Why Québec City is a top Canadian sports event destination

Mathieu Jadau

Are you a planner looking to find the ultimate, must-go destination for an upcoming sports event? It’s indeed no small feat. After all, there are many considerations to take into account, such as a potential host city’s seasonal sports facilities and infrastructure, nearby tourist attractions, entertainment and hospitality options, availability of qualified volunteers, community support, and overall accessibility.

Event planners can tick everything off their list of requirements when it comes to Québec City. While Québec is renowned around the world for its historical and cultural allure, did you know that it’s also a four-season hub for high-calibre, international sporting events?  

Over the past 30 years, Québec City has played host to over a hundred sports events, such as World Championships, World Cups and World Tour legs in various sports, boxing matches as well as sports conventions.

Facilities for year-round activities

Whether your organizing a winter or summer event—or anything in between, Québec City has affordable venues and green spaces for any type of sports, including downhill and cross-country skiing just minutes from downtown, Université Laval’s multi-sport complex for both indoor and outdoor sports, urban sites that immerse competitors in the city centre, multiple municipal, collegiate and high school facilities that feature soccer, football fields and so much more. No matter the season or the sport, Québec City has got you covered.

    Complementary infrastructure

    Do you need to organize a gala dinner or conference in conjunction with your sports event? The Québec City Convention Centre and ExpoCité (Québec's exhibition centre) are state-of-the-art venues that can cater to your needs for auxiliary activities and events.

    Central location

    After a day of competing, participants are always stoked to soak in the local sites. Many of Québec City’s main tourist venues and accommodations are located within walking distance of each other, particularly in the downtown core. With the city’s effervescent festival and cultural event scene, it’s easy to pair your sports event with other activities to your participants’ delight. 

      Community support

      Québec City locals love sports. Whether they’re diehard hockey fans or into bike races, they never miss an opportunity to attend a sporting event—in the dead heat of the summer or sub-zero winter. That’s why planners can count on energized spectators and experienced volunteers to create a memorable atmosphere, assist you during the event, and bring your competition to an entirely new level. 

      Québec City has been host to international, regional and local sports events... every season is great for an event in Québec City! 


      • Vélirium – Mountain Bike World Cup
      • Transat Québec/St-Malo (every 4 years)
      • Québec City Marathon (road race)
      • Tour de Beauce (road cycling)
      • Tour de Québec
      • Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec (Part of the official UCI World Tour circuit)


      • Coupe Banque Nationale (women’s tennis)
      • World Cup of Hockey 2016 Pre-Tournament Game
      • NCAA basketball tournaments


      • Québec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament
      • Pentathlon des Neiges
      • Snowboard Big Air World Cup
      • Red Bull Crashed Ice
      • Grand défi Chez Victor (ice canoe race)


      • Québec Open Karaté
      • Québec triathlon
      • FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour
      • World Police and Fire Games
      • The 2015 Conversation - Women in sports


      Regardless of the type of sporting event you are planning in the near future, it’s important to be able to rely on local experts for venue selection as well as overall event logistics.

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