10 things you might not know you can do in Quebec City

Quebec City is a captivating destination known for its rich history and breathtaking beauty. While many travelers are familiar with its iconic attractions, there’s a hidden world of experiences waiting to be discovered. In this blog post, we’ll unveil “10 Things You Might Not Know You Can Do in Quebec City.” Get ready to uncover unique, off-the-beaten-path adventures and create unforgettable memories in this charming Canadian city.


10 Off-The-Beaten-Path Activities To Do in Quebec City

1. Old Quebec Evening Gourmet Food Tour

Best seller of HQ Services Touristiques, this tour is nominated by lots of people on TripAdvisor the first day must do activity in Quebec City.

You will be sightseeing the major landmarks of Old Quebec, including Place Royale, Quartier Petit Champlain, Dufferin Terrace and Château Frontenac, while visiting five different restaurants. At each restaurant, you will have one course of your 5 course gourmet dinner and the last stop also includes the dessert and tea/coffee. Learn more about the Evening Gourmet Food Tour here.

 meal at le clan with wine

2. Explore the Montmorency Falls with a Electric Bike

The Montmorency Falls is one of the MUST-SEEs in Quebec City region. The best way to get there is by biking.

13 km or 8 mi of flat bike paths all the way from Old Quebec City to the falls, you will ride near the mighty St-Lawrence River taking in stunning views of Quebec City and going through the local park Domaine Maizerets. To reach the top of falls, you can either walk up the 487 steps or board the cable car up to the elegant Montmorency Manor. To rent an e-bike, Tuques & Bicycle Experiences offers the best service, the best bikes and has the lowest day rental rate. Their passionate team will show you the best routes and things to see by bike in Quebec City.

Here are five facts about Montmorency Falls:

  1. Height: Montmorency Falls is even taller than Niagara Falls, standing at 83 meters (272 feet) high, making it the tallest waterfall in the province of Quebec, Canada.

  2. Location: Situated just outside Quebec City, it is easily accessible and a popular day trip destination for tourists looking to experience the natural beauty of the region.

  3. Year-Round Attraction: Unlike some waterfalls that freeze in the winter, Montmorency Falls remains a year-round attraction. In the colder months, it transforms into a spectacular ice sculpture, drawing visitors for winter sports and ice climbing.

  4. Suspension Bridge: There’s a suspension bridge that spans the crest of the falls, allowing visitors to get up close and experience the powerful rush of water while enjoying panoramic views of the surrounding area.

  5. Montmorency Park: The waterfall is part of Montmorency Falls Park, which offers hiking trails, a visitor center, a cable car to the top of the falls, and opportunities for picnicking and relaxation in a natural setting.

Montmorency falls in quebec city front view

3. Quebec City Photo Tour

Nomad Tours Quebec and this business’ owner Marie-Pierre, a good friend of ours at HQ Tourism Services!  Marie-Pierre’s Photo Tour is perfect for travelers who refuse to travel without their camera and who are curious to know more about Quebec City. This 3.5 hours Photo Tour will provide you with the most interesting points of view from which to take beautiful pictures. Ask your guide Marie-Pierre anything!

Photo tour in quebec city, suggested by HQ Services Touristiques inc for this famous evening gourmet food tour


4. Enjoy local beers in St-Roch district

Immerse yourself in the vibrant beer culture of Quebec City’s St-Roch district, where a flourishing community of microbreweries awaits. St-Roch, known for its eclectic atmosphere, hosts several excellent craft beer establishments. Among them, Noctem Artisans Brasseurs, La Korrigane and La Barberie stand out, offering a diverse range of unique and flavorful brews. Want to include some shopping? St-Roch is a great place for shopping, especially on St-Joseph Street!

5. Picnic on the Plaines of Abraham

Tired of the bustling Old City? Located just outside the City walls, Plains of Abrahmam, aka. The Battlefields Park, is one of the most prestigious city parks in the province and a great place to relax and enjoy the nature. Apart from its historical past, the park is to Québec what Central Park and Hyde Park are to New York and London: a city park of outstanding value, the lungs of the city.

The Plains of Abraham Museum is the gateway to the Park, offering exhibitions, activities, services and all information for your visit.  Recommended for all ages.

Joan of Arc Garden in quebec city on the plains of abraham

6. Meet the Wendat People at the Huron Traditional Site at Wendake

One of our personal favorite place to visit, the Huron Traditional Site Onhoüa Chetek8e let you discover the Huron-Wendat community as you experience their fascinating history, culture and legendary hospitality. Visitors are welcomed all year long by a guide dressed in a Huron traditional costume. Recommended for all ages.

Who are the Wendat People?

The Wendat people, also known as the Huron, are a First Nations community with a rich cultural heritage originating primarily around the Great Lakes in present-day Ontario. They are recognized for their unique agricultural practices, cultivating maize, beans, and squash, known as the “Three Sisters.” The Wendat were skilled traders and had a complex societal structure, living in longhouses and organized into clans. Their history is marked by interactions with European settlers and other Indigenous nations, which had both positive and challenging impacts on their way of life. Today, the Wendat continue to maintain and celebrate their cultural traditions, contributing to the vibrant tapestry of Indigenous cultures in North America.


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7. Lace up your walking shoes and go hike at Canyon Sainte-Anne

If you are an active visitor, don’t miss out on the Canyon Sainte-Anne for a easy but fun hike. Over there, you can admire the canyon on the suspension bridges on a enjoyable walk.

On your way to Canyon Sainte-Anne, you may also visit Sanctuaire Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, one of the five national shrines of Canada. It has been credited by the Catholic Church with many miracles of curing the sick and disabled.

Recommended for all ages.

suspension bridge at the canyon sainte anne in quebec city

8. Enjoy a traditional meal at the sugar shack

If you want to try a Quebecois style traditional sugar shack, we recommend Érablière du Chemin du Roy. At this sugar shack, you can have year round lunch or dinner — traditional meal, maple taffy on the snow (even in summer!), sleigh rides and live traditional Quebec music played by their talented musicians.

You can also learn how we make maple syrups with a guided tour there.

Recommended for all ages.

Sugar Shack le Chemin du Roy

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9. Explore Montcalm neighborhood like a local

Named after the Lieutenant General who led the French troops during the famous Battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1759, Montcalm neighborhood keeps perfect balance between bourgeois and bohemian. Cartier Street, the main commercial street of the neighborhood, is were epicureans, sports fans, and art and culture lovers get together in a magnificent historical environment. The Quebec Museum of Fine Art is also located in this neighborhood, just minutes from Cartier Street.


montcalm neighborhood quebec city

10. Enjoy view over the St. Lawrence River on La Promenade Samuel-De Champlain

Promenade Samuel-De Champlain is a park along the St. Lawrence River stretches 6.8 km from the bridges to the Côte Gilmour area. On the occasion of the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of Quebec in 2008, the promenade was built by the Government of Quebec. It is now  an oasis in the city, beloved by tourists and locals alike.

Vegetation: more than 100,000 plants, including more than 1,500 trees
Activities: biking, roller skating, soccer, walking, kayaking, picnic, interpretation centers, and public arts.


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