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Leisure in Quebec


Quebec has a rich cultural and historical heritage that you can discover during your free time. Find out more about leisure in Quebec in this article.

Quebec provides many leisure activities throughout the year. You can subscribe to “Programmation des Loisirs” which is a series of French publications listing community, cultural and sporting activities offered in each of the boroughs. It is published twice a year, at the beginning of March to present the activities offered in spring and summer, and at the end of August to present the activities offered in fall and winter. It will inform you where and when these activities take place and who are the organizers.

The brochures are available in most municipal buildings or district offices, libraries, as well as recreational and sports centers. You can also subscribe by email.

You can learn a lot about Quebec's huge cultural and historical heritage, as well as its scientific and technological heritage. Visit the various sites of interest such as museums and historical sites, natural and theme parks or even casinos.

History and culture in Quebec

Quebec has around 400 museums where you can discover the multiple aspects of its history and culture. The city has been registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List particularly for its massive fortifications, the “Place Royale” which is considered as the cradle of French civilization in North America, as well as the Artillery Park. Many of these important sites evoke and honor the military history of colonization and the lives of great politicians.

Ideas for holidays in Quebec

If you want to spend holidays in Quebec, you can choose from a range of leisure activities for all age groups. The area offers many outdoor areas such as national and regional parks, nature interpretation centers and natural wonders. Enjoy natural monuments such as Montmorency, the Saguenay Fjord and the underworld fall. If you prefer sports activities, you can opt for hiking, cycling, horseback riding, adventure games, climbing or even go karting.

You can easily find a place for swimming, canoeing, kayaking and rafting during the summer with all the rivers and lakes of Quebec. In winter, you can go surfing, skiing, sledding, ice-skating, dog sledding, ice-fishing. You can also opt for relaxation centers that provide special care for parents and children.

To discover Quebec in an original way, you can embark on a cruise on the St. Lawrence River which covers more than 1,100 km. You will get to discover and observe marine mammals, birds and contemplate the natural landscapes of the region. You can choose the package that suits you best among 200 cruises from 75 companies offering this kind of activities.

Casinos in Quebec

Quebec's casinos are famous for being particularly spectacular, entertaining and exciting. They combine game shows and gastronomy. For instance, the Casino of Charlevoix is located 90 minutes from Quebec City, between the rivers and mountains, on the site of the famous Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu. The casino has 22 gaming tables and 800 slot machines, and three gourmet restaurants for bistro cuisine lovers.

 Useful links:

Expat.com – Leisure in Canada Forum 
Expat.com – Leisure activities in Quebec
Ville de Québec www.ville.quebec.qc.ca
Québec Original www.quebecoriginal.com

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