Quebec City

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With the great outdoors at your doorstep, it’s easy to hop in a car or bus and head for the hills. Specifically, there are snow-capped ski hills in winter and lush, green hiking and biking trails in the summertime just 25 miles from the city. Shuttle buses are available to take you from the city to major ski resorts, while taxis often offer flat rates for such trips. Regardless of the season, you’ll always be treated to breathtaking scenery and magnificent natural beauty, not to mention good old-fashioned Quebecois hospitality.

Day Trips from Quebec City


Take the Gourmet Route from l’Ange-Guardien to Saint-Joachim, sampling regional specialties along the way, such as fresh produce, ice wine, foie gras, duck confit, and honey.

10 miles northeast of Old Quebec, QC,
Tags: culture | day trip | culinary | road trips | wine tasting

Erablière du Lac-Beauport

Enjoy a maple syrup-soaked meal, tour the maple tree groves, and experience traditional Quebec folk dancing and lore at this full-service sugar shack. The mountain rising above it is a spectacular sea of orange in the fall.

15 miles north of Quebec City, 200 Chemin des Lacs, QC, 418-849-0066,
Tags: culture | history | day trip | culinary

Ice Hotel

You needn’t spend the night to enjoy this enormous, luxurious igloo. Visit the courtyard spa, sip a drink “in” the rocks (in glasses made of ice) at the bar, or try ice fishing nearby.

40 miles northwest of Quebec City, 143 Route Duchesnay Pavillon Regie, QC, 418-875-4522,
Tags: family | smart splurge | day trip | adventure

L’Ile d’Orleans

Rich in local history, this small island also boasts bike paths, golf courses, and dogsledding. Chowhounds will be pleased to find fruit picking, a fromagerie, two chocolatiers, and five cider houses.

6 miles southwest of Old Quebec, QC,
Tags: golf | island | history | day trip | culinary | adventure

Le Massif

This riverside resort is set apart from the pack: here, you can access runs near the summit, which has the highest vertical drop east of the Canadian Rockies. With 48 interconnected trails and glades set beneath three distinct peaks (all blessed by abundant snowfall), there's a run for every experience level. See our Le Massif Travel Guide

Charlevoix, QC, 877-536-2774,
Tags: skiing | day trip

Mont Sainte-Anne

More than just the best ski resort in the area, it also features hiking, paragliding, mountain biking, and golf in the summertime.

25 miles northeast of Quebec City, QC,
Tags: golf | biking | skiing | day trip | adventure

Montmorency Falls

Nearly a hundred feet higher than Niagara Falls, this powerful waterfall can be viewed from a suspension bridge, cable car, or an adjacent bluff accessible via 487 stairs.

7 miles northeast of Quebec City, QC,
Tags: family | hiking | day trip | adventure


Formerly known as Huron Village, this enclave within the city is home to the Huron-Wendat First Nations people. Experience native food, art and culture. A traditional meeting or powwow is held each summer.

6 miles northeast of downtown Quebec, QC,
Tags: culture | history | day trip | adventure

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