Are you like me? When I start my travel planning to a new destination, I always check what the coolest, most fun and original guided tours are in the city I’m visiting. Are you coming to La Belle Province? I’ve got you covered with 46 of the best Quebec guided tours and visits you’ll want to plan today!
If you’re looking for Montreal and Quebec City tours, scroll all the way down, but if you’re open to completely new places and quirky, different guided tours around the province of Quebec, keep on reading!
Best Magdalen Islands Tours
1. La Balade du Bout du Banc in Havre-Aubert
Hop in the sand-adapted sleigh behind the tractor of Clermont Poirier and let yourself be introduced to the best part of Havre-Aubert, its pristine white beach called Sandy Hook. You’ll go on for ages on this infinite paradise, getting closer and closer to Entry Island across the waters. La Balade du Bout du Banc activity is mainly in French, but it’s worth jumping on just for the views!
2. Cave Swimming With Auberge La Salicorne in Grande-Entrée
This resort-feeling slice of paradise hotel, La Salicorne, has so many activities and must-do tours planned for you in the Magdalen Islands. Learn to build sandcastles like a pro or kayak and SUP to find natural clay directly in the cliffs. Better yet, go cave swimming and cliff jumping with an expert guide. A fun must-try adventure!
3. Cindy Hook SUP and Kayak Tours in Havre-aux-Maisons
Enjoy stand-up paddle (SUP) or want an introduction in a beautiful quiet and cozy bay of Havre-aux-Maisons? Cindy Hook Sports Aventures offers themed guided excursions and rentals. My favourite: a delicious breakfast on a giant SUP organized for you, hassle-free!
4. Harp Seal Tours on the Ice Around the Îles de la Madeleine
Between the end of February and the beginning of March, newly born harp seal pups, what we call blanchons, relax and chill out on the ice in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence around the Magdalen Islands. Take a helicopter out on the frozen sea and revel in the magic as you take part in a unique pup and seal-watching tour!
Top Guided Tours in The Gaspésie Region
5. L’Omirlou Sea Fishing Excursions in Bonaventure
Well-known L’Omirlou is a staple when it comes to experiencing fishing activities in the Gaspésie Peninsula. Discover first-hand how lobster, herring, plaice, mackerel, rock crab, halibut and mackerel are fished during a 2 to 6h tour of your choice!
6. Cime Aventures River Descent in Bonaventure
Definitely one of my top bucket list experiences in Quebec, the descent of the Bonaventure river with Cime Aventures, crossing the Malin rapids, is a crazy-fun day in the sun! Canoe, kayak, raft or SUP down the Bonaventure River and its easy rapids for all levels.
Best and Most Original Tours in The Laurentians
7. Dtour Tremblant – Mont-Tremblant
Dtour Tremblant organizes a multitude of activities like snowshoeing, dogsledding, hiking, biking or pontoon tours in the Laurentian town of Mont Tremblant. Its e-fatbike twilight tour along the Diable river with headlamps definitely gets an A+ for originality!
North Shore’s Best Guided Visits – Côte-Nord
8. Mingan Archipelago Boat and Islands Tour – Havre-Saint-Pierre
Gem of the Côte-Nord region of Quebec, the Archipel de l’île Mingan or Mingan Archipelago is comprised of 1000 little islands over 152 km off the coast of Havre-Saint-Pierre. Protected by its national park status, it can be visited by boat, which includes a guided tour with a ranger that will take you through all the different ecosystems on foot. The best view is of the monoliths, natural limestone sculptures, the star attraction!
9. Mer et Monde Écotours – Les Bergeronnes
Not a fan of those big boats that invade the waters around whales? Mer et Monde Écotours can help you discover whales, belugas and seals at their level with a kayak or SUP tour. They offer tons of sea-kayaking tours, but the Sound and Light show enables you to enjoy incomparable bioluminescence as well as whale sounds with a hydrophone while the stars reflect on the water’s surface.
