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Day trips to the Pakleni Islands

Our most recommended Quebec City Day trips to the Pakleni Islands

Quebec: Grosse Île & Irish Immigrant Memorial Day Trip

1. Quebec: Grosse Île & Irish Immigrant Memorial Day Trip

On your day tour of Grosse Île you’ll meet period figures who will tell you about the daily lives of the immigrants and employees that resided in this quarantine station. Experience what the immigrants must have felt when they entered the disinfection building, and learn about medicine and immigration procedures here during the 19th and 20th centuries. You can choose to walk or hop on the tourist trolley to visit the central part of the island and the village where the quarantine station employees lived. Continue on to the hospital sector at the easternmost point of the island to visit the Lazaretto. Take a walk along the Mirador Trail and admire the views of the Isle-aux-Grues archipelago, taking in the natural treasures that await you at every turn. Retrace the footsteps of the Irish immigrants or linger a while at the memorial and think about what they experienced as they arrived in Canada. Departure is from Berthier-sur-Mer, on the South Shore of the St. Lawrence River. The cruise lasts about 45 minutes. You remain on the island for about 4 hours. The return trip to Berthier-sur-Mer is at a set time, and also lasts about 45 minutes.

Quebec City: 1-Hour Express Double-Decker Bus Tour

2. Quebec City: 1-Hour Express Double-Decker Bus Tour

Make the most of your time in Quebec City and the later days of summer with an express orientation tour. Admire the historic Old Quebec, the Plains of Abraham, and the lively street, Grand Allée on a 1-hour tour. Climb aboard an open-top double-decker bus for an introduction to this world-famous city. Departing from the center of Old Quebec, you'll experience firsthand the European charm of the first French settlement in North America. Discover Quebec's historic charm on a delightful route that showcases the Old Town, the historic Plains of Abraham that serve as the lungs of Québec City, and Grand Allée - one of the most colorful streets in Quebec City.

Quebec City: Whale Watching Excursion with Bus Transfer

3. Quebec City: Whale Watching Excursion with Bus Transfer

Discover the wonder of whale watching on a day trip from Quebec City. Benefit from comfortable round-trip transport by bus, and the choice between a big boat or zodiac whale watching excursion.  After morning pickup, depart Quebec City for the beautiful area of Baie-Sainte-Catherine, near Tadoussac. Sit back and relax on the scenic drive. On arrival to Baie-Sainte-Catherine, you’ll board either a big boat or be outfitted for your zodiac experience.  The big boat offers inside and outside seating, a covered roof, restrooms, observation platform, a boutique, and a cafeteria. The zodiac offers a more intimate and adventurous encounter, as you observe the whales from water level. Your bilingual guides on either vessel will be more than happy to share information about the whales and surrounding area. Help the naturalist, the captain, the crew, and the other passengers spot the giants of the sea.  Breathe in the fresh air and admire the North Shore of the St. Lawrence River as well as the tiny island of Ile Rouge or the lighthouse "Phare Au Fond Prince." After your 2.5- to 3-hour excursion, board the bus for the return journey. Tour concludes with drop-off in Quebec City.

Ile d'Orleans: Electric Bike Rental

4. Ile d'Orleans: Electric Bike Rental

Pick up your bike at the rental shop at Motel Ile d'Orleans, close to the island's bridge. Upon arrival, you’ll get a safety introduction, and you can take your bike for a quick test ride. Enjoy a smooth ride on these modern electric bikes that allow you to cycle the island with ease. Before heading out on your ride, you will receive a map with a personalized route to help you discover Île d'Orléans. You also have the option to choose your own route as you go; this is a self-guided tour and the opportunity for discovery is endless. Plan between 3 to 5 hours for your cycling tour, including several stops along the way. Enjoy the option to stop for tastings of local farm products along the way, learn about the island’s history from the beginning of its colonization, and admire one of the region’s most beautiful landscapes. During your ride, you'll enjoy spectacular views over the Saint-Lawrence-River with endless opportunities to take great photos.

