What to Do in Québec City in June
The Québec City region is at the yellow alert level, which means that hotels, restaurants, attractions and outdoor activities, museums, boutiques, spas, cinemas and theatres are now open!
With two fantastic Picasso exhibitions, an exciting summer program in the city’s central neighbourhoods, and car-free streets for more space, Québec City is already saying hello to summer! Here is our suggestions of activities and events that meet the current health requirements to add to your calendar for the month of June.
Take in Blockbuster Exhibitions
The Picasso. Figures exhibition is at Musée national des beaux-arts starting June 12, while the immersive Imagine Picasso exhibition takes up residence at the Québec City Convention Centre starting June 15. With two exhibitions dedicated to one of the most important artists of the 20th century, Québec City will be in a Picasso frame of mind all summer!
Over at Musée de la civilisation, there’s a fascinating exhibition on the Maya civilization, with objects that have never before been on display outside Guatemala.
The exhibitions are sure to be a big draw, so book your tickets in advance online!
Go on a Self-Guided Tour of Old Québec
Jeff Frenette Photography
Enjoy the Restaurant Dining Rooms Reopening
Restaurants in the Québec City area can now reopen their dining rooms! Last year was filled with challenges for restaurant owners and we’d just like to say: respect! Many of them showed incredible resilience in deciding to open a new restaurant despite the pandemic. Here are a few new that you should definitely try.
Pamper Yourself at a Nordic Spa or Wellness Centre
After so many months cooped up at home, it’s time to indulge in a revitalizing experience at a wellness center or Nordic spa. From massages to wraps to skin care treatments, you’ll find everything you need for an uplifting experience.
Eat at a Snack Shack
Casse-croute chez Mag
Usine à frite
Snack shacks are a venerable French Canadian tradition, and the Québec City area is no exception. Some stick to down-home staples like fries and poutine, while others, like Chez Mag on Île d’Orléans, are all about reinventing old favourites. In the Old Port, be sure to check out Roquette, a “supersonic vintage snack shack” from the team at Chez Rioux et Pettigrew.
Go for a Ride on Eastern Canada’s Biggest Mountain Biking Trail Network
Le Massif de Charlevoix. Jean-Sébastien Chartier Plante
MTBers will find plenty of places to test their skills—and their pedal power—less than an hour outside Québec City. Vallée Bras-du-Nord, Mont-Sainte-Anne, and Empire 47 all have great trails for all levels of rider, including beginners looking to try the sport, while the enduro trails at Sentiers du Moulin are the perfect place to get sendy.
The first-ever full MTB season at Massif de Charlevoix starts June 19, with impeccable downhill runs, gondola rides back up the mountain, and a breathtaking view of the St. Lawrence River.