Top things to do in Around Québec City

Wildlife Reserve in Around Québec City

Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area

This bird sanctuary is home to 700 species, including the flocks of snow geese that migrate to its wetlands in spring and autumn. It's beyond the villages of St Joachim and Cap Tourmente, signposted along Rte 138 fr…
Park in Around Québec City

Parc de la Jacques-Cartier

This 600-sq-km wilderness park, just off Rte 175 about 40km from Québec City, is ideal for a quick escape. Travel less than an hour from the city, and you can be hiking or cycling along trails, or canoeing along Riv…
Park in Around Québec City

Parc de la Chute Montmorency

This waterfall is right by the Taschereau Bridge on the way to Île d’Orléans and is worth a stop if you’re in the area. It’s 83m high, topping Niagara Falls by about 30m, though it’s not nearly as wide. What’s cool …
Mediterranean in Île d’Orléans

Le Moulin de St Laurent

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more agreeable place to dine than the terrace at the back of this early-19th-century flour mill, with tables inches from a waterfall. The well-prepared, diverse menu is continental wi…
Waterfall in Around Québec City

Jean Larose Waterfalls

In the summertime, a popular activity is hiking to the 74m-high Jean Larose Waterfalls. You can walk around and across them via a series of steps, ledges and bridges. Though busy, this is a pleasant spot – it’s less…
Bakery in Île d’Orléans

La Boulange

A memorable bakery with a small irresistible store, La Boulange is the perfect spot for a light lunch of sandwiches or pizza, or to gather picnic supplies. Devour to-die-for croissants while taking in views of the S…
Food in Île d’Orléans

Domaine Steinbach

This store stocks dozens of farm products, including seven ciders made using apples from the organic orchard, one with maple syrup. If the generous tasting tickles your taste buds, tuck into a cheese or duck platter…
Historic Building in Île d’Orléans

Maison Drouin

This old house was built in 1730 and is one of the most fascinating stops on the island as it was never modernized (ie no electricity or running water) even though it was inhabited until 1984. Guides in period dress…
Food in Île d’Orléans

Chocolaterie de l'Île d'Orléans

Using cocoa beans from Belgium, the chocolatiers at this 200-year-old house churn out tasty concoctions, including almond bark and flavored truffles. There's a cute little ice-cream parlor in the summer months.
Winery in Île d’Orléans

Le Vignoble Isle de Bacchus

A tour and tasting here should be on your agenda, and there's a gîte (B&B) if you can't drag yourself away from the red, white and rosé. Call ahead if visiting in the off season.