15+ Amazing Things to do in Quebec City in 2017 (Spring and Summer)
By Mia Pearson on March 21st, 2017
Not too sure what to do while you’re in Quebec City this summer? We’ve got you covered! Top restaurants, festivals, cute shops… we did some serious research and picked our favourite 15 spring and summer activities for you. We even added some bonuses, for the extra ambitious Quebec City goer!
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Attractions, Activities, and Romantic Things to do in Quebec City This Spring and Summer
Here is a list of the most notable things to do in wonderful Quebec City during the summer. From sightseeing to restaurant recommendations, you’re sure to find something that’ll pique your fancy.
Situated in the St-Roch neighbourhood, Le Cercle is a trendy joint that serves tasty food and live entertainment at their adjacent venue. The crowd is young, the dishes are original, and the music venue is of the small intimate kind, where you can watch great talent before it goes to bigger sell-out venues. It’s a definite must if you visit Quebec City. 228 Rue Saint-Joseph Est
With roots in Italian cuisine, Battuto believes in simplicity, homemade ingredients and, overall, a love of food. In the St-Roch area, this little eatery serves up dishes created by Guillaume Saint-Pierre and a team of great food connoisseurs: Paul Croteau, who’s behind the freshly-made pasta and desserts, and Pascal Bussières behind their alcohol menu. This brand new Trattoria has quickly become the local favourite, so be sure to make a reservation. 527 Boulevard Langelier
This intimate French bistro is your destination for seasonal products, fresh seafood and venison meat. Pair your dish with their list of privately-imported organic wines to suit your taste. The locals go for a 5-7 on the wine barrels outside or to experience French fine dining at its best. 585 Rue Saint-Jean
Nhà Tôi (Opening in May) This Vietnamese restaurant in the St-Roch area is opening in May and promises to deliver delicious meat and fish grilled in their charcoal oven. From the owners of beloved restaurants Le Bouchon du Pied Bleu and Le Renard et la Chouette, this new joint will serve up traditional Vietnamese dishes sure to tickle your tastebuds.
Café Félin Ma Langue au Chat For when you’re travelling and miss your pets at home, there’s Café Félin Ma Langue au Chat where you can enjoy the company of some fluffy feline friends. Sip on their amazing hot chocolate, take advantage of the free Wifi, play some board games and pet furry animals. It’s a nice way to relax for a couple of hours and a great activity if it’s a cold or rainy day. 307 Rue Saint-Paul
Next we recommend stopping to eat at La Planque for a mouthwatering, dare I say… provocative meal? They serve local food with ingredients coming from close proximity. Their dishes are original and the waiters are so friendly that they’ll surely persuade you to try something new. 1027 3e Ave
14. Take the Old Quebec Food Tour!
The Old Quebec Food Tour is where foodies and history enthusiasts unite! Instead of burying your face into a Wikipedia page about the old city, sign up for the Old Quebec Food Tour. While you walk the cobblestone streets of one of the oldest cities in North America, your passionate, local tour guide teaches you the vibrant history of this beautiful area. The tour spans just over two hours and stops at 5 different tasting locations like a traditional French bakery, a hip snack bar, a rustic sugar shack, and more! Meal tastings include a classic, hearty poutine, a decadent BTL, maple taffy, and other delectable dishes. There’s no better way to learn about a city’s heritage than to be guided by a local and to taste its delicious, traditional food. For more information, click here.
13. Treat yourself to a sweet tradition: : La Cabane à sucre
Set in a traditional, red and white tablecloth cabane à sucre, Le Relais des Pins offers classic French-Canadian fares in a cozy setting. It’s the perfect place for the whole family to taste delicious dishes made with maple syrup.
La Bûche La Bûche takes the cabane à sucre tradition and introduces it to an urban setting. Inspired by Quebec comfort food, they’ve reinvented the classics into dishes that are new, exciting, and tasty as ever.
Cabane à sucre du Bois de Coulonge When the snow starts to melt in the warmer spring months, the maple syrup starts flowing. In the Bois de Coulonge park, you can treat your palate to one of Quebec’s delicacies: maple taffy on a stick! The taffy is poured onto a bed of snow, rolled up, and it ready to be enjoyed by the many maple pilgrims every year.
