Don your scarves and mittens: Winter’s here with its beautiful blanket of white and countless ways to get out and enjoy it. Here are 50 activities to get the (snow)ball rolling…

1. Careen down a hundred-year-old toboggan run at up to 80 km/hour! Only at Dufferin Terrace.

2. Go for a skate in the heart of the city at Place d’Youville, a true winter wonderland. 

3. Spend an unforgettable day at Village Vacances Valcartier, the largest winter playground in North America.

4. Explore Old Québec, a UNESCO world heritage treasure. 

5. Enjoy fantastic skiing and fabulous snow conditions at nearby resorts

6. Hold on to the reins for a thrilling dogsled ride

Ice skating at place D'Youville | Credit:  Yves Tessier
Credit: Yves Tessier

7. Go sledding without spending a penny at great hills all over Québec City (link in French)

8. Pamper yourself with a relaxing Nordic spa experience. 

9. Try ice canoeing on the St. Lawrence River.

10. Bundle up the kids and catch a Québec Winter Carnival night parades

11. Enjoy the 5 star treatment at a wilderness outfitter.

12. Admire the city in its winter finery from Observatoire de la Capitale.

Ice Canoeing on St Lawrence River | Credit:  Canot à glace Expérience
Credit: Canot à glace Expérience

13. Spin your wheels on a fat bike.

14. Skate or cross-country ski on the famous Plains of Abraham.

15. Visit Hôtel de Glace, the only ice hotel in North America.

16. Enjoy great savings on winter fun with your own personalized discount coupons.

17. Cast a line–it’s ice fishing season at Station Touristique Duchesnay.

18. Head off on a snowmobiling adventure.

Cross-country Skiing on the Plains of Abraham | Credit:  Camirand Photo
Credit: Camirand Photo

19. See Aquarium du Québec come alive during the Festilumières light festival.

20. See the best cross-country ski athletes at the FIS World Cup on the Plains of Abraham.

21. Slip on some snowshoes to explore Parc de la Chute-Montmorency and admire its famous Sugarloaf Hill.

22. Marvel at the St. Lawrence River ice from the decks of the Québec–Lévis ferry

23. Indulge your sweet tooth with maple taffy at the Petite Cabane à Sucre in the heart of town.

24. Plunge down the giant 7.5 km downhill sled run at Le Massif de Charlevoix

Rodeling at Massif de Charlevoix | Credit:  Le Massif de Charlevoix / A. Blanchette
Credit: Le Massif de Charlevoix / A. Blanchette

25. Take a stroll on Promenade Samuel-de Champlain and take in the majesty of the frozen St. Lawrence River.

26. Try skishoeing in the amazing snow-covered forest at Forêt Montmorency.

27. Bring in the New Year at the Winter Festival, Toboggan, New Year's Nights.

28. Break the ice with a one-day introduction to ice climbing (this activity does not take place in the Winter 2019-2020). 

29. Hold hands under the blanket in a horse-drawn carriage, the most romantic way to see Québec City sights. 

30. Spend a night to remember in a yurt.

31. Take a trip back in time on a snowshoe trek that teaches the ways of the traditional hunt in Wendake.

Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour | Credit:  OTQ
Credit: OTQ
Sentier des Caps de Charlevoix | Credit:  Sentier des Caps de Charlevoix
Credit: Sentier des Caps de Charlevoix

32. Explore along the world's first continuous-cable, winter-proofed via ferrata!

33. Admire the varied vistas in the Parc linéaire de la rivière Saint-Charles.

34. Head off-trail for great backcountry skiing, telemarking, snowboarding, and snowshoeing in Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier.

35. Build a family snowman at Battlefields Park.

36. Discover Québec City from the air aboard a helicopter!  

37. Warm up with a hot chocolate at Érico chocolaterie pâtisserie

38. Soak up the spectacular scenery along the Sentier des Caps trail.

Snow Pentathlon | Credit:  Martin Dignard
Credit: Martin Dignard

39. Visit the exhibitors' charming wooden cabins at the German Christmas Market.

40. Go ice canyoning with a spectacular 41 m frozen descent at Jean-Larose falls.

41. Have a cold one—real cold—at the outdoor “ice bar” at La Traite restaurant.

42. See another side of Québec City, with a tour guided by the ghost of a notorious criminal from the days of New France.

43. Immortalize Québec City’s spectacular murals on camera.

44. Shop ‘til you drop on Québec City’s lively shopping streets

45. Cheer on top winter athletes at the Pentathlon des neiges or the Snowboard Jamboree.

Méga Parc des Galeries de la Capitale | Credit:  Méga Parc des Galeries de la Capitale
Credit: Méga Parc des Galeries de la Capitale

And if the temperature gets a little to cold for your tastes, here are some great indoor activities that’ll keep you toasty warm!

46. Watch a Québec Remparts hockey game.

47. Explore one of the fascinating expositions of the Musée de la civilisation or Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

48. Cheer on the next hockey legends at the Tournoi international de hockey Pee-Wee de Québec.

49. Have a blast at Méga Parc des Galeries de la Capitale

50. Sample local Québec delicacies at Québec City's Grand Marché.


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