But the police presence in the old city was noticeable - squad cars drove through the area and uniformed officers kept watch at different spots across the neighbourhood popular with tourists and locals alike.
In the afternoon when sunshine gave way to rains and clouds gallery owner Esther Garneau embraced prospective clients even though the glass window facade of her store was overspread with plywood.
"I'm staying open with the barricades", she said. However, police was present to keep vigil on the protestors.
The amount of detention centers that have been initiated in the Quebec City area in prediction of rallies is provoking human rights group to contemplate about objectives of security forces. She also said that her artists were anxious.
On Thursday night, about 500 protesters marched through Quebec City, to denounce the "neo-liberal" policies of the G7 countries.
A spokesman for Canada's Trudeau said that Ottawa's position against such a move had not changed.
Anti-G7 Resistance Network has been tight-lipped about the activities planned, but bulletins released by the group suggest its members are prepared to engage in civil disobedience.
Leaders of the Group of Seven rich nations are set to clash with a combative Trump on Friday when they pressure him to lift sanctions on steel and aluminum they fear could lead to a trade war.
Earlier on Thursday, the first of a series of demonstrations and protests kicked off peacefully in the provincial capital.
"It's the free speech zone here, but we're just preaching in the desert, because in my opinion the G7 leaders won't really come here", said Sujata Dey of The Council of Canadians.
An actor wearing a papier-mache mask of Donald Trump wielded a feather duster, while a likeness of Justin Trudeau carved a turkey next to laundry-folding Angela Merkel.
Oxfam Quebec's Executive Director, Denise Byrnes, said that persistent droughts in southern countries are particularly affecting women farmers - who have to continue moving to survive.