Things to do in Quebec City
The capital of Quebec and its second-largest city, Quebec City is one
of Canada's most historic and fascinating cities. In fact, Quebec City
is one of the oldest cities in North America and it still boasts the
only remaining city walls that still exist in the Americas outside of
Mexico. The city is also a cultural hub and is home to a thriving art
and theatre scene.
Sports and Outdoors Activities
Whether you're looking for relaxation or adventure, Quebec City's parks
and green spaces have a lot to offer. Just north of Quebec City is the Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier, a perfect destination for hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, and rafting. The Portneuf and Laurentians wildlife reserves are also a great place to get away from it all and have excellent camping facilities.
With over 400 kilometers of bike paths, Quebec City is a cyclist's dream city. If mountain biking is more your speed, the Portneuf, Cote-de-Beaupre, Ile d'Orleans and Jacques-Cartier
areas all offer outstanding mountain biking and bike paths. You can
also take your road bike for a relaxing tour through the countryside.
In the winter, there is still plenty to do in and around Quebec City. Quebec's Winter Carnival
takes place each year from late January until Mid-February. The huge
event features sleigh rides, outdoor movies, snow sculpture, ice
skating, and more. Nearby Mont-Sainte-Anne is one of
eastern North America's best winter resorts and is a fantastic place to
ski or snowboard. From early January until April, the legendary Hotel de Glace opens its doors. This 36-room hotel is made entirely of ice.
Arts and Culture
Quebec City is best loved for its history and heritage. The walls of Old
Quebec are even designated a UNESCO world heritage site. Also
well-worth seeing are the Plains of Abraham (the "birthplace of Canada"), the Governor General of Canada's Official Residence, and the Quebec Parliament Building.
Quebec City is also the perfect place for art lovers of all kinds. The Musee national des beaux-arts du
Quebec exhibits works from such hugely important artists as Rodin,
Picasso, and Monet, as well as Canadian art such as works from Inuit and
First Nations artists. Quebec City's contemporary theatre festival, Carrefour international de Theatre, runs from late May to mid-June and attracts some of the best theatre productions in the province.
Places to Volunteer in Quebec City
Volunteering is a great way to make new contacts, gain work
experience, and create positive change in your community. Here are some
Quebec organizations that may need volunteers:
- Adaptavie Inc.
- Fondation du Musee de la Civilisation/Museological Complex of Civilization
- Fondation du Musee National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec
- Institut St-Joseph Inc./St-Joseph Institut Inc.
- La Société littéraire et historique de Québec/Literary and Historical Society of Quebec
- Musee National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec
- Opera de Quebec Inc.