Figuring out what to do on vacation can become a real headache, especially if you don’t want to break the bank. Vacations don’t always mean travel, road trips or big expeditions. Whether you are a family, a couple or alone, there is a wide range of simple (or not), inexpensive and really fun activities to do on vacation! L’Entraide diabétique gives you its top 10 things to do or see this summer to have fun!
1- Try the Via Ferrata: A hybrid activity between hiking and climbing, the 12 Via Ferrata routes in Quebec offer you a different way to explore the province! A great way to see breathtaking panoramas while challenging yourself.
2- Educate yourself by visiting animals: In Quebec, we are fortunate to have several refuge locations that take in animals and care for them in a natural setting. Discover the Ecomuseum Zoo in Montreal, Parc Omega in Montebello, Miller Zoo in the Beauce, Le Familizoo in Saint-Calixte or the Zoo Sauvage de Saint-Félicien in Lac-Saint-Jean. There are many places where you can learn more about Quebec’s wildlife and their conservation.
3- Go camping: When it comes to camping, you have a lot of choices! Sépaq offers a number of campsites with or without services (reserve in advance; site bookings fill up quickly). You can also opt for more organized campsites featuring a number of activities to enjoy, for example Complexe Atlantide or Camping Valcartier—perfect for entertaining youngsters and adults alike.
4- Try golfing: A sometimes forgotten sport, golfing can be a great activity to try! Learn the basics at the Académie Golf UFO in Laval before heading out on the golf course. To make it easier, go to a driving range or a miniature golf course near you.
5- Take pictures at the Maison Lavande: A dream location! Spend a beautiful afternoon in the fields in bloom.
6- Go for a ride on the water: Rent a boat (kayak, canoe, paddle board, etc.) and safety gear for an excursion in the heart of nature with Aventure Mille-Îles, À L’Abordage or Aventures H2O.
7- Skate even in summer: For hot or rainy days, get out your skates and have fun on the Atrium Le 1000 skating rink.
8- Discover the Montréal Science Centre: Perfect for the whole family, the MSC offers a wealth of exhibits, games, films and experiments that will impress you while expanding your knowledge.
9- Explore the surrounding area by hiking: With the Alltrails app, it’s now very easy to find hiking trails that suit you according to the level of difficulty and the location you choose! Get out and move!
10- Visit an unusual place: Often unknown, underground places are mysterious sites that pique our curiosity. Discover the Trou de la fée cave in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean or the Trou du diable grotto in Portneuf. Closer to Montreal? Visit the Caverne de Saint-Léonard in the borough of the same name!
In short, although you may want to do a lot of activities, sometimes it’s good to stay home and take care of your own place. Rainy days are often a time to relax and watch movies or your favourite series. Take advantage of a rainy day to sort out your clothes and small household items in good condition and prepare bags to drop off at a donation bin near you!