Located in the vicinity of the river and facing Quebec City, Lévis offers exceptional panoramic views.  It is the main urban, business, and manufacturing centre of the Chaudière-Appalaches region. With a population of over 140,000, Lévis is known for its economic and social vibrancy.

Lévis, cradle of the Desjardins movement, whose head office is one of the largest regional employers, hosts about 40 cooperatives, positioning it as a “city of cooperation.” Currently, Lévis is experiencing unprecedented territorial and demographic growth. The development of commercial centres and the presence of a technology park further stimulate its economy.

Students are also key to the community’s vitality. Each year, over 300,000 students enroll in education programs of all levels offered in Lévis. Established in the city since 1980, UQAR welcomes over 3,000 students each year at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

A city that abounds in natural spaces for outdoor activities

Parc des Chutes-de-la-Chaudière and the bike paths forming the Parcours des Anses (cove circuit) along the St. Lawrence River are prime examples of such spaces near the downtown area. A number of sites offer exceptional views of the Quebec City fortifications, the buzzing harbor and aquatic activities, the bridges linking the banks of the river, and of the Île d’Orléans.

Lévis’ nature includes

  • 255 parks and green spaces
  • Eight large urban parks and dozens of community parks
  • Over 68 neighbourhood parks with play areas for children
  • 195 km of bike paths, including 69 km connected to the Route verte

In addition, local residents can enjoy the numerous facilities of the three boroughs of Lévis (Chutes-de-la-Chaudière-Ouest, Chutes-de-la-Chaudière-Est, and Desjardins), which include

  • 11 outdoor pools and two indoor pools
  • Over 40 tennis courts, 10 of which are managed by the City
  • Seven major golf clubs
  • 11 skateboarding and BMX sites
  • One alpine ski school and five cross-country ski areas
  • Three artificial and 58 natural-grass soccer fields
  • 73 skating and hockey facilities, including five arenas managed by the City

An environment where arts and culture flourish

The city’s most remarkable architectural assets include the Vieux-Lévis sector which features a concentration of heritage buildings and places. Visual arts and a variety of shows are strongly highlighted:


The Quebec City-Lévis Ferry and the Société de transport de Lévis make it easier for residents and students of Lévis and the surrounding area to move around. They provide easy access to City of Lévis services and to Quebec City tourist attractions. In addition, in order to encourage the academic community to adopt environmentally sustainable behavior and reduce the use of private vehicles for single-person trips, UQAR and the Association générale des étudiants et étudiantes du campus de Lévis—AGECALE (Lévis campus general student association) offer a carpooling platform free of charge.

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