Quebec City: 15, 30, or 45-Minute Scenic Helicopter Tour

5. Quebec City: 15, 30, or 45-Minute Scenic Helicopter Tour

Experience Quebec city from above on a breathtaking helicopter tour. Choose your own adventure with 3 unique tour options. Tours depart from a heliport near Jean Lesage International Airport, located just 20 minutes from downtown Quebec. Your flight duration depends on your selected option. Choose the "City" tour for a taste of Quebec's historic attractions, including the famous Château Frontenac, then fly over the vast St. Lawrence River to the bridges. Opt for the most popular "City and River" option to include Quebec City, the St. Lawrence River, Montmorency Falls, and Île d’Orléans on your flight. Alternatively, explore further and see more on an extended "City and Mountains" tour that sends you soaring over the historic city, the St. Lawrence River, and beyond to Montmorency Falls, Île d’Orléans, and the breathtaking outlying mountains.

Île d'Orléans: Food Tasting and Cultural E-bike Tour

6. Île d'Orléans: Food Tasting and Cultural E-bike Tour

Meet your local tour guide at the Motel Ile d'Orleans, close to the island's bridge. Upon arrival, you'll receive detailed safety introduction and the chance to try the electric bikes in the parking lot. Your small group will follow the guide along the sidewalk of Chemin Royal, as there is no bike path on Ile d'Orleans. The tour is about 20 km and will take about 3 hours, taking you to the island's most beautiful village, St. Petronille. The first stop is the Gosselin farm. You'll taste the famous Strawberries of Ile d'Orleans and learn about local agriculture. You'll then visit the gardens of Charles E. L. Porteous' French manor, built in 1898. Your guide will underline the important role this building played through history. Heading further, you'll reach St.Petronille with its picturesque streets. At the Chocolaterie, in the village's heart, take a break from cycling and stroll on the St.Lawrence River's banks instead, enjoying the fantastic view of Quebec's skyline and ice cream dipped in home-made chocolate! Back on the bikes, take advantage of the powerful engine getting on top of the street, where the St. Petronille winery is waiting for you. Here, you can taste some of the island's best wines. On the way back, we'll enjoy beautiful perspectives of the St. Lawrence River and the Montmorency waterfalls. Be sure to take plenty of faboulous pictures. You'll leave beautiful Ile d'Orleans with great memories of an active day.

Quebec City: Jacques-Cartier National Park Snowshoeing Tour

7. Quebec City: Jacques-Cartier National Park Snowshoeing Tour

Discover the winter landscape of Quebec during a day-trip outside the city in the snowy countryside. Leave the transport to the experts and benefit from round-trip transport from downtown Quebec City to Jacques-Cartier National Park. Discover the Park from a different perspective on a fun, low-impact outdoor winter activity.  Board the bus and enjoy the wintery scenery on the 30-minute drive to the park. At Jacques-Cartier National Park, receive all your equipment and your guide will explain easy-to-follow techniques. No experience is needed - if you can walk, you can snowshoe. This is a fun activity for active travelers. Follow your guide along quiet trails, experiencing winter beauty. Have plenty of opportunities to stop for photos and rest breaks. Explore the valley of Belleau Creek, admire the splendor of the Laurentian Mountains, and walk along the Sautauriski River. Discover the forest, look out for wildlife and learn about the area from your local guide. Wildlife can be easier to spot in the winter landscape. Stop at a heated tent for lunch and a refreshing hot drink.

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What people are saying about Quebec City

Good bikes, the staff working the bike rentals are very knowledgeable about the area. Getting there and back to Quebec City is a challenge without a car but the staff was very helpful in getting us a ride back to the city.

Our bus tour was booked for 10:30AM and we were late for a trip. Next bus was at 11AM and bus driver was very nice and called the office to transfer our reservation for 11.

What a great experience!!! Our pilot Simon was amazing, friendly and very nice! 10/10 would recommend this activity to others.

The boat was fun and the guides were terrific. It was very well organized and very educational.

We learned so much and enjoyed the day great value