While many have spent the cold winter and spring days playing online casino games, the sun is finally out and it’s important that you go and get your dose of vitamin D while you can. Whether you live in the province or you’re thinking about traveling for a Quebec summer vacation in Canada, you’re in luck.
While the whole country is undoubtedly beautiful, there is something extra special about Quebec, which truly comes alive in the summer. Whether you’re into the outdoors and nature, culture and arts, cuisine or even live casino tables, there are limitless options in Quebec for every interest.
To plan your next proper break, take a look at some of the best summer vacation destinations in Quebec that aren’t too far off the beaten track.
Quebec City is the jewel in Quebec’s crown. There are so many things to do in Quebec City this summer. Here, you’re going to find stunning historic architecture, gorgeous scenery, epic food joints, loads of nightlife spots and even a couple of casinos for those who are looking for live blackjack, casino slot games and other gambling games.
Known as Canada’s most “European City” and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city has a beautiful view over the St Lawrence River. The stunning Château Frontenac dominates much of this view from wherever you are in the city. There are old stone buildings and charming narrow streets that hark back to a time long ago; there’s also exquisite cuisine to be found all over the city.
Petit-Champlain is a popular area to explore, with its wealth of galleries and artisanal shops. From this quarter, you can take the “Funiculaire” (an old-style cable railway,) which will elevate you in dramatic fashion to Upper Town. From here, you can see the Plains of Abraham (a historic park,) the Citadelle of Quebec (a museum and active fort,) or catch the bus and take a short trip out of the city to see Montmorency Falls.
For the more outdoorsy, there is also a ton to do in the sun. Québec City offers the best of both worlds, blending nature and culture seamlessly. Experience the lush greenery of city parks, such as the renowned Plains of Abraham, for outdoor activities. Venture beyond the city limits and you’ll discover breathtaking parks that allow you to immerse yourself in the wonders of the great outdoors. And here’s a little secret: only five minutes away from downtown Québec City, there’s a beautiful beach awaiting your arrival.
If you’re looking for more culture, architecture and world-class cuisine than you are kayaking and camping, then Montreal is a natural choice of destination for you. Who doesn’t like a summer city break? You can enjoy the warmer weather and take a stroll around the stunning Old Port, with its cobblestone streets, splendid dining options and numerous art galleries. Or hit the hip, artsy neighborhood of Plateau, which has some excellent microbreweries to visit.
Then there are the Irish pubs, nightclubs, bars and restaurants of Downtown. A few of the more popular sites to check out in this incredible city include the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal, Montreal Botanical Garden, Jean-Talon Market and much more.
Tadoussac is undoubtedly one of the most scenic villages in the province. Situated about three hours’ drive downstream from Quebec City at the confluence of the Saguenay and St. Lawrence rivers, it has a sweeping view of the bay. People come here from all over the world for whale watching. The best chance of seeing these amazing marine creatures is between May and October. You might spy something as small as a minke whale or as gargantuan as a blue whale (and everything else in between.) Although you can spot these majestic mammals from the shore, you can also hire a kayak or go on a boat tour to get a closer look.
The village of Tadoussac itself is as charming as ever, with a wide selection of hotels and B&Bs to choose from. There are also excellent dining and bar options. Visitors can take walks and hikes along the river, watch a sunset from the rocks or visit North America’s oldest wooden church, Tadoussac Chapel. The village is also on the outskirts of one of Quebec’s most beautiful national parks, Saguenay Fjord National Park, which is definitely worth visiting.
Besides whales, Tadoussac is a haven for bird enthusiasts. The region is also part of the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, recognized as a significant bird area. Over 220 bird species, including bald eagles and great blue herons, can be spotted here.
For aspiring paleontologists, the cliffs along the Saguenay River are rich in marine fossils, providing a glimpse into the region’s prehistoric past. Visitors can explore the Fjord Museum, which showcases a remarkable collection of fossils found in the area.
La Mauricie National Park
If it’s an immersive nature experience that you’re after, then you’d best get packed and head to La Mauricie National Park. Located in the Laurentian Mountains, this beautiful place has an abundance of forests, waterfalls, wildlife and more than 150 lakes. There is a huge abundance of hiking trails, private camping spots that can only be reached by water and plenty of canoes and kayaks for hire, so it really is a place to get away from it all. There are also cabins and a chalet within the park for those looking for a little more comfort, as well as hotels and chalets in the nearby towns.
Biking, kayaking, hiking, fishing and swimming are just a few of the things that you can get up to in La Mauricie. This is a beautiful place for you to relax, recharge your batteries and spend time around the campfire, watching perfect sunsets and starry, moonlit nights.
Saguenay is one of the best summer vacation spots in Canada, let alone Quebec. It is an energetic city that acts as the point of departure for visiting both St. Jean Lake and Saguenay Fjord. This is a vibrant spot with much to see and do and has a little something of interest for all visitors.
Museums, stellar summer festivals, international and local cuisine and a thriving nightlife are just some of the things that you can get up to in the city itself. However, the biggest attractions lie just outside town. Set out and visit the historic village of Val-Jalbert or make a beeline to the beaches of St. Jean Lake, where you can go fishing, take a boat tour or even cycle around the whole lake. The Saguenay Fjord is a must-see too. You can take a kayak trip out there and see the Baie Eternité while climbing the Via Ferrata if that’s your style. There’s also sailing, hiking, swimming, biking and many more outdoor activities to enjoy.
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