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Best time of year to visit Quebec

June through September and December through February are the best time to visit Quebec as these periods are packed with celebrations like summer Pow Wows and Winter Carnival. You can watch the maple sap boiling into syrup and taste maple taffy between March and May when maple sugar shacks welcome visitors. Summer months are full of outdoor activities like hiking, whale watching, and kayaking. Throngs of tourists during summer is a usual occurrence so try to book your hotel at least three weeks in advance. Indian summer will surprise you with fantastic landscapes and bargain prices on accommodation. Winter cold shouldn't get you down as there is are lots of experiences like ice fishing, Northern Lights watching, climbing the frozen falls, or tasting tourtiere in Quebec.

14 THINGS TO DO IN QUEBEC (JUNE 17 - JUNE 26)

Pow Wow

Pow Wow

May–August • event

See the unique annual celebration of the First Nations dedicated to the awakening of nature

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

June–September • nature

Whether you watch from the boat or stay on shore, Quebec's whale observation is one of the best around the globe

Montmorency Falls Zipline

Montmorency Falls Zipline

late May–early October • activity

If watching the waterfall from the land sounds too boring, try flying right in front of it

St. Jean Baptiste Day

St. Jean Baptiste Day

June 24 • event

Quebec's national holiday celebrates the longest day of the year

Train de Charlevoix

Train de Charlevoix

mid-June–mid-October • activity

Experience a railway trip around the most hardly accessible parts of Quebec

Snow Crab

Snow Crab

April–August • food

With a beginning of the snow crab season, the seafood restaurants of Quebec become very popular

Rafting

Rafting

late April–late October • activity

This exciting outdoor experience offers nature at its grandest

Berries from Île d'Orléans

Berries from Île d'Orléans

June–September • food

The "Garden of Quebec" invites everyone to enjoy the summer berries

Atlantic Puffins

Atlantic Puffins

April–August • nature

Meet Quebec's sea parrots, one of the most charismatic bird species

Summer Hiking

Summer Hiking

June–September • activity

Grab a backpack and сonquer the mountain peaks all summer long

Via Ferrata Climbing

Via Ferrata Climbing

June–October • activity

With a great number of parks, Quebec can offer more than a dozen locations to try this thrilling summer activity

Kayaking Through Saguenay Fjord

Kayaking Through Saguenay Fjord

mid-June–September • activity

The largest fjord in eastern North America, only three hours from Quebec City

Golf Season

Golf Season

May–October • activity

Quebec is one of top golf destinations in Canada, it offers the best packages for players of all levels

River Surfing

River Surfing

June–August • activity

Montreal is also famous for its perpetual waves on the St. Lawrence River all summer long

35 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Montreal Cirque Festival

Montreal Cirque Festival

July 05–15, 2018 • event

The best circus performers from all around the globe perform right in streets of this city

The Montréal Jazz Festival (Le Festival de Jazz de Montréal)

The Montréal Jazz Festival (Le Festival de Jazz de Montréal)

June 28–July 07, 2018 • event

Visit the world's largest jazz festival listed in the Guinness Book of World Records

New France Festival (Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France)

New France Festival (Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France)

August 01–05, 2018 • event

Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the colonial age and celebrate everything French

Quebec Winter Carnival (Carnaval de Québec)

Quebec Winter Carnival (Carnaval de Québec)

February 01–17, 2019 • event

This winter wonderland is considered to be one of the world's biggest snow events

Maple Taffy

Maple Taffy

March–April • food

Real Quebecois make maple syrup lollipops with snow

International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

August 11–19, 2018 • event

Check out the largest hot air balloon festival in Canada with more than 125 balloons from all around the world

Grands Prix Cyclistes

Grands Prix Cyclistes

September 09, 2018 • event

Since 2010 this race in Montréal and Québec City has become one of the major sports events in the region

Montreal Nuit Blanche

Montreal Nuit Blanche

March 02, 2019 • event

Among other beautiful nights in Montreal, there is one that will definitely be remembered

