Friday, February 9, 2018
Is the cold and snow giving you the shivers? Not to worry—a Québec City getaway is a great way to enjoy a break from winter, even when the temperature plummets! Here are five activities to help you chase away the chills.
1 Whoosh Down Indoor Waterslides
The Polynesian vibe at Valcartier Vacation Village’s Bora Park makes it the perfect winter escape. There’s fun for the whole family: splash around the wave pool, hurtle down 15 waterslides, float down the adventure river, or even go surfing and catch a wave! No matter what the weather outside is doing, this indoor aquatic park is always a balmy 30 degrees.
Bora Parc at Valcartier Vacation Village
1860, boulevard Valcartier
Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, Québec G0A 4S0
2 Get Your Sweat on in an Aufguss Sauna
Ever heard of an Aufguss sauna? This German ritual amplifies the benefits of a traditional sauna by adding essential oils and gradually increasing the temperature. The sauna master leads the ritual, pouring water over the lava rocks and circulating the air using a large towel. You can participate in this unique experience at SKYSPA, where the ritual is performed daily.
2828, Boul. Laurier, 17th floor
Québec, Québec G1V 0B9
3 Float Your Cares Away
Water is so soothing—and it’s even more relaxing when you can just lay back and float. Zeste détente’s egg-shaped float tank—the only flotation spa East of Montréal—is the ultimate in relaxation. The water in the tank is saturated with over 1,000 pounds of Epsom salts, so you can float effortlessly.
5055, boul. Wilfrid-Hamel,
Québec, Québec G2E 2G6
4 Meditate at Monastère des Augustines
The world falls away when you enter Monastère des Augustines. A haven of silence and tranquillity throughout its long history, the monastery still has a calming effect on visitors today. Turn off your devices and reconnect with yourself for a meditation session or a multi-day retreat.
Monastère des Augustines
77, rue des Remparts
Québec, Québec G1R 0C3
5 Find Your Inner Zen with Some Surfboard Yoga
Dreaming of waves and warm sand under your feet? Head to La Plage training studio for a taste of the tropics. The idea is simple: practice yoga or TRX while balancing on a surfboard (on dry land), surrounded by giant palm trees. Oh, and here’s another tip: Domaine Sibéria-des-Bois (across from Siberia Station Spa) has just added new classes, including some in the pool.
Québec, Québec G1N 4H7
By Annie Lafrance
About Magazine 16.08
16.08 is a quarterly magazine that celebrates the art of living in Québec City by featuring creative, bold, and generous locals and their counterparts from around the world.