5 Ways to Enjoy a Summer Getaway in Portneuf

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Sophie Corriveau, Õ Pagaie

Content partner: Tourisme Portneuf

There’s so much to discover in Portneuf, a region known for its agritourism and natural landscapes near Québec City. Ready to discover some of its best-kept secrets? Here are 5 ways to make a quick getaway feel like a real summer vacation!

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    Unwind at the Water’s Edge

    Nothing says vacation like relaxing by the water. With its numerous lakes, Portneuf is a gorgeous natural wonderland with tons of fun activities on offer by land or by water.

    Enjoy the coastline at your choice of some 20 public access points to the St. Lawrence River, including marinas, wharves, beaches, and parks perfect for a picnic. You can also check out the coastline podcasts offering curated routes to explore the villages along the river.

    Feel like going for a paddle? Hit the water with Õ Pagaie and taste some local delicacies along the way. Or ply the tranquil waters of Bras-du-Nord River by canoe or kayak.

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    Sample Hyperlocal Treats with Virée ENRACINÉE

    Foodies will swoon for Virée ENRACINÉE, a food-focused event running all summer long that invites you to visit participating restaurants and try their deeply rooted dishes featuring at least 3 products from 3 local artisans. Hope you’re hungry!


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    Cool Off With a Local Drink

    When you’re ready to kick back with a refreshing beer, try out one of the region’s microbreweries: La Fosse, La Shed, Les Grands Bois, and Le Roquemont. You can also stop by L’Esprit de Clocher to buy beer to take home. Hot tip! La Fosse and Le Roquemont are also participating in the Virée ENRACINÉE food fest.

    Wine-lovers will want to check out the Domaine des 3 Moulins winery—the perfect place for a picnic. At the Ubald Distillery shop, you can pick up an exceptional vodka or gin for cocktail hour.

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    Hit the Trails on a Bike

    An old railway bed turned cycling path, Vélopiste Jacques-Cartier/Portneuf offers 68 km of trail surfaced in stone dust. Start your journey at Rivière-à-Pierre (you can even get there by train or shuttle from Québec City) and then enjoy a gentle, mostly downhill ride all the way to Corridor des Cheminots. Be sure to stop in Saint-Raymond, a bike-friendly town full of services for cyclists.


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    Make Your Way Down Chemin du Roy

    Chemin du Roy offers the perfect opportunity to soak up the majestic scenery as you pass through some of the most beautiful villages in Québec. Whether you’re travelling by bike or car, don’t miss Vieux Chemin in Cap-Santé

    This picturesque road takes you past a number of heritage sites worth visiting: the Grondines windmill, the Vieux Presbytère de Deschambault rectory, and the Moulin de La Chevrotière mill. Cyclists can also take the Véloroute Portneuvoise cycling route to make a loop from Chemin du Roy.

    When hunger strikes, you’ll have no shortage of options. In Deschambault, you can stock up on local products at the Magasin Général Paré general store and grab an ice cream at Julie Vachon Chocolats to enjoy by the river. A treat for all senses!

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Annie Lafrance
Annie Lafrance

A keen observer of consumer and design trends, journalist and columnist Annie Lafrance has specialized in fashion and lifestyle coverage for over 15 years. Its mission: to promote local creations, artisans and merchants in Québec City.

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