72 hours in a winter wonderland
Covered in a blanket of fresh, white snow, Québec City is a real-life winter wonderland. Planning a long weekend in Québec City? Wondering what to see and do in 72 hours? Here’s an itinerary that will help you make the most of your stay.
Morning and Afternoon
Stroll the historic streets of Old Québec and snap some pics of such photogenic landmarks and attractions as Château Frontenac, Dufferin Terrace, the Citadel, Parliament Building, the Plains of Abraham and the fortifications. Climb to the top of Observatoire de la Capitale for a 360° view of the snow-covered city.
Wander through the enchanting Petit-Champlain and Place-Royale neighbourhoods and take in the delightful winter decorations. Keep an eye out for the many architectural details that point to Québec City’s French and British past. After working up an appetite, you’ll no doubt be ready to try some of the traditional Québec cuisine available at specialty restaurants in town.
Head to Montmorency Falls Park to admire the winter landscape. The ice-bound cliffs bordering the falls are popular with daredevil climbers, so keep your eyes peeled. At the base of the falls, watch for the famous “sugar loaf” that forms as mist and spray freeze during the winter.
Back in the city, pay a visit to Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, home to the world’s preeminent collection of Québec art, or check out Musée de la civilisation, a city institution renowned for its innovative and interactive exhibits.
Experience a thrilling 130-year-old winter tradition and toboggan down the slide at Dufferin Terrace. To help you come down from the adrenaline rush, why not sample a beer or two at one of the many local microbreweries or finish up your evening with some live music at a popular local venue.
A winter trip to Québec City just wouldn’t be the same without a visit to North America’s one and only Ice Hotel. This ephemeral architectural masterpiece is redesigned each year. Don’t miss the unique sculptures and incredible decor.
While you’re there, embrace your inner child at Valcartier Vacation Village. With 35 slides, it’s the largest winter playground in North America.
Lace up a pair of skates and soak up the atmosphere—and the great Québec music—at the outdoor rink in place D'Youville. Or marvel at the spectacular setting of the ice oval on the Plains of Abraham. After you’ve hung up your skates for the night, treat yourself at one of Québec City’s gourmet restaurants or savour some delectable French cuisine at a friendly neighbourhood bistro.
Wow, 72 hours really fly by when you’re having fun! But if you stay five days, you’ll have even more time to fall in love with winter.