Spend a weekend in a winter wonderland
European charm, restaurants with an intimate atmosphere and beautiful historic streets covered in snow all add to Québec City’s romantic reputation, but romance is in the eye of the beholder and there are plenty of romantic winter activities for couples to do in Québec City that also add a sense of adventure and fun. What can we say, when you’re in love, anything can be romantic if you have the right frame of mind.
Stroll through the streets of Old Québec and immerse yourself in over 400 years of history. Be sure to walk the old stone walls, climbing to the top of the gates for beautiful wintery views of the city. Wander Dufferin Terrace, taking time for an old-fashioned toboggan ride down the Dufferin Slide and sipping on rich velvety chocolat chaud from Au 1884. Ride the Funiculaire down to Petit-Champlain and experience the magical winter wonderland of Québec's oldest shopping street.
Head to Hôtel de Glace, Québec’s famous ice hotel, and wander through the chapel, bedrooms and hallways made of snow and ice, admiring the beautiful carvings and stopping to sip ice cider in one of the ice bars. After your visit to the ice hotel, catch some excitement tubing down the snowy hills at Village Vacances Valcartier or head back to town for a sunset ride on the Québec-Lévis ferry, complete with picture-perfect view of the city skyline.
Dress up for dinner and enjoy a leisurely gourmet meal at one of the most romantic restaurants in Québec City. Top off your evening with a play or concert at the Grand Théâtre or head to one of Québec City’s bars for live local music and cocktails.
Brunch is one of the best ways to kick of the weekend in Québec City. Reserve a table in a quiet corner and indulge in Québécois cuisine. After you're done, explore the galleries and exhibits at Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec or rent snowshoes and trek the trails on the beautiful Plains of Abraham.
After an invigorating morning, melt your cares away with a hot soak, sauna and relaxing massage at a Nordic spa. Drive to Île d’Orléans for a wine tasting and admire the stunning display of snow and ice surrounding Montmorency Falls. If you’re looking for something more active, go skiing at one of the 4 local ski spots – Mont-Sainte-Anne offers gorgeous views of the St. Lawrence River.
Start your evening off with a drink at the 1608 Wine & Cheese Bar at the world-famous Fairmont Le Château Frontenac or cocktails and oysters at Auberge Saint-Antoine's Bar Artefact. For dinner, reserve a table at Le Saint-Amour, or any of the other fabulous eateries in Old Québec and get set for an unforgettable meal. Finish the evening ice skating at the outdoor rink in Place d’Youville or take a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride through the old city.