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Promenade Samuel-De Champlain
2795 Boulevard Champlain, Quebec City, G1T 1X9
With manicured lawns and more than 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) of picturesque St. Lawrence River waterfront, the Promenade Samuel-De Champlain is beloved by locals and tourists alike. Check out the Quai des Cageux pavilion, have a picnic, or just walk along the boardwalk. Alternatively, cruise the promenade on a bike or electric bike tour of the city, or stop by on your drive into the Quebec Old Town.
Things to Know Before You Go
Wear a hat and sunblock, since you won’t find much shade along the promenade.
Take your own equipment for any outdoor activities you plan to participate in.
Bundle up if you’re there in winter—the St. Lawrence waterfront is notoriously cold and windy.
How to Get There
Located on Champlain Boulevard along the St. Lawrence River, about a 20-minute drive from Quebec’s Old City, the promenade runs from the Pierre Laporte Bridge to the Sillery Coast. Parking is ample. Start your stroll at the Quai des Cageux pavilion, located at 2795 Champlain Boulevard.
When to Get There
For the warmest weather, visit the Promenade Samuel-De Champlain during the summer months. Go on a weekday for a more calming waterfront wander—weekends tend to be more crowded with bikers and joggers.
Sea Life at the Aquarium of Quebec
Just a short walk from the promenade sits the family-friendly Aquarium of Quebec. See more than 10,000 animals, from harbor seals to polar bears; budding naturalists shouldn’t miss the animal feedings. To skip the entry line, purchase your ticket online in advance.