There are always good reasons to visit Québec City.
Winter is part of the DNA of Québec City and its people. Anytime is the right time to get out and enjoy the fresh, crisp air! Right from November, the holiday spirit grips the Old City, from the opening of the German Christmas Market to the New Year’s celebrations on Grande Allée. Before February’s out the whole town is swept up in the Québec Winter Carnival for nearly 10 days. And don’t forget the classics—combine the legendary all-ice Hôtel de Glace with the fun of Valcartier Vacation Village, or experience Village Nordik right in the heart of town.
Here are all the new and exciting things you’ll want to include in your winter trip.
The Méga Parc at Galeries de la Capitale will unveil an innovative new look with 18 attractions in a surrealist environment reminiscent of the industrial revolution. New features will include the only spokeless Ferris wheel in North America, a 17-metre drop tower, and the longest indoor skating track in Canada.
Scheduled to open for winter 2019
The Royal Court, the centrepiece of the reimaginated festivities, will feature an enormous snow sculpture, experiential ice towers, and a giant mobile of lights and shadows.
The traditional night parades will take place on both Saturdays of the carnival along a single, condensed parade route down Grande Allée. Carnival-goers will enjoy a series of large-scale scenes that’ll be bigger and more high-flying than ever.
February 8 to 17, 2019
Twelve warming stations will be installed throughout the city for visitors wishing to warm up this winter. Each station will be equipped with several chairs, blankets, a gas fireplace, hay bales to protect from the wind and a cabin or a patio heater. There will also have special programs to liven up the stations on various days.
Some 30 restaurants in the city’s main districts will be offering fixed-price menus as part of this gourmet festival aimed at making fine cuisine accessible and showcasing local talent.
November 12 to 25, 2018
The enchanting village of over 80 wooden stalls will extend onto Rue Sainte-Anne and a number of new features will be added to the children’s area and the international section for countries bordering Germany, as well as new cultural activities showcasing German traditions.
November 22 to December 23, 2018 (Thursdays to Sundays)
A number of restaurants opened their doors this year around Québec City. Discover the ones that are most popular among foodies.
Taking place on the bank of the St. Lawrence River, the new Strøm spa offers a breathtaking view of the river as well as of the Cap Diamant cliff.
The best cross-country skiers in the world will put skis to snow on the picturesque Plains of Abraham for the FIS Cross-Country World Cup finals. Local star Alex Harvey, who came fourth overall last year, will be competing in this final stop on the tour.
March 22 to 24, 2019
The Québec City region is a must for fans of fat biking. There are four great riding locations just a stone’s throw from downtown, including E47 EcoSentiers, with its 40-odd km of groomed trails for all levels. Their large selection of rental bikes can accommodate anyone looking to try this winter sport.
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