Things to do in Quebec City
Cycle back in time around île d'orléans
île d'orléans is a tiny island wedged in the middle of the mighty Saint Lawrence River. There is a 70km (43 miles) loop covering the entire island that passes 17th century stone churches and inns. Along the way there are orchards, chocolatiers and cafes to keep your energy up. Cyclo Services (tel: +1 418 692 4052; www.cycloservices.net) can supply the wheels.
Explore the craft beer scene
Brewing lager, stout and everything in between, microbreweries are mushrooming across Quebec City and a number of them congregate in the Saint-Roche neighbourhood. Sign up for a tour with Brou-tours (tel: +1 418 554 1223; https://www.broue-tours.ca/en/) to sample some of the best craft beers in the city.
Meet Batisse the Goat
Attend the Changing of the Guard ceremony at La Citadelle de Quebec (tel: +1 418 694 2815; http://www.lacitadelle.qc.ca/en/) and meet the regiment's famous mascot Batisse the Goat prancing around the parade grounds. The ceremony takes place daily at 10am between June and the first Monday of September.
Ride an old-school toboggan
Set your pulse racing by taking to a wooden toboggan slide while reaching a speed of 70km per hour - and enjoying it right in the heart of the city shows the quirky side of Quebec City. Sat right by the iconic Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Au 1884 (tel: +1 418 528 1884; http://www.au1884.ca/en/) offers toboggan slide from mid-December to mid-March, weather permitting.
Try urban ice fishing
Put on a parka and head to Village Nordik’s (tel: +1 418 692 0002; https://www.villagenordik.com) inflatable igloo at the Port of Quebec for a fun-filled day of ice fishing. Beginners and experienced anglers are welcome to try their luck fishing for trout, walleye and perch. If you’re keen to eat your freshly-caught fish, the Old Port Market can prepare them for a small fee.