Although its climate is drier than many other touristic destinations in Canada, Quebec City still receives several millimeters of rain every year. For those days where indoor activities are in order, here is a suggestion of 10 activities to do on rainy days in Quebec City.
Aquarium of Quebec.
More than 10,000 marine animals await you at the Aquarium of Quebec with among other seals, walrus, polar bears and many other animals of the aquatic fauna. Several activities for the whole family are also on display, such as becoming a daytime animal, a tree-to-tree course for the little ones, an interactive rally and seasonal activities like the Festilumière.
Old Port of Quebec Market.
Open to the Year despite the fact that the harvests only take place during the summer season, producers in the Quebec City region are waiting for you with hundreds of local products, from wild game to micro-breweries beers through cheese and some hand-made crafts, not to mention maple syrup of course. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy a meal at Cuisine du Marché , either on site or for take away and enjoy the many sample-tastings offered by the producers.
Huron Village of Wendake.
The Amerindian presence is a very important of the history of Quebec City and it’s the community of Wendake that represents the first nations to inhabit the territory of the Quebec region. The Wendake Hotel-Museum is the focal point of the visit with the Huron-Wendat National Ekionkiestha Longhouse, where you will be told about the myths and legends of this people rich in history. Discover a rich and fascinating culture that has survived despite the pitfalls that the foreign presence has put on its way.
Quebec’s ultimate toy store, Benjo offers children a world of wonders with dozens of toy-filled alleys, a DIY workshop, a restaurant called Benjo La Fabrique and other activities that will certainly draw the energy surplus from the most energetic children. Take the opportunity to pose with Benjo himself, a giant statue of the friendly frog in front of the entrance on St. Joseph Street.
In addition to numerous museums dedicated to the history of the French presence in America such as the Musée de l’Amérique Francophone and the one dedicated to the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, Quebec is host to the National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec which features exhibitions by artists from the beautiful province such as Jean-Paul Riopelle and Alfred Pellan. You will also see the works of internationally renowned artists such as David Altmejd Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. Another mandatory stop for those who wish to learn more about Quebec and the planet in general is the Musée de la Civilization du Québec. On the program, the exhibition Ici Londres, which introduces us to every facet of the British Empire’s capital, and the My 2000-Year-Old Double exhibition featuring more than 25 photos of people of our time who have a strange resemblance to famous personalities from antiquity.
National Assembly of Quebec.
Discover the workings of Québec democracy during a visit to the National Assembly of Québec . You can learn on the history and functioning of the British parliamentary system and the specificities of the exception of Quebec, admire the Second Empire-style architecture and the many pieces of heritage found there. It is important to know that it is mandatory to make a reservation to access the visit and to plan an exhaustive search of each visitor.
Of course, a very popular activity when it’s raining is to go shopping. That’s good, Quebec has the largest commercial area east of the West Edmonton Mall with the complex that includes Laurier Quebec, Place de La Cité and Place Sainte-Foy, which represents more than 500 boutiques and superstores. There is also Les Galeries de la Capitale with its famous Mega Parc, an amusement park with rides, a year-round indoor ice rink and arcades that have just undergone a major metamorphosis.
Since September 2015, the brand new, state-of-the-art amphitheater in Quebec City has welcomed the biggest names in music, sports and entertainment such as Madonna, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Metallica, Cirque du Soleil and many others. For 2019, Iron Maiden, Michael Bublé, Muse and the Disney on Ice troupe have already announced services at the Videotron Centre . It is also the home of the Quebec Remparts, the team of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League led by the former glory of the Montreal Canadiens and the Colorado Avalanche, the flamboyant Patrick Roy.
With family or friends, the Laser Challenge offers 3 different environments as well as state-of-the-art equipment where you can let off steam by “eliminating” the most your competitors using laser guns. Detailed score cards will be given to you at the end of each game to determine who has eliminated the most people while being eliminated less often.
Still a very popular alternative activity in case of rainy days; a good movie at the cinema. Québec has several cinema screening rooms of all kinds, from “blockbusters” at the two Cineplex Odeons to auteur films at the Clap, as well as documentaries and classics at the Cinema Cartier. There is something for everyone in Quebec City.