One of Canada’s snowiest cities, Quebec City is a true winter wonderland. Rather than dampening the fun, the snow actually enhances it—and in fact, you’ll find the city at its atmospheric best in winter. Here’s how to make the most of your winter trip to Quebec City.
- See snow sculptures, go ice skating, cheer on dog sledding teams, and watch nighttime parades at the Quebec Winter Carnival. The festival runs from the end of January to mid-February.
- Try outdoor activities such as ski-shoeing (a mix between cross-country skiing and snowshoeing) and cross-country skiing in Jacques-Cartier National Park, just a 30-minute drive from Quebec City.
- Taste French-Canadian cuisine during a small-group food tour around the cobblestone streets of Old Quebec and trendy St-Jean-Baptiste.
- Enjoy an exclusive guided visit of the impressive Ice Hotel (Hôtel de Glace), a 44-room building constructed entirely from snow and ice.
- Shelter from the cold during a guided tour of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. Guides in period dress show guests around the grand interior of Quebec City’s most emblematic building.
- Slide down the slopes of Valcartier Vacation Village during a family-friendly snow tubing excursion.