Recreation, relaxation, and excitement all beckon just kilometres from town. From Portneuf and Jacques-Cartier area to the Côte-de-Beaupré region and beautiful Île d'Orléans, have fun in our sensational outdoor playground.

Parc de la Chute-Montmorency

Ride the cable car or cross the falls on the double zipline, take a walk in the paths and across the suspended bridge over the impressive 83-meter high waterfall (one and a half as high as Niagara Falls) to admire île d’Orléans and the majestic St. Lawrence River… that’s Parc de la Chute-Montmorency!

In winter, the most daring can try ice climbing along the frozen cliff, from the bottom of the fall. Cool!

Parc de la Chute Montmorency | Credit:  Yves Tessier
Credit: Yves Tessier

Parks and Wildlife Areas

Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier is perfect for hikingmountain biking, moose watching, canoeing, and minirafting—all while admiring the steep gorges that soar skyward on both sides of the river!

You can also recharge your batteries in the Portneuf and Laurentians wildlife reserves. These protected areas are ideal for fishinghunting, or simply relaxing—whether you choose to camp or stay in the comfort of a cabin.

Parc national Jacques-Cartier - Sépaq | Credit:  Francis Gagnon
Credit: Francis Gagnon

Canyon Sainte-Anne

Sainte‑Anne Canyon is a majestic natural attraction that’s accessible to everyone. The trail system runs along both sides of the canyon and across three suspension bridges for a commanding view of the rock faces, the rushing Sainte‑Anne‑du‑Nord River below, and the mighty falls as they plummet a full 74 m (243 ft.).

Adventure-seekers will love the site’s added thrills and challenges, like the longest Air Canyon-style zipline in Canada and the via ferrata cable trail that remains open through the winter, offering adrenaline rushes the whole year through.

Via ferrata Canyon Sainte-Anne | Credit:  Projet Vertical
Credit: Projet Vertical

Vallée Bras-du-Nord

This picturesque valley features a winding river, a spectacular waterfall, and picture perfect mountains and clifftops.

Explore an 80 kilometre network of marked trails (developed by young people on a job placement program) and stop at one of the huts along the way for your lunch break. Try via ferrata or canyoning with an experienced guide, rent a canoe or a kayak, hit the mountain bike singletrack trails, go wilderness camping, or spend a night in a yurt or a chalet. 

Vallée Bras-du-Nord | Credit:  Philippe Jobin
Credit: Philippe Jobin

Station touristique Duchesnay

Outdoor fun beckons on the shores of Lac Saint-Joseph!

Whether you stay at the Auberge Duchesnay lodge or in a cabin, this resort is great for summer activities (swimming, canoeing, tree-top adventure courses, and cycling) and winter fun (cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, dogsledding, and more). And it's just a hop, skip, and jump away from Québec City.

Station touristique Duchesnay

Sentier des Caps de Charlevoix

Visitors to the stunning Sentier des Caps trail are rewarded by incredible vistas of the St. Lawrence River and Le Massif de Charlevoix.

It's heaven for fans of hikingsnowshoeing, and cross-country!

Sentier des Caps de Charlevoix | Credit:  Sentier des Caps de Charlevoix
Credit: Sentier des Caps de Charlevoix

4-Season Mountains

Hiking, cycling, golf, alpine and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, fatbike, and much more: sport enthusiasts enjoy the variety of outdoor activities offered all year round by the ski mountains Mont-Sainte-Anne, the Massif de Charlevoix and Station touristique Stoneham. With beautiful and changing landscapes at every season, discover Québec’s beautiful nature by strolling along the trails of these mountains.

Also, do not miss the breathtaking views of the St. Lawrence River at the Massif de Charlevoix, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Charlevoix Biosphere Reserve.

Rodeling at Massif de Charlevoix | Credit:  Le Massif de Charlevoix / A. Blanchette
Credit: Le Massif de Charlevoix / A. Blanchette

Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area

Binoculars and cameras at the ready! Nestled between the mountainside and the St. Lawrence River tidal marshes in the Côte-de-Beaupré region, lies one of Canada's top bird-watching sites, with over 180 species of birds to observe.

Every spring and fall, snow geese gather here in tens of thousands—a sight to behold!

Snow Geese | Credit:  Luc-Antoine Couturier
Credit: Luc-Antoine Couturier

Soft Adventure or Thrilling Activities?

In Québec City, visitors will find all types of activities in the great outdoors.

Our mountain sites adapt their offers to each season, and our lakes, rivers and majestic waterfalls are accessible summer and winter.

For adrenaline junkies and for those who prefer to stay in their comfort zone, we have it all. Choose from our thrilling activities, or see these experiences everyone will enjoy.

Dogsledding | Credit:  Francis Gagnon
Credit: Francis Gagnon

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