Summer in Québec City
Our Concierges recommandations
Les Tours Voir Québec - Historic city tours, food tours, group or private (170$). Join these professional and passionate guides to learn more about our wonderful city!
Québec 1608 – Excellent company offering 3-hour private walking tours (170$). Possibility to arrange a full-day tour with lunch, and many other tailor-made experiences! They focus on providing the history of Quebec City in perspective with the North American history.
Mendel Tours – Excellent private walking tour with Mr. Mendel who is well renowned for its deep knowledge of the City and his historic books. Private walking tour starts at 270$. Reservations required weeks in advance.
Quebec City Food Tour – The company specializes in food tours in both Saint-Roch neighborhood (Lower town) –Quebec’s foodie scene- and in the Old City & Faubourg Saint-Jean-Baptiste (Upper town), in a fun and friendly approach. Reservation online only.
AML offers nice cruises on the Saint-Lawrence river: 90 minutes guided cruises, dinner or brunch cruises, whale watching (including bus transport or not) and special events.
Vieux Port Yachting offers a 3-hour introduction to sailing or reserve a sail boat for private or group excursions with a captain.
Excursions Maritimes offers zodiac excursion on the Saint-Lawrence River, a nice way to discover the beauty of the shores of Quebec and Lévis.
Old Quebec Tours - Les Tours du Vieux Quebec offers 2-hour city tour and 4.5—hour countryside tour. Hop on, hop off double-decker bus available over summer time, a great way to get a general overview of the different neighborhoods and to find your bearings!
Quebec Bus Tour - Countryside tour of the Orleans Island including 5-gourmet stops or a good combo of a City tour and discovery of Montmorency Falls. Excellent deal & small groups.
Limo A1 has exceptional driver-guides to discover the city and the countryside in style! Please allow 90 minutes to two hours for a City Tour and three hours to a full day for a countryside tour. Starts at 75$++ per hour in a sedan car (2 people).
Helicopter Tour - Amazing way to enjoy city or country flyovers. “Pilot of the day” package available for the most memorable experience!
Spas & Thermal Experience
Strom Spa - Located at a 10-minute taxi ride only from our property, treat yourself with a thermal experience, Nordic baths, outdoor whirlpools, eucalyptus steam bath and more… with scenic views on the Saint Lawrence River. Concierge tip: Try their unique flotation bath for an optimal moment of relaxation. $$
Siberia Spa – Located at a 30-minute drive from the hotel. Enjoy a thermal experience, Nordic baths, and more, in a wonderful setting surrounded by trees.
Museums & Cultural Visits
Musée de la Civilisation - The Musée de la Civilisation links the past, the present and the future. While remaining strongly rooted in the reality of Québec, it projects a new, attentive and dynamic outlook on all of human experience in its whole, and on civilizations from the world over. Thanks to the Mayas exhibit (until October, 3rd), you will discover the history of this civilization from Central America.
Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec - Located in the heart of the Plains of Abraham, the Fine Arts Museum presents exhibitions featuring Québec artists, past and present, and prestigious international art exhibitions. From June 12th to September 12th, discover the exclusive exhibit of Picasso Figures.
To complete your discovery of Picasso, enjoy the immersive exhibit Imagine Picasso.
Monastère des Augustines – Opened since 2015, this brilliant museum introduces you to the evolution of the spiritual and social engagement of the Augustinian Sisters of Quebec through the history and from the 40 000 artifacts drawn from 12 monastery hospitals. By visiting the permanent exhibition, you will discover their way of life, their work caring for the sicks, and how they balanced their traditional vocations by action and contemplation. Tip: make the most of your visit by having a healthy lunch on site or joining one of the daily classes given on site such as yoga and meditation.
Musée du Fort - This museum presents a sound and light show that recreates the six attempts to take the city over the years. The military history is related using a spectacular 36 m2 (400 sq. ft.) historic model of Québec City in 1759 along with the latest visual and audio technology. Permanent exhibitions with artefacts complete the show.
La Citadelle de Québec - La Citadelle is an active military garrison and cannot be visited individually. The one-hour guided tour will provide you information about the American attacks, the construction of the fortress and its buildings. The visit of the Royal 22e Régiment Museum located in an old French powder magazine (1750) and a former military prison (1842) is included in the tour. Guided tours are offered in French or English.