Escape and unwind at the Spa des Neiges outdoor spa. This peaceful oasis offers thermal baths, eucalyptus steam baths, Finnish saunas, and relaxation areas. Watch the sun set over the river, enjoy a drink, and let your mind and body relax.
As soon as the weather starts getting warmer (warmer means sunny and over 0 degrees celsius for Quebec City), all the locals head over to the outdoor beer garden of La Barberie. Enjoy this space quietly on weekday afternoons while all the locals are at work or come to see this place bustling with life after 5pm. Order the carousel, a flight of 8 beer tastings, and introduce your tastebuds to the distinct flavours of Quebec City’s local craft beers.
Rated one of the top best pubs of the city, Le Sacrilège has deals on local beer and a charming atmosphere. After a day exploring the city, come here for a delectable and effective wind-down, the way locals do it. 447 Rue Saint-Jean
For kids and those who are young at heart, take the whole family to Valcartier waterpark. This village of waterslides, wave pools and lazy rivers is the perfect place for some adrenaline-pumping fun in the sun. For the more adventurous, Valcartier also offers white water rafting on the Jacques Cartier river.
Baie de Beauport Quebec City actually has over 1 km of sandy beach available to swimmers during the summer season. Baie de Beauport is a great place to relax on a towel and lay by the river, or you can check out their list of nautical activities. Explore the river on a kayak or learn how to windsurf on a hot summer day.
9. A unique way to spend the day
Plan a whale watching day-trip
Have a whale of a time whale watching! Choose one of the many packaged tours offered in Quebec City that takes you to see whales, seals and belugas in the Tadoussac region. See the sea animals on a cruise/ferry boat if you want to relax and enjoy the sights, or hop on a zodiac boat to get closer to the whales for a more intimate and thrilling experience.
8. Soak-up some Quebec art and heritage
Morrin Center Visit Quebec City’s first jail that was built over 200 years ago! The Morrin Center features old jail cells that you can walk through, as well as a breathtaking Victorian library with thousands of english books to explore. 44 Chaussée des Écossais
Built in 1849, the Henry Stuart House is one of the last standing examples of the popular residential style and architecture of the 19th century. This National Historic Site of Canada is an example of how the Quebec bourgeois society lived. Finish off your tour with a tea on the house’s veranda, and pretend you’re living a lavish life in the early 1900s. 82 Grande Allée Ouest
The Quebec City Fine Arts Museum showcases 25,000 works Quebec artists from old to new, some even from the 18th century. Check out the beautiful modern architecture of the new Pierre Lassonde pavilion. With permanent and changing exhibitions, get a taste for classic and contemporary art all created by Quebec artists. 179 Grande Allée Ouest
Maison de la Littérature is an incredible library showcasing all of Quebec’s authors and poets. Even if you don’t read French, you’ll still want to check it out because of the library’s amazing “Scandinavian style” architecture. 40 Rue Saint-Stanislas
This classic Quebec City Attraction is a national historic site that represents over 300 years of Quebec’s history. This active military base invites visitors to learn about Quebec City’s history of battles and the fortress’s strategic location. You can visit the fortress and even take a night tour! 1 Côte de la Citadelle
Musées de la civilisation Set right on the banks of the St-Lawrence river, not only is this museum something you must experience, but getting there is a treat, too. The museum hosts a number of exhibits at all times, ranging from historical to contemporary themes. Its permanent exhibit is fascinating, offering insight into the history of Quebec City with an emphasis on its people. 27 Rue Notre Dame
Bar Ste-Angèle is where the locals go for their fill of jazz from Thursdays to Saturdays until the wee hours of the morning. This small, intimate and dimly lit pub/bar has a speakeasy feel that’ll send you back to the prohibition era. 26 Rue Sainte Angèle
Deux22 Deuz22 on Saint-Joseph Street is half clothing store, half bar with an outdoors terrace that’s heated during winter. They serve Mexican food and cocktails as well as tasty local beer. 222 Rue Saint-Joseph Est
Bonus: Go to a Game Bar! If you’re looking to pair your drink with a little extra fun, check out these 3 game bars that’ll keep the friendly competition rolling all night. Try Resto-bar LvlOp where you can play a variety of video games such as Duck Hunt, Overcooked, Super Smash Bros, as well as all the new videos games. MacFly Bar Arcade has a variety of vintage arcade games where you can show off your pinball skills. Finally, there’s La Revanchewhich features over 1000 boardgames and a friendly staff that are happy teach you the rules of the game.
