The Québec City region boasts outstanding snow cover, magnificent scenery, and first-rate trails, plus the province’s highest concentration of cross-country ski areas for both classic and skate skiing. Get ready for the cross-country skiing adventure of a lifetime!

Ski Areas With More Than 75 km of Trails

Mont-Sainte-Anne: Canada’s biggest cross-country ski area is also a national training centre.

Camp Mercier: (Réserve faunique des Laurentides): Some of the best snow conditions and an exceptionally long season.

Forêt Montmorency: The Northeast’s only ski area with a trail that opens in late October.

Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier: Magnificent landscapes in a U-shaped valley. Nordic skiing only (ungroomed trails).

Camp Mercier | Credit:  Camp Mercier, Dominique Boudreault
Credit: Camp Mercier, Dominique Boudreault

Ski Areas With 25 to 75 km of Trails

Station touristique Duchesnay: This resort offers many other winter activities.

Sentiers du Moulin: A lovely series of hills in a forested landscape just 20 minutes from the city centre.

Les Portes de l’Enfer: (Parc naturel régional de Portneuf): This is the place to find truly untamed landscapes.

Sentier des Caps in Charlevoix: A series of trails with breathtaking views of the St. Lawrence River.

Centre de ski de fond de Val-Bélair: Trails run through Parc naturel du Mont-Bélair, just 20 minutes from the hotels in Sainte-Foy.


Cross-country skiing Quebec City | Credit:  Duchesnay, Sépaq
Credit: Duchesnay, Sépaq

Ski Areas With Less Than 25 km of Trails

Plains of Abraham: Trails with a bird’s-eye view of the St. Lawrence River in the centre of Québec City.

Parc linéraire de la Rivière-Saint-CharlesAn easy circular trail along St. Charles River in Lower Town.

Centre de plein air de Beauport: A variety of winter activities for the whole family.

Domaine Maizerets: The countryside in the heart of town! One of the best places to try your hand at cross-country, skating, or snowshoeing.

Base de plein air de Sainte-Foy: Find yourself surrounded by nature just minutes from the hotels in Sainte-Foy.

Cross-country Skiing on the Plains of Abraham  | Credit:  Francis Gagnon
Credit: Francis Gagnon

Regroupement ski de fond raquette is a group that provides all kinds of useful information on cross-country skiing in the greater Québec City Area.


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