Planning a trip to Quebec City with your family? Here is a list activities you might want to try during the summer.
Quebec City is known for its beauty on so many levels, whether it is cultural, attractions, wild life and landscapes. They are so many choices that I decided to check out some of these places and share with you 10 family activities to do during summer in Quebec.
Arbre en Arbre (Arbraska Duchesnay)
This activity is unique and ideal for families that want to challenge themselves and have fun while doing it. It is ideally located at Duchesnay (Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier) and some of the courses offer a magnificent view of the Saint-Joseph Lake, the biggest boat lake in Quebec. Arbraska Duchesnay offers 3 types of paths: for adults and teens, for children (must be 7 years and older) and the night path. So grab your gear and get ready for an adventure!
Prices start at 33.95$ + taxes for adults, 27$ + taxes for juniors (12 to 17 years old) and 17$ + taxes for kids (7 years and older). Please note that reservations are required for this activity.
Quebec City Aquarium
The Quebec City Aquarium is a must see attraction when you are in the area. Popular with both locals and tourists, this place offers a view on some amazing sea mammals and sea creatures such as the walrus, polar bear, octopus, stingrays, seahorses, jellyfish, seals and of course lots of different fish! Kids love the “touch basin” where you can actually touch the stingrays, the sensation is quite unique and seeing their reaction is always priceless.
Prices are 18.50$ + taxes per adult and 9.25$ + taxes per child (between 3 to 17 years old). It happens to be FREE for children that are under 2 years of age, which makes it a perfect outing for young babies. Family packages are also available starting at 74$+ taxes. For locals, it is a great opportunity to visit all year around thanks to the possibility of purchasing an annual passport for only 37$ + taxes per adult.
Outdoor Waterpark of Village Vacances Valcartier
This attraction is a favorite among locals and sough after by tourists which makes it a definitely worth the detour. This outdoor waterpark offers more than 35 heated waterslides, the famous wave pool, 2 theme rivers (the Amazon and Dungeon City) and more than 100 water games for all ages. They are open from mid-June to the end of August whether its sunny or rainy and even on holidays!
Prices start at 36.53$ + taxes for TALL (people over 1.32 meters) and 29.57$ + taxes for SMALL (people under 1.32 meters) and SENIORS. When it comes to JUNIORS (kids under 3 years of age) it is totally FREE, which makes this attraction even more worth exploring!
Similar to the Quebec City Aquarium, the Village Vacances Valcartier offers season passes starting at 99$ + taxes. These babies are worth every penny if you plan on going there more than 3 times during the season. You do the math ?
Super Labyrinth Inukshuk
Although Aventure Inukshuk is mostly known for their bear watching activity during the summer and dog sledding during the winter, they also have the Super Labyrinth between mid-May to mid-October. This labyrinth is composed of 275 wooden doors with walls that are 2.5 meters high. The goal is simple, get yourself or your group to the middle! A fun activity for the entire family.
Prices starts at 13.95$ + taxes per adult (13 years and older) while it’s 9.95$ + taxes for kids (6 to 12 years old). For children under 5 years of age, this activity is free.
The Miller Zoo
It is in summer 2014 that the Miller Zoo opened its doors with one mission in mind, to share their love for animals but also to respect these beautiful creatures. Meet over a hundred different animals in their natural habitat from raccoons, donkeys to even a puma, you are bound to fall in love with them. There is also a small farm where you get to feed the animals present which always a fun moment to enjoy as a family.
Prices start at 14.50$+ taxes per adult and 10$ for children (12 years old and under). Like many other attractions, young children that are under 2 years of age enter FREE. You can also purchase seasonal passes for 35$+ taxes per adult and 23.75$+ taxes for children (12 years old and under). This particular zoo is located only 45 minutes away from Quebec City.
Beach at Saint-Joseph Lake
Looking for a little piece of paradise? Look no further! The beach location at Saint-Joseph Lake is the perfect getaway for friend and families to enjoy the warmth of the sun on the beach. This place is located deep in the heart of Fossambault-sur-le-Lac and offers half of a kilometer of sand with surprise… coconut trees! Enjoy the day swimming, on-site animation, relaxing on the beach or grab a drink at the terrace under the palm trees, just do not forget to bring your sunscreen ?
Prices start at 14$ + taxes per adult, 12$ per teen (from 13 to 17 years old) and 9$ for children (from to 12 years old).
If you love the water so much you might be interested in purchasing a seasonal pass. Prices start at 75$ per adult and 50$ per child. All prices included taxes. Other activities are available on-site for an additional fee: kayak, canoe, trampoline, daycamp and more.
The Secret Valley (La Vallee Secrete)
Have you ever visited a gnome forest? Today is your chance to discover the Secret Valley and to pick among the 13 adventures according to your age) that wait you! Your quest is to navigate through the paths and collect information that will enable you to unlock the secret code. Fun awaits no matter what age you are.
Prices start at 14.75$+ taxes for adults (18 years and older), 12.75$ + taxes for teens (13 to 17 years old) and 11.25$ + taxes for children (2 to 17 years old). This activity is free for children under the age of 2. Family packages are also available. Reservations are required for this activity.
Bora Park of Village Vacances Valcartier
The Bora Park is the latest addition to the Village Vacances Valcartier and opened its doors less than a year ago. This indoor waterpark offers the chance to enjoy summer all year around since Quebec City’s winters are known to be very very cold. With more than 14 slides (4 of which are over 50 feet tall), a very big wave pool, a double surf wave (this is actually pretty awesome to try!) and a river filled with activities, the Bora Park is bound to become your favorite destination in Quebec City.
Prices start at 36.95$ + taxes for people over 1.32 meters (full day) and 24.95$ + taxes for people under 1.32 meters and seniors (full day). When it comes to young children under 2 years of age it is FREE. It is also possible to only book half a day (subject to availability) and evenings (5 PM to 9 PM). Since there is a maximum capacity for this activity, reservations are required.
The canyon Sainte-Anne is a wonderful outdoor attraction thanks to its beautiful waterfalls and paths. Enjoy the many different views on the waterfalls while trekking in the woods, taking the wooden stairs, suspended bridges and sometimes if the elements are right you might see a rainbow!
Admission for the Canyon itself, rates starts at 13.50$ + taxes per adult, 10.50$ + taxes for students and 7.50$ + taxes for children. In addition, young children 5 years and under can enter for free.
If you feel more adventurous, try out the Zipline and Via Ferrata. These activities allow you to get a much closer look inside the canyon and enjoy its beauty. The zipline is a fun course where you are suspended 60 meters above the ground and children over 5 years of age can participate. While the Via Ferrata offers more of a challenge since it is a mix between hiking and climbing. Additional fees apply for both of these activities.
Horseback riding with Pourvoirie du Lac Beauport
Did you ever want to try horseback riding? One of the many activities that the Pourvoirie du Lac Beauport offers is just that. What better way to enjoy a sunny day than taking a stroll through a forest on a horse. This is a great and different way to enjoy some family time while learning more about these beautiful creatures. Who knows, you might want to come back again ?
Prices per person vary depending on how long you wish to ride: 1 hour for 39.50$ + taxes, 2 hours for 69.50$ + taxes and 3 hours for 104.50$ + taxes. Thanks to a booster seat (a second seat added behind the main rider on the horse), children between 5 and 10 years old can ride for 1 hour for 23$ + taxes. Bike helmets are recommended for children to wear during this activity.
Finish your day with a visit to the Husky puppies’s, where you get to pet these little angels to your heart’s content!