There are a wide variety of outdoor activities for every season that you can enjoy in and around Quebec City. The many rivers in the area provide ample opportunity for rafting. The breathtaking scenery of the brilliant Rivière Jacques-Cartier, just outside of the city, makes this river one perfect rafting location.

Just north of Québec City in the Parc National de la (rivière) Jacques-Cartier, there are trails for hiking and cycling in the summer or snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and dogsledding in the winter. Here there are also bodies of water where canoeing, kayaking and portaging are popular activities. Within thirty kilometers of the city there are four major ski resorts, Mont-Sainte-Anne, Station touristique Stoneham, Centre de ski Le Relais and Le Massif, all offering snow-topped mountains and exciting slopes for downhill skiers.

If hiking strikes your interest, besides the above mentioned Parc de la Jacques-Cartier, five areas are worth mentioning. If you do not have a car,  3 options are easily available to you: the Plaines d'Abraham (Battlefield Park), the urban Parc Maizeret and the 15 km long Parcours des Anses  biking/walking path across the river; the latter is a flat path that offers breathtaking views over Québec City's skyline,  Château Frontenac and the historic Lower Town. If you have a car, Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area, to the east, offers 20 km of  hiking paths, and the nearby 3 suspension bridges of the Canyon Sainte-Anne show a unique waterfall in the area, with its narrow cliffs and deep gorge;  Station Touristique Duchesnay, to the west, offers  25,7 km of easy-going hiking trails, from short 1-hour one to half a day one.

Quebec City also has a network of bike paths  within the city that intersects with the long distance Corridor des Cheminots just north of the Old Port.  The city and its vicinity offer a nice variety of bike paths that are part of the provincial  Route verte  network: Historic Chemin du Roy (Route 138) - 56 km ; Corridor du Littoral Bike Path - 50 km ; Corridor des Cheminots - 22 km  ; Marie-Hélène-Prémont Bike Path - 55 km and Jacques-Cartier/Portneuf Bike Path - 68 km. Also, immediately facing Québec City's Old Lower Town lies the Parcours des Anses, on the south shore of the river.