Winter activities in quebec

Winter Activities in Quebec City


When winter comes, the old capital wears its white coat and offers a magical scenery. Here are some suggestions for winter activities in Quebec City not to be missed.


Many winter activities are offered in Quebec City. Ideal for families, the Valcartier Vacation Village, Place d’Youville ice rink, Aquarium of Quebec and the Quebec Winter Carnival are among the favorites. For the adventurous, discover the beautiful landscapes during your outing in snowmobiling, cross country skiing and alpine skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding and even dog sledding!


Stay at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Downtown during your stay in Quebec City and enjoy your winter vacation thanks to our convenient location for winter sports. Although located in the heart of Quebec City, while staying at our hotel you will also be close to many activities that put winter in the spotlight!


Examples of winter activities in Quebec City:


Skiing and snowboarding in Quebec

Several ski and snowboarding stations are easily accessible from our hotel. Notably, Stoneham and Le Relais Ski Centres are both less than twenty minutes drive from the hotel. The famous Mont Sainte-Anne is located approximately 30 minutes from the hotel. An hour in the direction of the Charlevoix region, it is also possible to discover the famous Massif de Charlevoix with its magnificent view of the St. Lawrence River and unequalled snow quality. You do not have a car? A shuttle will take you to the hotel door to Mont Sainte-Anne and Le Massif de Charlevoix, upon reservation.


Snowshoeing and cross country skiing

You prefer snowshoeing or cross country skiing? The Quebec region is full of snowshoeing and cross country skiing paths. Directly Downtown Quebec City, it is possible to take the trails through the Plains of Abraham and, absolutely free! Equipment rental is available on site at a low cost. If you want a ski center and snowshoe more robust and still easily accessible from the hotel, the ski center of Charlesbourg background matches what you are looking for. This comprehensive center is located less than 15 minutes drive away and offers a dozen varied tracks set a total of 120 km.


Valcartier Vacation Village

Looking for a family activity where everyone can have a lot of fun? Quebec City is fortunate to have the greatest center of winter games in America. The Valcartier Vacation Village offers you 35 slides, skating trails, snow rafting, and more. Open day and night, Valcartier Vacation Village is located 30 minutes drive from the hotel. We offer a package including breakfast and access to Valcartier Vacation Village. For more information, visit our package section.



You’ve always dreamed of a dog sleigh ride? Fulfill your dream within a thirty minute drive. Aventure Inukshuk in Quebec offers dogsled rides a period of thirty minutes to two hours, and, in the enchanting region of Ste-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier.


Ice Hotel

Since 2010, the Ice Hotel is built just 10 minutes from downtown Quebec City on the former site of the Quebec Zoo. It is easily accessible. The Ice Hotel is a must to discover each winter appeal. It is possible to sleep there, to take a drink or just to visit. With its majestic snow vaults and its crystalline ice sculptures and rooms that make you dream, the only ice hotel in North America has already attracted a lot of visitors each year. Between January and March, let you transported to a magical world and live an unforgettable experience when visiting this beautiful piece of ephemeral art. We also offer a package that includes one night’s accommodation at our hotel, breakfast and admission to visit the Ice Hotel. For more information, visit our package section.


Skating rink

Skating outside in the heart of Old Quebec in a beautiful setting, it is possible to every winter Place d’Youville, and, absolutely free. Need more room to skate? The Plains of Abraham Skating ronk has just that with the largest skating path Downtown Quebec City. If you have not brought your skates, it is possible to make rent on site.


Quebec City Winter Carnival

Quebec City Winter Carnival is the largest winter carnival in the world. During the seventeen days of the carnival, there are many fun activities for the whole family. Man waiting for you! The effigies of Carnival, or commonly known as “snowmen”, are available at the hotel reception. Enjoy the many activities, such as night parades, shows figure skating, snow sculpture events, shows, fireworks, various winter sports as well as a magnificent ice palace and more. As one of the hotels closest to the Quebec Winter Carnival, convenient access to all of the fun easily. Better yet, book our Carnival Quebec package that includes an overnight stay, breakfast and gourmet effigy giving you access to the site of the Carnival. Visit our package section for more details.



Annual Jamboree, or if you prefer, the World Cup snowboard Québec takes place downtown Quebec City. The event features high end snowboard competitions in an urban setting. The Jamboree is also a ton of entertainment including Fashion Jam largest parade of urban fashion and music in Canada!


Festilumiere to the Quebec City Aquarium

Even the winter, the Quebec Aquarium is a must see attraction of the city. From January to March, the Festilumière allows visitors to admire the outdoor course where trees, structures in the shape of animals and ice sculptures come alive with thousands of colors to delight young and old. The Festilumière will feature several activities atmosphere in bright decor, including a gingerbread house where children can enjoy decorating cookies, two illuminated slides, two bouncers to delight toddlers, a meet our mascot and animal ambassador, an ice bar with outdoor fireplace, all complemented by festive music with a musician who is warm and move the large and small! It is also possible to enjoy it with our package. For more information on it, visit our package section.


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