10. Relais Nordik MV Bella Desgagnés Cruise – Basse-Côte-Nord
Definitely an off-the-beaten-path thing to do if you have some time to explore. The MV Bella Desgagnés boat, mainly used for the transportation of merchandise to remote villages, gives you the opportunity to discover the Minganie area and the Lower North Shore as well as Anticosti Island. All aboard for a cruise like you won’t find anywhere else!
11. Beer and Brewery Tour at the St-Pancrace Microbrewery in Baie-Comeau
Go behind the scenes of the St-Pancrace Microbrewery in Baie-Comeau, uncover the beer creation process, taste some of Quebec’s best beers in an industrial pub and shop till you drop to keep on savouring for weeks.
12. Kayak Sushi Evenings With Attitude Nordique in Baie-Comeau
Who said kayaking, zip lining, grilled meat, sushi and beer couldn’t all go together? Taste the best local food while taking in the scenery of Baie-Comeau by booking one of the Kayak Sushi Evenings with Attitude Nordique.
13. Ferme Maricole Purmer Boat Tour – Grosse Boule Island, Sept-Îles
Head out to Grosse Boule Island, one of 7 in the Sept-Îles archipelago, and learn how scallops, mussels and various types of algae grow and thrive on a boat tour with Ferme Maricole Purmer. Make it a staycation and sleep in one of their yurts!
14. Totem Aviation Plane Tour – Les Escoumins
Soar up into the air for a jaw-dropping flight experience over the beluga whales, boats, forests and fjord! You can even venture out further and fly over the Manic 5 dam with Totem Aviation.
Indigenous Tours and Engineering Marvels in Eeyou Istchee Baie-James
15. Nuuhchimi Wiinuu Cree Cultural Tours – Oujé-Bougoumou
Meet Anna and her team for the Nuuhchimi Wiinuu Cree Cultural Tours and learn more about the traditional dwellings and Cree crafts, learn about the history and ancestral tales of the locals and maybe even try your hand at ice fishing!
16. Robert-Bourassa Generating Facility – Radisson
Quebec’s northern forests and lakes are known for their dams and hydroelectric facilities. Take a free guided tour in the world’s largest underground station located in the Baie-James region. Admire the 10-step staircase spillway of the Robert-Bourassa Generating Facility, 53 storeys high.
Best Nunavik Adventure Tour
17. Aurora Borealis Inuit Adventures Tours – Kuujjuaq, Ungava Bay
This is the dream trip to Quebec’s northernmost region I’d love to take one day: Inuit Adventures Tours. Four days of elder stories, wildlife sightings, archeological sites, guided tours and even learning more about the local throat signers in Nunavik’s amazing natural wonders!
Original Self-Guided Activity in Montebello, Outaouais
18. GéoExplora Scootrek Electric Scooter Tour – Montebello
Not exactly a conventional guided tour, GéoExplora’s electric scooter exploration experience takes you around the Montebello region on your own, self-guiding yourself with the iPad attached to it. Answer quirky quiz questions and enjoy! This activity is also available to do in Mont Tremblant and Old Chelsea.
Mauricie’s Top Quirky Guided Tour
19. Guide-Led Old Prison Tour in Trois-Rivières
Delve into Trois-Rivières’ 19th-century penitentiary history during this quirky guide-led tour of the old prison. Definitely a visit that will give you goosebumps while you learn more about the site!
Top 3 Guided Tours in the Eastern Townships, Quebec
20. Kava Tours on the Eastern Townships Wine Road
You know visiting a vineyard is amazing, but someone always has to drive? Have a drink and stay safe while someone else drives for you with Kava Tours. This cool company takes you on full- and half-day guided tours from Montreal to amazing wineries and estates. There are also ice wine and craft beer tours!
