Places to Hang Out in the Summer

Équipe édito
Editorial Team
Updated on June 28, 2023
Place de Paris
Place de Paris, Ville de Québec

Summer always seems to end too quickly. Luckily, Québec City is full of places to make the most of our favourite fleeting season. Discover the best spots to hang out and go for a stroll in and around Old Québec.

  • Old Québec
  • Old Québec

    1

    Place Royale

    It all began in Place Royale, the birthplace of French civilization in North America.

    In 1608, Samuel de Champlain chose this site for his fortified “abitation,” New France's first permanent settlement. Rich traders set up shop there, and with the erection of a bust of Louis XIV, the market square became place Royale.

    There is something magical about place Royale whatever the time of year. Be sure to visit the church of Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, an official historic site. Construction on the church began in 1687 on the site of Champlain's first residence, making this the second oldest church in the Americas north of Mexico. A castle-shaped altar shows how people saw the city at the time.

  • 2

    Place de Paris

    This square is just steps away from Place Royale, the oldest square in the city. With its European vibe, it’s a great place for a break after a round of shopping and a coffee from Maison Smith.

  • 3

    Place des Canotiers

    Every year, thousands of cruise ship passengers who call at Place des Canotiers are thrilled by the stunning view that embraces Château Frontenac, the city's fortifications, the Petit Champlain district, and the Old Port.

    Equally popular with the locals who never tire of looking out over the busy river, this is a great place for a stroll.

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    Place d'Armes

    Under the French regime, Place d'Armes was known as the Grand Square, the prime location for military parades and public speeches.

    The square, near rue du Trésor, houses the fountain known as Monument de la Foi (Monument to the Faith).

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    City Hall Gardens

    A stroll along Rue Saint-Jean, which becomes a fully pedestrian street inside the city walls, will take you to Québec’s centrally located “hôtel de ville,” or city hall. The gardens feature a splash pad perfect for cooling down on a hot day. There are also spots around the building to sit down and admire Codex Populi—an outdoor public art installation that’s 23 metres (75 ft.) high—and the view of Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral.

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    Place D'Youville

    This square is a classic meet-up spot in Old Québec. It’s home to 4 of the city’s most iconic structures: the fortifications, Palais Montcalm, the Capitole, and the magnificent Le Diamant theatre.

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    Promenade des Gouverneurs

    Promenade des Gouverneurs runs along the Citadelle and leads to Battlefields Park, also known as the Plains of Abraham.

    Named in honour of Governor General Lord Dufferin, it forms an extension of Dufferin Terrace in front of the Château Frontenac.

    Avid walkers of all stripes as well as amateur photographers seeking striking pictures of the river won't be off by the many stairs along this multi-level walkway; the unforgettable panoramas they experience along the way are ample reward for all the effort.

  • Saint-Jean-Baptiste
  • Montcalm
  • Montcalm

    8

    Place Richard-Garneau

    Whether for a quick stretch in the sun or with an ice cream cone from Glacier Aberdeen or Chocolats Favoris, a quick stop at Place Richard-Garneau, at the corner of Cartier Avenue and René-Lévesque, is always a welcome pausa.

  • Saint-Roch
  • Saint-Roch

    9

    Marina Saint-Roch

    This charming marina is right beside a heated semi-Olympic public pool that looks out over the Saint Charles River. It’s an ideal spot to relax and cool down and has a fun, vacation-y vibe.

  • Saint-Sauveur
  • Saint-Sauveur

    10

    Parc Victoria

    Lying on the border between Saint-Sauveur and Saint-Roch along the Saint-Charles River, this big park has it all. For athletic types, there are soccer fields, tennis and basketball courts, a bike path, a footpath, children’s play areas, a splash pad, and more! Otherwise, it’s just a great place for a picnic—especially since gas BBQs are allowed, as is alcohol to go with your meal.

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    Placette Saint-Sauveur

    As the name suggests, Placette Saint-Sauveur is a tiny little square on the corner of Rue Saint-Vallier Ouest. Go for the market on Saturdays, or just to have a sit at the “placette.”

  • Limoilou
  • Limoilou

    12

    Place Jean-Béliveau

    For great food and quality family time, head to this fun spot beside Grand Marché. Québec’s biggest farmer’s market has a wonderful variety of local products, with a green space next door where BBQs and alcohol are allowed. Relax in the Adirondack chairs under hundred-year-old trees as the kids play on the splash pad and the huge playground. Get ready to take home the “Funnest Parent of the Year” award!

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    Place Limouloise

    In Limoilou, part of 3e Avenue becomes a pedestrian zone every evening and on Sunday afternoons for the farmer’s market. So fun!

  • Sainte-Foy-Sillery-Cap-Rouge
  • Sainte-Foy-Sillery-Cap-Rouge

    14

    Promenade Samuel-de Champlain

    This park along the St. Lawrence River is a total gem. It’s perfect for biking, rollerblading, or just walking along the river to enjoy the cool breeze and the view of the bridges. There’s also an infinity pool, a beach, a splash pad, wide open spaces for flying kites, and outdoor furniture for picnics and chilling in the sun.

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    Parc de la plage Jacques-Cartier

    Looking for a nice spot for a stroll, or in the mood to just gaze out over the water? Parc de la plage Jacques-Cartier is the place for you. Reserved for pedestrians only, this linear park features exceptional scenery and one of the best views of the two bridges spanning the river. Bring a picnic; tables are available.


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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