Québec City at its Best

Your Complete Guide to a Colourful Thanksgiving Weekend

Credit: Guy Lessard

Updated on September 21, 2017 - The fall colours in the Québec City Area will be at their peak during the Thanksgiving long weekend (October 7–9 this year in Canada). It’s the perfect time to take a stroll through the streets of Old Québec or enjoy the great outdoors in the dazzling beauty of the local forests. Here are some fun things to do during your stay in Québec City.

Breathtaking Sights

The fall colours are at their most brilliant during the Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend. Plus, the Québec City Area has loads of fun fall activities. It’s the perfect time to head out into the woods for a favourite outdoor activity and a boost of energy before winter arrives.

Inspiring Cultural Outings

Hergé in Québec City: This exhibition has been getting rave reviews, drawing over 200,000 visitors to Musée de la civilisation in a matter of months. Don’t miss your chance to get up close and personal with Tintin, the intrepid and world‑famous reporter, before he heads back to Belgium on October 22.

Free Admission at Parks Canada Sites: Everyone gets in free at the national historic sites managed by Parks Canada. Discover a whole different side of Québec at one of the four historic sites in the heart of the city.

Unusual Passages: Make the most of the weekend and the brilliant fall colours by exploring this outdoor art exhibition, which closes at the end of October. The photo ops alone are worth the trip!

Echoes of Vimy: The Citadelle Museum honours the centenary of an illustrious battle that saw Canada’s four divisions fighting together to recapture Vimy Ridge from the Germans. See each phase of the battle of Vimy Ridge and learn about its repercussions back home in Canada.

Fun Family Activities

Halloween Decorations on the Plains of Abraham: Have fun with the kids and give them a sneak preview of Halloween at Joan of Arc Garden, a historic gem nestled in the Battlefields Park. The garden is gorgeous in the fall and is decked out for Halloween all October long, with spooky props and spookier tales from the annals of the Plains of Abraham.

Nature-Adventure Sarbayä Park : Looking for adventure? Head to Nature-Adventure Park Sarbayä and go swinging through the trees on their zip line trail, strung up between earth and sky in Québec City’s biggest natural park.

Apple picking: Apple picking is a popular activity among locals at this time of the year. There are many orchards where you can enjoy this sweet activity in a beautiful setting.

Bird Banding at Cap-Tourmente: Follow biologists on their daily bird‑banding activities and get a close look at dozens of different species. A nature guide will be on hand to explain how the banding works. Admission is free this year for Canada 150! 

The Great Color Adventure: With a pumpkin hunt, bouncy games, mountain biking, and plenty of fun surprises for the whole family, Mont Sainte‑Anne is one of the best places around to enjoy the glories of fall. 

More suggestions

First time in Québec City? Use our handy 3‑day itinerary to help you plan your trip!

Our complete Thanksgiving holiday calendar is also full of great ideas to help you plan your weekend.

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