21. Sherbrooke Greeters
I’ve taken multiple tours with Greeters around the world and it’s a tour experience I can’t recommend enough! If you’re around town, Sherbrooke Greeters offer 2-hour free tours by locals on various themes that interest you. I tried a mural tour and loved it! Also available with Gaspé Greeters, Lac-Mégantic Greeters, Mont Tremblant Greeters, Montreal Greeters and Sorel-Tracy Greeters.
22. Orford Express Tourist Train in Magog
From Magog to Bromont, passing by Eastman and Sherbrooke, the Orford Express Tourist Train shows you the surrounding panorama while you have brunch, lunch or dinner (express foodless version also available) and relax in good company.
Unforgettable Charlevoix Food and Landscape Tours
23. Agrotours Charlevoix around Picturesque Baie-Saint-Paul
From Baie-Saint-Paul, hop on this gourmet Agrotours Charlevoix bus for an epicurean food tour to some of Charlevoix’s best producers and food artists. From cheese to emu, and milk to ducks, your taste buds will thank you!
24. Charlevoix Guided Tours From Baie-Saint-Paul
Take a 2.5h discovery tour around the fabulous region starting in Baie-Saint-Paul with Charlevoix Guided Tours. During high season, this visit will help you cover more ground in a minibus while getting a grasp on local history, geography and culture.
Abitibi-Témiscamingue’s Iconic Guided Visits
25. Gold Mine Tour at Val-d’Or Cité de l’Or
Ever wondered what happens below the earth in a gold mine? At La Cité de l’Or in the northern region of Abitibi-Témiscamingue, you’ll see what life was like during Quebec’s 1920s gold rush thanks to a guided tour of the tunnels and museum.
26. Kinawit Anicinabe Cultural Site
On the shores of Lemoine Lake, guided visits and workshops at Kinawit will introduce you to aboriginal, indigenous and first nations culture in a magnificent forest landscape. Geocaching, kayaks, canoes and lodging also available.
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean’s Must-Do Attraction
27. Zoo sauvage de Saint-Félicien
This isn’t just a regular zoo! The Zoo sauvage de Saint-Félicien is one of the region’s most popular attractions. You can walk around at your own pace and watch the keepers feed the animals, but the pest part is the guided tour in a little train that takes you along 7 m of free-roaming animals (bears, bisons, caribou, wolves, etc.).
Bas-Saint-Laurent’s Maritime Tours
28. Onondaga Submarine Tour and Visit
Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse National Historic Site boasts Canada’s first publicly accessible submarine, the Onondaga, and it makes for quite a cool visit with an audio guide. You can even spend a night in it if you’re brave enough!
29. Sebka Guided Excursions Around Kamouraska
Kamouraska has some of the world’s best sunsets and sea views and Sebka will take you on kayak tours according to the tides so you can see them with your own eyes! You might even spot some marine life!
Montérégie’s Most Typical Activity
30. Balad’Air Mont-Saint-Grégoire
Fly up into the sky and breathe in the fresh air, interrupted only occasionally by bursts of fire emanating from your hot air balloon. Balad’Air offers a different kind of guided tour over the south shore of Montreal.
31. Navette Nature
Definitely one of my favourite tour companies in the province. The concept is simple: bring people that don’t have cars out to nature for a day, whether they be residents or tourists. Once you get to the destination, you’re free to roam, but you have someone to help you out if you need! I’ve put it in the Montérégie category, but Navette Nature has shuttles to Mont-Orford, Îles-de-Boucherville, Yamaska, Oka and Mont-Saint-Bruno National Parks, as well as Cap-Saint-Jacques and Pointe-aux-Prairies Nature Parks.
Best Quebec Guided Tours to Book Now
32. A Free Walking Tour of Quebec City
Samuel Dubois of A Free Tour of Quebec knows how to get the best out of Quebec City with this free tour that will keep you on a budget. Québécois born and raised, he’ll give you a humorous historical tour of Vieux-Québec on a tips-only basis.
33. Local Quebec City Food Tours
Cheese, poutine, chocolate, tea, you name it. Discover the St-Roch neighborhood through food with Local Quebec City Food Tours. I’ve been on it and loved it! They offer an interesting evening food and drink tour of the neighborhood as well!
