Since spring seems to be coming earlier than anticipated, does that mean that summer will start earlier as well? Obviously, the date of the first day of summer remains the same, but let’s be honest. If we can enjoy 2 to 3 more weeks of summer temperatures, we will take them enthusiastically!
In short, for me, the summer is already in my head, in my wardrobe, in my glass (red wine has been replaced by a refreshing gin and tonic), and my thoughts are turning towards family activities on the weekend. That’s why I am giving you 10 activities you need to do with your family this summer that will earn the approval of your toughest critics: your kids! You know the old adage: happy kids = happy family! In fact, it’s usually: happy wife = happy life, but you can change the words to mean what you want, right?
Whale watching tours
Just a stone’s throw from Tadoussac is the charming region where the land meets the sea: Charlevoix. The beauty of this region’s mountains is matched only by the beauty of the nearby river which welcomes in its salty waters beluga whales, minke whales, fin whales, humpback whales and majestic blue whales. AML cruises welcome you aboard their boats to meet these giants of the sea.
To book your cruise, click here!
Hot air balloon tour
They say that you can get a whole new perspective on things from 1000 feet in the air, and all of the worries you had on the ground seem smaller. Now, imagine actually floating that high up in a hot air balloon? Québec Montgolfière and Montréal Montgolfière invite you to touch the sky aboard one of their magnificent balloons, masterfully piloted by seasoned and experienced professionals. Years from now, your children will cherish the memories of the time when, aboard a balloon, you gave them wings.
To book in Quebec, click here!
To book in Montreal, click here!
Why go to the waves of Hawaii when the waves of Hawaii can come to you? Maeva Surf brings you an indoor surf experience with nothing less than THE best indoor surf pool in Canada. With the help of qualified instructors, you and your children will be taming the waves in no time. A good time guaranteed!
To book with Maeva Surf, click here!
Pohenegamook and its inflatable water structure
Do your children watch Ninja Warrior on television and dream of a course where they can pretend that they’re ninjas too? The inflatable water structure at Pohenegamook beach can give them just this type of experience in addition to letting them exhaust all of their excess energy. With life jackets provided onsite, this activity is fun and safe. Meanwhile, parents can enjoy a quiet moment to themselves by the water.
To book your day of Aqua-fun that will give you access to the inflatable water structure, kayaks, and paddleboards, click here!
Who hasn’t heard of this zoo unlike any other, where each animal has a unique story like Buddy the 3 legged bear and Tony the blind baboon? Both a zoological garden and a wildlife rehabilitation center, the Miller Zoo at Frampton in Beauce wishes to educate while allowing special contact with animals.
To book your day at the zoo, click here!
Let’s stay in Beauce, but further east, in the little village of Saint-Jules, where it is possible to experience a wacky outdoor adventure with the cast of wild characters who bring the village to life. With ziplines and aerial trails in the trees, Aventuria Village has everything that you need to get your adrenaline pumping.
To book your day at Aventura Village, click here!
Visit Karting Orford, in Magog, to take a seat aboard the most powerful go-karts available on the market. Experience the thrill of one of their two circuits built in an enchanting setting, and enjoy tons of other activities offered on site including laser tag, arcade games, mini golf, bowling, and more. It has everything you need for a truly fun day!
To book your day at Karting Orford, click here!
Valcartier Vacation Village
Summer or winter, rain or shine, this recreational tourism center in the Quebec City region wins over the hearts of children with the Bora Parc (indoor water park), camping, slides and water games in summer and slides in winter. Parents, on the other hand, appreciate the Aroma Spa where you can take care of yourself while the children have fun. As you will certainly want to spend more than just a day there, why not spend a weekend there sleeping on site at the Hôtel Valcartier?
To book at Village Vacances Valcartier, click here!
Kayaking, pedal boating, and canoeing
Very close to the Old Port and just a few steps from shops, restaurants and public transport, the Center Nautique du Canal-de-Lachine allows you to cruise on the historic Montreal canal. Choose from a large selection of boats (kayak, pedal boat, canoe, or electric boat), and enjoy the joys of floating on the water.
To reserve your boat at the Center Nautique du Canal-de-Lachine, click here!
Drive-In Movie Theater
A summer without a night at the drive-in movie theater is like popcorn without butter: something is missing. There’s nothing like watching a good movie under the stars with your family and all of the snacks you can imagine! Here are 3 drive-in movie theaters that can welcome you, your car, and your crowd for a movie night this summer!
You are now ready to spend 10 fantastic weekends that your kids will call the most wonderful of their lives! For an indoor activity, I suggest you check out my coloring map of the world, available through my online store. With that, have a great summer!
Cover photo from: www.authentikcanada.com