When the sun comes out and the weather gets hot, what could be better than a nice dip? Beaches, swimming areas and spray parks—find an oasis to better enjoy the warmer climes!

Baie de Beauport | Credit:  Baie de Beauport
Credit: Baie de Beauport

Baie de Beauport

A beach just 5 minutes from downtown? Yes, it’s possible!

Discover one of the “coolest” places in town on the shores of the St. Lawrence River: Baie de Beauport. Do a little sunbathing on this kilometre-long sandy beach or, if you are more the active type, play soccer, volleyball, or toss a Frisbee. Canoes, kayaks, rabaskas, centreboarders, catamarans, windsurf boards and paddle boards can also be rented on-site. Children will have a great time on their very own playground with a water park to keep things cool.

Don’t miss their activities!

Village Vacances Valcartier  | Credit:  Village Vacances Valcartier
Credit: Village Vacances Valcartier

Village Vacances Valcartier

This large waterpark is a must in Québec with over 35 water slides.

Take a trip down the two thematic rivers and spend as much time as you like in the massive wave pool. Then, whirl or zip down the water slides – more than 30 - comfortably seated on your inner tube or face-first on a foam mat. But don’t worry—there’s something for everyone, from timid to brazen! At Village Vacances Valcartier, the little ones can slide, splash around and generally get soaked with the water games at the Cockadoodle Farm, the Pirates’ Hideout and the Mirage, the park’s newest attraction.

As a bonus, all pools are heated!

Aquarium du Québec | Credit:  Jonathan Robert - Sépaq
Credit: Jonathan Robert - Sépaq

Spray Park Splash

Plan a spray park outing for some refreshing family vacation fun! On a hot summer day, the children spray parks at Aquarium du Québec,  on Promenade Samuel-De Champlain, or in the Old Port will delight the whole family.

Sainte-Foy Outdoor Recreation Centre | Credit:  Base de plein air de Sainte-Foy
Credit: Base de plein air de Sainte-Foy

Sainte-Foy Outdoor Recreation Centre

A wonderful and easily accessible place to enjoy nature just steps away from the city! In addition to a swim beach, you can rent kayaks, pedal boats and canoes at Parc Base de plein air de Sainte-Foy.

Canyoning-Québec | Credit:  Canyoning-Québec
Credit: Canyoning-Québec

Summer Canyoneering

Not really swimming, but just as refreshing! You don’t need to be a great athlete to take part in this activity, which consists in rappelling down and along a waterfall. Give it a try with 12- to 19-metre-high waterfalls at Chute Jean-Larose at Mont Sainte-Anne, with Canyoning Québec. Vallée Bras-du-Nord in Portneuf features four canyoneering sites (from intermediate to expert). Do you dare get wet?

Public Outdoor Swimming Pools

You can also enjoy Québec City Public Swimming Pools (French only).

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