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What to do in Quebec in the summer of 2021?

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The Quebec Province will be the vacation destination for many Quebecers this summer! Here are my recommendations for enjoying Quebec this summer.

The year 2020 will have surprised many. Vacation planning is starting all over again for many of us. Certainly, we must mourn the loss of a project in which countless hours were invested and which animated us for several weeks, even months and perhaps even years.

Given the situation that continues in 2021, a large proportion of people will opt for summer vacations in Quebec. I wanted to write this article on the activities available here, to remind us all that Quebec is not a consolation prize, but a first-class vacation destination.

It’s all in the way you think of the journey.

Quebec is full of activities to satisfy even the most discerning and crazy! If you think about the summer of 2021 as you would a trip abroad, you open yourself up to all that our beautiful province has to offer.

The big question is: What usually motivates your travels?

  • Adventure?
  • Gastronomy?
  • Culture?
  • Landscapes?
  • … or would you rather laze by the sea?

Quebec has the answer to your needs! Here we go!

Quebec for the adventurous

Scuba diving

Outaouais

A former open pit mine converted to a recreation center, Morrison Quarry offers the opportunity to check out old mine structures and a variety of intentionally sunken wrecks in turquoise water.

Côte-Nord

Whether in Les Escoumins or in Havre-St-Pierre, several diving sites and companies offer you to observe a particularly diversified northern underwater fauna and flora, including feathery anemones.

Gaspésie

A unique experience awaits divers who want to swim and play with seals at the Club Nautique de Percé. A half-day introductory activity is also offered for those who do not have their diving certificate.

Club Nautique Percé Steven Melancon
Club Nautique Percé Steven Melancon

Via Ferrata

A rock wall course combining a multitude of skills halfway between hiking and climbing. With 13 sites accessible in Quebec (Batiscan, Rawdon Tremblant, Saguenay, Charlevoix, Outaouais, Quebec, Laurentians), you can easily include one of the courses during your vacation, wherever it is.

For more information, visit the Via Ferrata Québec website.

Boran Richard Parc National Du Fjord Du Saguenay Sépaq
Crédit photo Richard Boran - Via Ferrata du Parc National Du Fjord Du Saguenay Sépaq

Hang gliding & Paragliding

The company Vue du ciel offers introductory hang gliding and tandem paragliding flights departing from Mont St-Pierre, at an altitude of 430 meters, offering a breathtaking view of the majestic St-Lawrence River and the surrounding glacial valley.

Deltaplane Vue Du Ciel
Photo fournie par Vue Du Ciel

Sail

Learn to sail in one of the most beautiful bays in the world, the Baie des Chaleurs, with the company Écovoile, which offers courses for all levels (parents and children) as well as sea outings.

Quebec for food lovers

Magdalen Islands

Combining gastronomy and culture, several agrotourism sites in the Islands offer an economuseum or a guided tour to help you understand the products you taste.

This is the case with the Fumoir d’Antan, which tells the story of smoked herring in the region, and the Pied-de-vent cheese factory, which gives tours of their facilities and explains how the typicality of their land influences their cheeses.

Fumoir Dantan
Harengs boucanés du Fumoir d'Antan, crédit photo Janie Charest Lafleur

Kamouraska

Start the day with a stop at the Niemand Bakery for a breakfast pastry. Then, stop at the Mouton Blanc cheese factory to taste the famous “tomme du Kamouraska”. Third stop is at the Maison de la prune to taste jams and alcohol.

For lunch, stop at Poissonerie Lauzier for a bowl of lobster bisque, and dessert at La Fée gourmande chocolate factory.

In the afternoon, stop at Jardins de la mer, which offers a range of edible products harvested by hand on the flats of the St. Lawrence. Then, head to the Pêcheries Ouellette’s artisanal smokehouse to taste smoked herring and sturgeon.

A well-deserved rest at the Tête d’Allumette microbrewery before heading to the Bistro L’Amuse-Bouche for a delicious lobster guédille.

Quebec for the active

Paddle board

Little known only a few years ago, the craze for paddleboarding is now confirmed.

Dozens of companies now offer SUP (Stand up Paddle) rentals in almost every region of Quebec. In the Laurentians, the very dynamic Echo Aloha offers to deliver paddle boards wherever you are on the Laurentian territory.

In the Magdalen Islands, Cindy Hook offers paddleboard rentals, excursions and yoga on a board.

Sup
Photo Libre de droit

Kayak

Stable boats in single or double, kayaking is a perfect activity for solitary or family outings.

It’s also available throughout Quebec, with a special mention for the outing organized by the Gros Cap Park in the Magdalen Islands, which explores the caves. Also for those who use the Saguenay Fjord site from the national park.

Kayak Fjord Du Saguenay
Kayak Fjord Du Saguenay, Crédit photo Janie Charest Lafleur

Closer to the major centres, the Cap-Rouge Marina water park in Quebec City offers a variety of multi-leisure activities that will please the whole family.

Kayaks, pedal boats, canoes, beach with swimming, fishing, hiking and a nice restaurant featuring local flavours.

Centre Nautique Cap Rouge
Centre Nautique de Cap-Rouge, crédit photo Brigitte Bruneau

Hiking

Anticosti

Anticosti Island is still a little explored territory by Quebecers, but oh so grandiose.

