Find out what the Québec City Area has in store for you and your family this summer! Visit an exhibition in a museum, learn about Québec City’s rich history or try a new outdoor activity. The choice is yours!

What's New for Summer? | Credit:  Oasis Communication
Credit: Oasis Communication

Historical Figures Ready for Photo Ops with Visitors

A King’s Daughter, a coureur des bois, and a bishop—three historical figures that shaped the history of Québec City—will be touring the streets of Old Québec to share their stories with visitors and stand in for free photos with tourists taken by a professional photographer. 

Where: Near the Royal Battery and Parc de l’Esplanade, between Notre-Dame de Quebec Basilica-Cathedral and Fairmont Château Frontenac, and between the Saint‑Jean and Saint‑Louis gates (times vary for each figure).

When: Afternoons from July 7 to October 15, 2017.

Citadel | Credit:  Jeff Frenette Photography
Credit: Jeff Frenette Photography

Québec City, Big on 150!

A host of inspiring events are being held to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, making this the ideal time to visit Canada’s national parks and historic sites.

Where: Various locations in the Québec City Area

When: Throughout 2017

Rendez-vous 2017 | Credit:  Rendez-vous 2017
Credit: Rendez-vous 2017

Gathering of More Than 40 Tall Ships

Québec City’s celebrations are the climax of Rendez-vous 2017, with some 40 tall ships sailing Canada’s waters. Enjoy tall ship tours, dockside entertainment, parades, and more—all free of charge.

Where: Port of Québec

When: July 18 to 23, 2017

Festival d'été de Québec (Québec City Summer Festival) | Credit:  Renaud Philippe
Credit: Renaud Philippe

Canada’s Oldest Outdoor Music Festival Turns 50

A gigantic exhibit on the high points of the 49 previous Québec City Summer Festivals welcomes you to celebrate the 50th, as well as three amazing street art performances before and after the evening concerts. Also on the program are Metallica, Muse, P!nk and many others. 

Where: At the new Parc de l’Amérique française site

When: July 6 to 16, 2017 

Hergé Exhibition | Credit:  Musée de la civilisation
Credit: Musée de la civilisation

Exhibition on the Creator of Tintin

Cartoon fans will be thrilled with Hergé, a major exhibition on Georges Rémi, his work, and his contributions to comics as an art form. 

Where: Musée de la civilisation 

When: June 21 to October 22, 2017

Philippe Halsman exhibition | Credit:  Philippe Halsman, Dalí Atomicus
Credit: Philippe Halsman, Dalí Atomicus

Spotlight on the Career of a Legendary Photographer

Philippe Halsman: Astonish Me! showcases the career of the popular photographer who - for over 30 years - was a close collaborator of Salvador Dalí. Halsman also invented “jumpology,” a philosophy based on photographing subjects in mid-jump.

Where: Lassonde Pavilion at Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

When: June 15 to September 4, 2017

Kayaking Quebec City | Credit:  Quatre Natures
Credit: Quatre Natures

Sea Kayaking on the St. Lawrence River

Live an unique experience of sea kayaking along the coast of Île d'Orléans. This guided excursion is available at daytime or at sunset. 

Where: From Parc Martime at Saint-Laurent-de-l'Île-d'Orléans. Transportation also provided from Centre Infotouriste de Québec. 

When: June 3 to October 8, 2017

Air Canyon | Credit:  Canyon Sainte-Anne
Credit: Canyon Sainte-Anne

Flying Above the Canyon

Soar above the sheer canyon on a high speed chair ride with a churning river, waterfall and pristine forest far belowThis Air Canyon is Canada’s longest and the only one in a wilderness setting. 

Where: Canyon Sainte-Anne

When: June to October 2017

Microbrewery | Credit:  Jeff Frenette Photography
Credit: Jeff Frenette Photography

Microbreweries Tour by Bike

A rental bike, an exclusive map with a route to the best microbreweries in the Lower Town, and an unforgettable adventure—that’s what Broue-Tours has for you with its new self-guided tour of Québec City’s brewing scene.

Where: Starting from the Old Port on the way to Saint-Roch, Limoilou, and Saint-Sauveur

When: Summer 2017

Mountain Biking | Credit:  Vallée-Bas-du-Nord, Philippe Jobin
Credit: Vallée-Bas-du-Nord, Philippe Jobin

Eastern Canada’s Top Mountain-Biking Destination

The 3 main centres are adding on a ton of kilometres of singletrack trails. And this year is the first-ever Québec Singletrack Expérience, eastern North America’s answer to the celebrated BC Bike Race. 

Where: Mont-Sainte-Anne, Sentiers du Moulin and Vallée Bras-du-Nord 

When: Summer 2017

Sarbayä zipline | Credit:  Sarbayä Parc nature-aventure
Credit: Sarbayä Parc nature-aventure

Ziplines and a Treetop Obstacle Course 15 Minutes from Downtown

Experience the biggest nature park in town with its treetop obstacle course and 7 ziplines, 4 of which cross the Saint-Charles River.

Where: Sarbayä Nature and Adventure Park

When : May 15 to October 15, 2017

Double-Decker Bus and Cruise Combo

Bus tour on the Plains of Abraham (Battlefields Park) | Credit:  OTQ / Guy Lessard
Credit: OTQ / Guy Lessard

This two-day package lets you hop on and hop off the double-decker bus whenever you like. Create your own personal itinerary from the 16 stops on the line. Enjoy fantastic views of local landmarks and the St. Lawrence River from the top deck of the bus and boat.

Where: Departs from the tourist information centre across from the Château Frontenac

When: May 28 to October 9, 2017

Cruises in Quebec City | Credit:  Claude Bouchard
Credit: Claude Bouchard

A Record Cruise Ship Season

Named Best Destination Experience in 2016 by the Cruise Insight magazine, Québec City will certainly clock a number of 2017 records, including welcoming the greatest number of cruise ships (131), as well as its greatest number of visitors (220,000). 

Where: Port of Québec

When: May to October 2017

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