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Three family getaways in the province of Quebec

When school gets out for the summer, it’s the perfect time to explore Quebec as a family. The province is full of gorgeous, magical destinations. In the country or city, whether you’re looking for excitement or relaxation, there are plenty of places to discover for you and your family all over Quebec. Chek out our suggestions for day-trips or long-weekend getaways!

Guaranteed good times: Village Vacances Valcartier

Located just twenty minutes from Quebec City, this four-season resort is one of the most popular Canadian vacation destinations. With activities for all ages, there’s something for everybody: a family can spend three days there without getting bored. First of all, if you’ve got kids overflowing with energy, then the indoor aquatic amusements of Bora Parc will do the trick. Water slides, adventure rivers, a wave pool and even a surf wave make up the 102,000 square feet of excitement.

If you’re seeking to treat yourself to some serious relaxation, then slip away to the Aroma Spa for a complete spa experience. Steam baths, hot tubs, a Finnish sauna, a pool and your choice of massage or beauty care. Treat yourself to a well-earned break!

There are plenty of possibilities for accommodation around Village Vacances Valcartier, from camping to hotels.

The Granby Zoo is full of surprises!

A family visit to the zoo means animals of course, but the Granby Zoo also has dinosaurs! It’s one of the most beautiful zoos in the country, with visits and tours that make the well-being of the animals the priority.

Surprising options include the evening trek, which is a must to see animals as you’ve never seen them before. Or experience the zoo at night around a campfire, with marshmallows and storytelling among new acquaintances.

If your kids love animals so much that they dream of working with them, they can spend some time in the shoes of one of the zookeepers, asking questions and sharing the excitement with others behind the scenes!

There’s lots of choice among hotels and campgrounds in the area. An overnight stay is worth it so that the kids have enough time to take in everything.

Oka National Park has something for everybody

Swimming, pedal-boating, stand-up paddle-boarding, just one hour from Montreal, the Oka National Park is the ideal place for lovers of the outdoors. You can spend the day there at the beach, drop by for evening activities, or book a couple of days to enjoy it to the fullest.

In addition to the outdoor activities, the religious heritage of the area is exceptional. The Calvaire with its four oratories and three chapels is awe-inspiring! Sign up for a guided tour to discover this one-of-a-kind North American destination.

If you’re into water sports, you can kayak to Grande Baie and the Riviére aux Serpents to experience the amazing wetlands. If you’re looking for fun times for the kids, they’ll love Aquazilla water park, an inflatable aquatic course next to the beach.

Finally, finish the night off away from the city lights with a little bit of stargazing to truly leave it all behind. Several options for accommodations await you. If you want to keep close to nature and have toddlers, you may want to try a ready-to-camp site.


A day or weekend trip are often enough to get you and the family out of your usual routines to rediscover nature, action and relaxation. It takes just a little bit of online research to find the ideal getaway, save a little on a package deal or reserve your activities and lodging at the same time.

Enjoy the summer!