With an average natural snowfall of over 400 cm each year, our region is the perfect winter playground. In fact, the white stuff is the guest of honor at all our winter festivals. 

Times to celebrate

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!

Bonhomme and his Ice Palace

Christmas and the Holiday Season

Starting in early December, Old Québec is transformed into a real Christmas village. Lights, decorations, and snow create an enchanting setting like no other. A flurry of special activities are organized to enjoy this special time of the year. 

Christmas markets are set up in the heart of the historic district and in the surrounding villages. You can stroll around Old Québec, visit exhibitions, attend Christmas concerts, bring the kids outside to play, and enjoy many activities planned especially for families, not to mention the outdoor New Year’s Eve festivities on Grande Allée! 

Sous-le-Fort Street | Credit:  Ville de Québec
Credit: Ville de Québec

Fun all winter!

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.

shuttle service is offered for Mont-Sainte-Anne and Le Massif ski resorts.

Ski fans can also enjoy a new triply exciting experience at Mont-Sainte-Anne, Stoneham and Le Massif de Charlevoix.  With a St. Lawrence’s Summits multi-ski area lift ticket, slide sports fans can decide which of the three mountains they feel like conquering – that morning! This new product is offered at participating Québec City and Charlevoix lodging establishments.

Downhill Skiing at Mont-Sainte-Anne | Credit:  Oli Croteau, Mont-Sainte-Anne
Credit: Oli Croteau, Mont-Sainte-Anne

Ice Hotel and Igloo or Yurt Experience

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!

Ice Hotel | Credit:  Luc Rousseau
Credit: Luc Rousseau


Tube your way down the snowy slopes at Mont-Tourbillon and Valcartier Vacation Village, North America's biggest winter playground!

Sliding at Village Vacances Valcartier | Credit:  Village Vacances Valcartier Valcartier Canada
Credit: Village Vacances Valcartier Valcartier Canada

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 Regroupement ski de fond raquette, including Station touristique DuchesnayCamp 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!

Cross-country skiing | Credit:  Jean Sylvain
Credit: Jean Sylvain

Nordic Spas

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!

Spas | Credit:  Le Nordique Spa Stoneham
Credit: Le Nordique Spa Stoneham

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.
Try ice canoeing, a unique experience that will allow you to paddle on the iced St. Lawrence River.

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.

Place D'Youville skating rink | Credit:  Yves Tessier
Credit: Yves Tessier

Ice Fishing

Ice fishing is fun at any age and makes a great activity for the whole family. To survive the cold, fish like trout and yellow perch remain active throughout the winter season. Once lakes and rivers freeze, the following spots are perfect for dropping a line:

Village Nordick du Port de Québec | Credit:  Johany Jutras
Credit: Johany Jutras


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 or Mont-Sainte-Anne!

Dogsledding | Credit:  OTQ
Credit: OTQ


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.

Snowmobile Expedition | Credit:  Luc Manago
Credit: Luc Manago

What's new this winter?

There are always new reasons to visit Québec City.

Indoors and outdoors, there are new things for you to do and new places to explore this winter!

FIS Cross-Country World Cup | Credit:  Steve Deschênes
Credit: Steve Deschênes

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