Romantic Things To Do In Quebec City In The Summer

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Quebec City is undeniably the most romantic destination in Canada. With picturesque historic buildings, delicious restaurants, and exhilarating views, Quebec City offers plenty of romantic things to do for couples. Planning a honeymoon or a romantic getaway this summer? Here are 10 things that will make you fall even more in love with your significant other!

Romantic Things To Do in Quebec City in Summer

1| Explore Quebec City in a Horse Carriage

Imagine riding on a horse carriage like Cinderella. How romantic!

In Quebec City, you can do just that.

Romantic Things To Do in Quebec City in Summer

Hop on a horse carriage and explore Old Quebec in an old-fashioned way. Sit back and relax while your knowledgeable guide takes you on a journey of discovery to the iconic attractions in Quebec City.

The tours range from 30 mins to 3 hours, depending on the itinerary. Advance reservation is strongly recommended. Check here for more information.

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2| Ride the Funicular

Old Quebec is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is divided into the Upper Town and the Lower Town.

One of the best (and easiest) way to travel between the two sections is by the funicular (an old-fashioned vertical railway).

Romantic Things To Do in Quebec City in Summer

Instead of a strenuous climb, the glass-encased funicular will transport you from Petit Champlain to Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in a mere 2 mins! On top of that, it offers a unique vantage point of the St. Lawrence River as you reach the top. A single ride costs CAD$3.

Alternatively, you can use the stairs. Can you believe that Quebec City has over 30 sets of stairways linking the Upper and Lower Town? The famous Breakneck Steps are the oldest of all.

3| Take a Walk Through Quartier Petit Champlain

The Petit Champlain district is an absolute must-see in Quebec City.

Romantic Things To Do in Quebec City in Summer

This picturesque neighborhood in the Lower Town was once a small portside village with fur trading posts. Today, it is a restored shopping district and one of Old Quebec City’s most beautiful sites. With cobblestone streets lining with quaint bistros and handicraft boutiques, it seems to come straight out of a fairytale!

Romantic Things To Do in Quebec City in Summer

Strolling through this picture-perfect neighborhood, you will be enchanted by its European charm. As the first permanent French settlement in North America, it is possible to find houses of the former French colony from hundreds of years ago!

4| Enjoy a Relaxing Massage Together

Bring your love to a relaxing couples massage!

It is a great way to rekindle romance while getting pampered from head to toe.

There are a few places offering massage in Quebec City. Moment Spa provides couples treatments inside the historic Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. If you book a service with them, you are granted access to the indoor pool, hot tub, and steam room.

Siberia Station Spa is another great option. With more than 60 massage therapists on site, they offer a wide variety of services to suit your need, including Swedish, Lomi-Lomi and Thai. They are also known for their Scandinavian-style spa – a thermal experience that alternates between hot, cold and rest. This luxury spa is located outside the city (about 20 mins away) and is considered one of the best spas in Quebec.

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5| Explore Quebec City’s Hidden Culinary Gems

For those who love to eat, join a food tour!

Quebec’s cuisine is heavily influenced by the French and English. Why not partake in a food tour to help you discover the culinary history? It is a great way to experience the best food and drink Quebec City has to offer.

Romantic Things To Do in Quebec City in Summer

We recommend The Food Tour by Tours Voir Quebec. Their expert foodie guide will take you around the city and sample classic Quebec delicacies. During the 2.5-hour tour, you will get a taste of the traditional Quebecois poutine, try a savory buckwheat crepe, experience the sweetness of maple syrup, and satisfy your sweet tooth with chocolates from a local chocolate store. Come prepared because alcoholic drinks will be paired with the food. Expect to try local wines, apple cider, and Caribou, a Quebecois alcoholic beverage!

Seriously, there’s no better way to explore Quebec City than through food.

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6| Surprise Your Date with a Romantic dinner

Treat your date to a delicious dinner at one of the best restaurants in Old Quebec City!

Chez Muffy, set within the stylish Auberge Saint-Antoine, is long known among locals. The exposed stone walls and wooden beams form a warm, inviting atmosphere to experience family-style, farm-to-table dining.

