Québec City is the capital of the Canadian province of Québec. It sits on the shores of the Saint Lawrence River and is located three hours northeast of Montreal, above the border of Maine. The Canadian city is known for its European feel, with cobblestoned streets, picturesque squares, and old fortress walls to explore.
Summer Weather and Events
Summer runs from early June through mid-September, when temperatures stay pleasantly warm. Daytime temperatures are typically in the 70s (or 20s Celsius) with high humidity, especially in July and August. Temperatures below 60 are rare but not unheard of. Although the days are usually warm and sunny, the nights can be cool in the summer, so pack a jacket or extra layer to throw on for dinner or an evening stroll. For fewer crowds, cooler weather, and lower fares consider visiting during the Indian summer (mid-September to early-October).
Budget travelers should splurge on air-conditioned rooms during July and August, but keep in mind that some rooms may have noisy window units, so bring earplugs for a better night's sleep. Earplugs will also drown out the noise from festivals that are common in the summer months and can run into the late hours of the night. The Québec City Summer Festival, an 11-day music festival in July, and the New France Festival, which brings parties, parades, and performers every August, are two of the most notable summer shows that draw massive crowds.
Because of the warm weather and many public events, it's wise to book your hotel rooms at least a month or two in advance.
What to Pack
Pack an umbrella because there is always a possibility of rainstorms or, more likely, summer showers. In fact, the city sees the most rainfall during the months between June and September. Clothing made from breathable fabrics works best for humid days. At night, a light jacket and long pants are recommended.
Most importantly, pack comfortable sandals and walking shoes because the streets of Quebec City are steep and cobblestoned. Other summer must-have items include a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, and sunscreen.
Québec City Style
Street style in Quebec City is best described as fashionable yet understated. While more casual than Montreal, the emphasis for both men and women is on clothing of good quality and cut, especially for evening and business wear. This means that ladies should ditch the short-shorts for a cute and comfortable summer dress while men should leave the cargo shorts at home and wear a nice pair of jeans or dress shorts instead.
Business casual dress is more acceptable in Quebec City than in Montreal. Sundresses, skirts, dress shorts, and lightweight pants are more comfortable here than jeans in the summer. Baseball hats and track pants are not such a sin here as in Montreal, possibly because of a higher density of tourists, especially in summer. But even still, you may want to dress sharply to blend in with the local style.