From twinkling villages to yuletide markets, Quebec City is one of the most magical places to visit around the world. It can be difficult to decide what to do first, so we have you covered. Here are the best ways to spend the winter in Quebec City:
1. Stroll the German Christmas Market
Canada’s “little Europe” comes to life a few weeks before Dec. 25. Stroll through the heart of Old Quebec with its cobbled streets, and experience a winter wonderland of lights, decorations and handmade artisanal gifts. The German Christmas Market recreates the festive atmosphere of traditional European fairs, presenting enchanting performances and concerts. Enjoy mulled wine and German cakes as you shop the wares at traditional wooden kiosks.
2. Photograph the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
Said to be the world’s most photographed hotel, the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac was built in 1893 and boasts of a rich history with modern innovations. The luxurious hotel is perched on Cape Diamond and has breathtaking views of the St. Lawrence River. It is open to everyone wishing to indulge in afternoon tea or to simply explore its legendary castle halls. Finish the day by tobogganing down the Dufferin Terrace at the foot of the Chateau – a run that will take your sled to speeds as high as 70 kilometres per hour.
3. Wine taste at Domaine de la Source a Marguerite
Located on the shore of the St. Lawrence River and bordered by the Laurentian Mountains, Domaine comprises 150 acres of vineyards, apple orchards, a winery and a tasting boutique bar. Since 2002, the estate had produced 20,000 bottles of wine each year, famous for the distinctive taste cultivated by the river’s proximity. Be sure to taste Domaine’s award-winning ice cider, La Cuvée des Ti-Coq: the sweet juice extracted from frozen cider in the wintertime is best served with cheese and desserts, and it is extraordinary for its mellow taste of oven-baked apples.
4. Window shop at Avenue Cartier
Old Town Quebec presents a distinctive shopping experience in its art district: gourmet food shops, specialty stores and upscale boutiques run by fashion designers featuring their latest collections. Avenue Cartier is a lively atmosphere and popular after-work stop for many downtown locals. Stroll the street, savour a chocolate croissant and eye the remarkable quality of the clothing you pass by.
5. Snowshoe at Vallée Bras-du-Nord
The hiking trails of Vallée Bras-du-Nord extend over a range of 80 kilometers. During the winter, the frost-covered forest is magical: the waterfalls that plunge down the mountain are frozen in motionless torrents of crystal; pines release their aromatic scent, their lush hues standing stark against a white blanket of snow; and seasonal birds sing their tranquil song. This sensory experience is unveiled only while snowshoeing deep into the Vallée Bras-du-Nord.
6. Reflect at Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral
Enjoy a moment of peace in one of the city’s heritage churches. Basilica-Cathedral has been regarded as a holy place since 1647 and is now a National Historic Site, providing solace to those who stand beneath her golden archways and among her renaissance-adorned artwork. During the hustle and bustle of busy lifestyles, it is important to stop and reflect. The Cathedral’s Holy Door signifies the discovery for meaning and values in one’s life.
Are you visiting Quebec City this winter? We would love to hear what you get up to – leave a comment for us below. Happy travelling!