Baie de Beauport

Learn to SUP in the bay

Water

Beginner-friendly

Full day

New to paddleboarding but want to give it a shot? Check out Baie de Beauport, conveniently located at a fork in the St. Lawrence River near downtown Quebec City. The shoreline has calm waters that are great for beginners, and there’s a swimming spot to cool off on August afternoons. Pack a cooler and invite some friends.

Baie de Beauport

Baie de Beauport

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Driving time from Quebec City

10 minutes

Sandy beach space

1km

Types of watercraft rentals

8

Plan your day

Get ready to hit the water

Getting there

Baie de Beauport is accessible by both transit and bike paths if you don’t want to drive. The network of bike paths takes you through the Corridor du Littoral route – a scenic waterfront ride past tree-lined corridors and characteristic Quebec City architecture. If you’ve got a car, parking is a flat rate of $10 per day, which is separate from the admittance fee to the beach.

Be seasonally smart

The water is open from May to October, and peak season is from mid-June to the end of August. To make the most of your day, arrive early, especially on weekends as the bay tends to be busy. Don’t forget to pack a cooler with sandwiches, snacks and some cold drinks to hang out by the beach while taking a break. If you don’t want to pack along food, the food truck at the bay is pretty popular and serves up sandwiches, tacos and hot dogs.

Learning the sport

Paddleboarding is still new in Quebec but it’s quickly gaining popularity. If you’ve never tried it before and would like to take a lesson, some organizations offer them at Baie de Beauport and rentals are available (or you can bring your own). You don’t need any experience for lessons, but you should be comfortable in the water and not be afraid to fall in. If you’re a beginner, hug the shoreline as that’s where the water will be calmest. For real-time weather updates on how the water is behaving, try the Windmétéo app.

Other water ways

Stay late to watch the sunset on your paddleboard, see some live music onstage, or sip a cold drink at one of the many restaurants. Along with paddleboarding, you can also take to the water by canoe, kayak or try a sailing class on the St. Lawrence. If you’d like to stay overnight and camp next to the river so you can catch the sunrise, the Baie de Beauport also offers RV camping site, but no tents are allowed.  

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