Its culinary program reflects classic French Canadian cuisine with a contemporary twist. Focusing on ingredients from the hotel’s own farm on Ile d’Orleans and food from the local community, Chez Muffy highlights the delicious tastes and flavours unique to the region. Slow cooking techniques like braising, rotisserie and grilling are used to further bring out the natural flavours of the ingredients.

Chez Muffy Best Restaurant in Quebec City Canada

pan seared duck foie gras

Pan-seared duck foie gras, beef carpaccio, venison pie, and oxtail daube were some of our favourites. Each bite was a taste sensation. Remember to leave room for desserts. The chou pastry and maple pecan pie are not to be missed!

Chez Muffy Best Restaurant in Quebec City Canada

venison pie

Chez Boulay is another one of our favourites. This trendy bistro specializes in nordic-inspired cuisine. Its ever-evolving menu features fresh ingredients found in Northern Canada: Labrador tea spice, wintergreen, and birch syrup, just to name a few.

For an appetizer, we recommend cappuccino onion soup. The comforting soup is loaded with caramelized onion and melty cheese. Its deep, rich flavour will leave your taste buds yearning for more!

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meat cheek

As for the entree, the meat cheek is a must-try. Braised in red currant vinegar, the meat becomes meltingly tender and incredibly flavorful. The old-fashioned potato puree, glazed carrots, and seared mushrooms served alongside are sure to leave you feeling satisfied.

End the night with a sweet treat. Tasty desserts like sea buckthorn and meringue pie are the perfect way to cap off the unforgettable meal.

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sea buckthorn and meringue pie

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7| Impress Your Love with the Best View of Quebec City

Head over to Observatoire de la Capitale for a stunning panoramic view of the city.

Romantic Things To Do in Quebec City in Summer

Located on the 31st floor of the Marie Guyard Building, the observatory is the highest point of Quebec City. From 221m above ground, you can admire winding streets of Old Quebec, look out to St. Lawrence River, and get an obstructed view of the cityscape!

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8| Take a Leisure Bike Ride to Montmorency Falls

Looking for an outdoor activity to do together? Jump on your bike and enjoy a scenic ride to Montmorency Falls!

From downtown Quebec City, a 13 km long cycling route will lead you to the majestic Montmorency Falls. The path follows the St. Larence River and is mostly flat.

To get the most out of your trip, we recommend joining a bike tour with Cyclo Services. The local guide will explain the history and geography of Quebec City and take you to important landmarks along the way!

Bike Tour Montmorency Falls Quebec Canada

Upon arrival at Montmorency Falls, its magnificent sight and powerful force will leave you in awe. The guide will take you to various viewing platforms for photo opportunities and across the suspension bridge for a close-up view of the falls!

As you explore the falls, your guide will tell you about local history and the legend of the White Lady.

Bike Tour Montmorency Falls Quebec Canada

You will follow the same route back. This Montmorency Falls bike tour takes 4 hours so make sure you set aside enough time. If you’re worried about your physical condition, feel free to take the electric bike instead!

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9| Catch a Ferry Across St. Lawrence River

Hop on a ferry and get a unique perspective of Old Quebec City!

Board the ferry to Levis from the Lower Tower. A 12-min breezy boat ride will take you across St. Lawrence River. From the town of Levis, enjoy the breathtaking views of Old Quebec. It is especially beautiful early in the morning and at night. Check here for the schedule.

Photo Courtesy of Société des traversiers du Québec

When you’re in Levis, seize the opportunity to stop by Chocolats Favoris. This shop is recommended by our foodie guide and is known for its chocolate dipped ice cream cones and fondue!

10| Treat Yourselves to a Luxury Hotel Stay

To make your vacation even more romantic, stay at one of the luxury hotels in Quebec City.

Auberge Saint-Antoine is an award-winning contemporary boutique hotel and a proud member of the Relais & Chateaux. Located in the Old Port, the hotel seamlessly blends historic charm and modern comfort. With distinctive service and exceptional in-room amenities such as heated floors, Auberge Saint-Antoine promises to deliver a luxurious experience that pampers its guests.