6. Visit the historic parks and beautiful outdoor scenery
Enjoy a Walk on Promenade Samuel-De-Champlain
This is Quebec City’s go to for all things strolling arm in arm with your significant other while the sun is setting over the St. Lawrence river. This large picturesque park extends 2.5 kilometers, and is a very popular activity among travellers, locals, and romantics alike.
Île d’Orléans Head over to Île d’Orléans, just a short 20 minute drive from the heart of Quebec City, to see beautiful views of farmlands and ancestral houses. Stop at the Chocolaterie de l’île d’Orléans for a decadent ice cream cone dipped in homemade chocolate. Enjoy your chocolate treat with some impregnable views of Quebec City from a distance.
Parc de la Jacques Cartier
You don’t have to drive far from Quebec City to find some incredible natural sites like those at Parc de la Jacques Cartier. Head out on one of the many hiking trails that vary from easy to hard in difficulty. At night, you can sometimes even see the Northern Lights!
Château Frontenac + Terrasse Dufferin
The Château Frontenac is the iconic landmark of Quebec City. It’s also the most photographed hotel in the world! You can sneak a peek inside the hotel when heading to one of its three great restaurants : Le Sam Bistro, Champlain Restaurant, or the 1608 wine bar, which have the best views while enjoying lunch or dinner. See the gilded lobby and beautiful interior design of the restaurants. Outside, the Terrasse Dufferin is a boardwalk with an unbeatable view of the St. Lawrence River that city dwellers have enjoyed for more than 100 years… Watch the tide go in and out and take the funicular down to Petit Champlain neighbourhood.
Grosse Île A nice day-trip while in Quebec City is Grosse Île. Located right behind Île d’Orléans, this 7.7 km island is famous for its old historic houses and its Irish Memorial National Historic Site. Learn about the influx of Irish immigrants to the area and discover why this place is called the Quarantine Island. Bonus: entrance to sites is free with the Discover Pass
Why not go for a bike ride on the many cycling paths?
You can rent a bike for half a day, a day or a whole weekend at Cyclo Services. There are so many destinations to choose from: – The Wendake Huron Village and the Kabir Kouba waterfall – Along St-Lawrence river on the champlain trail – The Montmorency waterfalls
5. Go to one of Quebec’s many festivals
A summer in Quebec is a summer of festivals. From beer to music fests, and from comedy to historical fairs. Here is a list of the most notable ones:
The Summer Festival of Quebec: This music festival accommodates 1.5 million people. Its performances takes place across many venues throughout the city. Le Festival ComediHa!: is a comedy festival that features a number of major comedians. This is the place to go for a good time, and guarantees laughter. TheSAQ New France Festival: is a historic festival that reconstructs the past, and is filled with cultural activities, entertainment, parades and performances.Le Festibière de Québec: is a beer festival that allows you discover the unique tastes of Quebec through microbreweries, brewpubs, cider, local produce and samples. The Bordeaux Wine Festival: is a wine festival that has 6 group tents, 10 Quebec wine and cider booths, and gives 35 workshops. Whether you are a connoisseur or are simply interested in understanding the world of wine, this event is not to be missed. OFF Festival: is a festival dedicated to showcasing some of the best local and international artists.
We take care of scouting Quebec’s best local food so you don’t have to. Taking place in the St. Roch neighbourhood, this walking tour makes a total of 6 stops where you can enjoy 12 different tastings including craft beer and delicious food. What makes the tour extra interesting is all the fun facts, anecdotes, and historical information the guide reveals while you get from one place to another. Not to brag but, it’s pretty much the best way to feel like a local when you’re in town.
