Get Your Blood Pumping
Nothing you can't handle? Only 30 minutes from town, you can test your mettle in magnificent natural surroundings. In summer, tackle the Jacques-Cartier River, renowned for its whitewater rafting. You can ski and you like challenge? Try the water ramps at the CNEAYL – Yves Laroche National Acrobatic Training Centre.
Looking for more? All year round, at Mont-Sainte-Anne, experience the excitement of canyoning as you descend magnificent waterfalls at the end of a rope. At the summit, another sensation awaits you as you take off into the skies in a paraglider, high above the Beaupré shoreline. Live it up!
In winter, if you're up for it, try ice climbing on the frozen cliffs of Parc de la Chute-Montmorency (waterfall).
What’s Life without Biking
Known for your sculpted calves and daredevil attitude? Head off to Mont-Sainte-Anne —a veritable mountain biking Mecca—with its hundreds of kilometers of cross-country and downhill trails. Check out Vallée Bras-du-Nord Coop de solidarité, a single-track paradise of fast and narrow trails to conquer! And just minutes from downtown Québec City, explore Les Sentiers du Moulin, with its winding and technical trails that will delight the most experienced riders.
Mountain biking and the great outdoors go hand in hand. If nature is your playground, you’ll love the beautiful scenery at Aventures Nord-Bec Stoneham and Forêt Montmorency-Université Laval. You'll find challenges for every level in surroundings that will blow your mind!
If you're more into recreational cycling, we haven't forgotten you. Right downtown, take the newly created Promenade Samuel-De Champlain along the St. Lawrence, or the 22-kilometer long Corridor des Cheminots to Val-Bélair. Hundreds of kilometers of additional bike paths crisscross lovely landscapes throughout the region. Tank up on fresh air!
Golf Obsession Driving You?
Are greens and fairways where you want to be? Québec City can put you there—the area is sprouting with first-rate golf courses! From Portneuf to La Jacques-Cartier, Côte-de-Beaupré, and Île d'Orléans: come play in dazzling surroundings at the foot of the mountains or next to the St. Lawrence River.
Get Some Air at Baie de Beauport
Love the beach? Water? Waves? Québec City has them! Thanks to the Baie de Beauport Bay revitalization project, a precious legacy of Québec City's 400th anniversary, the river is open for sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, and kite surfing. Boat rentals and a snack bar are on site. Only 5 minutes from downtown Québec City, you'll have the wind in your sails!
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Head Straight for the Top!
The Québec City area is the perfect destination for unforgettable skiing and snowboarding with optimal snow conditions. There are four different ski resorts, each offering a unique experience for skiers and boarders of all levels: Mont-Sainte-Anne, Le Massif de Charlevoix, Stoneham Mountain Resort, and Le Relais Centre.
Hit the Competitions
Like to see athletes in the heat of the action? All year long, Québec City hosts a variety of world-class sporting events, like the celebrated Red Bull Crashed Ice.
In summer, thrill to the atmosphere of Vélirium, International Mountain Bike Festival and World Cup at Mont-Sainte-Anne.
Then, don't miss one of Canada's most popular world-class marathons, the Marathon des deux rives SSQ (Québec City marathon), which attracts some 5,000 participants each year.
In the fall, catch the Bell Challenge, the largest indoor women's tennis tournament in the country.
In February, bring the family along to cheer on 2,300 young hockey players from 15 countries at the Québec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament, the world's largest minor hockey tournament.
And in spring, if martial arts are your thing, you're invited to the Québec Open International Karate Championship.
In Québec City, the living is active!