When to Visit Quebec City

by SmarterTravel Staff

Located on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, Quebec City is a year-round vacation destination. The summer is the most popular time to visit because of sunny weather and school vacations.

Many people also visit in the off-season for the Winter Carnival and a variety of snow sports such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on the Plains of Abraham. Fall brings colorful foliage and outdoor recreational activities in the nearby forests. Spring sees mild and wet weather, but March and April are peak months for maple sugaring (when the sugar shacks boil the sap and transform it into syrup and treats).

  • high season: July to September
  • low season: April, November to December
  • shoulder season: January to March, May to June, October

Weather Information

Quebec City experiences four distinct seasons. Summer can be warm, especially in July and August. Fall brings pleasant and cooler weather. Winter can be chilly, even cold, with heavy snow in February and March. Spring brings occasional showers and mild temperatures.

Crowd Information

The summer tends to be the busiest time to visit. Many festivals also attract large crowds, including the Carnaval de Québec in January and February, the Quebec City Summer Festival in July, and the Quebec City SAQ New France Festival in August.

Closure Information

Hotels, restaurants, and most attractions remain open year-round.

When to Save

The least expensive times to visit are in the early spring and late fall, while prices rise in the high season because of an increase in demand.

Information provided by Québec City Tourism.

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