3 Days in Winter

 Several people walk in the evening on rue du Petit-Champlain, covered with snow and decorated with many illuminated trees.
Francis Gagnon

Covered in a blanket of fresh, white snow, Québec City is a real-life winter wonderland. Planning a long weekend in Québec City? Wondering what to see and do in 72 hours? Here’s an itinerary that will help you make the most of your stay.

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 1

    Enjoy Old Québec's Fairy-Tale Atmosphere

    1 Stroll the Historic Streets Inside the Walls

    Snap some pics of such photogenic landmarks and attractions within the fortifications as Château Frontenac, Dufferin Terrace, the Citadelle, Parliament Building, the Plains of Abraham and the fortifications. Climb to the top of Observatoire de la Capitale for a 360° view of the snow-covered city.

    0.46 km
  • 2 Petit-Champlain

    Wander through the enchanting Petit-Champlain and Place-Royale neighbourhoods and take in the delightful winter decorations. Keep an eye out for the many architectural details that point to Québec City’s French and British past. After working up an appetite, you’ll no doubt be ready to try some of the traditional Québec cuisine available at specialty restaurants in town.

  • Day 2

    Immerse Yourself in a Unique Culture

    3 Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

    Pay a visit to Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, home to the world’s preeminent collection of Québec art.

    13.31 km
  • 4 Montmorency Falls Park

    Head to Montmorency Falls Park to admire the winter landscape. The ice-bound cliffs bordering the falls are popular with daredevil climbers, so keep your eyes peeled. At the base of the falls, watch for the famous “sugar loaf” that forms as mist and spray freeze during the winter.

    12.33 km
  • 5 Dufferin Terrace Toboggan Slide

    Experience a thrilling 130-year-old winter tradition and toboggan down the slide at Dufferin Terrace. To help you come down from the adrenaline rush, why not sample a beer or two at one of the many local craft breweries or finish up your evening with some live music at a popular local venue.

  • Day 3

    Experience Winter in all its Wonder

    6 Ice Hotel

    A winter trip to Québec City just wouldn’t be the same without a visit to North America’s one and only Ice Hotel. This ephemeral architectural masterpiece is redesigned each year. Don’t miss the unique sculptures and incredible decor.

  • 7 Village Vacances Valcartier

    While you’re there, embrace your inner child at Village Vacances Valcartier. With 35 slides, it’s the largest winter playground in North America.

    33.72 km
  • 8 Place D'Youville Ice Rink

    Lace up a pair of skates and soak up the atmosphere—and the great Québec music—at the outdoor rink in place D'Youville. Or marvel at the spectacular setting of the ice oval on the Plains of Abraham.

    After you’ve hung up your skates for the night, treat yourself at one of Old Québec’s gourmet restaurants or savour some delectable French cuisine at a friendly neighbourhood bistro.

    Wow, 72 hours really fly by when you’re having fun! But if you stay five days, you’ll have even more time to fall in love with winter. 

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Editorial Team

As proud ambassadors of our beloved city, we’re delighted to be sharing the things and places we love most in the Québec City area. What a joy for us to help you discover everything this vibrant and welcoming city has to offer!

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