Created by Lynn May Gosselin.
Looking for the perfect winter playground in a land of ice and snow? Quebec City, located in eastern Canada has some of the best snow anywhere in North America.
This French and English speaking province is alive with a vibrant culture steeped in a rich history and Quebec City, in the heart of the province, keeps the history alive. A UNESCO World Heritage Treasure, the neighborhood of Old Quebec is a quaint town of cobblestone streets, narrow brick buildings and carriages perched high above the Saint-Laurent River rushing below. With many delicious French patisseries, authentic restaurants, art galleries featuring local artists and street after street of old world charm, the city is a wonder to explore. Beyond the city, a host of unique and interesting winter activities are yours to try. From dog sledding, snowmobiling, skiing and more, Quebec City combines adventure with charm for a perfect winter vacation.
The magic of Old Quebec City is best explored on foot. Spend some time wandering the ancient, narrow streets that weave from Upper Town down hilly avenues to the banks of the Saint-Laurent River below in Lower Town. Meander in an out of boutiques, tiny patisseries and old bookstores as you make your way through this historic town. If the climb back up to the Citadel seems daunting, you can hitch a ride on the funicular railway that transports between the upper and lower parts of the city.
One of a kind
For a truly one of a kind winter experience, make sure you plan a visit to Hotel de Glace, a stunning ice hotel. This amazing, icy palace is the only place in North America where you can perch on a frozen bar, sipping a cocktail. The clear blue frozen hotel is a true thing of beauty. Explore the architectural masterpiece of this ice castle spending time in the great Hall, the Chapel, one of the exhibition halls or have fun sliding down a large ice slide. It’s a once in a lifetime experience.
Enjoy the magic of Old Quebec City at night when the glittering twinkle lights reflect and dance off the icicles dripping from the historic brick buildings. For a magical nighttime experience, wander to the outdoor skating rink at Place D’Youville and strap on some ice skates for an evening winter skate, an iconic Canadian winter tradition. Be sure to bundle up because the temperature will be cold but the beauty of the glass like rink will be worth the cold and the pink cheeks.
In from the cold
Le Saint Amour has been serving the most amazing meals in Old Quebec since 1978. This quaint restaurant combines traditional French cuisine with new, innovative ideas making for a truly wonderful dining experience. The warm atmosphere of the room and the exceptional service enhance the meal and demonstrate why Le Saint Amour is the top gourmet restaurant in the area. Come in from the cold to enjoy this wonderful restaurant.