Ah, the terrible teens! The age when the kids decide, “A holiday with my parents? No thanks!” That is unless there's plenty to keep them entertained—and let them enjoy a little free time of their own! The Québec City area has lots to keep teens happy, and ample opportunities for all of you to share some quality time. Here are a few suggestions:

Village Vacances Valcartier

Make a Splash at Valcartier Vacation Village

“Go play outside!”
It's easy—at Canada's biggest waterpark and the biggest outdoor winter playground in North America!

In summer cool off with 35 waterslides, a huge wave pool, and Everest—the highest speed slide on the continent—not to mention rafting, canoeing, and karting!

And in winter there are 42 tubing and snowrafting runs to enjoy! A little ice karting with that? Yes, sir!
At Valcartier Vacation Village, playing outside comes naturally, even for teenagers!

Musée de la civilisation

Have Fun at Musée de la civilisation

“Max, ditch that game console!” “Anne, can you put your cell phone away?” Ring any bells?

If your kids like nothing more than escaping into a world of their own, they'll be in their element at Musée de la civilisation, with fascinating exhibits teens will love!

Steps away from Québec City's Old Port, the museum lets visitors learn more in engaging workshops featuring interactive reconstructions, role playing, costumes, and a science area to grab their attention.

Musée de la civilisation — well worth discovering!

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Arbraska Duchesnay | Credit:  Arbraska Duchesnay
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Treetop Adventure

How many times have you told them, “Come down, you're going to hurt yourself!”? You've lost count, right? So why not treat them to a safe treetop adventure? The Québec City area has not one but two high ropes course facilities!

Enjoy lovely views of lac Saint-Joseph far below as you tackle the fun courses at Arbraska Duchesnay.

Teenagers 12 to 16 years | Credit:  Ghost Tours of Quebec
Credit: Ghost Tours of Quebec

Shivery Tales in the Old City

Everyone knows that teens love to test their limits (and their parents’!) The cobblestone streets and historic buildings of the Old City are a perfect backdrop for the dark, spooky tales of early colonial times heard during Les Promenades Fantômes and Ghost Tours of Québec.

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Expo Québec | Credit:  Expo Québec
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Spend a Day at Expo Québec

Families love the annual Expo Québec fair, not just for its exhilarating rides and exclusive thrilling activities, but for its farm animals, science pavilion, and fascinating exhibits.

Still rarin' to go at the end of the day? Catch one of the evening shows featuring big-name Québec and international artists!

Expo Québec, a family favorite!

Karting | Credit:  K.C.R. Karting Château-Richer Inc.
Credit: K.C.R. Karting Château-Richer Inc.

Go Karting!

One day you'll have to tell your teenager: “Yes, you can borrow the car, but don't drive too fast, OK?”

In the meantime, if you like racing just as much as they do, the Québec City area offers plenty of opportunities to get the adrenaline pumping—all in perfectly safe surroundings!

Come test drive the high-speed, high-octane karts at K.C.R. Karting in Château-Richer. The outdoor track is one of the most exciting in all of Québec!

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