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.
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