6 Ways to Explore the St. Lawrence River

Jeff Frenette Photography

What first surprises visitors in Québec is the sheer number of wonderful vistas of the St. Lawrence River, which overlooks and beautifies neighbouring landscapes. The river carries, in turn, raw materials, locals travelling from shore to shore, and tourists the world over to the lively Old Port area: it truly is part of the city's DNA.

  • 1 Québec-Lévis Ferry

    Short on time, but eager to take postcard-quality photos to savour for a lifetime? Hop the Québec–Lévis ferry across the St. Lawrence River. Winter, summer, spring, or fall, you’re guaranteed a spectacular view!

    Winter crossings are especially magical thanks to colliding chunks of ice. Set aside about an hour for a return trip.

  • 2 Baie de Beauport

    Stop by Baie de Beauport, a hop and a skip away from the city, and take part in a slew of water activities on the St. Lawrence River. People enjoy windsurfing, sailing catamarans, kayaking, stand-up paddling and kite surfing in this unique maritime environment!

    Whether you’re looking to get moving, cool off in the refreshing water games or simply bask in the sun, this is the place to be.

  • 3 Cruises

    Québec is increasingly positioning itself on the international cruise scene as a destination and port of embarkation of choice. Over the years, it has welcomed over 500,000 passengers enjoying, among others, the Canada—New England itinerary.

    From summer to mid-fall, impressive ships such as the Queen Mary II call into Québec’s port. Cruise from Québec and discover for yourself the magnificence of the St. Lawrence River and the Atlantic seaboard!

  • 4 Excursions on the River

    Many excursions on several types of vessels leave from the Old Port of Québec. Navigate the region and enjoy unbeatable views of the Château Frontenac, the Chute Montmorency and the Île d’Orléans. And why not enjoy brunch, dinner or a show while on board?

    Let the St. Lawrence River’s waters lead you to the Grosse-Île historical site or to the whales in Tadoussac and in the Saguenay’s fjord — where salt water and fresh water meet.

  • 5 Promenade Samuel-De Champlain

    A significant legacy of the capital city’s 400th anniversary, the Promenade Samuel-De Champlain literally gives the river back to Quebecers.

    This enchanting space is a model of restoration of the St. Lawrence River’s shoreline and is dotted by a slew of attractions linked to the river, including a welcome centre, an interpretation path, an observation tower, pedestrian paths, themed stations, and parks.

    Families, walkers, runners, cyclists and in-line skaters gather here as soon as the weather warms up.

  • 6 Ice Canoe

    In the winter, the St. Lawrence River’s waters are not exactly at rest! The ice canoe, which once upon a time was used by residents of Québec and Lévis as a means of transportation, is now a competitive sport. 

    During Québec’s Winter Carnival and the Grand défi Chez Victor, participants in this race give spectators an eyeful. 

    Sports enthusiasts can even try this unique activity with expert guides as part of organized excursions

Québec cité
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!

You'll Also Like
  • Quebec City by night
    The 10 Most Beautiful Spots in the Québec City Area Read
  • View of avenue Saint-Denis and its heritage houses with the Château Frontenac in the background.
    The 15 Prettiest Streets in Old Québec Read
  • A couple takes a picture of themselves on the Dufferin terrace, in front of the Château Frontenac.
    9 Ideas to Celebrate a Special Occasion Read
  • Petit-Champlain
    6 Ways to Experience a Unique Culture in North America Read
  • Couple kayaking in the fall season at the Marais du Nord
    10 Best Places to See Fall Foliage Read
  • Sailboats at Bassin Louise, in the Old Port of Québec, with a view of the illuminated Old Québec.
    Must-See Attractions: Top 10 Things to Do Read
  • Quartier Petit Champlain
    Step Into Historic Petit-Champlain Street, a Living Christmas Card Read
  • Fortifications de Québec
    10 Attractions to Discover More Than 400 Years of History Read