Children are insatiable with activities! I don’t know if it is for you, but I find it hard to follow my seven and a half year old mini (half is so important, lol)!
What can you do with your family in the Greater Quebec City area this fall? Here are my 19 best things to do!
1. Pick apples
I love to pick apples and I LOVE to eat them baked as apple crumble! lol
In fact, apple picking can be a great family activity: bring a blanket, a light meal, a good bottle of wine, and have a picnic! Some orchards even have play areas for kids, animals to explore, and others offer tractor rides to keep them entertained!
If you combine this with a visit to a cider factory, everyone will have a great day 😉
You can find some orchards on the south coast of Quebec, in St. Nicholas and also on the famous Ile d’Orleans!
This year we went to Allen-Demers Orchard and had a really good time! It’s a very nice little orchard.
Genest Farm is very popular with young families as it has many activities for children.
2. Visit the Citadel of Quebec
If you like history a little, you will thoroughly enjoy a visit to the Quebec Citadel. When you visit the Citadel, you will discover more than 300 years of history and enjoy incredible views of Quebec City and the St. Lawrence River.
3. The megapark in the Galeries de la Capital shopping center
I’m almost sorry to add a mall to my list of family activities, but if you live here you know how popular the Galeries de la Capital mega-park is!
In fact, the Mega Park offers 18 rides for young and old.
There is also the Patinarium, a lovely ice rink where you can take a nice ice skating path.
4. The Bora Park
The Valcartier water park is really fun! In the summer, you can easily have a nice long day on the outdoor slides and it’s really fun! Snow slides are great in winter too!
For autumn, the Bora Parc, the 102,000 m² indoor water park, is better suited for the weather. There is a large wave pool, 14+ water slides, a family pool with water features, an adventure river with multiple activities, a double surf wave, and a terrace restaurant.
5. Quebec’s Aquarium
For animal lovers, the Aquarium de Québec is a must! You can admire 10,000 marine animals: fish, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and marine mammals such as walruses!
6. The Samuel de Champlain Promenade
We love cycling on the Samuel de Champlain promenade. This bike path, which you can also rollerblade on, also has several picnic areas and playgrounds for children scattered here and there.
7. GeoRallyes in Old Quebec
This geocaching-inspired activity lets us discover many fascinating places in Old Quebec.
8. The Grand Marché of Quebec
The Grand Marché de Québec is always nice to visit for young and old connoisseurs! You can find many unique local products and flavors here.
9. Arbraska Duchesnay
Arbraska Duchesnay is an aerial adventure course with breathtaking views of Lake St. Joseph and just 30 minutes from Quebec City. There are courses for all ages, including one for 7-11 year olds, a 1000-foot zipline, and an extreme loop for the brave.
I-Saute is an indoor trampoline park and believe me: it’s really fun for all ages!
11. Montmorency Falls Park
If you want breathtaking panoramic views of a spectacular 83 meter high waterfall, then Montmorency Falls Park is for you. You can also try the zip line or via ferrata, or just go for a walk on the few easy trails, not to mention the hundreds of steps you can climb to burn off your child’s energy.
12. Chutes-de-la-Chaudière Park
Just minutes from Quebec City, Chutes-de-la-Chaudière Park has several great hiking trails that even include picnicking at the base of the falls!
We regularly spend a few hours there near home. We love it!
13. Cyclo Services
Cyclo-Services give you the opportunity to discover my beautiful city of Quebec by bike! You can either rent a bike there or take a guided tour of Quebec City.
14. Maizeret’s domain
Very nice place to go for a walk, have a picnic or even take a nap in the sun! Domaine Maizerets is nicknamed “Central Park of Quebec City”, there are beautiful playgrounds, a public swimming pool and even a maze!
15. Jacques Cartier Beach Park
And yes, Quebec City has a beach! It’s not white sand and I don’t advise you to swim in the St. Lawrence River. But in autumn with all the beautiful colored leaves in the trees, the easy to navigate path on foot or by bike, it is really a beautiful place.
If you continue your walk to Cap-Rouge, you will discover the place where Jacques Cartier founded his first colony in 1541. If you go a little further, you can refuel with a famous ice cream cone at Chocolat Favoris 😉
16. Ste Foy public market
Head to the Sainte-Foy Public Market to find fresh, local food!
17. Planes of Abraham
The plains of Abraham are very well located: close to the busy and famous Grande-Allée and its restaurants! It’s a perfect place to relax, throw the ball, and as you get closer to the National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec you’ll find a children’s playground (and swimming pool open in summer).
18. Family pitch – Jean Béliveau square
Another nice playground for the children is on Place Jean Béliveau. You are brand new!
19. Beauport Lake Outfitter
Just minutes north of Quebec City is beautiful Beauport Lake. At Beauport Lake Outfitter you have a wide variety of fall activities including fishing, horse riding, hiking and in winter you can rent a snowmobile to go ice skating or even dog sledding!
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