Top Things to Do in Québec City this Summer

Dufferin Terrace
Jeff Frenette Photography

Despite the current exceptional situation, there is so much to do in Québec City this summer! Here are some of the best things to do from July to September.

Stroll Through Festive Streets

During all summer weekends, some commercial streets in the neighbourhoods are closed to car traffic, allowing pedestrians to move freely and take advantage of the restaurant terraces, which will be larger and more abundant.

Here are the streets closed on weekends: Grande Allée, rue Saint-Jean, rue Saint-Paul, rue Saint-Antoine, rue Sault-au-Matelot, avenue Cartier, rue Saint-Joseph, 3e Avenue and rue St-Vallier Ouest.

Explore 400 Years of History

The Old City is an awe‑inspiring journey through a collection of architectural treasures unlike anything outside Europe. Here are the top 10 attractions you don’t want to miss.

Enjoy Amazing Exhibitions

Québec City’s rich history is brought to vibrant life at its many museums. Check out our picks of some of the most popular ones for you to discover. 

From July 18 to September 13, Québec City's Convention Centre hosts the spectacular immersive exhibition Imagine Van Gogh. It's an event not to be missed! 

Fill up with Adrenaline and Wide Open Spaces

Stunning natural sites are just 20 minutes from the Old City. Cross the suspension bridge over Montmorency Falls—a full 98 feet (30 meters) higher than Niagara Falls, canoe down the river in the hollow of a glacial valley at Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier, or ride the hundreds of kilometres of mountain bike trails.

Celebrate Summer on the Most Beautiful Terraces

With its historic architecture and the majestic St. Lawrence River, Québec City offers many options for dining or having a drink in a breathtaking setting.

New in summer 2020: Some streets in the Old Port turn into terraces and allow visitors to live the unique experience of a huge open-air restaurant. La Grande Tablée takes place from Friday to Sunday,  June 18 to September 27, 2020.

Have Fun with the Family

Here are just a few of the special attractions that make Québec City the perfect Canadian family destination.

Eat with a View

Check out our list of the best picnic spots paired with nearby establishments where you can fill your picnic basket with local specialties.

Enjoy 400 km of Cycling Routes

A network of inline bike paths originates in the Old Port sector and extends throughout the Québec City Area. Rent a bike and explore it! 

Explore the Area with a Guide

The Old City is like an open-air museum, and the best way to explore it is on foot with a local guide. A variety of excursions are also available to take you easily and comfortably beyond the historic district to other local attractions such as Montmorency Falls, Île d’Orléans, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine, whale watching, and more.

Pedal Through the Largest Mountain Biking Trail Network in Eastern Canada

Less than an hour from downtown Québec City, there are several options to test your skills on the cross-country, enduro and downhill trails. In Vallée Bras-du-Nord, Mont-Sainte-Anne and Empire 47, several flowy trails are perfect for beginners, while Sentiers du Moulin's enduro trails delight experienced riders from everywhere.

* New in September 2020 *
Opening of new trails at Massif de Charlevoix. Nearly 20 km offering a breathtaking view of the St. Lawrence River.

Couple picnic near the Pierre-Dugas-De Mons terrace, in front of a panorama of Old Québec and the St. Lawrence River.
Lots of Savings in Québec City This Summer

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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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