Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
Breathe in the sweet aroma of the evergreens and get back in touch with nature. The Québec City region has over 2,000 kilometers of cross-country ski trails. Find them all in the listing of the Greater Québec Area Cross-Country Skiing Association, including Station touristique Duchesnay, Camp Mercier and Mont-Sainte-Anne, renowned from coast to coast.
And there's plenty for snowshoeing fans to enjoy, too! After all, the great outdoors is only minutes from town!
Experience a blend of tradition, sport, and nordic life. Give dogsledding a go and feel the thrill of whizzing along snow-covered trails at Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier, Mont-Sainte-Anne, or Île d'Orléans!
Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding
The Québec City area is the perfect destination for unforgettable skiing and snowboarding with optimal snow conditions. There are four different resorts, each offering a unique experience for skiers and boarders of all levels: Mont-Sainte-Anne, Le Massif de Charlevoix, Stoneham Mountain Resort, and Le Relais Centre.
A shuttle service is offered for Mont-Sainte-Anne and Le Massif ski resorts.
Fun On Ice
Snow makes a lot of fun activities possible, and ice too! At Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, you will be amazed by the natural ice walls and the cloud of freezing mist. Have a direct contact with the ice when you try canyoning : rappel down frozen cascades near Mont-Sainte-Anne in a very safe environment. Skaters will enjoy Place D’Youville’s rink for its Old Québec romantic atmosphere, as well as Lac Beauport’s 3 km skating path. Many other skating rinks and natural surfaces are easily accessible in the city and region.
Ice Hotel and Igloo Stays
The one-of-a-kind Hôtel de Glace is the only place in North America where you can sip a cocktail in a bar at -5°C. Enjoy a cozy night's sleep in a room made entirely of ice (some suites even come with their own fireplace and spa), and tie the knot in a frost-covered chapel!
You can also spend a night to remember in an igloo, yurt, or heated shaputuan!
Take a moment to relax after a full day of winter fun and enjoy the benefits of a round of thermotherapy treatments at one of the area’s Nordic spas. Experience winter like you’ve never done before with an outdoor hot bath!
Pentathlon des neiges de Québec
A pentathlon in the middle of winter is unusual to say the least, but we have one in Québec City!
In late February, come cheer over 1,000 athletes on the Plains of Abraham as they compete in five relay events: cycling, running, skiing, skating, and snowshoeing. It's sure to set pulses racing! Why not enter yourself?
Québec Winter Carnival
Join in the action at the world's biggest winter carnival!
You will enjoy the Ice Palace, snow sculptures, canoe races on the river, dogsled races, night parades, snow bath and much more!
Red Bull Crashed Ice
If action is your thing, imagine a skating race along some of the city's steepest streets with a breakneck descent that would make even the most hardened daredevils think twice. Welcome to the Red Bull Crashed Ice extreme skating competition in fabulous Old Québec!
SlidingTube your way
down the snowy slopes at Mont-Tourbillon
and Valcartier Vacation Village
, North America's biggest winter playground!
With breathtaking snowscapes, quaint riverside villages, and hundreds of kilometers of trails that form part of the Trans-Québec network, it's no wonder that Québec City is one of North America's loveliest snowmobiling destinations! Snowmobiles can be rented throughout the region, if you don't already have one of your own.
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