Every fall, the Québec City Area comes alive in an amazing blaze of autumn colour. Here are the best spots to see the brightest fall foliage.

Make the most of your journey by consulting the fall foliage map that tracks the changing fall colours across Québec.

1 Parc national de la Jacques Cartier

Parc national jacques cartier fall | Credit:  Sepaq, Luc Rousseau
Credit: Sepaq, Luc Rousseau

Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier is a magnet for hikers and photography buffs. More than 100 km (62 miles) of hiking trails lead to some of the park's most scenic landscapes.

2 Mont-Sainte-Anne

Mont-Sainte-Anne | Credit:  André-Olivier Lyra
Credit: André-Olivier Lyra

With its magnificent fall colours, Mont-Sainte-Anne treats you to stunning panoramas. Don't miss the Great Color Adventure, a fall event featuring more than 145 km of cross-country and downhill mountain bike trails, hiking trails, panoramic gondolas, inflatable games and more.

3 Canyon Ste-Anne

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

The spectacular Canyon Sainte-Anne is best viewed from the easy network of paths and the 3 suspension bridges, one of which is the highest in Québec, at 60 meters above the gorge! A memorable sight in fall!

4 Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area

Snow Geese at the Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area | Credit:  ECCC
Credit: ECCC

Those who enjoy wildlife watching will not want to miss the thousands of Snow Geese at the Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area. This major Canadian bird-watching site is the perfect spot to watch the impressive flocks of Snow Geese that migrate every spring and fall. 

5 Sentier des Caps de Charlevoix

Sentier des Caps | Credit:  Sentier des Caps
Credit: Sentier des Caps

At Sentiers des Caps de Charlevoix, discover stunning panoramas on the St. Lawrence River when hiking the different trails. Also enjoy the migration of flocks of Snow Geese, forming elegant white “Vs” as they fly from the capes!

6 Marais du Nord

Marais du nord | Credit:  Francis Fontaine
Credit: Francis Fontaine

Located north of Saint-Charles Lake, the Marais du Nord wetlands are a favourite with bird-watchers (160 species) and nature lovers. A 8-kilometre trail network meanders through this exceptional natural site with various observation points on the lake and the marshes. You may get a chance to see osprey fishing, or a muskrat.

7 Vallée Bras-du-Nord

Vallée Bras-du-Nord, Portneuf | Credit:  Vallée Bras-du-Nord
Credit: Vallée Bras-du-Nord

Several options are available to admire the colours in this beautiful valley of the Portneuf region. Whether you prefer hiking, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking or canyoning, Vallée Bras-du-Nord offer all these activities!

8 Portneuf Regional Park

Parc naturel régional Portneuf | Credit:  Parc naturel régional Portneuf
Credit: Parc naturel régional Portneuf

This immense park boasts exceptional rock formations. Along with hiking trails that span over 70 km, the park is home to Québec’s second longest cave with a surface-level entrance and features impressive rock faces used for climbing.

With its decommissioned hydroelectric station, where you can walk through what’s left of the penstock, Portneuf Regional Park is a surprisingly well-kept secret in the area.

9 Urban Parks

Plains of Abraham | Credit:  Guy Lessard
Credit: Guy Lessard

You don't need to leave town to get your fill of fresh air, thanks to Québec City's many urban parks: the Plains of Abraham, Parc du Bois-de-Coulonge, Domaine de Maizerets… the choice is yours.

 

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