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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Be a Glutton in Québec City


5. Oddball Day

Sunbathers at La Baie de Beauport.  

Parka season may last well into May, but Québec City welcomes the sun on La Baie de Beauport, a sandy ribbon along the St. Lawrence reopened in 2008 after a $19 million restoration. Rent kayaks, canoes (both are $8.60 per hour), or catamarans ($47.50 for two hours) from Baie's École Nautique (418-380-5556). The water isn't safe for swimming, but windsurfing is fine and École Nautique rents boards for $30 a day. Take a private or semi-private sailing lesson from school director Paule Samson, or try learning to kite surf during a one-on-one lesson from École Big Air for $47.50 an hour. Have a late picnic supper with supplies from Baie's only cantina, Le Fast Good. Pick up ham-and-gherkin panini, Toulouse sausages, and Québec's ultimate artery-clogger, poutine (frites doused in gravy and drizzled in cheese curds), till 9 p.m.

Published on Jul 2, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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