14 Winter Instagram Shots to Take in Québec City

Pamela Macnaughtan, amoureuse de Québec
Pamela MacNaughtan
Published on January 27, 2020
Lévis Québec ferry in winter
Société des traversiers

From the moment you tell your friends you’re off to explore the oldest city in Canada, they are sure to be green with envy, who wouldn’t be? Cobblestone streets, trendy cafés, historic stone buildings, and scenery that is so stunning it will leave you weak in the knees. Here are my favourite experiences in the city to capture and share on Instagram.

  • 1

    Rue du Petit-Champlain

    Stand atop the stairs of Escalier du Casse-Cou on Côte de la Montagne for a classic shot of rue du Petit-Champlain a gorgeous perspective, particularly after a snowstorm.

  • 2

    Take the Québec-Lévis ferry

    Capture the Québec City skyline from the shores of Lévis! The ferry takes 10 minutes to cross the St. Lawrence River and the view of the city is spectacular especially at night.

  • 3

    German Christmas Market

    Québec City has a German Christmas Market?! Hells yes we do! It’s the perfect occasion to taste Swiss fondue or maple taffy, buy traditional German handicrafts. There is plenty to see, eat, and Instagram at this delightful Christmas market.

  • 4

    Rue des Jardins

    Stand at the junction of rue Donnacona and rue des Jardins for a shot of Québec City’s tiniest house facade next to Musée des Ursulines de Québec.

  • 5

    Terrasse Pierre-Dugua-De Mons

    This is THE place to go for a classic postcard shot of Château Frontenac, Old Québec and the St. Lawrence River. Just walk along the path from La Citadelle de Québec to the end and voilà!

  • 6

    Maison de la littérature

    From the light streaming through the large old church windows to the white and blonde wood décor to the modern contemporary spiral staircase, Maison de la littérature is one of the most instagrammed indoor spots in Québec City.

  • 7

    Skating at Place D’Youville

    Embrace winter in Québec by skating on the outdoor rink just outside the old city walls and enjoying a warm cup of hot chocolate.

  • 8

    Observatoire de la Capitale

    On a clear sunny day, you can capture stunning overhead shots of Québec City, which is absolutely magical in winter!

  • 9

    Café Mælstrøm

    Trendy café by day, cocktail bar by night. Indulge in coffee-infused cocktails or cold brew coffee in this popular café in Saint-Roch. We bet your friends have never been to a coffee shop cocktail bar!

  • 10

    Brunch at Pied Bleu

    Make reservations ahead of time as this little restaurant in Saint-Sauveur gets crowded quickly. Order all the things, arrange your table, and take an Instagram shot that will make everyone drool!

  • 11

    Le Lièvre & la tortue

    Possibly one of the most instagrammable tearooms in Québec City, you will want to photograph every inch of this vintage-chic tearoom in Limoilou.

  • 12

    Chute Montmorency

    Follow the path at the top of the falls to the bridge for a cool down-angle shot of the falls (30m higher than Niagara Falls), or Instagram an up-angle shot showing it in all its magnificent winter glory.

  • 13

    Ice Hotel

    It is a hotel made from snow and ice which includes a bar and even a wedding chapel. This one has sexy written all over it!

  • 14


    Everyone needs a mouthwatering Instagram shot of poutine in their instagram feed. Watch your number of likes explode as your followers begin craving their own bowl of poutine.

Pamela Macnaughtan, amoureuse de Québec
Pamela MacNaughtan

Travel writer and photographer, Pamela has a deep love of all things Québec City. She is an anglophone from Ontario who prefers living in Québec. An avid city explorer and chocolat chaud connoisseur, Pamela accentuates the finest experiences in the city.

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