Top Things to Do in Québec City This Summer

Dufferin Terrace
Jeff Frenette Photography

As of June 15, the region is at the yellow alert level and almost all of the tourism businesses are now open! 

With two fantastic Picasso exhibitions, an exciting summer program in the city’s central neighbourhoods, 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 July to September that meet the current health requirements. Say hello to summer!

Due to major roadworks in the Pierre-Laporte Bridge area, we recommend to allow more time than usual to get to Québec City by car. For a trip between Montréal and Québec City, highway 40 is a better option. 

Stroll Through Festive Streets

Every weekend this summer, some of the main neighbourhood streets are closed to car traffic, allowing pedestrians to stroll freely and enjoy all the big 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.

There are also a bunch of pop-up squares in the city’s central districts that put a different spin on things. They’re great for a little time-out, whether to have a bite or just watch the world go by.

Take In Amazing Exhibitions

Québec City is in a Picasso frame of mind this summer! The Picasso. Figures exhibition is on display at Musée national des beaux-arts from June 12 to September 12 and the immersive Imagine Picasso exhibition is being presented at the Québec City Convention Centre from June 15 to September 6.

Over at Musée de la civilisation, there’s a fascinating Maya exhibition from May 20 to October 3.

Tickets to these blockbuster exhibitions go fast, so consider booking in advance online.

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.

See Outdoor Art

Passages Insolites is a public art series that takes over the city from June 26 to October 11. Strolling along the 5 km route that stretches from the Petit-Champlain to Parliament Hill to Saint-Sauveur, you’ll come across some twenty weird and wonderful works of art dreamed up by artists from Québec and elsewhere.

Get Some Fresh Air in City and Surrounding Area Parks

Have all those weeks of lockdown given you a serious case of cabin fever? Head to one of the urban parks or one of the amazing parks in the Québec City area for your fill of outdoor fun.

New this summer:

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.

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 Thursday to Sunday, June 17 to September 26, 2021.

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 polar bear habitat.

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

Eat Outdoors

Some spots are well known, while others, like the City Hall gardens, are well-kept secrets. We share our favourite outdoor sites and nearby spots to pick up the perfect picnic. There are also a number of pop-up squares where you can have a bite this year, and alcohol is being allowed in some parks as long as it’s to go with a meal.

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.

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. The first-ever full MTB season at Massif de Charlevoix starts June 19, with impeccable downhill runs, gondola rides back up the mountain, and a breathtaking view of the St. Lawrence River.

 

Please note that the number of clients authorized in the attractions is often limited and that it is strongly recommended to validate the schedule and book in advance. 

Summer Events

Dates

  • Carrefour international de théâtre
    Carrefour international de théâtre Read
  • Picasso à Québec
    Picasso. Figures Read
  • Imagine Picasso
    Imagine Picasso, the Immersive Exhibition Read
  • Grande Tablée du Vieux-Port
    La Grande Tablée du Vieux-Port de Québec Read
  • KWE!
    KWE! Read
  • Tableau de Où tu vas quand tu dors en marchant...?
    Où tu vas quand tu dors en marchant…? Read
  • Affiche Festival d'été 2021
    Festival d'été de Québec Read
  • ComediHa! Fest-Québec
    ComediHa! Fest-Québec Read

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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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