Quebec City has a number of school boards, including Central Quebec School Board, Commission scolaire de la Capitale, Commission scolaire des Découvreurs, and Commission scolaire des Premieres-Seigneuries. These boards operate primary and secondary schools in the region, some examples of which are Ste-Foy Elementary School, Holland Elementary School, École de La Chanterelle, École des Explorateurs, École Fernand-Seguin, École Trois-Saisons, École Guillaume-Mathieu, École du Parc-Orléans, Quebec High School, and École Cardinal-Roy. Most schools operate in French, although some provide English-language instruction.
Post-secondary institutions in the city include Laval University, Université du Québec, College François-Xavier-Garneau, Champlain College St. Lawrence, as well as private institutions such as College CDI and College Bart.
Quebec City holds its famous Winter Carnival each year from the end of January to mid-February. The carnival includes parades, outdoor sporting events such as dogsledding and snowboarding, free outdoor dining experiences, snow sculpture contests, outdoor dance parties, and an Ice Palace (a building made completely of ice).
Many species of mammals, reptiles, and fish can be seen at Parc Aquarium du Québec, which overlooks the St. Lawrence River. The interior of the aquarium includes numerous large tanks showcasing various types of marine life, while the exterior features a garden, several outdoor pools, and a wetlands area.
Quebec City is also home to numerous parks, historic sites, and community centres.