Quebec City’s rich history makes for plenty of immersive travel experiences. Here are three spots to try something new.
This archeological site is more than just exhibits; activities include virtual excavations and GPS-fuelled “georallies” (geocaching-inspired self-guided tours) on historical themes such as art, prisons and beer—the latter ending with an actual pint at local brewery La Barberie.
The heart of Quebec’s francophone heritage, Île d’Orléans (a large island nestled in the mouth of the St. Lawrence River) is home to many historic sites, including Maison de nos Aïeux, where you can view cultural exhibits, participate in on-theme activities (try your hand at textile arts, for instance, or a small gardening project) and, should your ancestors hail from the island’s 300 founding families, research your geneology, too.
Île d’Orléans’s maritime heritage is the main event at this park where you can become a shipwright for a day: boost your knot-tying skills, test your knowledge of various woods and learn how rowboats were made in the 19th century.
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Why to Visit Quebec City in Spring
Visiting Quebec City in the spring means there will be plenty of sunlight to keep you pounding the pavement, but mild enough that you won’t get heatstroke from too much walking. Meet local food producers at the Marché du Vieux-Port, sip craft beer in the St-Roch neighbourhood, ski at Mont-Sainte-Anne or visit a sugar shack.