Quebec City is known for being the only fortified city north of America. It is full of French and North American culture and it has been named a UNESCO world heritage treasure due to the heritage site of old Quebec. It is also one of the safest and most walkable cities in the world and the food is terrific.
They city’s cold climate means it is the perfect place to spend the winter and holiday time is ideal. It transforms into a giant playground from November to March and brings many exciting attractions and activities along with it. Read on to find out what should be on your to-do list when you visit this Christmas.
Stay at Hotel De Glace
The Hotel De Glace is the only hotel in Canada made of ice. Yes, it actually melts in the summer! 500 tons of ice and 30,000 tons of snow are used to create the hotel’s ice sculptures and themed suites. They also host a circus type show which visitors can view under a snow and ice tent.
In addition to the atmospheric rooms (complete with ice beds to be slept on in special subzero sleeping bags) guests can enjoy a hot tub area, and ride on the giant ice slide. There are also spas and saunas, a winter playground and an indoor heated water park.
Quebec Winter Carnival
The Quebec Winter Carnival is one of the largest winter carnivals in the world. Every year visitors flock to the city to enjoy the various activities, snow sculptures, shows and skating. There is even an ice canoe race that provides a welcome change of pace.
Village Vacances Valcartier
20 minutes north of Quebec City, this winter park is the largest in the continent. There are tons of snow slides, Nordic spas for when you want to warm up and a nearby 600 site campground.
While Village Vancance Valcartier is a great place to visit during the winter, it is also open during the summer. In the warmer months, you can enjoy the indoor water park and ride the amusement park thrill rides.
While in Quebec City, you will want to pick up souvenirs that you can take home to family and friends. Fortunately, there are plenty of great shopping destinations including the following.
Petit-Champlain: This European inspired shopping center is full of unique boutiques and bistros. Roam the cobblestone streets and take in the sights of the historic architecture while seeing more of what the city has to offer.
Rue Saint-Jean and Old Quebec: This 400-year-old shopping village provides a one-of-a-kind experience. The vendors at the several boutiques, restaurants and cafes will greet you with a vibrant welcome.
Faubourg Saint-Jean Baptists: This shopping area is home to some of the finest gourmet shops and trendiest boutiques.
Montcalm: Anything but clam, this bustling hub is full of activity day and night. Be sure to visit Avenue Cartier which is know for its many merchants, shops, bars and restaurants.
Saint-Roch: With the colorful lights of St. Joseph St. and the fabulous Benjo toy store, this is the perfect place to get your holiday shopping done.
See the Holiday Sights
During the holiday season, you may want to spend some time just walking around Quebec City. All decked out in decorations, your journey is sure to be magical. Here are some destinations that will be dressed to impress.
Rue De Petit-Champlain and Place-Royal: These streets are filled with old world charm that truly comes out during the holiday season. In addition to a terrific atmosphere, you will also be able to shop in the many boutiques that line the streets and enjoy local art.
Place de l’Hotel-de-Ville: With the majestic Notre-Dame de Quebec Basilica-Cathedral on one side and City Hall on the other, the historical architecture makes a feast for the eyes. Be sure to stop in at the Boutique de Noel de Quebec for unique decorations and collectibles.
Place D’Youville: As the location of the city’s best-known fortifications, the Theatre Capitole, Palais Montcalm and Saint-Jean Gate are always stunning attractions. While visiting, you can also enjoy the skating rink located in the square or take a stroll through Quebec City’s signature neighborhood, Faubourg Saint-Jean Baptiste.
Avenue Cartier: Avenue Cartier runs through the heart of Quebec City’s Art District. It Is packed with restaurants, bars and stores and promises to be fully decked out for the holidays.
Drink Hot Chocolate
The holidays are a great time to enjoy hot chocolate and Quebec City has some of the best in the world. Here are some hot chocolate destinations you’ll have to check out during your trip.
Auberge Saint Antoine’s Café Bar Artefact: This café has a unique hot chocolate that’s served with cookies that are perfect for dipping.
Le Chochon Dingue: Chochon Dingue makes a standout cup that features one part cream, one part milk and 64% dark cocoa pellets. It’s steamed to order.
Erico Chocolaterie Patisserie: In addition to offering just about anything made with cocoa beans you can also enjoy the patisserie’s instore chocolate museum. With hot chocolates of all flavors, it can be hard to choose just one.
Gael Vidricaire Patisseries: In addition to sipping a smooth cup of hot chocolate topped with Chantilly cream, you can also enjoy the many pastries the patisserie has to offer.
Nektar Cafeologue: Nektar has two Quebec City locations each one serving a terrific hot chocolate made with 60% deZaan chocolate, pure cacao powder, sugar and milk.
If you are looking to have a magical Christmas, Quebec City is the place to do it. With scenic views and tons of winter attractions and activities, you are sure to have the time of your life. What will you be doing when you visit?