The snowy streets of Quebec City

Winter Wonderland - Quebec City

  • 10th January 2023
  • 4 min read
A snowy view of the Fairmont Hotel Quebec City

What makes Quebec City such a great place to visit?

There are many things that make Quebec City a great place to visit. Here are a few:

  1. Rich history: Quebec City is one of the oldest cities in North America and has a rich history that can be explored through its architecture, museums, and cultural sites.
  2. Beautiful setting: The city is located along the St. Lawrence River and is surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, including the nearby Laurentian Mountains.
  3. Cultural experiences: Quebec City is a predominantly French-speaking city, which gives it a unique cultural identity. There are many opportunities to experience French culture and history, including through its food, art, and language.
  4. Fun events and festivals: Quebec City is home to a number of fun events and festivals throughout the year, including the Quebec City Winter Carnival, the Quebec City Summer Festival, and the Quebec City Film Festival.
  5. Accessibility: Quebec City is easily accessible from many major cities in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada, making it a convenient destination for travelers.
Shoppers pass on the snowy streets of Quebec City

What’s the Quebec City Winter Carnival?

The Quebec City Winter Carnival (Carnaval de Quebec) is an annual winter festival held in Quebec City, the capital of the Canadian province of Quebec. It is one of the largest winter festivals in the world and attracts thousands of visitors from all over the globe.

This year’s winter festival will take place from February 3rd to 12th, 2023 and features a wide range of activities and events, including ice sculptures, snow baths, sleigh rides, ice skating, and more. One of the most popular attractions at the carnival is the Bonhomme, the festival's official mascot who is dressed in traditional French-Canadian attire.

Other highlights of the carnival include the night parades, which feature floats and performers illuminated by colorful lights, and the International Ice Sculpture Competition, which sees teams of sculptors from around the world compete to create the most impressive ice sculptures.

Overall, the Quebec City Winter Carnival is a fun and festive celebration of winter and Quebec's rich culture and history. If you’ve not experienced a winter wonderland, it’s definitely worth checking out!

What are some cool places to stay?

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
The Fairmont Château Frontenac is a historic luxury hotel situated on a hill overlooking the St. Lawrence River, and is one of the most photographed hotels in the world. The hotel was built in 1893 and has undergone several renovations over the years. It has just over 600 guest rooms and suites, several restaurants and bars, a spa, a fitness center, and a business center. The hotel is known for its opulent decor and grand architecture, and has been designated as a National Historic Site of Canada. It is a popular tourist destination and is often used as a wedding venue.

The Chateau Frontenac is a destination on its own, and even if you’re not staying there, it’s worth a visit as you make your way through Old Quebec.

Hilton Quebec
Located on Parliament Hill just across from the entrance to Old Quebec City, the Hilton Quebec offers stunning views of the city and beyond.  The Plains of Abraham and Parliament are just a short walk away, as is the Quartier Petit Champlain. The Hilton Quebec recently underwent a stunning renovation and is also connected to the Quebec City Convention Center for added convenience.

Hotel PUR
Located in downtown Quebec City, Hotel Pur is part of Marriott’s Tribute Portfolio, offering cozy yet modern rooms. If you’re looking for a fantastic base to explore the city, Hotel Pur is a great option with it being situated in a neighbourhood offering fantastic restaurants, cafes, and shopping.

Warren Brown
Author: Warren Brown, Relationship Manager

Warren holds over 19 years of experience in the travel insurance industry. He enjoys telling the stories of people and places which is fed by his love of travel. Warren is an active member of the Travel Health Insurance Association of Canada (THIA) to better educate the Canadian traveller on the benefits of travelling protected.


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