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 honour at all our winter festivals. 

Times to celebrate

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

Québec Winter Carnival

Bonhomme and his Ice Palace

Join in the action at the world's biggest winter carnival!

You will enjoy the Ice Palace, snow sculptures, canoe races on the river, night parades and much more!

Activities 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 Ski Québec City Charlevoix 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

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!

Ice Hotel


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

Valcartier Vacation Village | Credit:  Francis Gagnon
Credit: Francis Gagnon

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 kilometres of cross-country ski trails

And there's plenty for snowshoeing fans to enjoy, too! After all, the great outdoors is only minutes from town!

Sentier des Caps de Charlevoix | Credit:  Sentier des Caps de Charlevoix
Credit: Sentier des Caps de Charlevoix

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!

Sibéria Spa | Credit:  Francis Gagnon
Credit: Francis Gagnon

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.

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, various spots are perfect for dropping a line. 

Ice fishing at Village Nordik | Credit:  Village Nordik, Johany Jutras
Credit: Village Nordik, 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:  Francis Gagnon
Credit: Francis Gagnon


With breathtaking landscapes, quaint riverside villages, and hundreds of kilometres 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.

Snowmobiling | Credit:  Sophie Gagnon Bergeron
Credit: Sophie Gagnon Bergeron

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