5 Days in Winter

A group goes rafting on snow, arms in the air, in a slide at Village Vacances Valcartier.
Francis Gagnon

Vacationing in the Québec City area for five days? The city has so much to offer in winter. Here’s an itinerary that will help you make the most of your stay.

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 1

    Enjoy Old Québec's Fairy-Tale Atmosphere

    1 Guided Tour of Old Québec

    Get your bearings—and an introduction to the city’s rich history—by taking a guided tour of Old Québec. 

    0.47 km
  • 2 Québec-Lévis Ferry

    Catch the ferry to Lévis for amazing views of Québec City and the Château Frontenac. The sound of river ice scraping against the ship’s hull is especially striking. Back on terra firma, enjoy some of the best hot chocolate you’ve ever tasted.

    0.17 km
  • 3 Petit-Champlain

    Wander through the enchanting Petit-Champlain and Place-Royale neighbourhoods, taking 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

    Experience Winter Like a Local

    4 Montmorency Waterfalls 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.

    11.36 km
  • 5 Patinoire de la place D'Youville

    Lace up a pair of skates and soak up the atmosphere—and great Québec music—at the outdoor rink in Place D'Youville.

    0.97 km
  • 6 Dufferin Terrace Toboggan Slide

    Experience a thrilling 130-year-old winter tradition and toboggan down the slide at Dufferin Terrace

    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.

  • Day 3

    Embrace your Inner Child at the Greatest Winter Playground

    7 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 every year. Don’t miss the unique sculptures and incredible décor.

    0.71 km
  • 8 Village Vacances Valcartier

    While you’re there, have a blast at Village Vacances Valcartier. With 35 slides, it’s the largest winter playground in North America. Or maybe you’d rather hit the waterslides at Bora Park, Québec’s largest indoor waterpark.

    In the evening, 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 4

    Get into the Great Outdoors

    9 Jacques-Cartier National Park

    Strap on your snowshoes and head out to explore Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier, one of Québec’s most breathtaking glacial valleys. With 11 trails totalling over 75 kilometres, the park serves up incredible scenery and lofty plateaus that overlook the frozen river.

    52.59 km
  • 10 Sibéria Spa

    On your way back to town, discover the true meaning of relaxation at Sibéria Nordic Spa.


  • Day 5

    Meet the First Nations

    11 Wendake

    Don’t pass up the opportunity to visit Wendake and the Traditional Huron site Onhoüa Chetek8e, the most authentic recreation of a Québec Aboriginal village.

    19.45 km
  • 12 Aquarium du Québec

    Some of the residents at Aquarium du Québec just can’t get enough of winter, especially the harbour seals, polar bears and walruses. Observe these and 10,000 other marine animals.

    You can’t go home without getting a taste of Québec’s most famous dish—poutine!

    Remember, when you’re exploring Old Québec and enjoying the region’s many outdoor events, be sure to dress appropriately for your activity—and for the weather!

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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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