Winter Activities in Québec City and Region
We are very pleased to provide you with our best recommendations of visits and activities in Québec City!
Since many options offer a multiple choice of schedules and fares, we did include links of websites to provide you with all the detailed information. We will be happy to assist you in choosing the best activities for you and to help you making the reservations.
Snowboard Jamboree and FIS World Snowboard Championships
12 to 14January 2016
In Stoneham, snowboard competitions, halfpipe and parallel giant slalom, in addition to the Big Air event in the city center.
Quebec City Winter Carnival
January 29 to February 14, 2016
The largest winter carnival in the world and third in the ranking of the major carnivals (after those of Rio and New Orleans), the Quebec City Winter Carnival is a winter rendezvous not to be missed with its 17 days of festivities for the whole family.
The Plains of Abraham
This magnificent park loses none of its charms in winter, even more, it becomes a meeting point for winter sports enthusiasts! Go to slide, or to skate on the skating rink in a magical setting during the day and at night, go for some cross-country skiing on the 12.6 km of groomed trails for beginners and intermediates, or even snowshoeing on a 3.8 course km round trip. You can admire the breathtaking panorama of the river and the snowy plains.
Cross-country ski and snow shoe equipment and can be rented at the chalet next to the skating rink.
The rink is open from mid-December to mid-March daily from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
New in 2016: Nordik Village!
Quebec will have its own Nordik Village from mid-January to mid-March, at just a few minutes’ walk from our hotel to Bassin Louise!
A great opportunity to experiment a purely Nordic activity in the Old Port: the famous ice fishing! In addition, a skating rink and slides will enhance the site.
Open from Thursday to Sunday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM and until 8:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays
First Ice Hotel in America!
The Ice Hotel
This is a fantastic concept, offering lodging ( try this once in your life!), special events (weddings, parties,...) or a simple visit to satisfy your curiosity. A tour package including a shuttle service from downtown Québec City is available with Tours du Vieux Québec. http://www.toursvieuxquebec.com Opened from January 4th to March 28th, 2015(depending on the temperature).
Ice skating ring at Place D’Youville
Free skating ring access, rental possible on site (for a few dollars), music ambiance and very romantic site just beside St-Jean’s Gate and the ramparts.
15 minutes walking from the Auberge Saint-Antoine.
Glissade de la Terrasse (Slide of Terrace Dufferin)
Unique attraction in Québec, this slide is over 100 years old (renovated of course!). Imagine! You go down at 70 km/hour (45 miles/hour) during 250 meters! Maximum of 4 people per slide. Thrill guaranteed!
Open every day from mid-December to mid-March; 11am to 5pm, sometimes later. 2.50$ per run. 5 minutes walking from the Auberge Saint-Antoine.
Snow shoeing, dog sledding and snowmobiling:
A few selections to enjoy these activities:
Aventures Nord-Bec Stoneham
Warm welcome, very kind dogs (Malamutes & Huskies), passionate guides, snow, snow, snow! If you feel for a pure winter activity, that’s a place to go. Snacks and home made typical Québécois meal available on request.
Shuttle service upon request ($)
Small family dog breed situated on the beautiful Orleans Island. Easy accessible by car (20 minutes driving). They offer a large choice of packages, starting from the short 1 hour experience, 2 hours, half day… till one day.
Snow shoeing, cross-country skiing (no rental) and Native animation on site.
NEW: Snow Kite Ski (initiation + equipment rental)
Shuttle service upon request ($)
Les Secrets Nordiques
Very nice place, at the feet of Mont Ste-Anne ski station. Friendly staff, kind dogs and wonderful surroundings.
Other activities on site: ice climbing, skijoring, snow shoeing, Norwegian kick sled.
Shuttle service upon reservation with Les Tours du Vieux Québec ($)
Try snowmobiling at his best with Nord Expe company and their wonderful team. Half day to multi day excursion available. À la carte package available including dogsledding and snowmobiling.
Located at 30 minute drive
A winter wonderland awaits you at Valcartier Vacation Village, only 30 minutes from Québec City.
With17 lifts and more than 4500 tubes, snowmaking equipment, the winter action is in full swing!
• Over 42 exciting tube and crazy carpet slides, including the Everest, 110 feet of thrills.
• Himalaya (new 2002): speed down our four, long and steep slopes...
• The "Vertigineuses", when waterslides become iceslides.
• Snow rafting: slide down the slopes aboard a 12-passenger boat.
• Mini-formula drag race on ice.
• Skating paths lighted for evening skating and equipped with a sound system.
• The Tornado: a jumbo inner tube that takes up to 8 people twirling down the slopes.
A lot of fun is awaiting you in the many ski stations of the area; we have selected the best ones for you!
Mont Saint-Anne: 40 minutes driving from Quebec, wonderful spot with river view. Alpine and cross-country skiing is available in the same area. Shuttle service from downtown Quebec City is available with Tours du Vieux Québec ($) http://www.toursvieuxquebec.com
Stoneham: 25 minutes driving from Quebec, the snowboarders preferred station, very animated nightlife! Alpine ski.
Massif Petite Rivière Saint-François: Around one hour driving from Quebec. Not the nearest one, but this station offers stunning views overlooking the Saint-Lawrence River, highest slopes and best choice of difficulty levels.. this is actually the national alpine ski training centre. Another fun activity to discover the Massif from a totally different angle is to experience the 7.5km sled run that winds down Mont Liguori, a unique attraction in North America offering spectacular sceneries! **reservations required weeks in advance as it is a very popular activity** Shuttle service from downtown Quebec City is available with Tours du Vieux Québec ($) www.toursvieuxquebec.com
For any question or to make a reservation, ask our concierge’s team, we will be happy to organize your stay with us!