Things to do in Quebec
Look no further for the best of what to do in Quebec so you can enjoy your stay and have some fun. Those looking for outdoor things to do in Quebec will be thrilled with the province’s expansive natural landscape and sweeping vistas, inviting visitors to enjoy fishing, hunting, cycling, boating and wildlife observation.
When thinking about what to do in Quebec, do not forget the province’s many festivals that happen year round—from the dead of winter to the height of summer. The Quebec City Summer Festival is one of the main music events in Quebec and is held annually in July. Summer also boasts the Montreal Jazz Festival, the F1 Canadian Grand Prix and the Montreal Beer Festival. In winter, young revelers can enjoy Igloofest or the more family friendly Fete des Neiges, which has ziplines, tubing, sled dog tours, skating, shows, and live music.
Old Quebec City (Vieux Quebec) is the perfect place to enjoy some shopping and nightlife along the cobblestone streets filled with boutiques, cafes, patisseries and specialty shops. The historic district of Old Quebec is a great example of a fortified village. With a military and religious history, in Old Quebec the past is highlighted by the preserved architecture. Visitors can meander past horse-drawn carriages, street performers and the Rue du Trésor, an open-air art gallery. Wander along Dufferin Terrace to gaze across the beautiful St. Lawrence River—in winter you can watch the ice flow downstream.
Amongst all the things to do in Quebec, art lovers will not be disappointed. The Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec showcases work made in Quebec or by Quebec artists. The beautiful Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, famous for its geometric glass front, houses one of the most impressive art collections in Canada.
Olympic Pedigree: Home to rowing events in the 1976 Games, and one of the largest artificial outdoor rowing facilities in North America.
Eclectic Mile End space that's one part antiques shop and one part gallery.
Between Jacques-Cartier and Clock Tower quays in the Old Port, the Patinoire du Bassin Bonsecours is a scenic outdoor skating rink along the St. Lawrence River. Each evening, from December to mid-March, a DJ plays music in styles ranging from classical to 1980’s hits.
Montreal has great bike trails throughout the city and along the water. The best of them is the one that follows the Lachine Canal for about nine miles, from the old city to the western suburbs.
Explore and sample imported French goods and fresh Canadian products at these four public markets;
Boutique aux Mémoires is a Lower Town antiques store for both the serious collector and those who are curious about Quebec’s decorative past. Since 1970, this boutique has occupied the ground floor of a Colonial-style brick building along lively Rue Saint-Paul.
This traditionally working-class western suburb has several surviving historic sights, including the lovely Maison Saint-Gabriel.
Fans of vintage clothing shouldn’t miss this 15-year-old shop for its well-curated selection of designer hats, scarves, and party dresses from the 40’s to the 70’s.
The Plains of Abraham is one of Canada’s most scenic monuments, as well as hallowed ground for French and British soldiers who fought and died there during the 1759 Battle of Quebec. Overlooking the wide St.
Close to the bike paths along the Lachine Canal, Le Marche Atwater pieces together a farmers’ market atmosphere from a mix of pastry shops, chocolatiers, and flower stalls.
For a deeper look at Canadian art, don’t miss the Beaux-Arts museum in the heart of downtown’s Golden Square Mile.
An antiques and curios shop opened in 1975, Arthur Quentin has since expanded to offer housewares, accessories, clothing, cookware, and other decorative items.
The skating rink at Place d'Youville, in windswept Upper Town, is always packed.
Site of the 1976 Summer Olympics, this complex of hulking concrete buildings—and former home of the Montreal Expos (now used for concerts and events)—is located a few miles east of downtown and also includes the city’s lovely botanic garden.
Stop in at this 2009-opened boutique to pick up cult clothing brands Supra and Elm, plus works by up-and-coming Montreal artists.