Vieux-Québec et le majestueux fleuve Saint-Laurent © F. Gamache


The cradle of French civilization in North America, Québec City is today a mecca for culture and history. Less than 20 minutes from downtown, you’ll find innumerable nature destinations, where you can engage in a host of outdoor activities.

Location and access

Québec, the capital city of the province of the same name, is located some 250 km northeast of Montréal on the north shore of the St. Lawrence. The two cities are linked by highways 20 and 40, in addition to rail and air connections. Québec’s tourist region covers 9,000 km2.

Quartier Petit-Champlain © Ville de Québec
Hôtel de glace © L.Rousseau
Glissades sur la terrasse Dufferin © L.-A.Couturier
Parc de la Chute-Montmorency © Y. Tessier
Bonhomme Carnaval © X.Dachez

Get out your hats and mittens, and experience winter in the Québec City area as you never have before.

Powdery, sparkling and always abundant, the snow here lends itself to a multitude of winter activities and is even honoured in festivals. Discover—or rediscover—the Québec Winter Carnival, the ice hotel and the Nordic spas.

Québec winters are also a massive playground for 1,001 outdoor activities: downhill skiing, snowboarding, sliding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, dogsledding, snowmobiling, and more still!

Québec City is home to the only ice hotel in North America. It is made entirely from ice and snow, and features over 40 themed rooms and suites. Dare to try out this exclusive winter experience!

In addition to being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Québec City is surrounded by stunning countryside. A multitude of historical, cultural and natural attractions await you, as well as major international events and renowned fine dining. Old Québec and the neighbouring wilderness are magnificent year-round.

Whether it’s your first visit or you’re a regular; whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a trip with family or friends, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. Sports enthusiasts will be as rewarded as arts and culture buffs. From religious heritage to indigenous culture to nature walks, the Québec City area is sure to win your heart!

The only Holy Door outside Europe is found at the Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral. Inaugurated in 2013 to mark the 350th anniversary of the first Catholic parish in North America, it will be open until November 13, 2016 to celebrate the Jubilee of Mercy.

Less than 20 minutes from downtown, you’ll find yourself surrounded by an abundance of nature and many natural sites, where you can do practically any outdoor activity you choose.

Recreational activities, relaxation and adrenaline-pumping fun await you just a few kilometres outside of the city. Let yourself loose on your discoveries of Portneuf, Côte-de-Beaupré, the Jacques‑Cartier region and Île d'Orléans.

Whether you want an easy-going adventure or the thrill of a lifetime, nature provides for everyone. In the Québec City area, the mountains, the St. Lawrence River, falls, lakes and rivers can be enjoyed winter, spring, summer or fall. It is THE destination to quench your thirst for a more intense outdoor challenge or to try a new activity that’s still within your comfort zone.

Montmorency Falls are higher than Niagara Falls. Surrounding the powerful 83-metre (272-ft.) waterfall, you’ll find walking trails, lookouts, a cable car and panoramic circuit, a suspension bridge, zip line and via ferrata.

Welcome to the only walled city north of Mexico!

With its rich history and European charm, the city is overflowing with museums and historical attractions on practically every corner, especially in Old Québec.

Come experience the many festivals and events. There’s something for everyone, any time of year! Take a moment to savour the good times, and soak up the spirit of the place. Let your senses guide you to the parks, museums, exhibits, city tours and exclusive events.

The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNABQ) is being refurbished. The expansion of the fine arts museum’s new pavilion, overlooking Grande Allée street, is set to open in 2016.

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