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30 Reasons to Spend the Labour Day Weekend in Québec City

Credit: Jeff Frenette Photography

Labour Day is the call to roll up our sleeves and get back to reality after summer vacation. Luckily, there’s tons of activities and amazing events happening in Québec City from September 1 to 4, making it the perfect place for a last sun‑soaked hurrah. Here are 30 reasons you need to come to Québec City for the long weekend.

  1. To explore and rediscover Old Québec while giving your Instagram account a major boost. Share your memories with us: #QuebecRegion.

  2. To try new wines at the Bordeaux Wine Festival in Québec City while enjoying a fabulous location, Espace 400e, in Québec City’s Old Port.

  3. To attend one of the last performances of Crépuscule – Vents & marées, a free outdoor circus show presented at the Agora Port de Québec in the Old Port.

  4. To toast the end of summer on one of the best patios in Québec City.

  5. To go tubing down the Jacques Cartier River at Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier, a provincial park in a spectacular glacier valley.

  6. To taste culinary creations by 11 top Québec City chefs, inspired by Aboriginal cuisine and cooked up for À la rencontre des grands chefs at Château Frontenac.

  7. To try a free Zumba class (September 2 at 1 p.m.) in Baie de Beauport, relax on the beach, and go SUPing!

  8. To try one of the hottest restaurants in Québec City. Best book ahead!

  9. To wander through the Petit Champlain District, Place Royale, and the Old Port and see Passages Insolites, a public outdoor exhibition with nine different installations. It’s oh‑so Instagram friendly!

  10. To try a super‑sized slip‑n‑fly during the Slide X Event at Lac‑Beauport’s Centre Acrobatx. It’s really, really big.

  11. To try delicious black currant confections and take a gourmet break at La Monaguette Restaurant, part of the Cassis Monna & Filles estate.

  12. To enjoy a festive brunch at Bonne Entente Hotel’s MC Lounge with bottomless white wine, red wine, and Prosecco!

  13. To power up with a free yoga session (September 2-3 at 10 a.m.) at Place d’Youville.

  14. To get a good deal on a great meal at Burger Week 2017.

  15. To discover a latent love of salsa at the Rooftop Party by the Hilton Québec pool during the Quebec International Salsa Festival.

  16. To see the new TD Public Art Walk in the magnificent gardens at Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. While you’re at it, visit the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion and catch an exhibition dedicated to the work of American photographer Philippe Halsman.

  17. To take afternoon tea in a sumptuous décor at Château Frontenac’s Champlain Restaurant.

  18. To have a lobster roll and a glass of white wine at Panache Mobile, in the vineyard of Vignoble Sainte-Pétronille. Bonus: You’ll have a great view of the Montmorency Falls.
     
  19. To run the Color Vibe 5K at Mont-Sainte-Anne. It's like a summer neon ski‑on!

  20. To have a major cultural experience at MondoKarnaval. 45 shows, 40 countries, and 600 artists!

  21. To hear a wildlife concert under a blanket of stars at Forêt Montmorency, with musicians in canoes riffing on melodies from the surrounding forest.

  22. To have a sweet treat at one of the best ice cream spots around. Bonus: Chocolat Favoris has a crazy cotton‑candy‑flavoured creation that’s like the soft‑serve version of a unicorn!

  23. To delve into the world of Tintin’s creator, Hergé, at Musée de la civilisation.

  24. To feel the disco rhythms with Nico Archambault and the Saturday Night Fever gang at Le Capitole de Québec.

  25. To take a break or have a picnic in one of the prettiest pop‑up urban spaces in town.

  26. To tour the region’s top microbreweries with Broue-Tours Québec. Don’t forget to grab your passport and get it stamped. Ten stamps will earn you a free “ I drink local ” T‑shirt or beer glass.

  27. To show your colours and join the party at Fête Arc-en-ciel de Québec, a social and arts Pride Festival.

  28. To travel back in time with a visit to Québec City’s fortifications and discover what’s hiding under Dufferin Terrace. Cap off the tour by participating in a fire musket demonstration!

  29. To take a trip down memory lane with iconic singer K.D. Lang at Grand Théâtre de Québec.

  30. To do a little shopping in the Petit Champlain District. It’s quintessential Québec City. Tip: If you don’t have much time, make a beeline for Lili & Olivia. It’s gorgeous!

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