Fairmont le chateau frontenac Quebec City Canada

Alternatively, spend a night at Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, one of the most romantic hotels in the city. Opened its doors in 1893, the magnificent hotel remains an iconic landmark and was designated a National Historic Site in 1981. Its elegant, European-style rooms have a distinct historic charm and guarantee a memorable stay.

These romantic ideas are wonderful ways to create unforgettable memories with your loved one. I hope this post inspires you to take a romantic trip to Quebec City this summer!


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  1. Quartier Petit Champlain is very romantic! It looks so old world European too, love the photos of the streets. A food tour is a must anywhere, and I’d love to hop on that ferry with my partner. It looks like a great way to see Quebec.

  2. Ooh, those are some cosy options for Quebec. I love the sound of Quartier Petit Champlain. It seems like a lovely walk with some colorful homes to pose around. And the horse carriage one, that would be quite special indeed. The viewpoint for Quebec too, seems quite charming and I can well imagine sitting there in silence staring out at the views in front of us.

  3. I would love to visit Quebec during the summer, looks amazing. I would definitely stay at Auberge Saint-Antoine. Sounds incredible, a heated floor is so luxurious. Quartier Petit Champlain is so charming. The food must be so good as well. 😀 thank you so much for sharing 😀

  4. You’ve come up with a great list! My husband and I brought my parents to Quebec last December and they couldn’t stop gushing about this beautiful city! We did most of the items listed here and we enjoyed our trip. We weren’t able to go to Montmorency Falls though due to limited time. Next time! 😉

  5. There seems to be romance in the air in Quebec. Your post conjures up images of a city that seems to serenade the couple who are looking for a romantic time there. Riding a horse-drawn carriage in the city or riding the funicular is something in our line. The Montgomery falls is something else that seems to have romance written all around it.

  6. I’ve never been to Quebec City before but it sounds great. All that delicious food sounds awesome and perfect for date night. Quartier Petit Champlain also looks very quaint. Great ideas.

  7. I totally agree. Quebec is indeed a beautiful and lovely place. We were lucky to get a chance to visit it in 2013 and hoping to come back again in the future. Your post reminded me of the good memories we had in this place.

  8. This sounds like a great itinerary. It’s almost exactly how we would see the city. I love the way you found the quintessential shots to show the character of Quebec. Great post.

  9. Thanks for pointing out some of the things I missed on my trip to Quebec. Like the meat cheeks — that’s a must on my next trip there. I didn’t explore nearly enough. I’d like to go up to the observatorie next time and take the ferry. I plan to go back next summer, so have added these to my list.

  10. With a city so deeply rooted in French history, I’m sure Quebec has too many romantic things to offer. I’m always up for intimate culinary experiences like Chez Muffy. Also I love the horse carriage idea too!

  11. I have fallen in love with Quebec after reading your post and pictures. Such a romantic old world charm it has. I would definitely like to take a Ferry Across St. Lawrence River to have the breathtaking views of the city. I loved the idea of taking the funicular to travel to the two parts of the city. But I am sold on the idea of exploring the city on Horse Carriage with your loved one. The old fashioned way. Thank you for the post. Its very inviting. Hopefully I am landing there very soon.

  12. All of these sound fantastic! I haven’t been to Quebec City for a long time and these make me want to go back. I’d love to do the funicular again, and of course I’m always up for a massage!

  13. This is such a cute idea for a post! Even if it does remind me I’ll be forever alone hahaha. But seriously, this makes me want to visit Quebec. Maybe I’ll fall in love there.

  14. Canada is getting super cool day by day. One with your cool PM, other things like free entry to national parks for the 150yrs celebrations and much more. My friend is living there and I hope he finds a girlfriend, lolz! I’m gonna share this with him The funicular looks super cool. Not just for couples, even for families this looks good. Seabuckthorn & Meringue pie? I want it!

  15. I don’t have a significant other to enjoy Quebec with but I would do pretty much all of these on my own anyway! I would be all over that Food Tour by Tours Voir Quebec, and I am a sucker for nice views too so I think I’d be very happy in Quebec in a couple or alone 🙂

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  18. A horse carriage ride is always romantic.

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