The 10 Best Cabins and Vacation Rentals in Quebec, Canada

When to visit Quebec

Reaching Quebec any time of the year is easy, with international airports in Ottowa, Montreal, and Quebec City. Summer and winter draw the biggest crowds, with fair-weather urban exploring and summer sports between June and September. December to February brings holiday revelry in the form of Christmas markets, magical light displays, and the renowned Quebec Winter Carnival.

Spring and fall are the best times to discover Quebec’s treasures sans crowds. Not only does springtime have seasonal flowers and the chance to partake in both warm- and cold-weather sports, but it’s also sugar season; thawing trees start releasing their sap between February and April, which is collected and transformed into maple syrup. In fall, landscapes like Jacques-Cartier National Park come alive with autumnal color, making for dazzling hikes and canoe trips.

Things to do in Quebec

With 24 national parks and 92% of the province being public land, Quebec has ample acreage for exploring the great outdoors.

Summertime is high season for hiking, mountain biking, and watersports like kayaking and canoeing on the province’s wealth of waterways. Spot humpback whales, blue whales, and belugas on whale-watching tours or sea-kayaking excursions in the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park, and (carefully) observe moose, black bears, and other wildlife on land.

But winter offers arguably even more outdoor fun. As rivers, lakes, and coastal tributaries ice over, you can take part in classic Canadian pastimes like ice-canoeing on the St. Lawrence River or ice-climbing up frozen waterfalls like Montmorency Falls outside Quebec City. In the La Baie area of the Saguenay Fjord, locals haul tiny huts out onto the frozen expanse for ice fishing. Most national parks remain open throughout the winter, with hiking trails transforming into snowshoeing routes through snow-covered winter wonderlands like the Vallée des Fantômes in Monts-Valin National Park. Among the Laurentides, some of the oldest mountains on Earth, ski on both groomed and off-piste runs at ski resorts like Tremblant and Mont Blanc. As the birthplace of the snowmobile, winter is also when over 20,000 miles of groomed snowmobile trails spread across the province, letting you experience Quebec’s homegrown sport.

Now that you know all the things you can do in Quebec outside the cities, here are some stylish accommodations to keep you close to all the outdoorsy action in all seasons.