Quebec winter carnival entrance

Things to do in Quebec City, Canada, 10 travel tips to have fun and enjoy winter (Part 1)

Quebec City, PQ, Canada

Things to do in Quebec City, Canada, of course, depend greatly on the season when you decide to visit this historic and charming Canadian city. FPImages presents 10 travel tips for the winter season in this post. Quebec city attracts lots of visitors in the winter months and has an excellent reputation as a premier winter destination.

Street sgin in downtown Quebec City with attractions
Quebec City street sign showing tourist attractions
Winter carnival night parade - Burlesque and Magic show float
Winter carnival parade – Burlesque and Magic show float

Things to do in Quebec City in wintertime include many outdoor activities because this is what this city is famous for. Local people lead an active lifestyle and enjoy winter. Visitors are encouraged to join this tradition and take part in numerous events. There will be a chance to spend some time indoors too. Tourists can visit several museums, and churches, browse through many shops and of course taste great food. However, remember that most of the fun is outdoors. There you will find scenic winter cityscapes to take great winter pictures, you will walk through old streets and see the romantic old town, or you will have fun on the alpine ski slopes.

1. Things to do in Quebec City in wintertime definitely include seeing the Quebec winter carnival parade. Quebec winter carnival lasts for about two weeks at the beginning of February. There are usually two parades held on Saturday nights one week apart. The First-night parade is held in a residential area called Charlesbourg and the second-night parade runs along with Renee Levesque and then Grande Allee and ends up near the Ice Palace close to the old town. Both parades feature the same collection of floats and artists and take about 90 minutes. To have fun during this event one of the most important travel tips would be to dress very very warmly. Temperatures at this time of year at night will be close to -20C.

Bonhomme’s Winterland - winter theme park for all ages
Bonhomme’s Winterland – a winter theme park for all ages
street rue Petit Champlain in Quebec old town
A romantic walk through the old town – rue Petit Champlain

2. Visit Quebec city’s winter theme park also known as Bonhomme’s Winterland. Bonhomme is a snowman mascot of Quebec city’s winter carnival.  This venue is set up in the Plains of Abraham park and is just outside of the old town. There are many things to experience at Bonhomme’s Winterland. You can see snow and ice sculptures and take great winter pictures. You can try dog sledding, ice hockey, snow tubing, open-air hot tubs, and of course taste delicious street food snacks, and drinks.

Quebec city ferry

3. Take the Levis-Quebec city ferry. Believe it or not, this ferry service operates even when the St. Lawrence river is covered in ice. Plan this trip early in the morning or at sunset and you will be rewarded with gorgeous views of the Quebec city skyline. Levis-Quebec city ferry crossing is a trip that will delight boat enthusiasts. Commercial marine traffic continues on St. Lawrence River in wintertime and the way the ferry makes its way through the ice is fun to watch. This is also a very scenic route and people will enjoy looking at the Quebec city skyline with multiple church spires and the unmistakable Chateau Frontenac.

4. Romantic things to do in Quebec City, Canada definitely include a walk through the old town. Whether you arrive by ferry, by car or on foot this walk is the best in the early evening. Travel tip – plan to arrive when there is still light in the sky, old Quebec (Vieux Quebec) also called lower town has many historic buildings and well-preserved streets. This area is nicely decorated in the winter season and all outdoor Christmas decorations are still there for the Quebec city winter carnival. When outdoor Christmas decorations light up and there is still a glow in the sky is the most romantic time to go for a walk through Vieux Quebec.

5. list of things to do in Quebec City would not be complete without the visit to Chateau Frontenac – one of the most prominent Quebec buildings built in the 19-th century. Travel tip – if you would like to stay at this hotel (or any other in old town) during the Quebec winter carnival, plan and book well in advance as last-minute availability will be limited. Regardless of whether you stay at Chateau Frontenac or not, you can explore the hotel, have a meal, or have brunch at the restaurant. The area around this hotel is worth exploring with beautiful romantic scenes of the hotel itself, Quebec citadel, and St. Lawrence River.

   22.12.2022  by FPImages


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