Traditional military ceremonies Changing of the Guard takes place daily from June 24th to September 3rd at 10 am at the Citadelle (except July 1st & 3rd) Beating of the Retreat is at 6pm every Fridays and Saturdays in July and August (except July 1st).
Parliament building - The guided visit is free, more or less 4 times a day, more during the holidays alternatively in English and in French. Open 7 days a week during the summer and closed on week-ends the rest of the year. Concierge tip: try to mix a visit with a lunch at their restaurant: Le Parlementaire; sumptuous dining room!
Plains of Abraham (Battlefields Park) - Wonderful historic park enjoyable all year round which offers pretty views overlooking the river. This park is one of Canada’s most important historical parks as well as one of the most prestigious city parks. This is where the historical battle between the French and the English troops took place in 1759.
Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux National Historic Site - For over 200 years in Québec City under both the French and English regimes, the Saint-Louis forts and Châteaux served as the official residence and seat of power for most of the governors. Take your time to appreciate this unique archaeological site at your own pace. Open 7 days a week during the summer from 10am until 6pm, 3.90$ per person.
Aquarium - 10,000 marine animals inhabit the Aquarium: fish, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, and sea mammals. Among them, polar bear, walruses, and seals will provide you with unique moments. Watch them when they're feeding or being trained.
Village Vacances Valcartier - This fabulous water park is one of the best familial activities. Only 40 minutes driving distance from Quebec City. The Bora Park, an indoor water park, is also perfect for rainy days.
Wendake Village - Visit this native village located at 30 minutes driving distance from Quebec downtown. This is the only Huron-Wendat community in Canada! Discover their culture by visiting their top attractions such as the Huron traditional site or the Hotel Musée Premières-Nations.
Discover The Countryside
Jacques Cartier National Park – Located at 30 minutes driving distance from Québec City, Jacques-Cartier National Park features a remarkable landscape characterized by contrasts: mountainous uplands fractured by steep-sided valleys. A river winds through the most spectacular of them, the Valley de la Jacques-Cartier, a trench more than 550 m deep. Activities including paddling down-river, calm water excursions are available upon reservation (48 hours prior).
Montmorency Falls - Located between the river and the cliffs, the Montmorency Falls (83 m) dominates the landscape. It can be visited on foot, by cable car, or from the gourmet restaurant. This park is a few minutes from Québec City ($).
Orleans Island - From early summer to late fall, the Orleans Island offers a charming half-day trip with its small typical villages. Local craft and products, vineyards, cider houses, farms to visit or where to enjoy u-pick fruits (apples, strawberries, raspberries along the seasons). Specialties to look for: apple products, maple syrup, duck products, local wines and ice ciders.
Concierge tip: combine your visit to the island with the Montmorency Falls located in the same area. To get on the Island: Car rental, limousine service for private tours or bus tours.
Sainte-Anne de Beaupré Basilica - This world pilgrimage Basilica can be visited all year long. Superb visit!
Canyon Ste-Anne - At 45 minutes driving distance from Quebec City, explore the imposing 74m high Sainte-Anne waterfall rumbling into its 1.2 billion years old notch. Go across the highest pedestrian bridge in Quebec, 55 meters high. Thrilling via ferratas and Giant zipline.
Charlevoix region is located further up the East (pass Beaupré Coast). The main reasons to visit are the charming artist town of Baie-Saint-Paul and the stunning scenic drive linking Baie-Saint-Paul to La Malbaie (road 362 East). The region is accessible by road and also by train in summer time… travelling between mountains and seashore, along 140 km of breathtaking riverside scenery between Québec City and La Malbaie, the Train de Charlevoix conveys passengers on a unique cruise experience. ***Reservations have to be made in advance***
Whale watching (About 3 hours driving from Quebec City) - Tadoussac village is located at the mouth of the Saguenay River, on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. This area was the first North American member of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club. It is an ideal place for visitors to observe whales and other sea birds and mammals, by taking the whale-watching cruise tour with AML. They also offer packages including bus and helicopter transportation from Quebec City.
