When to go to Quebec? Weather, temperatures… The best times per season

Walking between the fortifications of Old Quebec, kayaking in Mont-Tremblant National Park, skiing at Mont-Sainte-Anne or surfing in Montreal… Discover the details of the climate and the calendar of Quebec’s festivities, to know exactly when to leave according to your desires for discovery.

Quebec is a Canadian province subject to different climates, due to its large area, with a humid continental predominance. Spring, from March to May, is a pleasant period although sometimes rainy. Temperatures are rising even if the nights remain cool, and the snow is melting. Summer, from June to September, is the hottest period. Autumn, from September to November, is a time when the days get shorter and the mercury drops. Finally, winter, from December to March, is the longest season. Temperatures are low, in the negatives; but the days are very sunny. Quebec is discovered differently over the seasons, depending on your travel profile.

Go to Quebec in the spring

In Gaspésie, Forillon National Park is best visited in the spring during a hike. gmoulart

At the beginning of March, the snow begins to melt and the sun gradually warms the reborn nature. This period is ideal for marveling at the landscapes that come back to life after being asleep in the snow. Located at the eastern tip, Gaspésie offers a whole panorama of natural wonders, beaches, cliffs, mountains and rivers, on an 885 km loop. Rocher Percé, Monts Chic-Chocs, Bonaventure Island and Forillon National Park will amaze you, with an average temperature of 11°C in May. Don’t miss Parc du Bic, along the St. Lawrence River.

Another natural treasure, the Saguenay Fjord can be explored both on foot and by kayak, with its statue trail which offers an unobstructed view, ideal at that time. Not far away, Tadoussac is a charming little town where you can observe whales from May to October, from a classic boat or a zodiac for the more adventurous. In spring, the thermometer is around 12°C. Also take advantage of spring to visit a sugar shack, a local tradition that consists of collecting maple sap before savoring it.

Going to Quebec in the summer

The city of Montreal takes advantage of the summer and the rise in temperatures to organize festivals as well as numerous outdoor activities. friedberg

At the end of June, temperatures rise and can easily exceed 30°C in July in the southern regions. The city of Montreal takes advantage of the summer to organize outdoor events, such as the Montreal International Jazz Festival and Le Festival Mode & Design. July 1 marks Canada’s National Day, which translates into entertainment at the Old Port. In July and August, the thermometer varies on average between 23°C and 26°C. Take advantage of the sunshine to visit Old Montreal, a historic district with its small brick houses. Visit the Notre-Dame Basilica and stroll along the Old Port, where you can enjoy many water activities including surfing. Take a deep breath in Mount Royal Park and admire the view from the Kondiaronk lookout.

Going to Quebec in the fall

Fall is the ideal season to admire the explosion of colors in Mont-Tremblant National Park, in the Laurentians. Tom Spark

In September, the sun’s rays persist and the mercury remains mild, before dropping considerably at the end of October. In some regions of northern Quebec, snow is already falling and temperatures are dropping to 0°C. This period is ideal for admiring the explosion of colors in Mont-Tremblant National Park, in the Laurentians. The oldest park in Quebec, it offers superb hiking trails and more than 400 lakes on which you can canoe. Among the activities, you can observe mammals including wolves and bears, go down a river in a kayak or even walk the Via Ferrata du Diable.

Quebec, capital of the eponymous province, enjoys an average temperature that fluctuates between 12°C and 20°C. Start your visit with Old Quebec, the historic heart of the city listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for its fortifications and its Citadel. Continue with the Notre-Dame-de-Québec Cathedral-Basilica, the Terrasse Dufferin with its exceptional view and the Château Frontenac. Discover the impressive Montmorency Falls in the eponymous park, as well as Jacques-Cartier National Park, a natural gem famous for its glacial valleys.

Going to Quebec in winter

East of Montreal, Mount Orford will delight winter skiers and hikers. Patrick Brilliant

Particularly long and harsh, winter begins in November in Quebec, with the first snowflakes. As the weeks go by, the snowfall intensifies and the temperatures drop into the negative. You should know that Quebec is one of the snowiest places in the world, with an average of 275 cm per year. Temperatures are at their worst in January, averaging -11°C. Once ready to fight against the cold, winter is a pleasant season because the days are bathed in sunshine. Skiing and sliding enthusiasts will find their happiness in the four corners of the province: Mont Tremblant, Mont Orford, the Massif de Charlevoix, Mont-Sainte-Anne, Owl’s Head and Stoneham. Live an authentic winter experience during a snowmobile excursion, a snowshoe hike or a dog sled outing.

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