Quebec City is gorgeous anytime of the year, be it under a fresh layer of snow or during a warm summer night. But according to locals, it just doesn’t get better than in autumn, when the leaves turn into all shades of red and yellow, where the air is crisp and where the daytime only gets more precious. If you aren’t quite ready to the notoriously harsh Canadian winters, perhaps visiting in the fall would be a good compromise. Let’s see what visitors can do in Quebec City in autumn.
Go Play Outside
Remember what your mom used to tell you when you were a kid? Turns out, she was right. Being outside is so much fun! Especially in Quebec City. You can opt to go on a day trip to Montmorency Falls, hiking or mountain biking in the Jacques-Cartier National Park, or test your fear of heights at the Sainte-Anne Canyon.
If you are not much of an adventurous person and would rather stick to urban strolls, do not fret. Quebec City has a lot of green spaces and quaint areas that are just begging to be discovered and photographed, like the Plaines d’Abraham, the Citadelle, the winding streets of Old Quebec, the Domaine de Maizerets or the Saint-Charles River linear park.
Go on a Ile d’Orléans Tour
Few things in life taste as good as lovingly-made ice cider. And one of the best places to do just that happens to be right ouside of Quebec City, on the picturesque Orleans Island. Other things to do on this island include apple picking, historical tours, wine routes and much, much more.
Go Up Mont Sainte-Anne
Quebec City’s most popular skiing mountain isn’t just for winter sports aficionados. Indeed, Mont Sainte-Anne is open year-round for mountain biking or hiking, but also offers a much-appreciated panoramic gondola service to the top in just 12 minutes for unparalleled views of the wonderful St. Lawrence River, the Orleans Island, the splendid area of Charlevoix, the Laurentides Mountains and Québec City. A great way to the famous fall foliage in full swing and in postcard format!
Go See a Football Game
The ultimate Canadian sport may be hockey, but Quebec City is definitely a football town. University football, precisely. And what would fall in North American be without university football, right? The Rouge et Or club (which translates into red and gold, the team’s official colors), seven times grand Canadian champions. The atmosphere is electric!
- Contributed by Marie-Eve Vallieres