Hikers will be spoiled for choice, but the best known and most popular trail is the Chute Vauréal. To reach the waterfall, which is 76 metres high, the route requires walking through a canyon with walls 90 metres high and 3 km long.

Chute Vauréal Real Frappier
Chute Vauréal - Crédit: Real Frappier

Magdalen Islands

For experienced walkers, the Archipelago offers a signposted “Compostelle” trail, called “entre Vents et Marées” (between winds and tides), which runs around the main island as well as the Entrée Island for 230 km.

The idea is the same as the mythical path, where you have to stop at different checkpoints to get your walking passport stamped; here, it’s called the Louvoyeur’s passport, and certifies that you have indeed walked the Way.

Bike

Saguenay-Lac St-Jean

The Véloroute des bleuets is 256 km long and passes through fifteen villages and a national park.

It is a major challenge for a bicycle touring trip. It is also possible to ride shorter segments according to your desires and physical condition.

Beaulac-Garthby

The Beaulac-Garthby velorails offer a different kind of cycling experience. As the name suggests, the bikes are on rails and therefore offer 10 and 18 km routes bordered by a beautiful lake. A must-see!

Sutton

The Diable vert offers the flying bike, a pioneer in the field of suspended bikes in Canada. This activity allows you to cross ravines, waterfalls and admire the Vermont mountains in the distance while pedaling suspended from century-old maple trees.

An unusual activity to try!

Quebec for contemplatives

Beaches

Abitibi

Lac Faillon beach is a large stretch of white sand bordered by superior water quality. The mythical sunset depicted on the health insurance card was captured at this very spot.

Lac St-Jean

Pointe-Taillon beach, in the Sépaq national park, offers 15 km of sandy shoreline to cool off on. Swimming is supervised in some places.

Saguenay Lac Saint Jean Quebec

Gaspésie

The beach at Carleton-sur-Mer is an open secret and for good reason: a calm and warm sea to relax in.

Magdalen Islands

Bassin Beach may not be the prettiest beach in the Islands, but it is still unique because of its magnetic sand. To make children laugh, drag a (cow) magnet to collect magnetic sand, which will be attracted to the magnet as it passes. A simple activity for the little ones… while the parents relax.

Plage Bassin
Plage Bassin

Lavender fields

You don’t have to go to Provence to admire the lavender fields: the season is in full swing from July to mid-August in Quebec, like at Bleu Lavande in Standstead.

Maison Lavande in St-Eustache suggests bringing your own picnic in the fields, so be sure to save room for the famous lavender frozen yogurt.

Maison Lavande
Maison Lavande

Turquoise waters

Thetford Mines

The Vieux Black Lake Lookout is an old mine with a quarry that fills with clear, turquoise water. This is one of the 12 stops on the mining circuit that traces the mining history of the Thetford region.

Gaspésie

The Bonaventure River boasts some of the most crystal clear water in Quebec. The company Cime Aventure operates the site and offers self-guided or accompanied canoe, kayak and paddleboard excursions from a few hours to a few days.

Cimes Aventure
Cimes Aventure

The experience is worth it! The water is so clear that the boats seem to float in the air.

Ontario

As the only non-Quebec activity listed, you shouldn’t miss out on the most impressive turquoise waters in Canada, just because they’re in Ontario.

The Bruce Peninsula, a Parks Canada territory 8 hours from Montreal, offers spectacular cliffs overlooking the turquoise waters of Georgian Bay. A paradise for hikers, non-motorized water sports enthusiasts and lovers of fascinating landscapes, this place can undoubtedly rival the cards of southern Portugal.

Ontario

Check out this article for more Ontario recommendations!

Luxurious lazing around

In Paspébiac, on the Gaspé coast, is the Auberge du Parc, a thalassotherapy center that offers body treatments based on sea products, promoting health, relaxation and escape.

A haven of peace, only 75 minutes from the Percé rock. You can go there by train to discover the route without hassle.

Spa
Spa

Farniente-fiesta

At the Auberge festive le Sea Shack, the focus shifts from campfire parties to outdoor documentaries, guest speakers with environmental topics and artists in residence.

A different and very interesting program.

Quebec for culture lovers

Trois-Rivières

The old prison in Trois-Rivières offers an immersive experience in the life of prisoners of the time by featuring former inmates as guides. Forget Alcatraz, it’s in Trois-Rivières!

The visit to the historical monument can also be combined with a visit to the Pop Museum. The latter is currently showing Attache ta tuque, an incursion into Quebec popular culture, as well as Autour d’une broue, on the importance of beer in Quebec society.

Magdalen Islands

The Mi-carême Museum, a tradition little known to younger generations, continues in the village of Fatima.

This festival combines costumes, music and joie de vivre. The visit allows you to immerse yourself in the festive spirit of Halloween with a religious foundation!

Isle-aux-Grues

The Isle-aux-Grues museum exhibits the life of the islanders from yesterday to today. A large place is dedicated to the ice canoe, which was for a long time the only means of transport to reach the continent.

A section of the museum is also dedicated to the islander by adoption, Jean-Paul Riopelle, with a retrospective of his life.

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