Québec City in the summertime has all the usual attractions: the historic architecture in Old Québec, the lively patios, the street performers, the never-ending stream of events and festivals, and great venues to visit—not to mention the incredible forests, rivers, lakes, and other natural attractions nearby that are perfect for exploring, having fun, and getting away from it all.
Here are all the new and exciting things you’ll want to include in your summer trip.
An Exceptional Spa in the Heart of Old Québec
Taking place on the bank of the St. Lawrence River, the new Strøm spa will offer a breathtaking view of the river as well as of the Cap Diamant cliff.
Opening in summer 2018
The Château Frontenac Turns 125
The world’s most photographed hotel is turning 125—and there’s no better time to celebrate in this epic setting! See the full schedule of events for the hotel’s big birthday.
The London Calling ExhibitionMay 17, 2018 to March 10, 2019
Dive into central London and its colourful creative scenes with this immersive journey through one of the world’s foremost cultural capitals, at Musée de la civilisation.
An Essential Impressionist ArtistJune 21 to September 23, 2018
Pop into fine arts museum MNBAQ to see the exhibition on Berthe Morisot, an impressionist painter who was a key figure of the Parisian avant‑garde from the late 1860s until her death in 1895.
Indigenous CultureAugust 30 to September 3, 2018
KWE! Meet with Indigenous Peoples is a free event in the heart of Québec City that celebrates the cultures, traditions, and contemporary lives of First Nations and Inuit people.
Avenue Cartier: The Heart of the Arts District
In addition to the massive lampshades that adorn the streetlamps along Avenue Cartier—some with their own soundtrack—Montcalm’s shopping street now has its own augmented reality comic strip, Les Chroniques de Montcalm, running from Crémazie to Grande Allée.
A Canadian First in a Spectacular Natural Setting
Go soaring over a forest canyon at high speeds with your feet dangling 90 metres (296 ft.) in the air. A safe, thrilling, and unique experience for the whole family at Sainte‑Anne Canyon.
Eastern Canada’s Top Mountain-Biking Destination
With 4 major mountain biking destinations offering a massive trail network, a World Cup event, and an international stage race, Québec City is a North American-beating choice for mountain bikers.
The Free Circus Show is Back!
Popular circus troupe Flip Fabrique returns to Québec City for a fourth consecutive year. Come see the new outdoor show! Dates TBD.
Canada’s Biggest Outdoor Music Festival
Now in its 51st year, the Festival d'été de Québec is back with another stellar lineup that promises to have the city hopping for 11 days straight. Featured artists include the Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews Band, Beck, Lorde, Neil Young, and more. Details
Round-the-Island Tour of Île d’Orléans
Île d’Orléans is the birthplace of French civilization in the Americas and has a rich maritime history. Head out across the St. Lawrence River on a guided zodiac tour of the island from the water. Details
Québec City by Lamplight
Find out what it was like to rebuild your life as an Irish immigrant in Québec City in 1847. A walking tour that takes you back in time to discover mysterious venues and admire breathtaking views from the Plains of Abraham. Details
A Postcard‑Pretty Route for the Québec City Marathon
Now in its 21st year, the SSQ Marathon has some all‑new, 100% Québec routes. Runners in the 21.2 and 42.2 km races will pass through Québec City’s hippest neighbourhoods and prettiest streets. Details
The “Meet a Local” City Tour
This guided two‑and‑a‑half‑hour walking tour of Old Québec will give you an insider’s view of the special Québécois accent. Tours daily, June to October. Details
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