Québec City at its Best

Your Complete Guide to a Colourful Thanksgiving Weekend

Credit: Guy Lessard

The fall colours in the Québec City Area will be at their peak during the Thanksgiving long weekend (October 12–14 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 a stay in Québec City.

Breathtaking Sights

Parc national jacques cartier fall Credit: Sepaq, Luc Rousseau Zoom

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.

For active outings, The Great Colour Adventure at Mont-Sainte-Anne has a fun and festive vibe, with lots of activities held the whole weekend. At Massif de Charlevoix, the Massif en Couleurs event will be an opportunity to try the new mountain bike trails.

An Inspiring Cultural Outing

Passages Insolites Credit: Robert Greffard Zoom

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

Fun Family Activities

Apple picking Credit: Jeff Frenette Photography Zoom

  • 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.
  • Sarbayä par Arbraska : 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.

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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