We often decide when to visit a destination based on the weather. So what’s the best time of year to visit Québec City?

Québec City is totally transformed by the changing seasons, so it depends what kind of experience you’re looking for. Spring, summer, fall, winter: each brings its vibe, its own activities. If you want to avoid the tourist season, come in April, May, or June, rather than July, August, or September. Winter is also the best time to visit Old Québec, which is at its most magical under a blanket of snow.

Summer Lovin

Festivities and good times abound
Credit:  Jeff Frenette Photography
Credit: Jeff Frenette Photography

Average temperatures by month (high / low):
June:  22 oC, 72 oF / 11 oC, 52 oF
July: 25 oC, 77 oF / 14 oC, 57 oF
August: 24 oC, 75 oF / 13 oC, 55 oF

Activities: cycling, swimming, canoeing and more summer activities

In summer, Québec City is abuzz with activity. Warms days are filled with people wandering down the cobbled streets of Old Québec and sipping locally crafted beer on a patio. If you feel like escaping the city, you can go on a day trip to Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier, Montmorency Falls and Île d’Orléans or Wendake; there are several options to choose from.

Summer is the best time to visit Québec City for festival enthusiasts; thousands of people flock to the Festival d’été de Québec (an 11-day music festival) each year. Other popular summer events include New France Festival and Grands Feux Loto-Québec (free fireworks).

Fall in Love with Colours

A heavenly experience
Credit:  Guy Lessard
Credit: Guy Lessard

Average temperatures by month (high / low):
September: 18 oC, 64 oF / 8 oC, 46 oF
October: 11 oC, 52 oF / 2 oC, 36 oF
November: 3 oC, 37 oF / -4 oC, 25 oF

Activities: Hiking, fruit-picking, wildlife watching and more fall activities

Autumn is the best time to visit Canada and Québec City for those who love nature. While the changing colours of the leaves are pretty in every province, Québec and Eastern Canada offers a brighter array by the end of September and early October.

Seeing the rusty oranges, golden yellows and ruby reds of autumn is truly a unique experience. Venture to Montmorency Falls, Île d’Orléans or Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier to experience the best fall colours - perfect little day trips from the city - or stay in the city and visit parks like the Plains of Abraham.

In fall, the temperatures are cooling off once the sun goes down. Most patios remain open in autumn in Québec City, so be sure to enjoy the good weather and gorgeous scenery while enjoying warm earthy Québecois cuisine.

Wend Through a Winter Wonderland

Fluffy white snow and pure magic
Ice Hotel | Credit:  Renaud Philippe
Credit: Renaud Philippe

Average temperatures by month (high / low):
December: -4 oC, 25 oF / -13 oC, 9 oF
January: -8 oC, 18 oF / -18 oC, 0 oF
February: -6 oC, 21 oF / -16 oC, 3 oF

Average annual snowfall: 305 cm / 120 inches in the city, 400 cm / 158 inches in the surrounding mountains

Activities: skiing, snow tubing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and more winter activities

While the temperatures can start to feel a little wintery mid-November, the snow often waits until December and sticks around until late March. Dressing properly is essential if you really want to make the most of this unique trip.

From late November to the end of December, enjoy the German Christmas Market and Christmas lights before partying the night away on New Year’s Eve. In January and February, spend your time at Québec Winter Carnival, visiting the Ice Hotel, tubing at Village Vacances Valcartier or enjoying one of the funny winter sports.

The Sweet Delights of Spring

Nature awakes in a sweet way
Maple Syrup Quartier Petit Champlain | Credit:  Francis Gagnon
Credit: Francis Gagnon

Average temperatures by month (high / low):
March: 0 oC, 32 oF / -9 oC, 16 oF
April:  8 oC, 46 oF / -1 oC, 30 oF
May: 17 oC, 63 oF / 5 oC, 41 oF

Activities: spring skiing, sugar shacks and more spring activities

As the snow melts and the temperature slowly rises, many of us put our winter boots in storage and switch to less bulky clothing - unless of course, winter drags on a little longer and stretches into April.

Spring is sugaring-off season in Québec, which means most locals are venturing to a cabane à sucre (sugar shack) for lively French-Canadian folk music and hearty dishes that locals will top with maple syrup.

It’s time to explore Québec City: beautiful gardens with gorgeous blossoming flowers and dine at restaurants serving up delicious gourmet food during the Québec Exquis food festival. Should you experience rainy days, there is a lot to do in addition to indoor attractions, shopping and the many museums. Also, one of the best moments to visit Montmorency Falls and Canyon Sainte-Anne is during spring, when the falls are at their fullest thanks to winter run-off.


So when is the best moment to visit Québec City?

There is no such thing as THE best time to visit Québec City because the city shines all year. The choice is yours!

See also the weather averages and activities to do by month


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