Canyon Sainte-Anne in Beaupré, you can walk along suspended bridges to admire the impressive 74-metre waterfall. But nothing compares to the excitement of an AirCANYON ride. Hold on tight as you fly over the canyon at 50 km/hour!

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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