34. Quebec City Broue-Tours
The province has one of the best craft beer scenes in the world. If you’re into it, Quebec City Broue-Tours will take you all around town while tasting 9 different beers accompanied with some snacks!
35. GoHelico Tours & Excursions, Helicopter Tours Around the Quebec City Region
Imagine flying over Quebec City for a bird’s eye view or getting a snapshot of the Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier out the helicopter window! You can even heli ski at Le Massif de Charlevoix or explore Montmorency Falls from above with GoHelico/Complexe Capitale Hélicoptère.
36. Nomad Tours Quebec
I met Marie-Pierre as I was in Quebec on a tour and we’ve stayed in contact ever since. Through her company, Nomad Tours Quebec, she offered customized guided tours, or some classics like Quebec City 101 Tours, Local Beer Tours, half- or full-day tours, but the tour that stands out the most, in my opinion, is the Quebec City Photo Tour. It’s like a 2 in 1 where you’ll discover the city, but also get some great shots to show off!
37. Guided Tour of the Château Frontenac With Cicerone Tours
Quebec City’s castle, the Château Frontenac hotel, has been a postcard-perfect icon for decades. Go behind the scenes of the star attraction of Quebec’s capital with Cicerone Tours. Follow the guide through the ballroom and event spaces, restaurant, Chef’s gardens, etc.
38. Ice Hotel Tour at Valcartier Park Hôtel de Glace
Ever wondered how you can construct and maintain a gigantic Ice Hotel? Discover the secrets of the Hôtel de Glace, its workshop, ice bar and even make your own ice glass you’ll sip your cocktail in with your mittens! If you’re lucky enough to book an available night, experience the bucket list sensation of sleeping in the ice hotel!
Montreal’s Ultimate Tours You Should Go On
39. Vélo Festif MTL
Vélo Festif MTL is a world where partying with friends (or new acquaintances) and biking collide. Hop on the group bike and pedal at 7 km/h to take the city by storm during one of the various tours: afternoon picnic, nightlife on Mont-Royal or Masson Avenue. brewpub Tour, Sangria Formula, or La Montréalaise with bagels and poutine. Did someone say poutine tour?
40. Fitz Tours Walking and Biking Tours in Montreal
Go for a family-friendly neighborhood bike ride, take a Montreal Street Art tour, combine bike and spa for sore joints… Fitz Tours enables you to see an active side of Montreal in less time!
41. Spade & Palacio Non-Touristy Tours
Spade & Palacio brands itself as a non-touristy tour company. With guide-led activities like Beyond the Bike Lanes, Beyond the Market, Beyond the Basilica, Mural Tours, and Beyond the Village, they’ve definitely got you covered.
42. Secret Montreal Red Light Tours
Secret Montreal takes you on hidden history tours of the Montreal red light district around what we now call the Quartier des Spectacles. Montreal Burlesque or Ghosts of the Red Light District are on offering.
43. Quartier des Spectacles Montreal Free Tour
44. Urban Marmotte Tours With Michel
Urban Marmotte and his owner Michel take you around the city for themed guided tours of metro stations & public art, Old Montreal, underground Montreal, etc. I’m particularly interested in the Montreal by Night tour!
45. Local Montreal Food Tours
Follow the resident foodie experts from Local Montreal Food Tours in some of the best parts of the city. Take a Mile End or Old Montreal food tour, enjoy a food and spa experience, or join an evening food and drink tour!
46. Habitat 67 Tours
If you’re into architecture and quirky living spaces, Habitat 67 tours are for you! These cube-like residential buildings along the St Lawrence River were created by Moshe Safdie as part of the iconic Expo 67 and continue to impress!
No matter what your itinerary includes, these awesome in-my-opinion best Quebec guided tours and local visits all across the province are guaranteed to remain some of the best moments of your Canadian travels!
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