Le Royal-Quebec – 25 minutes - Founded in 1874 and established in Boischatel since 1925, the Royal Quebec Golf Club is a high-end semi-private club. Offering 36 holes and considered one of the oldest clubs in America, it has a typical country club atmosphere. Located a few steps from the Montmorency Falls, the clubhouse panoramic windows offer spectacular views of Île d'Orléans and Quebec City.
Club de Golf Alpin – 30 minutes - Located on a plateau surrounded by beautiful Laurentian Mountains, the club continues to improve and modernize since its opening in the 60s, so that it now offers its members and visitors one of the finest golf venues in the region of Quebec. A visit to the Alpine Golf Club will enchant you! The playing conditions are quite remarkable throughout the season and so is the scenery.
Le Grand Vallon – 45 minutes - One of Eastern Canada's most beautiful golf courses. 6,583 yards long, it alternates undulating tree lined fairways and a large plain at mid-course. Four lakes and 42 white sand bunkers contribute to the golfer's challenge.
National Holiday of Quebec - June 24th (main festivities are on the evening of June 23rd) - Celebrate the National Holiday of Quebec with the free show on June 23rd from 9 p.m. until the end of the night, on the beautiful Plains of Abraham. A wide variety of free activities are on the agenda of June 24th
Canada Day - July 1st - A wide range of free activities and festivities will be on offer to celebrate Canada Day in style on the Dufferin Terrace and The Plains of Abraham. Make sure not to miss out the fireworks!
Quebec City Summer Festival – July 8th to 18th - A major festival this summer is the Quebec City Summer Festival; an internationally renowned outdoor music festival with more than 300 performances! Contact our concierge team to get the passes to the festival during your stay! The performances on the Hydro-Québec stage at Place d'Youville, do not require passes.
Circus at Place Jean Béliveau - Free – Dates to be confirmed for 2021– Tuesday to Sunday - Feria is the name of this twilight show, conceived and realized by the company Flip FabriQue, promises to delight the spectators without admission fees! The show will feature many outstanding artists who return to the city that saw them grow up. They set up their headquarters at Place Jean Beliveau, a 15 minute drive from the hotel, it is an unforgettable show!
Plein-Art – July 15th to August 15th - Created in 1980, do not miss 2018’s edition of Plein Art, the largest exhibition of local crafts in Canada. Under huge tents in the Old Port of Québec, you have the possibility to discover Quebec’s best cabinet makers, glassmakers, potters, toy makers, leather workers and local jewelers.
Les Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France- New France Festival – August 5th to 8th - Travel back to the days of Nouvelle France by immersing yourself in this festival with historical accents, inspired by the rich colonial past of Quebec. The various festival sites will tell you more about the lives of early settlers and of the history of Quebec in multiple ways. Several parades and artistic performances are the pride of the event, creating the perfect ambience for the visitor to celebrate history in the cradle of French America!
Le Festibière (Beerfest) - August 19th to 22nd - Discover 70 microbreweries, breweries, pubs and local cider in a unique atmosphere, very much like an Oktoberfest in the enchanting setting of the Old Port. Upgrade your experience with a tasting of local products, culinary and brewing conferences. Several music shows are also planned!
Passages Insolites - June 26th to October 11th - Public art circuit. (Re)discover the city through unexpected piece of art all around the old capital.
A Sunny Day?
It's a beautiful and sunny day? You could enjoy a nice picnic in one of the parcs of the Old Capitale!
Terrasse Pierre-Dugua-de-Mons - Enjoy a panoramic view on the St-Lawrence and the Château Frontenac. 10-minute walk.
Jardins de l'Hôtel-de-Ville - Refresh yourself with the water fountains, in the heart of the fortified city. 10-minute walk.
Place des Canotiers - The closest one from us. Just a stroll away, it is the perfect place to have a picnic around the hotel. 2-minute walk.
Saint-Matthews Cemetery - Unexpected place to have a picnic. This place is full of history as it is one of the oldest cemetery of the city. This wooded park will charm you and you will go out of the beaten path. 25-minute walk.
Jardin Jean-Paul L'Allier - While discovering the lower town, do not hesitate to take a break in this beautiful flowery garden. 35-minute walk.
To organize your stay, make your bookings, request other suggestions or tailor-made itineraries feel free to ask our concierge team, we will be happy to introduce you to our wonderful city and its surroundings!
Ophélie & Audrey
Your Concierge Team