Foresta Lumina

Foresta Lumina

June 15–October 13, 2018 • activity

Feel the magic of an art project that comes alive at night

Osheaga Music Festival

Osheaga Music Festival

August 03–05, 2018 • event

The world's seventh top grossing festival draws over 130,000 devoted fans from all over North America and Europe

Igloofest

Igloofest

January 17–February 02, 2019 • event

The festival that brings best DJs together to warm up cold Montreal winter

Baby Seals

Baby Seals

late February–early March • nature

Check out these heart-melting scenes from life of harp seals in their natural habitat

Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival

Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival

August 29–September 02, 2019 • event

Dozens of balloons of all shapes and colors are launched at the amusement park

Ice Canoeing

Ice Canoeing

mid-December–early March • activity

Try this if you are brave enough and have high cold resistance

Canadian Grand Prix Montreal

Canadian Grand Prix Montreal

June 07–09, 2019 • event

Have yourself an excellent trackside experience!

Cranberry Harvest

Cranberry Harvest

mid-September to mid-October • nature

Visit the red fruit carpet rolling—an extraordinary harvest on water

Ice Cider Apple Picking

Ice Cider Apple Picking

January • food

The ice apple orchards of Quebec surprise with their mid-winter harvest

Just for Laughs Comedy Festival

Just for Laughs Comedy Festival

July 11–29, 2018 • event

Meet your favourite comedians and sitcom stars around Montreal during the summer

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

October–March • nature

The northern parts of Quebec feature Aurora Borealis during the cold period

Dog Sledding

Dog Sledding

December–March • activity

As soon as winter begins in Quebec, dog sledding is practiced in every corner of the region

Indian Summer

Indian Summer

late September • nature

When the days are getting shorter and colder, Quebec landscapes explode with colors

Snow Geese Spring Migration

Snow Geese Spring Migration

late March–mid-May • nature

This show is perfectly suitable for amateur birdwatchers, as it will let you see birds in their natural habitat and in a very convenient way

Les Grands Feux Loto-Québec (Fireworks Festival)

Les Grands Feux Loto-Québec (Fireworks Festival)

August 08–25, 2018 • event

Dance under the fireworks at this incredible summer festival in the heart of Quebec City

Snow Geese Fall Migration

Snow Geese Fall Migration

late September–late October • nature

Hundreds of thousands of snow geese cover the skies in Quebec and you should see this phenomenon at least once in a lifetime

Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing

January–February • activity

Pêche blanche—this tradition that comes from the indigenous people is an unusual winter activity

Hôtel de Glace (Ice Hotel)

Hôtel de Glace (Ice Hotel)

January 03–March 24, 2019 • activity

Spend a night in an ice castle like a Disney character

Dîner en Blanc Montréal

Dîner en Blanc Montréal

June 03, 2018 • event

When thousands of people have a chic dinner all together

Christmas

Christmas

December 24–December 26 • event

Enjoy the unforgettable atmosphere of a small European city right in the middle of Canada

Winter Hiking

Winter Hiking

December–February • activity

See how the main Quebec attractions look under a carpet of snow

Tourtiere

Tourtiere

late December • food

This well-known meal is especially delicious in Quebec region as a part of Christmas réveillon

Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard

June 24–September 03, 2018 • event

This unique and entertaining tradition can be observed in Quebec City

Climbing the Frozen Montmorency Falls

Climbing the Frozen Montmorency Falls

January–February • activity

Tough, cold, and exhausting but well worth the effort

Montreal Rock 'n' Roll Oasis Marathon

Montreal Rock 'n' Roll Oasis Marathon

September 22–23, 2018 • event

Choose your route and enjoy the run

Casino du Lac‑Leamy Sound of Light Show

Casino du Lac‑Leamy Sound of Light Show

August 04–18, 2018 • event

Five amazing pyrotechnic performances over the Ottawa River

Montreal Christmas Market

Montreal Christmas Market

November 30–December 23, 2018 • event

A charming fair which reflects rich European Christmas traditions