cycling in Quebec
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In Quebec, you will find a lot of various activities to do all year round. Between cultural festivals, wonderful landscapes, winter sports and extreme sports, you will surely find something you like.

If you want to have the feeling of a big American city, head to Montreal. You can also follow the footsteps of great explorers in Quebec City and Trois-Rivières. 30 minutes away from Sherbrooke, you can walk in the Eastern Townships and imagine you live in one of the estates the region is famous for.

Quebec is also famous for its never-ending forests and its spectacular nature. You will get an overview from the Saguenay fjord. If you feel like going on a road trip, you can follow the Saint Lawrence River up to the north: you will cross Quebec City, Rivière-du-Loup and Rimouski. On the other side of the river, Baie-Comeau and Sept-Îles will welcome you. In Kegaska, you will be on the other side of the world: the road ends and you can go further only by boat.

Nature in Quebec

During your stay in Quebec, you can enjoy many leisure activities for every age range. The region is full of outdoor spaces like national parks, regional parks and nature interpretation centres. Enjoy natural monuments like the Montmorency Waterfall.

For sports activities, you can decide to go hiking on foot or with a bike, riding a horse, adventure games, rock climbing or go-karting. Quebec being literally covered with rivers and lakes, it is very easy to find a place to swim, to go canoeing or kayaking or to go rafting down a river during the summer. Most of the cities along the Saint Lawrence River have access to a beach.

However, during the winter, you can choose to snowboard, to ski, to go hiking with snowshoes, to go sledding, to ice skate, not forgetting dog sleds and ice fishing. There are also relaxation centres that offer treatments for adults and children.

Go whale watching in Quebec

A lot of tourists and expats want to see whales when they are in Quebec. The picturesque village of Tadoussac, two hours away from Quebec City, is famous for the organized excursions to go whale watching. If you are looking for a quiet place, note that you can also see whales in every little town located along the river. You just need to go to the beach or in port. Les Bergeronnes and Les Escoumins are two towns that are hardly further away from Quebec City than Tadoussac. The best season to see whales in Quebec is from May until October. If you do not see them, you may hear them sing.

Cultural outings in Quebec

You have a lot to learn from Quebec cultural richness, local and national History and scientific and technological heritage. There are around 400 museums in the province where you can discover every side of its History and of its culture.

Especially Quebec City is registered in the UNESCO World Heritage list for its imposing fortifications, its "Place Royale" (the cradle of French civilization in America) and its "Parc de l'Artillerie" located inside its walls. A lot of these important places recall the military past of the colony or the life of great Canadian politicians.

Casinos in Quebec

Casinos in Quebec are famous for being spectacular, entertaining and exciting. These prestigious establishments mix games, shows and gastronomy. One of them, the Casino of Charlevoix, is located 90 minutes away from Quebec City, between rivers and mountains, on the famous Fairmont site, the "Manoir Richelieu". This casino offers 22 tables and around 800 slot machines, as well as three gourmet restaurants for the bistro cuisine lovers.

Festivals in Quebec

Every year, before summer or even during the winter, there are a lot of cultural festivals in Quebec. Among the most famous ones, there are the "Just for Laughs" festival ("Juste pour Rire" in French) and the Francofolies of Montreal, a music festival. However, some cities like Trois-Rivières, Sherbrooke, Rimouski, Amos, etc. organize their own events dedicated to music, literature, theatre, intercultural activities, food, among others. If you want to find a festival in your city or nearby, check the directory of Quebecker artists.

 Useful links:

Quebec City Events
Quebec Original
Cultural Calendar (in French)
Museums in Montreal
Tourism in Mauricie
Tourism in Côte-Nord
Tourism in Abitibi-Témiscamingue
Tourism in Eastern Townships
Tourism in Montreal
Tourism in Rimouski
Tourism in Saguenay Lac-Saint-Jean
Quebec For All - Tourism for mobility impaired people

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