The 4 Best Quebec Winter Destinations to Visit
Quebec is mostly known for its rich cultural history, but did you know it is also one of the most charming places to visit during the winter season? Indeed, few travel destinations in North America can live up to the authentic winter wonderland experience that La Belle Province has to offer. Here are the 4 best Quebec winter destinations worth the trip up north.
Mont-Tremblant in the Laurentians
If you are an avid skier or snowboarder, then Mont-Tremblant is the perfect Quebec winter destination for you. The legendary mountain resort destination features some of the best trails to ride in North America, as well as a range of other winter activities from dog sledding and ice climbing to panoramic gondolas, traditional Finnish spas and guided sleigh rides.
Finding a vacation condo or chalet in Mont-Tremblant is rather easy and many are located at the heart of the pedestrian village within walking distance from all the wonderful restaurants and shops. They even have a mountainside casino if you’re feeling lucky!
No list of Quebec destinations to visit would be complete without the capital city. While the historical architecture of Vieux-Québec alone is worth the trip, the beautiful city also has a ton of winter activities to take part in and some of the best restaurants in the province.
If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind experience and aren’t too averse to the cold, you can spend the night in Quebec City’s famous ice hotel, the Hotel de Glace. One of the best times to visit is during Quebec City’s winter carnival, the Carnaval de Quebec. Here you will be able to do everything from making maple taffy in the snow to becoming a human bowling ball spinning down a hill into life-sized bowling pins. Yes, really.
The other must-visit city in Quebec during winter is of course Montreal. The enchanting city offers a range of winter festivals, outdoor sports and exquisite eateries that make for a truly unforgettable stay.
If you’re fortunate enough to visit during Igloofest, you’ll have the chance to see an impressive lineup of international artists in Montreal’s beautiful Old Port. If you enjoy outdoor activities with family and friends, you can also find a number of fantastic ice-skating rinks, a zip-line, inner tubing and cross-country skiing.
Quebec’s quaint villages
If you have the chance to visit Quebec for more than a few days, it would be well worth your time to travel to the outskirts of the big cities and see Quebec’s lesser known but still breathtaking villages. Montreal and Quebec both have picturesque villages within driving distance where you can discover even more great winter activities and local attractions.
Traveling to Montreal? Be sure to check out the Sucrerie de la Montagne in Rigaud or the old-world charm of the Eastern Townships in Lac Brome and Bromont. If you are staying in the Quebec City area, you can check out Île d’Orléans along the St. Lawrence River, which is only a 15-minute drive from downtown.
Winter in Quebec: have fun and be sure to stay warm
Anyone looking for the ultimate winter getaway really can’t go wrong with a trip to any of these Quebec destinations. Keep in mind the winter climate can be particularly harsh in Quebec, so it’s important to pack properly with all the winter garments you need to stay warm and comfortable. Most of all, be sure to have fun and experience the genuine joie de vivre that the province has to offer!