Thanksgiving Outings in Quebec City

Every year, on the second Monday of October, Canadians and their families and friends gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving. It is the last day off before the Holidays, so it is the ideal moment to spend some quality time with your close ones and break the routine before winter comes. Did you know this holiday is inspired by European celebrations of fall’s harvests?


Here is some trivia about Thanksgiving origins and suggestions of activities you don’t want to miss during this long weekend:

3 Facts About Thanksgiving:

  • Cranberries represent peace, and that is why they are served during the traditional meal.
  • Canadians are buying about 3 million turkeys every year for this holiday.
  • The serving of pumpkin pie during Thanksgiving meal is a tradition dating from the 19th century. Bake your own!



U-pick Pumpkin Patch

Before baking your pumpkin pie, you need to choose the best main ingredient! Enjoy the great fall weather with your close ones and find the best fruit that will make your pie a success.

Here are some original ideas (website in French) for those of you who wish to keep their pumpkin shells for Halloween. We also provide you with a few addresses where you can pick your own pumpkin and enjoy the many activities these farms offer:

Ferme Bédard Blouin

2157 boulevard Louis XIV, Québec, G1C-1A1

Ferme Genest

2091, route Marie-Victorin, Lévis, Québec, G7A-4H4

Ferme Roberge

1895, chemin Royal Saint-Pierre I.O, Québec, G0A-4E0

Grape Harvest


Add a traditional touch to your celebrations by adding grape harvesting at l’Île d’Orléans! Isle de Bacchus vineyard is opening its doors to visitors, both connoisseurs or just curious, for a grape harvesting day. You will be guided through this unique experience by knowledgeable professionals, and you will get to tour the vineyard, taste the products of Isle de Bacchus, and enjoy a good dinner with local wines and other delicacies. You only want to taste the products? No problem! Tastings are offered on the terrace and picnic area with a view on the river.

Défi des Couleurs (Running Challenge)

To spend all the calories you will have ingested, take part in the Défi des couleurs! Mont-Sainte-Anne is organizing this family event on October 6 and 7, 2018, and everyone will get to surpass themselves. Follow their trail or path course through nature’s fall beauties. Many routes are available for different runner levels: 6.5 km, 10 km, 11 km, 23 km, 42 km, and a 1 km course for young ones. A new route has been added this year, Défi des couleurs now offers you a 5 km night course.

Rouge et Or


For football fans, Telus Stadium is the place to be! Rouge et Or team will play against the Carabins from Université de Montréal Sunday, October 7, 2018, at 1 PM. Get your tickets!


And of course, a good Thanksgiving weekend to all our guests!

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