10 Reasons You Should Travel to Quebec City This Winter

When the winter months roll around most cities bundle up inside waiting for the warmer weather and bright blooms of spring, but Quebec City celebrates winter with a joie de vivre that can be found nowhere else. With French influences and nearly 500 years of history there has never been a better time time plan a trip to Quebec City, but if you visit Quebec City in the winter you’ll find a city that has been transformed into a snowy wonderland. Here are 10 reasons to travel to Quebec City this winter.

 

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Explore the Petit- Champlain District

Gorgeous anytime of year, the picturesque cobblestone streets of the Petit-Champlain District are especially charming during the winter. Discover independent boutiques and cafes selling Quebecois specialties such as maple syrup and ice wine or just enjoy wandering through the narrow alleys enjoying the festive decorations and ice sculptures celebrating the winter season.

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Toboggan slide Au 1884

You know a city takes its winter fun seriously when there is a toboggan run right in the middle of town. Operating from Dufferin Terrace since 1884, this run offers up an exhilarating ride on old-school wooden toboggans with a view of the iconic Le Chateau Fronternac on one side and the icy St. Lawrence River on the other while reaching speeds of over 40 miles per hour. Prices for Au 1884 start at $3 CAD or $10 CAD for a group of 4 making this an affordable attraction for the entire family.

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Quebec City Winter Carnival

Every year from the end of January through mid February Quebec City celebrates the Winter Carnival, the largest winter festival in the world. Bundle up and enjoy the best snowy fun Quebec has to offer; try your hand at dog sledding, enjoy a cozy sleigh ride or delight in the frozen creations of the International Snow Sculpture Competition. Not to be missed is the exciting ice canoe race, where elite athletes row their way across the frozen St. Lawrence River. Join the locals at one of the lively night parades, where you’re sure to see Bonhomme, a jolly seven foot snowman beloved by kids who joyfully welcomes festival goers as the ambassador of the Winter Carnival.

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Ice Skating

You can find outdoor ice skating rinks throughout Quebec City during the winter season but one of the most charming can be found at Place D’Youville. Glide across the ice in full view of the grand Port Saint-Jean gate and Capitole de Quebec, then warm up at one of the many nearby cafes ( I recommend the delicious maple latte at Cantook, a boutique coffee house located 5 minutes away on Rue Saint-Jean). Admission to the rink is free if you have your own skates, but there is also onsite skate rental as well.

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Skiing

Looking for a little downhill action? You’re in luck. Quebec City’s proximity to the Laurentian Mountains means there are four ski resorts within a short drive of the historic Vieux-Port. Le Relais Centre is a quick 15 minute from the Quebec City while the nearby Stoneham Mountain Resort boasts the largest night skiing area in Canada.

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Visit an Ice Hotel

Quebec’s Hotel de Glace is a fantastical winter wonderland located just 10 minutes from historic Quebec City. An overnight stay at North America’s only ice hotel is definitely bucket-list worthy but the less intrepid of us can discover the Hotel de Glace on a day tour. Explore the ice hotel’s 44 rooms and suites, take a turn down the ice slide and enjoy a frosty cocktail (served in a glass made of ice, of course) at the ice bar. There’s even an ice chapel for couples who want to tie the knot in high polar style.

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Relax at a Nordic Spa

There is no better way to warm up and unwind than a visit to one of Quebec’s Nordic spas. Immerse yourself in the Scandinavian tradition of thermotherapy; visits to toasty saunas and eucalyptus- infused steam rooms are alternated with dips in icy-cold pools that relax tired muscles and increase circulation. It’s the perfect way to rejuvenate from a day of enjoying Quebec’s winter activities.

 

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Nordik Village

Each winter, when the Louise Basin inner harbor freezes over, an outdoor recreation area comes to downtown Quebec City in the form of Village Nordik. Igloos dot the harbor where you can try your hand at ice fishing. Lucky enough to land a trout? Bring your catch to Le Marhe de Vieux-Port where they will prepare your fish with a side of wild rice, quinoa, veggies and a salad.

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Snow Tubing at Village Vacance Valcartier

Not a skier but still looking for some outdoor winter thrills? The 35 snowtube runs at Village Vacances Valcartier (North America’s largest snowtube park) offer adventures from mild to wild and may be the most fun you can have in the snow.

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Join the locals on the Plains of Abraham

The Plains of Abraham, Quebec City’s answer to Central Park, is popular with locals looking to get outside and enjoy the snow. Strap on some snowshoes or cross-country skies to explore the park’s expansive trails (there’s an onsite kiosk with rentals available) or just enjoy a stroll with views of the Fine Arts Museum and the St. Lawrence River.

Do you have any recommendations for visiting Quebec City in the winter? Please share your tips in the comments!

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I was graciously hosted by Quebec City Tourism, but as always all opinions are my own.

54 Comments on “10 Reasons You Should Travel to Quebec City This Winter

  1. Quebec has ALWAYS interested me, especially the skiing. Being located on the east coast of the USA, I’m disappointed in myself for not having visited!

  2. I’m actually Canadian but currently live in France.. I’ve lived in England for most of my life and have always been too wimpy with regards to the cold to visit Quebec in the winter! I think your post might actually have finally convinced me though! I always see the toboggan ride in the centre of the city and wonder what it would be like…
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    • Just make sure to bundle up, it’s such a fun place in the winter!

  3. Looks amazing! I have really been meaning to go here especially after finding a lot of French-Canadian ancestors during my family tree research! 🙂

  4. Wow, so many fun winter activities – Toboggan slide looks awesome. Will have to plan a winter trip soon!

  5. Your gorgeous photos makes me to visit Quebec. Loved the ice chapel. But I’m going to table my visit until next year so I can go during the Winter Carnival.

  6. Quebec is one of my secret travel crushes. I would love to go there, eat Poutine and sleep in the Ice Hotel. I’ve been trying to convince my husband to take me, but he is too afraid of the cold, hehe 🙂 Maybe if I show him your post, I can convince him?

    • I hope you can,just make sure you have good boots and good thermals and you’ll be set.

  7. That looks like so much fun–especially the tobagganing! I’d like to go to the Winter Carnival. I’d thought about it before, but after your post, it’s now officially on my bucket list. And, I’d also like to stay in an ice hotel. Quebec City would be the perfect place to enjoy all my winter fun desires–and then relax at a nordic spa.

  8. I did not think I wanted to visit Quebec City in the winter but after reading your post, I may change my mind. All those outdoor activities look like so much fun. The winter carnival rocks and that big snow tubing thing…epic! Glad you had so much fun! Will I be seeing you in Irvine? Would love to catch up!
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    • Girl, you would absolutely love Quebec! Unfortunately I won’t be making it to WITS this year, have fun!

    • Quebec is so charming it almost makes you forget about the cold!

    • We didn’t get much of a winter here so I had to go find some of my own!

  9. I am quite an experienced visitor of spas, but never one like this! I never thought much about it before but your photo of the Nordic spa reminded me of the differences between spas in different countries. I’m up for a Nordic one any day!
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    • I definitely need to explore more of the province, especially Montreal.

  10. As a Canadian this brought home some familar memories and was very much appreciated. I love Quebec City and how it is so European compared to other North American Cities the food, the fashion the things to do awesome. I just yesterday tried to explain tubing to my Irish niece lol.

    • There’s no tubing in Ireland? That aside there really is no place like Quebec City is there?

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