Québec City at its Best
Best Outdoor Activities to Experience Québec’s Stunning Fall Foliage
Driving in Québec in autumn can be more dangerous than in winter as the fall foliage transforms the city into a destination worthy of the hashtag, #naturesbeauty. Vibrant golden yellow, rustic orange and ruby red; the colours of fall will take your breath away, and it will be almost impossible to visit the city (and its surrounds) without taking an obscene amount of photos.
The best way to experience the fall foliage is to spend as much times outdoors as possible. While walking along the Samuel-De Champlain Promenade or the Plains of Abrahram is recommended, try outdoor sports and activities for true immersion.
1 Hike Among the Trees
When it comes to nature, Québec is the land of milk and honey. While hiking is recommended year round, autumn is by far the best for those who love vibrant colours, slightly cooler weather and less people on the trails. Here are some of the best trails to hike during your time in Québec.
2 Create Your Own Cycling Tour de Québec
Not all of us can be professional cyclists, but with good roads and breathtaking scenery, anyone can rent a bicycle and explore outside the city. Cycle around Île d’Orléans, stop for chocolate-dipped cones, cheese and fresh fruits; and make time to admire the fall foliage as it blankets Mont-Saint-Anne. Cycle Chemin du Roy (HWY 138) which stretches from Montréal to Québec City. A delightful journey that includes quaint towns, historic sites, beautiful churches and gourmet food. Challenge yourself to explore as many bike paths in the Québec Region as you possibly can.
3 Swing Through the Trees
Set out for a day at Sarbayä (located close to downtown) or Arbraska Duchesnay. Zip your way through the golden yellow, burnt orange and ruby red leaves. Walk along boardwalks suspended high among the treetops. There are several courses to choose from, including a few that are child friendly.
4 Get An Adrenaline High On a Mountain Bike
Adrenaline, challenging trails and colourful scenery abound just outside Québec City. Barrel down the downhill and cross-country trails on Mont-Sainte-Anne - and if possible, make time for the Great Colour Adventure! Venture up to St-Raymond to ride the trails at Vallée-Bras-du-Nord or go to Lac-Beauport to try out the 35 km of trails at Sentiers du Moulin, a favourite among the locals of Québec!
5 Soar Your Way to New Heights
You don’t have to be an experienced climber or hiker to partake in Québec’s Via Ferratta experiences. In case you’re not familiar, Via Ferratta is a cross between hiking and climbing and usually involves shimming along thick cables stretched across gorgeous gorges. Head to Canyon Sainte-Anne for one of the best Via Ferratta experience in the region, or, if you’re a bit nervous, try their Air Canyon which is a delightful seated experience. Montmorency Falls Park is also an excellent site for Via Ferratta and offers breathtaking views of the waterfalls.
6 Paddle Through #naturesbeauty
Journey to Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier, just half an hour outside the city, and spend a day kayaking or canoeing down the Jacques-Cartier River. Be warned, there is a good chance you won’t want to leave the river as it is quiet peaceful and especially beautiful in autumn. If you feel so inclined, bring a GoPro or waterproof camera.