Family Days Out In Quebec City
This is the destination we almost didn’t choose!
Never before have we been so torn between whether or not we should go to a certain destination, and although everyone knows Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and all the other major cities, Quebec was just too much of an ‘unknown’ to us.
But we took the leap, and booked it in the hope that we hadn’t just wasted all of that money on something that would be boring and pointless. And to be fair to Quebec…that couldn’t have been any further from the truth.
Our visit to Quebec made us fall in love with the city, the people, the culture, the activities, the scenery, and it quickly became one of our favourite destinations in the whole world, leaving us with regular cravings to return.
WARNING: Quebec is COLD. I’m not just talking chilly, I’m talking, I have never felt cold like this in my life or since. ‘I thought I was going to die’ cold. Please take proper attire, including thermals, windbreakers and facemasks.
Even with all of these things, one night I left a restaurant, seized up, and literally couldn’t move. I thought that that was the end of me!
The next day we got EXTRA thermal socks, EXTRA base layers, and spent the whole time looking 100lbs heavier.
That being said, once you are properly prepared and toasty warm…Quebec is AMAZING!!!
- Don’t wear jeans! They absorb more moisture and freeze faster than other materials.
- Eat Poutine! Quebec’s local dish, and perfect comfort food.
Places To Visit, Eat & Sleep in Quebec City
Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
One of the main attractions and most photographed buildings in Quebec is Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. So the very fact that you can also stay inside this majestic building makes it a ‘bucket list’ must!
The views of the building, and the views from the building are equally spectacular.
It’s close proximity to so many stunning landmarks, activities, quality shops and restaurants makes it an even more attractive place to stay.
- Stay in the ‘Fairmont Gold’ rooms, and you’ll also receive an unbelievable breakfast, and delicious afternoon canapés daily.
Quebec Winter Carnival
A fantastic celebration in early February, with award winning ice sculptures, local food (try the maple taffy!), winter sports, rides and more.
Eglise Notre Dame des Victoires
We stumbled across this church quite by accident whilst walking from our hotel to our evening meal. But it made such an impact on us, that we remember it to this very day.
it was evening time, with the snow lightly falling all around us, with not another person in sight, and it was magical! An absolutely gorgeous little church and setting.
- Visit in the evening and whilst it’s snowing. You won’t regret it!
Hôtel de Glace
A stunningly fantastical ice hotel, with each room designed uniquely, and even a wedding chapel made from ice.
Even if you’re not staying at the hotel, feel free to visit and walk around, tour the rooms and chapel. It certainly is amazing to see.
To explain just how cold Quebec is in the winter, you only need to look as far as Montmorency Falls.
A large and gorgeous waterfall, which in wintertime, is frozen, with only a tiny portion still flowing, making a vertical cave-like hole in the deep snow below. It really is a brilliant phenomenon.
Rue du Petit-Champlain
Yes. This is a street. Of all the ‘best’ things to do in Quebec, we have told you to go and visit a street. But trust us. You will not be disappointed.
This in one of the best walks we have ever taken, with the cobblestone street covered in soft white snow, historical architecture and tastefully decorated with Christmas trees and lights even through February.
It’s just a stones throw away from Fairmont Le Château Frontenac.
- Visit in the evening, when the stores are still open, and all the lights are on.
Outdoor Ice Rinks
There are a few, but our favourites for sure are the ice rinks at Place D’Youville and Site des sports d’hiver de la Pointe-aux-Lièvres.
Place D’Youville is situated right in the centre of the historic city, providing a gorgeous backdrop to your ice-skating experience.
Site des sports d’hiver de la Pointe-aux-Lièvres is an amazing park, covered in snow in the winter time, with an olympic track sized rink.
Terrasse Dufferin Slides
Get a buzz on this exciting high-speed toboggan ride along a slick ice tube.
What better way to explore the Quebec countryside in winter than on a high speed snowmobile trek.
The activity was suitable for every skill level, and was a fun and exciting way to explore the surroundings.
- If in a group with beginners, be prepared to help them pick up their overturned snowmobiles.
Not as adrenaline pumping as snowmobiling, but certainly a more leisurely experience that brings you closer to nature.
Make sure to check with the company that you’re going with, to ensure that they operate in an ethical manner. Canada is excellent when it comes to animal welfare, so finding a good provider is easy.
It’s clear to see when you get there how the dogs are treated, as ours bounded about the place excitedly. You can even get to meet them before, and spend time with them and the puppies after.
Training is provided on site on how to look after the dogs correctly on your journey, and how to judge when a stop is needed so that they can do their business.
As with any experiences that involve animals, their welfare, and not cost should always come first.
- Read reviews, websites, and even contact the company before hand to discuss their ethical policies and the welfare of the dogs.
Skiing at Mont Sainte-Anne
Just to the north of Quebec is the fantastic ski resort of Mont Sainte-Anne. With 71 across both sides of the mountain, and stunning views of the St. Lawrence River, it’s a fantastic day out, or multi-day activity.
There is a practice, children’s area and teaching area for beginners, and ski slopes for all ability levels.
If staying in Quebec, you can catch a bus, rent skis and clothing at the resort, buy some short lessons, eat at the restaurants, and ski on the slopes.
- If you’re a beginner and happen to face-plant 100 times on the way down, don’t give up. The feeling of getting down on the second go without a single face-plant is worth it!