Nature as far as the eye can see
Québec City has the good fortune of being surrounded by strikingly beautiful natural sites, including the well-known Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, Canyon Sainte-Anne and Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area, a seasonal stopover for the snow geese. The Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier, 40 km (25 mi.) to the north, offers a range of activities in the forest as well as rafting; the area surrounding the park abounds with resorts much prized by Québecers.
The pathways of history
Two tourist routes wind along the shore on either side of the city: the King’s Road (Chemin du Roy) to the west and New France Route (Route de la Nouvelle-France) to the east. They are dotted with century-old villages, heritage houses and historic churches. Another must-see for its architectural heritage and country atmosphere is Île d’Orléans, a source of inspiration for many artists.
To be discovered
The Québec City region offers lovely bike routes, particularly along the river (Corridor du littoral) in the Jacques-Cartier and Portneuf region. In all, close to 250 km (155 mi.) of bike paths are part of the Route Verte.