Just outside the city, the Jacques-Cartier River (to the west) and Riviére Malbaie (to the east) both make for an easy white-water rafting day trip. Village Vacances Valcartier (see Snow Slides) also runs three-hour rafting excursions on the river from May through September.
Excursions Jacques-Cartier. This outfitter runs rafting trips on the Jacques-Cartier River, about 48 km (30 miles) northwest of Québec City, from May through October. Tours originate from Tewkesbury, a half-hour drive from Québec City. A half-day trip ranges from C$55 per person on weekdays to C$76 on weekends, wet suits included. Horseback riding is also available. 860 av. Jacques-Cartier Nord, Stoneham-et-Tewkesbury, Québec, G3C 1X8. 418/848–7238; www.excursionsj-cartier.com.