What to do in June... a few suggestions
Everything is green again and the breeze is warm and gentle. The weather is just right to get back outside and—no surprise—June is when urban parks and public spaces come alive in towns and cities of all sizes! It’s also a time to celebrate la Québec's National Holiday, with big events and dazzling shows held on June 24. Montréal will be hosting a parade as well as its Grand spectacle in the Quartier des spectacles. Québec City’s festivities will be happening at the Plains of Abraham. All of Québec will be celebrating, so find out what’s on in your corner of the province!
If you’re looking for events, Les Francos are back for the 31st year in a row! For one week, audiences will be going wild for musical performances at venues around the Quartier des spectacles! At the same time, crowds at Woodstock en Beauce will relive the energy and freedom of the original event for a weekend. Of course, there’s more to life than music. There’s art, too! Don’t miss the Mural - Public Art Festival, where you can check out the murals on buildings from the Quartier des spectacles to the Mile End and enjoy much more creativity as well.
Just like nature, the start of summer means towns and cities of all sizes come alive with a fresh new energy! Get your fill by checking out the calendar of events happening in towns and cities around Québec.
The Musée national des beaux-arts de Québec presents Miró in Mallorca, 200 works by famed painter and sculptor Joan Miró, created while he was living on the island of Mallorca in the Balearic Sea from 1956 to 1981. His whimsical work reflects his free spirit and exuberant creativity. This is the only North American gallery to host the exhibit. Check it out in Québec City until September 8, 2019. Also, in June, terraces are the ideal place to enjoy the warmer weather and longer evenings. How can you find one? You’ll easily spot patios along commercial strips, though there are also hidden gems for you to discover. They’re especially popular, lively and celebratory as summer gets started!
A new park to discover
The time has come! Parc national d'Opémican in Abitibi-Témiscamingue will officially open to the public starting in the summer of 2019. The spectacular park is bordered on each side by lac Témiscamingue and lac Kipawa. The park’s mission is to protect a swathe of the natural environment of the southern Laurentians. It also preserves the area’s rich past, including its Indigenous history.
For more informations on National parks, click here.
Whales to see at sea
Observing marine mammals is one of the most amazing experiences you can enjoy in Québec. There are no words for the feeling evoked by seeing a whale up close and sharing its environment for a few minutes. A photo doesn’t do it justice. You have to experience it! Thirteen species of whales come to feed in the waters of the St. Lawrence (both the gulf and the estuary) from June to October. There are different ways to see them: Take a boat cruise or zodiac tour, go kayaking or watch from the shore.
Click here to see where to see whales.
The month’s outdoor events include the Subaru IRONMAN 70.3 Mont-Tremblant, an amazing spectacle for anyone who likes to see athletes push their limits! Participants need courage, determination and perseverance to complete the event, which combines 1.9 km of swimming, 90 km of cycling and a 21-km run.
Discover more sports events, here.
Fans of street food, take note! A wide variety of food trucks will be congregating once again at First Fridays, held on the first Friday of the summer months at the Olympic Stadium’s Sun Life Esplanade. This festive foodie gathering is definitely a tasteful event!
The regions of Québec are also full of local flavour! In June, visit the Eastern Townships for Sherbrooke t’en bouche un coin, a weekend event where 25 chefs from the area share the spotlight, offering endless culinary discoveries and delights Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine will also be kicking off tourist season with their Wild Gourmet Spree! Restaurant owners and artisans team up to show visitors the best of what the islands have to offer.
Of course, the only thing better than delicious food is delicious food paired with a fine brew! A variety of beer festivals in June will be celebrating this beloved hoppy beverage, all across Québec.