The Latest and the Greatest of Winter 2021-2022

Family in Petit-Champlain decorated for Christmas
Petit-Champlain, Audet Photo

Winter is part of the DNA of Québec City and its people. Anytime is the right time to get out and enjoy the fresh, crisp air! Right from November, the holiday spirit grips the Old City, from the opening of the German Christmas Market to the New Year’s celebrations on Grande Allée. Before February’s out, the whole town is swept up in the Québec Winter Carnival for nearly 10 days. And don’t forget the classics—combine the legendary all-ice Hôtel de Glace with the fun of Village Vacances Valcartier

Here are latest and the greatest of winter 2022 to add to your itinerary!

  • 1 The Biggest Indoor Skating Centre

    Québec City is now home to a new sports complex dedicated to skating in all its forms. The Centre de glaces Intact Assurance has lots of timeslots for the general public, so locals and visitors can get out on the ice. You can go skating on the Olympic oval or running on the indoor track, all while taking in the view through the high windows that run all around the building.

  • 2 Below the Ice with Mario Cyr: An Immersive Exhibition

    Welcome to the Canadian Arctic: a land of polar bears, whale songs, and stunning scenery that remains inaccessible to all but a few. Follow Mario Cyr as he takes you under the ice to explore this vast frozen wilderness from below. An immersive and moving portrait of an endangered ecosystem with one of the world’s great cold water marine explorers as your guide.
    December 18, 2021 to February 13,  reservations required

  • 3 Canada’s First Club Med

    Club Med’s first Canadian resort opens December 3, 2021, at Massif de Charlevoix. Built with locally sourced materials, the Club Med Québec Charlevoix building hugs the contours of the terrain and boasts spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and the majestic St. Lawrence River below. After months spent waiting out the pandemic, an all-inclusive Club Med ski vacation is just what the doctor ordered!

  • 4 Pompeii: The Immortal City Exhibition

    The tragic fate of the people of Pompeii has fascinated humankind for centuries. See objects from the period and get a glimpse into the everyday lives of the inhabitants of this mythic Roman city at a new exhibition presented at MCQ (Musée de la civilisation) starting November 18, 2021. It features an immersive installation where the ground trembles under your feet and buildings around you collapse. 

    While you’re at MCQ, check out Oh Shit!, a cheeky exhibit that will give you a whole new appreciation for this oft-maligned organic matter.
    Reservations required

  • 5 LEMOYNE. Offside Exhibition

    Serge Lemoyne is one of the first Québec artists to embrace pop art. See some of the works that made him famous, including the blue-white-red series on hockey, in this temporary exhibition at MNBAQ (Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec). October 28, 2021 to January 9, 2022 

    Also at the museum this winter: Latent Energies, an exhibition that pairs works by Paul-Émile Borduas, a pillar of Québec art, with recent MNBAQ acquisitions.
    Reservations required

  • 6 A New Eco-Friendly Outdoor Recreation Centre

    Located north of Québec City in Sainte-Brigitte-de-Laval, Centre récréotouristique des Hautes Terres is the place to go for sustainable outdoor fun. The centre is slated to open in December 2021 and will feature snow tubing, fatbiking, and snowshoeing, with more activities to be added at a later date.

  • 7 The German Christmas Market: Bigger and Better than Ever

    After temporarily shuttering its quaint little wood huts in 2020, the German Christmas Market is back this November and December to infuse our lives with Christmas magic and good cheer. In addition to the sites at the City Hall square and gardens and on Rue Sainte-Anne, this year’s market will also be held at beautiful Place D’Youville.
    November 25 to December 23, 2021 (Thursday to Sunday)

  • 8 New Restaurants

    The last year was hard on restaurant owners, many of whom showed incredible resilience by opening new establishments in the midst of the pandemic. Hats off to them! Show your support and dig in at new restaurants like Le Clan, former Château Frontenac chef Stéphane Modat’s latest venture and the 737, a restaurant fitted out in a real Boeing 737 in which you can also try out a flight simulator!

  • 9 Light Walk at Place Jean-Béliveau

    Three fun new interactive installations made of light and sound are set to take over Place Jean-Béliveau. Become an actor or musician in a unique collective artwork in Plein les yeux et les oreilles, an entertaining light walk. An ice path and warming stations round out the magical experience, which takes place right next to Québec City’s Grand Marché.

    Note: Photo of the past edition

  • 10 New Indoor Market in Sainte-Foy

    Calling all foodies! Sainte-Foy has a new destination for delicious eats. Located in a vast glass atrium, QG District Gourmet is home to a dozen stands and restaurants, plus a farmer’s market. Delish!

More New Stuff!

  • The new Villéa Hébergement Nature complex features 15 luxury cabins right beside the recently renovated Nordic spa at Mont-Sainte-Anne.  
  • La Visite is a new trail that connects two major tourist attractions in the area: Village Vacances Valcartier in Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier and Empire 47 in Lac-Delage. The trail is open to walkers / snowshoers and is 5.4 km long.  
  • The new main lodge at Camp Mercier features beautiful big windows, so snowshoers and cross-country skiers can continue enjoying the surroundings as they warm up inside.
  • The new oversized lamp shades on Avenue Cartier really light up Québec City’s arts district. The new lampshades are the work of Diane Obomsawin, an artist of Abenaki descent.
  • Located in Saint-Tite-des-Caps, the new Musée de la nature is home to thousands of animals so skillfully preserved, you’ll think they’re still alive!! 


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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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