With hints of retro style in every piece, Jupon Pressé has a selection of clothes from funky dresses to whimsical outfits. Their collection is a mix of pieces from Quebec designers as well as international designers. Think pastel cardigans and jackets, cute accessories and classic basics. 790 Rue Saint-Jean
Retro Bordello If vintage items and decor are what you’re looking to bring home, Retro Bordello is an amusement park of quirky collectables. They carry vintage lamps, notebooks made from old VHS covers, flasks, records, typewriters, boom boxes, and many more knick knacks to send you back to a bygone era. 185 Rue Saint-Joseph Est
Situated on St-Joseph in the St-Roch neighbourhood, this super zen and newly renovated tea shop offers tea tastings and excellent artisanal products. So stop by, grab a drink and talk with the super friendly tea experts. A good cup of tea can go a long way! 624 Rue Saint-Joseph Est
Boutique Charlevoix Pure Laine Visiting this boutique is a great reason to experience the enchanting Petit Champlain neighbourhood. The boutique you must visit though, is Charlevoix Pure Laine. The owners, Helene and Yvan, have created a boutique that combines artistic passion with a great cause: wool clothing and accessories are lovingly made, with the objective of recuperating and reusing discarded wool from the local lambs in the Charlevoix area. Personal tip: their stripy hats and socks are cute to boot.
2. Discover the Petit Champlain district
This area, named after Samuel de Champlain (the founder of Quebec City) is the oldest commercial district in North America. Filled with cute and quirky venues such as the Theatre Petit Champlainor the rustic Bistro Sous Le Fort, this district is a must see for souvenir shopping and enjoying some great food (Lapin Sauté, Toast! Cochon Dingue, Q de Sac). See Fresque des Québécois, a beautiful mural at the bottom of Côte de la Montagne. Walk up the famous Breakneck Stairs (but don’t be too afraid by the name) and enjoy a great view of Petit Champlain.
1. Stroll in the Grande Allée at night
If you’re not too tired from all your exploring, you’ll probably want to get a taste for the city’s nightlife. Grande Allée is the place to do that. Walking along the strip makes this clear: hotels, restaurants, and bars follow one another like an awesome, extremely lively charm bracelet. Walking down after hours will reveal the busy spots, but if you want to plan ahead, consider the three-floor dance club Dagobert, the locally adored Taverne Grande Allée and l’Atelier, or l’Inox for a craft beer experience by passionate brewers.
Imagine a block party where most of the people attending are chefs, gourmet food makers, or hopeless foodies. Now imagine that these people are posted up outside their houses, with their best selection of delicious local food and products. Well, that’s Cuisinez St-Roch. The street is closed to cars, and Saint-Joseph street restaurants set up booths offering tasty treats between 1-3 dollars a piece. The culinary festival takes place in September, and has been a hit with locals and tourists since 2013.
The Chute-Montmorency is a must-see attraction in Quebec City. It is 272 ft. high, making it the tallest waterfall in Canada (higher than Niagara Falls), and it lights up at night! There are many ways to view the falls, such as through its trails and lookouts. However, one of the best ways to see the falls up close is through its cable car which takes you on an exceptional ride through the area and waterfall. The park also allows you to go hiking and rock climbing on one of its anchored cliffs, and invites you to wine and dine on the panoramic terrace of Manoir Montmorency.
Spend a day in Limoilou
Limoilou is one of the smaller older districts of Quebec City that has recently been transformed and overcome with a wave of the new generation. It is now young, hip and composed of artisans, business-people and artists alike. Around every corner lies a delicious bistro, an artistic workshop, and a local boutique.
To start off your day visit Le Fun en Bouche, for a hearty brunch. They have outdoor seating, good portions, and a courteous staff.
Next–go shopping! Limoilou’s streets are filled with one of a kind shops like Article 721, which sells local gadgets, thingy-ma-bobs, and an array of unique products. Also checkout La Folle Fourchette that sells unique kitchen products. These are stores where creativity is at its peak. You’ll find the perfect gift for the child, the woman or the man in your life!
After some spending, make sure to refuel at coffee shop, like Le Lièvre et la Tortue (for tea) and le Nektar Caféologue (for coffee).
After a bit of rest we suggest going for a walk along the Saint Charles River, which is lined with observation points, lovely scenic views like that of Parc Cartier-Bréboeuf, and lots of fresh air.
After this little walk, stroll the streets until you find the perfect neighbourhood bar. We urge you to go try Le Bal du Lézard, a small vintage looking bar that host shows and offers good music and a fun atmosphere. Or if you’re more the craft beer type, head to La Souche for a fresh brew around a log table, hence it’s name!
1# Old Quebec Food Tours
Discover The Unique Spots And Restaurants That Make Quebec City A Top Foodie And Historical Destination.Duration 2h30 Walking Food Tour
Every Friday & Saturday in April Tickets from 54$ +tx and booking fees