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Our most recommended Quebec City Outdoor Activities

Aquarium du Quebec: Entry Ticket

1. Aquarium du Quebec: Entry Ticket

Dive into the sea in Quebec City. Come and meet the 10,000 marine animals that inhabit the aquarium: fish, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and marine mammals. Unique to this Aquarium is the outdoor marine habitats where seals and walruses can be viewed from both the land and through underwater glass viewing areas. There are meetings with the animals throughout the day for the walruses and seals, and your entrance will include access to daily animal talks by aquarium staff. The outdoor area also features arctic foxes as well as outdoor trails with magnificent views over the mighty St Lawrence River.  The highlight of the interior marine habitats is the Awesome Ocean where you can walk through an underwater tunnel in a 92,000-gallon seawater tank and see the marine life from the vantage point of a diver.  There are also exhibits showcasing Canada’s marine invertebrates from both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, including mesmerizing jellyfish and delicate seahorses.

Old Quebec City: 2-Hour Grand Walking Tour

2. Old Quebec City: 2-Hour Grand Walking Tour

Step back in time on a 2-hour Grand Walking Tour of Old Quebec City as you explore the abundance of history and charm of this incredible World Heritage Site. This tour meanders on a leisurely downhill stroll in the company of an expert guide whose commentary will leave you with a great sense of the history surrounding this unique and romantic setting. While stopping at every essential site and many hidden, historic gems, your guide will also point out additional activities, places to eat, and things to see. The tour is limited to small groups, allowing for maximum interaction with your guide and fellow participants. Get a taste of Quebec city's history, architecture and culture in a 2-hour tour in this storied city.

Ile d'Orleans: Electric Bike Rental

3. Ile d'Orleans: Electric Bike Rental

Pick up your bike at the rental shop at Motel Ile d'Orleans, close to the island's bridge. Upon arrival, you’ll get a safety introduction, and you can take your bike for a quick test ride. Enjoy a smooth ride on these modern electric bikes that allow you to cycle the island with ease. Before heading out on your ride, you will receive a map with a personalized route to help you discover Île d'Orléans. You also have the option to choose your own route as you go; this is a self-guided tour and the opportunity for discovery is endless. Plan between 3 to 5 hours for your cycling tour, including several stops along the way. Enjoy the option to stop for tastings of local farm products along the way, learn about the island’s history from the beginning of its colonization, and admire one of the region’s most beautiful landscapes. During your ride, you'll enjoy spectacular views over the Saint-Lawrence-River with endless opportunities to take great photos.

Île d'Orléans: Food Tasting and Cultural E-bike Tour

4. Île d'Orléans: Food Tasting and Cultural E-bike Tour

Meet your local tour guide at the Motel Ile d'Orleans, close to the island's bridge. Upon arrival, you'll receive detailed safety introduction and the chance to try the electric bikes in the parking lot. Your small group will follow the guide along the sidewalk of Chemin Royal, as there is no bike path on Ile d'Orleans. The tour is about 20 km and will take about 3 hours, taking you to the island's most beautiful village, St. Petronille. The first stop is the Gosselin farm. You'll taste the famous Strawberries of Ile d'Orleans and learn about local agriculture. You'll then visit the gardens of Charles E. L. Porteous' French manor, built in 1898. Your guide will underline the important role this building played through history. Heading further, you'll reach St.Petronille with its picturesque streets. At the Chocolaterie, in the village's heart, take a break from cycling and stroll on the St.Lawrence River's banks instead, enjoying the fantastic view of Quebec's skyline and ice cream dipped in home-made chocolate! Back on the bikes, take advantage of the powerful engine getting on top of the street, where the St. Petronille winery is waiting for you. Here, you can taste some of the island's best wines. On the way back, we'll enjoy beautiful perspectives of the St. Lawrence River and the Montmorency waterfalls. Be sure to take plenty of faboulous pictures. You'll leave beautiful Ile d'Orleans with great memories of an active day.

Quebec City: Jacques-Cartier National Park Snowshoeing Tour

5. Quebec City: Jacques-Cartier National Park Snowshoeing Tour

Discover the winter landscape of Quebec during a day-trip outside the city in the snowy countryside. Leave the transport to the experts and benefit from round-trip transport from downtown Quebec City to Jacques-Cartier National Park. Discover the Park from a different perspective on a fun, low-impact outdoor winter activity.  Board the bus and enjoy the wintery scenery on the 30-minute drive to the park. At Jacques-Cartier National Park, receive all your equipment and your guide will explain easy-to-follow techniques. No experience is needed - if you can walk, you can snowshoe. This is a fun activity for active travelers. Follow your guide along quiet trails, experiencing winter beauty. Have plenty of opportunities to stop for photos and rest breaks. Explore the valley of Belleau Creek, admire the splendor of the Laurentian Mountains, and walk along the Sautauriski River. Discover the forest, look out for wildlife and learn about the area from your local guide. Wildlife can be easier to spot in the winter landscape. Stop at a heated tent for lunch and a refreshing hot drink.

Jacques-Cartier National Park: Ski-Shoeing Excursion

6. Jacques-Cartier National Park: Ski-Shoeing Excursion

Ski-shoeing offers you a way to see the Jacques-Cartier National Park from a different perspective while enjoying outdoor winter fun and low-impact exercise. No experience is needed for this sport - if you can walk, you can ski-shoe! With easy-to-follow techniques and ski-shoe gear provided, this 3 hour tour is suitable for beginners and experts alike. You’ll learn about Quebec forest from your experienced guide and capture great photos of the winter landscape. Bring your sense of adventure and see what the summer crowds are missing. You’ll meet your experienced guide at your hotel hall where you will take the bus for the park. After 30min, you will be in the main lodge where you bring your ski and trekking poles and simple-to-follow techniques to get you out on the trail. Once you’re ready, strap on your ski and follow your guide along quiet trails, experiencing winter beauty. You will have plenty of opportunities to stop for photos and rest breaks. Wildlife can be easier to spot in the winter landscape. Throughout your hike, your guide will keep an eye out for signs of deer, moose, squirrel, porcupine and other creatures that inhabit the area.

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What people are saying about Quebec City

Our guide, Dominique was passionate about the history, architecture and food of Quebec. She was proud of her heritage and her city and was enthusiastic about sharing her passion with her guests. The group was a good size so we could hear everything and she managed to keep us moving and together, even though there were road closures due to the Popes visit. There were so many interesting places highlighted that we could go back to visit to explore in more depth.

I enjoyed this fantastic 2hr walking tour of Quebec with Francis. He was a fun, informative, interesting, entertaining and engaging guide. Francis brought the old town to life with his historical stories and knowledge of life in Quebec. Phenomenal guide and well paced, interesting tour. I would definitely recommend.

Marie, our guide, was excellent: knowledgeable, passionate, attentive to the group's questions and simply charming. Many, many thanks! PS. As a tour guide of many years in Moscow Kremlin, I would humbly suggest just one thing - smother transitions from one stop/topic to another.

Good bikes, the staff working the bike rentals are very knowledgeable about the area. Getting there and back to Quebec City is a challenge without a car but the staff was very helpful in getting us a ride back to the city.

Thorough but not too tiring. Our guide Francis, was very good. I’m Glad we did it.