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.
The Québec Winter Carnival
February 1 to 17, 2013
The biggest winter family festival—for over 50 years.
Red Bull Crashed Ice
March 14 to 16, 2013
An exhilarating combo of downhill skiing, hockey, and boardercross—feel the adrenaline!
Plains of Abraham (battlefields park)
A wonderful historic park enjoyable all year round. In winter, a fabulous site for cross country skiing and snowshoeing (rental on site), sliding, horse buggy rides or a simple walk to enjoy this part of nature in the heart of the Québec City.
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 2013 to March 24th, 2013 (depending on the temperature). http://www.hoteldeglace-canada.com
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 11am to 5pm, sometimes later. 2.50$ per run.5 minutes walking from the Auberge Saint-Antoine.
Snow shoeing and dog sledding:
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 ($)
Village Vacances Valcartier
A winter wonderland awaits you at Valcartier Vacation Village, only 30 minutes from Québec City.
With17 lifts and more than 4500 tubes, snowmaking equipment, the winter action is in full swing!
• Over 42 exciting tube and crazy carpet slides, including the Everest, 110 feet of thrills.
• Himalaya (new 2002): speed down our four, long and steep slopes...
• The "Vertigineuses", when waterslides become iceslides.
• Snow rafting: slide down the slopes aboard a 12-passenger boat.
• Mini-formula drag race on ice.
• Skating paths lighted for evening skating and equipped with a sound system.
• The Tornado: a jumbo inner tube that takes up to 8 people twirling down the slopes.
A lot of fun is awaiting you in the many ski stations of the area; we have selected the best ones for you!
Mont Saint-Anne: 40 minutes driving from Quebec, wonderful spot with river view. Alpine and cross-country skiing is available in the same area. Shuttle service from downtown Quebec City is available with Tours du Vieux Québec ($) http://www.toursvieuxquebec.com and http://www.mont-sainte-anne.com
Stoneham: 25 minutes driving from Quebec, the snowboarders preferred station, very animated nightlife! Alpine ski.
Massif Petite Rivière Saint-François: not the one closest by, 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). Around one hour driving from Quebec. Alpine ski and snowboarding. Shuttle service from downtown Quebec City is available with Tours du Vieux Québec ($) http://www.toursvieuxquebec.com
New this year! Le Train du Massif offers a package including a train shuttle and dinner introducing you to the most dramatic landscape following the river’s coast to the mountain (reservation minimum 4 days ahead). Train station located at 15 minute driving distance from the hotel. **On Saturdays and Sundays only**
Train shuttle : http://www.lemassif.com/en/train/hiver/1623/excursion-to-the-mountain. Ski Resort: http://www.lemassif.com
For any question or to make a reservation, ask our concierge’s team, we will be happy to organize your stay with us!