Winter is in Québec City’s DNA. Locals look forward to a steady stream of events that will make you want to get out and enjoy the season. In November, the city gets that magical holiday glow. In late January, the city is swept up in the Québec Winter Carnival for almost 3 weeks. Dressed in sparkling white, historic Old Québec invites you on an unforgettable journey through time. Once again this winter, you’ll find tons of activities and new spots to explore. Pick a few and spruce up your plans!

Year-Round Waterpark

At Valcartier Vacation Village, there’s a major new recreation-tourism complex with a four star, 153-suite, family friendly hotel and a huge indoor waterpark. With its Polynesian theme and balmy 30oC ambiant temperature, this park has something fun for everyone. The addition of hotel accommodation and all-season activities make this a fantastic family vacation spot all year round.

Where: Valcartier Vacation Village

When: Starting December 1, 2016

Ice Hotel | Credit:  Luc Rousseau
Credit: Luc Rousseau

Hôtel de Glace Moves to Valcartier Vacation Village

The dazzling ice hotel is moving to North America’s largest winter playground. To celebrate, the Hôtel’s carving artists are preparing an all-new, exclusive design with 44 unique guestrooms.

Where: Valcartier Vacation Village

When: January 4 to March 26, 2017 

Via ferrata Canyon Sainte-Anne | Credit:  Projet Vertical
Credit: Projet Vertical

World’s Safest Winter Via Ferrata

Explore the rockfaces at Canyon Sainte-Anne—minus the tricky rockclimbing manoeuvres—along the world’s first continuous-cable, winter-proofed via ferrata! 8 years and up.

Where: Canyon Sainte-Anne

When: December 17, 2016 to March 13, 2017

Bibliothèque, la nuit | Credit:  Stéphane Bourgeois
Credit: Stéphane Bourgeois

Virtual Tour of the World’s Most Incredible Libraries

Designed by multidisciplinary artist Robert Lepage, The Library at Night takes you on an immersive journey through time to visit 10 of the world’s most amazing libraries from all over the world. 14 years and up.

Where: Musée de la civilisation

When: October 13, 2016 to April 2, 2017

Exposition Pierre Bonnard | Credit:  MNBAQ
Credit: MNBAQ

The Radiant Colour of an Indisputable Master of Modern Art

This important Pierre Bonnard retrospective is a North American exclusive and the first international exposition in the new pavilion at Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.

Where: Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

When: October 6, 2016 to January 15, 2017

Walruses Aquarium | Credit:  Ninja Média
Credit: Ninja Média

Rare Birth of Baby Walruses

Come and meet Lakina and Balzak, born in May at the aquarium. Walruses rarely give birth in captivity, making these babies the first of their kind in Canada! Hurry, they won’t be babies for long!

Where: Aquarium du Québec

When: Today!

Village Nordik at Port of Québec | Credit:  Village Nordik at Port of Québec
Credit: Village Nordik at Port of Québec

Winter Family Activities in the Heart of the City

Appreciate a fantastic view of the city as you enjoy winter activities like skating, sledding, and even ice fishing in a heated igloo. At the end of the day, visit the Old Port Market and have a local cook prepare your catch.

Where: Village Nordik at the Port of Québec

When:  January 19 to March 12, 2017

Tasting at Cassis Monna & filles | Credit:  Cassis Monna & filles
Credit: Cassis Monna & filles

Guided Local Artisan Tour on Île d’Orléans

Head out from Québec City to Île d’Orléans with a chauffeur as your guide aboard a Quebec Bus Tour minibus. You’ll meet local artisans and discover fabulous products made with berries, apples, maple syrup, and more.

Where: Leaves from Centre Infotouriste de Québec

When: Now available!


Sentier des Caps de Charlevoix | Credit:  Claude Fortier
Credit: Claude Fortier

Cross-Country Ski Trails High above the St. Lawrence River

Incredible vistas await on the new ski skate trails that leave from the cross-country ski lodge near Le Massif de Charlevoix. There’s also a new, modern lodge in Saint‑Tite‑des‑Caps where hikers and snowshoers can stop and suit up. 

Where: Sentier des Caps de Charlevoix

When: Starting mid-December

Snowboard Jamboree | Credit:  André-Olivier Lyra
Credit: André-Olivier Lyra

Freestyle Skiing Events Now at Jamboree

The electrifying snowboard festival has added FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup’s big air and slopestyle events to its 2017 lineup. A great new reason to attend this winter spectacular, now in its 18th year!

Where: Downtown Québec City and Stoneham

When: February 9 to 12, 2017

Free Fun for Little Ones

Stay in one of our participating hotels for one night and your kids will get free access to different venues and a ton of surprises with the P'tit chanceux bracelet.

Where: 14 attractions in the Québec City area

When: Online on November 7

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