13 June 2023

5 Things to do in La Jacques-Cartier this Summer

Are you someone who likes to stay active? Is your idea of a fulfilling summer one that always keeps you moving? We’ve got you covered—La Jacques-Cartier is the perfect summer playground just 20 minutes from Québec City.

Photo: SEPAQ - Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier, Mikael Rondeau

Beyond popular attractions like Village Vacances Valcartier and Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier, the region has plenty of other treasures to explore.

Here are 5 activities you won’t want to miss this summer:

1. Completing an aerial adventure

Arbraska Duchesnay
Photo: Xavier Girard

Does soaring from tree to tree while admiring breathtaking scenery sound like your kind of adventure ? Then head to Arbraska Duchesnay, which offers 5 high ropes courses for teens and adults and a circuit for kids between 7 to 11 years old.

You’re looking for an adrenaline rush? Challenge yourself with the extreme loop and the 1,000 foot zip line !

2. Tearing down mountain biking trails

Things to do in La Jacques-Cartier and mountain biking with the family
Photo: Xavier Girard

Mountain biking is a sport that’s becoming increasingly popular, even with young families. Are you down?

La Jacques-Cartier is teeming with great biking routes, including the 17 new Enduro trails that have just opened at the Centre Castor in Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier.

Bring your own mountain bike or participate to a class at LVL UP MTB bike school before renting one on site.

There are a few other centres that have been popular with enthusiasts for years:

Sentiers du Moulin in Lac-Beauport boasts 40 kilometers of trails and a pump track.

Empire 47 is another popular spot, with a network of over 65 km of trails for all levels. This year, the site is also offering a brand-new practice area for drops and a program to get kids into biking as early as age 3.

3. Exploring the forest on horseback

Photo: Nadia Morin, Filles du Nord

Have you ever been horseback riding ? Whether you’re a first-timer or an old hand, Excursions Jacques-Cartier is the place to go for a unique equestrian experience. This isn’t your average single-file trail ride—here, you’re free to explore the forest paths with your mount.

No matter your level, experienced instructors will be with you every step of the way.

Want to keep the adventure going ? We’ll let you in on a little secret—you can camp right on the enchanting property and get access to a private lake and beach, canoes, kayaks, and a volleyball court, all for a small fee !

4. Stand up paddleboarding (SUP)

Things to do in La Jacques-Cartier and paddle board with the family at Station Duchesnay
Photo: Xavier Girard

Are you a fan of stand up paddleboarding, a water sport that’s quickly gaining ground in Québec? La Jacques-Cartier is brimming with places to launch your board, rent equipment, or try out the activity for the first time.

You can learn the basics on beautiful Lac Delage with SUP Québec or at the Parc du Grand-Héron in Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier with Yogi Nomade. The latter also offers board rentals and a variety of SUP yoga classes all summer long.

La Plage Québec is another option that offers a wide range of services, including SUP lessons for beginners, more advanced classes, and yoga sessions on the water. Rentals are also available to get you on board for the season.

5. A gentle rafting journey on the Montmorency River

Things to do in La Jacques-Cartier and Panorac excursions
Photo: Panorac

Looking for an experience that’s more meditative than extreme ? Panorac’s Amazon in Nature river trip in Sainte-Brigitte-de-Laval might be just the ticket !

On this guided excursion, you’ll board an Alpacka Raft, a safe, lightweight craft, and travel 6 km along the Montmorency River. The route stays gentle and you can make several stops at islands and beaches along the way.

No matter which activities appeal to you, one thing’s for sure—there’s never a dull moment in La Jacques-Cartier !

Discover all the other activities on offer in the region of La Jacques-Cartier.

By : Tourisme Jacques-Cartier and L’Éclaireuse