Top 10 Quebec Summer Vacation Spots

There’s no denying that July and August are the two prime summer vacay months for families. If you’re wise enough to have decided to spend this year’s getaway exploring the stunning sites and unique activities the province of Quebec is known and loved for, do consider these top 10 stellar suggestions. Spoiler alert: you’ll need to hop behind the wheel.

1-Mont Tremblant, just an hour and a half from Montreal by car, is well worth the trip, even if you’re traveling from further away. Dubbed the “crown jewel” of the Laurentians, this spectacular spot’s got the glorious Mont Tremblant itself to show for it, pristine lakes, and beautiful river-run land. Hikers, cyclists, golfers, water-sports fans, and outdoor enthusiasts: this one’s a summer paradise.

2-If you’re more in the mood for a summer-in-the-city kind of reprieve, head to history-rich Quebec City’s Hotel Terrasse Dufferin. Built in 1830 in the heart of today’s Old Quebec, prepare for a mind-blowing view of the majestic Saint Lawrence River and Château Frontenac, among many other fascinating places to go and people to see.

3-Road trip it to the Saguenay and set your eyes on one of the world’s oldest geological formations, the stunning Saguenay Fjord—carved by glaciers over a billion years ago. And Saguenay National Park’s majestic and enchanting hiking trails extend for over 120 km!

4-Recognized by National Geographic as one of Canada’s 50 must-visit places, the Gaspésie, huddled between sea and mountain, is an iconic region that offers visitors maritime culture, nature walks, sea adventures, fresh lobster, bird, caribou and whale watching—not to mention the legendary Percé Rock, and 4 national parks.

5-Renovated in 2017, the Rimouski Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse National Historic Site in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region is guaranteed to be a fascinating trip for all ages. Complete with a shipwreck exhibition, and publicly accessible submarine!

6-For gorgeous landscapes, quaint villages, rich farmland, and very friendly people, head on out to the Eastern Townships. Wine-lovers: follow the Brome-Missisquoi Wine Route. There are 22 vineyards along the way, plus hotels, restaurants, agritourism sites, arts and culture events, and outdoor attractions for the kids.

7-Let it flow at the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, just a few minutes from Québec City. Higher even than Niagara Falls, these 83-meter falls can be discovered on foot, by cable car, or from the gourmet restaurant. Accommodations a-plenty.

8-The City of MontLaurier is the Upper Laurentians’ regional capital. Take your fam to stay at the Village Windigo Resort. Set on the shores of Baie du Windigo on Baskatong Reservoir, this rustic-chic throng of upscale cottages is located a couple km from the Montagne du Diable Regional Park. Expect a beach view and fun waterfront activities.

9-Check out the Blueberry Lake Resort in Labelle, just 20 minutes from Mont Tremblant. The beautiful log cabins are inspiring, the scenery is stunning, and there are plenty of activities. Some are free, like kayaking and the steam room. And others, like the hot tub or the spa are a little extra but so worth it.

10-If you’re more of the journey-is-the-destination type, here’s a bright idea: pack your family and your gear into the car and hug the shoreline for a few hours northeast of Quebec City. From ancient churches like the Ste Anne de Beaupré Basilica, to numerous charming B&Bs and pubs, to rich historic sites and whale watching opportunities, you won’t have a moment to second guess your trajectory.