5 Days in Québec City in Winter

Glissades sur la terrasse Dufferin
Gaelle Leroyer

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
  • Enjoy Old Québec's Fairy-Tale Atmosphere
  • Day 1 Enjoy Old Québec's Fairy-Tale Atmosphere


    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. 

    0.44 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


    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.

  • Experience Winter Like a Local
  • Day 2 Experience Winter Like a Local


    Montmorency Waterfalls Park

    Head to Montmorency Falls Park to walk and admire the winter landscape. The ice-bound cliffs bordering the falls are popular with daredevil climbers, so keep your eyes peeled. 

    11.81 km
  • 5

    Place D'Youville Ice Rink

    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.

  • Embrace your Inner Child at the Greatest Winter Playground
  • Day 3 Embrace your Inner Child at the Greatest Winter Playground


    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.

    0.75 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.

  • Get into the Great Outdoors
  • Day 4 Get into the Great Outdoors


    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.

    36.97 km
  • 10

    Sibéria Spa

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


  • Meet the First Nations
  • Day 5 Meet the First Nations



    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.

    Onhwa' Lumina in winter
    Onhwa' Lumina, No Man’s Land Photographie

    Be also amazed by Onhwa' Lumina, an immersive multimedia forest experience inspired by Huron-Wendat culture. It is the only immersive multimedia experience of its kind to be open in winter in Québec.

    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!

    19.99 km
Add to Google Maps

Add the places mentioned in this article to your Google Maps so you'll have them handy during your trip.


Équipe édito
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!

You'll Also Like

  • Fatbike dans le Vieux-Québec
    Bike Tours in Québec City
  • Vue de la porte Saint-Jean en hiver
    12 Historical Gems in Old Québec You Should Not Miss
  • A Native American dancer performs a traditional dance inside the longhouse in Wendake, near Québec City.
    The Best Experiences to Discover the Indigenous Culture
  • Ice rink
    10 Best Things to Do in Old Québec City
  • Boutique Martino
    15 Unique Destinations for a Buy-Local Experience
  • Family in a kid's playground in Old Québec
    Switching to Slow Travel Mode in Québec City
  • Fortifications of Québec
    How to Spend a Sustainable Weekend in Québec City