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Québec City…
European style with a winter twist!

No need to cross the Atlantic to experience winter à la française. Québec City is the perfect destination for finding true joie de vivre – up to and including a Carnival. Admire the beauty of the architecture; take in the Parisian-style bistros and snowy cobblestone lanes. Start your journey right now.

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Historic & Lively

With 400 years of history, the only fortified city north of Mexico doesn’t look its age. Under its thick blanket of snow, from the peak of Cap Diamant to its ramparts and snowy quays, Québec City takes on a fairy-tale allure, celebrating beauty as the best kind of heritage.

New Year's Eve festivities

December 31 on the Grande Allée

New Year's Eve festivities

Two steps from the Plains of Abraham, the Grande Allée is well known for the festive nightlife in its trendy bars and restos. On December 31, the renowned boulevard prepares for New Year’s Eve celebrations. On the huge ferris wheel or the bustling sidewalks, join in the countdown to the midnight fireworks.

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German Christmas Market

Holiday magic and more

German Christmas Market

The site surrounding city hall is transformed into an enchanting Holiday wonderland in the glow of the twinkling lights of the German Christmas Market. You’re sure to find just the right gifts for your favourite people among the wares of the artisans and producers who set up shop in traditional wooden booths.

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Fortifications

A stone belt nearly 4.6 kilometres long

Fortifications

Erected in the 17th century as a shield to protect Québec City from invasions, the Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site is a place you don’t want to miss in this UNESCO World Heritage City. Make sure to visit the Citadelle and the Esplanade Powder Magazine, which dates back to 1815.

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Artistic & Cultural

While the culture-hounds visit Québec City’s museums, art galleries and intimate theatres, Carnival-lovers party to the sounds of drums and trumpets around the Ice Palace. Getting hungry? Stop at a bistro counter or sit down at a lovely restaurant, where you can watch the frenzied chefs at work.

Museums

Set off to discover art and history

Museums

Museums have something for everyone. On the Plains of Abraham, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec exhibits the great classics, while the Musée de la civilisation takes a fun approach at the Old Port. Still want more? Head over to the Musée de l’Amérique francophone and the Musée Royal 22e Régiment.

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Art galleries

A plethora of paintbrushes

Art galleries

In the Old Port, the art makes eyes at the passersby. On Rue Saint-Paul, contemporary and figurative painters live together in harmony. Here, the art galleries bear names that resonate across the urban landscape: Lacerte, Beauchamp and Guimont are must-sees, along with the sparkling Galerie Internationale on Rue Saint-Pierre.

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Le Capitole

Showtime in the heart of Old Québec

Le Capitole

In Place D’Youville, Le Capitole is where you’ll find the latest performance hits. For over a century, the stars have shared the spotlight with the sumptuous décor of one of Québec City’s oldest theatres. Here, from the star staircase to the gilding and balustrades, art deco puts on its own show.

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Cozy & Romantic

With its Nouvelle-France feel, beautifully lit pedestrian streets, top-notch restaurants and neighbourhood cafés where the best baristas reign supreme, Québec City’s map is liberally sprinkled with romantic spots. Squeeze in a last skate at Place D’Youville before you go home to cozy up under the covers in a charming hotel!

Neighbourhood cafés

Bohemian chic and delicious lattes

Neighbourhood cafés

Reminiscent of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Québec City is a paradise of bohemian-chic cafés and bistros. Whether you’re stepping into Café-boulangerie Paillard on Rue Saint-Jean for a morning pastry or settling in for an evening meal at the Cochon Dingue on Rue du Petit-Champlain, you’re sure to enjoy the food… and the never-ending magic.

Spas

Nordic baths at every turn

Spas

Looking to relax by a lake or a river? Head to Spa des neiges (Côte-de-Beaupré), Sibéria Station Spa (Lac Beauport) or the Le Nordique Spa (Stoneham and Mont-Ste-Anne) to enjoy the shocking contrast between hot and cold. Closer to town, visit the SKYSPA with its patio overlooking Québec City.

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Carriage tours

Discover Québec City at a trot

Carriage tours

There’s nothing more romantic than bundling up to discover Québec City as you snuggle in an elegant horse-drawn carriage. Along the path, you’ll see the most beautiful attractions of Old Québec, from the historic Chemin Saint-Louis to the animated Rue Saint-Jean, and you’ll pass by the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac between the fortification gates.

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Trendy & Urban

Québec City is all about the art of living. From hip boutiques to funky microbreweries, here you’ll find both the glamorous and the groundbreaking. At every turn, a new generation of chefs, artists and designers is hard at work, pushing their creativity beyond simple trends and toward reinventing the great classics.

Grande Allée

Where Québec City’s nightlife really happens

Grande Allée

Grande Allée is to Québec City what the Avenue des Champs-Élysées is to Paris. Steps from the National Assembly building, alongside the Plains of Abraham, enter the Savini Resto-Bar to see and be seen before you finish off your night at Maurice Nightclub with a last cocktail and great music.

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Microbreweries

The best artisanal beers are here

Microbreweries

Brewers in Nouvo Saint-Roch are highly skilled at developing tasty, natural beers brewed according to the purest tradition. Try the white Mary Morgan by La Korrigane, or La Barberie microbrewery’s Blonde biologique organic blond or Rousse Bitter red ale. No matter the colour, they’re all amazing!

Clocher Penché Bistrot

The art of dining in Nouvo Saint-Roch

Clocher Penché Bistrot

At this contemporary bistro on Rue Saint-Joseph, consistency still means plenty of surprises. On the menu: market cuisine featuring local products, a menu that changes every week, and a wonderful selection of privately imported wines decanted by servers who know exactly how to pair them with your meal.

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Fun & Adventurous

Winter in Québec City is hot! While the Plains of Abraham roll out the white carpet for cross-country skiers in the middle of downtown, the Ice Hotel gives warm-blooded types an irresistible Nordic experience. Here at the snowy peaks, abundant snowfalls mean adventure – you decide if you want it gentle or extreme!

Montmorency Falls

Even taller than Niagara Falls!

Montmorency Falls

At 83 metres high, the Montmorency Falls are even more imposing than Niagara Falls. Hikers can take the nearby paths on foot or on snowshoes, while more adventurous sorts can go ice climbing just a short distance from the “pain de sucre,” the icy sugarloaf at the foot of the majestic falls.

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Hôtel de Glace

The ultimate Nordic experience

Hôtel de Glace

Ten minutes from downtown, North America’s only ice hotel re-creates the illusion of being inside a gigantic ice cap. You’ll love discovering the snow arches and crystalline ice sculptures at the Hôtel de Glace. Visit the spas and then pull up your blankets for a lovely sub-zero sleep.

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Ice canoe

Adventure on the frozen St. Lawrence River

Ice canoe

Every year, Québec Winter Carnival holds an ice canoe race. Want to try? Your ice canoe adventure on the St. Lawrence River could be the highlight of your trip! The guided expedition will show you how strategy and energy work together when it’s time to step out onto frozen surfaces.

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