Recreation, relaxation, and excitement all beckon just kilometers 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, 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!

Chute Montmorency (falls) | Credit:  OTQ
Credit: OTQ

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.

Canoe on Jacques-Cartier River  | Credit:  Jean-Pierre Huard
Credit: Jean-Pierre Huard

Vallée Bras-du-Nord

This picturesque valley in the heart of the Portneuf countryside features a winding river, a spectacular waterfall, and picture perfect mountains and clifftops.

Explore a 70 kilometer network of marked trails (developed by young people on a job placement program) and stop awhile at a log hut in the mountains, try horseback riding with an experienced guide, canoe or kayak your way down the family section of the river, hit the mountain bike trails, go wilderness camping, or spend the night in a cabin.

Vallée Bras-du-Nord | Credit:  OTQ
Credit: OTQ

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 forsummer activities (swimming, canoeing, climbing, treetop 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 | Credit:  Sépaq
Credit: Sépaq

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 and backcountry skiing!

Sentier des Caps de Charlevoix

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 birdwatching sites, with over 300 species of birds to observe.

Every spring and fall, snowgeese 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 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 breathtaking activities, or see these experiences everyone will enjoy.

White Water Rafting at Village Vacances Valcartier | Credit:  Village Vacances Valcartier
Credit: Village Vacances Valcartier

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