5 activities to do in winter for free in Quebec City

5 activities to do in winter for free in Quebec City

5 activities to do in winter for free in Quebec City
With winter coming, we decided to poke around and find 5 activities to do for free in Quebec City. After all when its free, its even more fun!

This hidden gem is located right next to the fortified walls of Old Quebec City. The exterior skating ring offers you an animated atmosphère where you can skate at ease with friends, family and little ones for free ! Don’t have your skates ? No worries, they offer a renting service so you can rent the skates for 8$. The skating ring is usually opened from end of October to the beginning of March since it is artificially refrigerated.


995, place D’Youville
La Cite-Limoilou
418 641-6256


http://www.ville.quebec.qc.ca (website in French language only)

cross-country skiing Plains of Abraham

Enjoy winter to its fullest by going cross-country skiing in one of Quebec City’s most beautiful places : the Abraham Plains! Access is free and there is also a renting service if you need rent some equipment ($).


Different trails are available depending what you want to do.
– 4 classic trails (1 easy and 3 intermediate)
– 2 ski skating trails (1 easy and 1 intermediate)
– 1 snowshoe trail
– Walking trails


A skating rink is also available for free during the winter season.
Avenue Wilfrid-Laurier,
Ville de Québec, QC G1R 2L3




The Quebec City Winter Carnival (Carnaval de Quebec) is from February 8 to 17, 2019. The Night Parage is part of the famous Winter Carnival that takes places every year in Charlesbourg and Downtown Quebec. The event is completely free so you don’t need to purchase the Carnival effigy. The parade consists of beautiful floats, marching bands, dance troups and of course Bonhomme Carnaval and his Duchesses ! It is surely one of the most festive night of the winter season… do not miss it !


205, boulevard des Cèdres
Quebec (Qeébec) G1L 1N8



promenade samuel-de champlain

You are not cold easily? Then the Promenade Samuel-De Champlain is perfect for you! Located along the St. Lawrence River, it is a beautiful place to visit and observe in the middle of winter. The only downside is that during the winter period, the observation tower that is 25 meters high as well as the pavilion Tequenonday and the pavilion of the sports resort are closed. On the other hand, the interpretation pavilion of the Quai des Cageux remains open and offers toilets to the public. For parking, there is one located at the foot of the Cote Ross which is cleared of snow and ready to receive you.


capitale.gouv.qc.ca/nos-parcs/parcs/promenade-samuel-de-champlain/information-pratique (website in French language only)

quartier petit champlain

They are a lot of things to see in the Petit-Champlain district. The Streets are filled with art galleries, Entertainment, restaurants, bistros, gift shops, sweets, local crafts and much more. Taking a stroll down these Streets during winter almost feels like you are in a fairy tail thanks to the snow, lights and music 😉


If you are a fan of maple products, be sure to stop by La Petite Cabane a sucre (The Small Sugar Shack) for many maple products !


61 Rue du Petit Champlain,
Ville de Québec, QC G1K 4H5
418 692-2613