Top Things to Do in Québec City This Summer

Équipe édito
Editorial Team
Updated on May 4, 2023
Little girl on a terrace at Place Royale
Pierre-Nic Lessard

With fantastic exhibitions, colourful festivals, and car-free streets for more space, Québec City is going all out to wow you this summer. Here are some of the best things to do from June to September.

Stroll Through Festive Streets

In summer, the city hosts an astounding variety of world‑class festivals and cultural events. We soak up the festive atmosphere as the streets and restaurant patios are crowded with happy festival-goers.

Every weekend this summer, some of the main neighbourhood streets are closed to car traffic, allowing pedestrians to stroll freely and enjoy all the restaurant patios. Here are the streets closed on weekends: Grande Allée, rue Saint-Jean, rue Saint-Paul, 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. You certainly won't want to miss the top 10 attractions, but we also recommend a walking tour and entering its historical hidden gems.

New this summer: The Royal 22nd Regiment musicians offer musical performances on the parade ground in the heart of the Citadelle. A great show not to be missed!

Take In Amazing Exhibitions and Multimedia Experiences

This summer, we dive into the greatest Impressionist masterpieces in the 3D experience Lasting Impressions.

The immersive multimedia experience Onhwa’ Lumina takes us to a magical world combining nature and technology with, as a backdrop, the rich history of the Huron-Wendat Nation.

The Alexander McQueen: Art Meets Fashion exhibition is on display at Musée national des beaux-arts.

Over at Musée de la civilisation, there’s a challenging exhibition about climate issues and solutions

Lastly, Blizz at Montmorency Falls Park is a summer pop-up where visitors can experience the magic of the Québec Winter Carnival. There’s a tubing slide, immersive experiences, and even a photobooth on the Bonhomme Carnaval parade float.

Get Some Fresh Air in City and Surrounding Area Parks

Want to move? Head to one of the urban parks or one of the amazing parks in the Québec City area for your fill of outdoor fun.

Celebrate Summer on the Most Beautiful Terraces

With its historic architecture and the majestic St. Lawrence River, Québec City offers many terraces for dining or having a drink in a breathtaking setting. Some streets in the Old Port turn into terraces and allow visitors to live the unique experience of a huge open-air restaurant. 

Discover New Places to Visit

Are you a regular visitor to the area? We bet we'll surprise you with our list of new places and activities to explore, such as the hydrogen-powered tourist train to Charlevoix and the first indoor ski center in Québec. There are always new reasons to visit Québec City in summer!

Have Fun with the Family

Your thrill-seeking teens will love the double zipline at Montmorency Falls Park, the AirCANYON at Canyon Sainte-Anne, and the ropes courses in the trees at Arbraska Chauveau.

Or perhaps you’d like to dive into the marine world at Aquarium du Québec and see the Awesome Ocean Tunnel and the new immersive room.

Take a look at our recos for fun family activities. You’ll soon realize Québec City is an amazing destination for families.

Enjoy 400 km of Bike Paths

Québec City has a network of bike paths that stretch out from the city centre in every direction. If you don’t have a bike or don’t feel like bringing it with you, you can rent one at Cyclo Services or Location EchoSports and can even hire a guide to help you explore the city by bike. Both shops are in the Old Port, which is a great starting-off point for many of the nicest routes.

Enjoy a Nautical Activity

When the weather gets warmer, we love to enjoy water activities and boat tours

The brand new Promenade Samuel-De Champlain's Station de la Plage (Beach Station) is a must this summer. Its fine sandy beach, infinity swimming pool and mirror pool with water fountains will dazzle young and old alike. In the Old Port, the Oasis du Port de Québec is a free swimming site in a setting worthy of a postcard.

To appreciate the panorama of Montmorency Falls and Old Québec, climb aboard a boat of Croisières AML or a Zodiac of Excursions Maritimes Quebec. We also love paddleboard outings combined with local products in Portneuf and watching the sunset in a kayak on Île d'Orléans. In search of adrenaline? Look for a rafting descent!

Go for a Ride on Eastern Canada’s Biggest Mountain Biking Trail Network

MTBers will find plenty of places to test their skills—and their pedal power—less than an hour outside Québec City. Vallée Bras-du-Nord, Mont-Sainte-Anne, and Empire 47 all have great trails for all levels of rider, including beginners looking to try the sport, while the enduro trails at Sentiers du Moulin are the perfect place to get sendy. At Massif de Charlevoix, the impeccable downhill runs offer a breathtaking view of the St. Lawrence River.

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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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