Snow Day in Quebec City
Quebec is the true northern city, and it has everything you need to turn your casual snow day into a moment of pure happiness. The old capital is simply magical in the winter, so enjoy its fluffy white coat and make of your day an unforgettable experience.
Skating Under the Stars
Make your snow day last past nightfall. Put your skates on and watch the starry sky or the snowflakes fall. Once the sun sets, the outdoor skating rinks transform under the moonlight to make you feel like you are living a fairy tale.
No matter how good your ice skating skills are, Quebec City and its surroundings is full of skating rinks fitting your level or tastes. They are open until 10 PM, they are lighted during the evening and many of them are refrigerated. Admission is free and it is possible to rent skates on sites ($).
The Place D’Youville skating rink is located right behind the Hotel Palace Royal and it is the ideal spot to take in the energy of Old Quebec. Skate in the heart of the city, surrounded by festive lights. Pro-tip: go on a weeknight, you might get the whole rink to yourself.
Place D’Youville skating rink
Quebec City QC G1R 3P1
Looking for the perfect sports and rest balance? Place Jean-Béliveau skating rink is at walking distance from Vidéotron Centre and it is the best place to find that balance. Come enjoy their ice path or play pond hockey on natural ice, with barely a line to rule your game. This light sport is sure to please anyone, from couples to families with children!
Place Jean-Béliveau skating rink
250 boulevard Wilfrid-Hamel
Quebec City QC G1L 4W7
For a romantic evening, the ice path from Pointe-aux-Lièvres’ winter sports site and Domaine Maizerets’ skating rink are ideal. Both located in Limoilou district, they will surely charm you. Located by Saint-Charles River’s side or right in the heart of a historic site, you and your better half will be immersed in the winter magic.
Pointe-aux-Lièvres’ ice path
25 Rue de la Pointe-aux-Lièvres
Quebec City QC G1K 5Y2
Domaine Maizerets’ skating rink
2000 boulevard Montmorency
Quebec City QC G1J 5E7
Dufferin Terrace Toboggan Slides
A visit in Quebec City is simply not complete without a stop at the Terrasse Dufferin’s toboggan slides. Offering a breathtaking view on Saint-Lawrence River and overlooked by Château Frontenac, they are one of the most iconic spots in town. Go down the slopes at 70 km/h for only a few dollars per run down one of the oldest touristic attractions in Quebec City. Thrilling fun is waiting for you; you will want to do it again and again!
Place Terrasse Dufferin
Quebec City QC G1R 4N5
Take the Quebec City-Levis Ferry
It might seem strange, but trust us; the greatest panorama of Quebec City you will ever find is from the ferry-boat’s deck. With departures every 20 or 30 minutes during the day and every hour in the evening, it is a great and surprising outing for the whole family on a snowy day. Get on board at the river station, right next to the Petit Champlain and museums, and enjoy the powerful ice movements on the Saint-Lawrence River and the breathtaking view.
Quebec City-Levis Ferry boat
10 rue des Traversiers
Quebec City QC G1K 8L8
Discover Montmorency Forest and its Many Activities
Maintained by Université Laval,Montmorency Forest is the largest teaching forest in the world. Located a few kilometres from Stoneham, this forest is still little known, which makes it the perfect place for hiking through this incredible forest in complete tranquility. And while you are there, why not try ski shoes? This fusion between alpine skiing and snowshoes will let you climb up paths and go down slopes through the woods. For visitors that prefer gentler hikes, there are about 24 km of paths you can trek through with snowshoes.
For a great family adventure, you can take the guided tour of the boreal forest and follow animal tracks.
Pro-tip: for a magic experience, visit the site during the evening and enjoy their toboggan slide or their skating rink, lighted with torches.
Montmorency Forest is located at kilometre 103 on route 175.