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!

Marina Saint-Roch | Credit:  OTQ
Credit: OTQ

Public Outdoor Swimming Pools

Most public outdoor pools are open from June 23rd. Located in the city center along the Saint-Charles River, the Marina Saint-Roch offers a swimming pool and a lively area appreciated by the whole family.

See also the Québec City Public Swimming Pools directory (French only).

Pools, Beaches and Spray Parks  | Credit:  OTQ
Credit: OTQ

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, in the Old Port, or at the City Hall will delight the whole family.

Beach at Baie de Beauport | Credit:  Xavier Dachez
Credit: Xavier Dachez

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

Valcartier Vacation Village

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 Valcartier Vacation Village, 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!

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?

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