Village Vacances Valcartier: The Most Fun You’ll Have This Winter

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Published on January 27, 2020
A group goes rafting on snow, arms in the air, in a slide at Village Vacances Valcartier.
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Village Vacances Valcartier is the largest four-season resort in Eastern Canada and one heck of a wonderland for winter fun. The village is close to Québec City’s Old Town—a gorgeous UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here are 3 tips for an amazing trip to Village Vacances Valcartier:

Sliding and Gliding

Village Vacances Valcartier
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If there’s a fun way to slide downhill, you’ll find it on the slopes at Village Vacances Valcartier. They’ve got tubes, snow rafts, and a crazy spinning Valcartier exclusive called the Tornado. With 17 mechanical lifts and 35 (yes, 35!) slides, you can sled the day away without getting tired at the biggest winter playground in North America. Love skating? They’ve got that too, with lights and music and hot cocoa and snowbanks.

Tip #1: If you’re new to sledding, start with the easiest slides. Work your way up to the intermediate ones as you gain confidence. Save the thrill of the extreme slides for last. It may be convenient to wear ski goggles to view the descent path rather than having your eyes closed due to wind or snow.

Hôtel de Glace

Hotel de glace
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A North American exclusive, this ephemeral hotel built of snow and ice has over 40 rooms and a variety of suites, each with a different theme. Stay for the night or just stroll around and enjoy the fairy‑tale feel of the place. It’s like a magical ice castle! Winter wonder guaranteed from January to March every year.

Tip #2: Come and see it during the day and then come back at night for two totally different experiences. During your visit, head to the hotel bar for a cocktail served in a tumbler made of solid ice.

Bora Park

Village Vacances Valcartier / Bora Parc
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There’s also an indoor waterpark at the Village and it’s over 100,000 sq. ft. It’s attached to a 4-star hotel with 153 suites, a spa, and many bars and restaurants. No matter the time of year, the temperature in the waterpark is a balmy 86°F (30°C), which goes nicely with the playful Polynesian theme. With plenty of waterslides, a wave pool, a tubing river, and a double surf wave, it’s fun for the whole family.

Tip #3: Like any indoor waterpark, the capacity of the site is limited. It is strongly recommended to buy your tickets in advance.

Village Vacances Valcartier
1860 Valcartier Boulevard
Valcartier, G0A 4S0

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