Quebec City – 400+ Years Of Fun, But Who’s Counting

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The Changing of the Guard takes place daily at 10 a.m. in summer on the Citadelle’s parade grounds.

What is Quebec City?  Why should we want to visit Quebec this summer?


In the summer of 1608, Samuel de Champlain established what would eventually become one of the most beautiful cities in North America. Today, travelers of all ages can enjoy the best of France – language (with some ancient French words thrown in to test you), history, culture, cuisine and spectacular geography – without even crossing the Atlantic. It’s all in Quebec City, Canada.

So rather than blabbering on and on, here’s a list of 52 different exciting activities for you and your friends, lover, and/or family to enjoy while visiting this UNESCO World Heritage Site. With so many different ways to enjoy summer in Quebec City, all we could ask for is bit more time!

Walk paths of North American History, go bird watching, take a swim, all in Quebec City:


1. Pedal around Quebec City on nearly 400 km of bike paths. Quebec 2

2. Cast a line in inspiring surroundings: go river or lake fishing.

3. Admire the phenomenal architecture of Quebec City from a hot-air balloon.

4. Enjoy a Canyon Sainte-Anne adventure on the via ferrata and zip lines.

5. Tackle the rapids with white water rafting.

6. Explore the Parc Linéaire de la Rivière Saint-Charles and its 32 km of foot paths.

7. Hop on Abraham’s Bus to learn the fascinating history of the Battlefields Park inside Quebec City.

8. Spread out a picnic and savor the St. Lawrence vistas on Promenade Samuel-de Champlain.

9. Set course for a St. Lawrence River guided cruise enjoying spectacular views of Quebec City from the river.

Quebec 510. Groove on at the Festival d’été de Québec music festival.

11. Just northeast of Quebec City, behold the splendor of Montmorency Falls on foot or from the gondola.

12. Amble through the vineyard and taste the wines at Vignoble Ste-Pétronille, or enjoy black-currant products at Cassis Mona et filles, both on l’Île d’Orléans.

13. Get to know the history, culture, and traditional dance of the Huron at the Onhoüa Chetek8e Traditional Huron Site at Wendake.

14. Observe some of the 325 bird species found at Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area.

15. Hike the 100 km of trails in Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier.

16. “On top of Quebec City,” watch the Changing of the Guard at the Citadelle de Québec.

17. Check out the Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux National Historic Site under Dufferin Terrace.

18. Say hello to the 10,000 marine creatures who call the Aquarium du Québec home, then cool off at the splash pad.

19. Admire the view from the Old Québec funicular, which links Dufferin Terrace to the Petit Champlain neighborhood, Place-Royale, and the Old Port.

20. Head off for a fun and educational forest adventure at La Vallée Secrète.

21. Voyage back in time to New France at Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France.

22. Take the Charlevoix Light Rail Transit for spectacular mountain and river vistas.

23. Quebec City is not just a museum. Spin your wheels on the region’s great mountain bike trails.

24. Whet your appetite with an unforgettable agritourism experience: The Gourmet Route.

25. Get an eyeful at a Loto-Québec Fireworks show.

Quebec 326. Hit the links at one of the Québec City area’s great golf courses.

27. Relax at a spa.

28. Quebec City is art! Go gallery hopping.

29. Dive into the fun at Village Vacances Valcartier, with 35 water slides, 2 theme rivers, and a wave pool.

30. Cheer for a home run at a Capitales de Québec baseball game (Link in French).

31. Get back to nature at an outfitter.

32. Kick back and relax in one the Québec City area’s parks and gardens.

33. Discover Québec City aboard an open-air double-decker tour bus.

34. Celebrate a French Canadian happy hour on a patio on Grande Allée.

35. Kayak down a river.

36. Make a wish at one of the beautiful fountains throughout Quebec City.

37. Laugh along with the street performers in Old Québec.

38. Meet the animals at Zoofari.

Quebec 439. Hit the beach and enjoy the watersports at Baie de Beauport.

40. Go horseback riding.

41. Sample beers from near and far at Festibière de Québec.

42. Take in a free outdoor concert at the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand.

43. Paraglide at Mont-Sainte-Anne: thrills guaranteed!

44. Put the pedal to the metal at the go kart track.

45. Go back in time at Place Royale.

46. Saunter down Canada’s greatest street, Rue du Petit-Champlain.

47. Visit the Îlot des Palais archeological and historical site for a wealth of fun activities.

48. Scream like a kid on the rides at Expo Québec.

Great for a rainy Quebec City day or if you’re looking for air conditioning:


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49. Jump for joy at iSaute trampoline center.

50. Make a wealth of discoveries at a local museum.

51. Hit the amusement park rides at Méga Parc des Galeries de la Capitale.

52. Let off some steam at the   Carie Factory or Récréofun fun parks.



Information and images thanks to Quebec City Tourism.