Why Quebec Is a Hot Destination in Winter

By Erin Deinzer, December 21, 2017

As one of North America’s oldest cities, Quebec is infused with a rich history and myriad cultures. And when the temperature drops to single digits, attendees have a multitude of ways to enjoy the Canadian city and its environs.

City

Consider calling the 242-room Hotel PUR home. Offering 10 indoor venues and 12,000 square feet of meeting space, it’s located in the city’s tech hub.

Drinks at Bar 1608, Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. This historic hotel overlooking the frozen St. Lawrence River underwent a $75 million renovation in 2014. It’s welcomed such luminaries as Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt and a bevy of Hollywood notables.

Ice Fishing at Village Nordik du Port de Quebec. From January to March, groups can try their hand at catching trout, yellow perch or walleye in a white, wintery landscape.

Private Dining at Centre des Congres de QuebecWith underground access to two hotels (the 571-room Hilton Quebec and the 377-room Delta Quebec), Quebec’s state-of-the-art convention center has a private lounge (with a large picture window) for intimate dining.

Country

Adjacent to Quebec’s only 18-hole championship golf course, the 102-room Four Points by Sheraton Quebec Resort is a short drive from the airport and close to a bevy of outdoor activities.

Dogsledding at Pourvoirie du Lac Beauport. From December to March, attendees can experience the thrill of riding behind a team of dogs. They’ll learn how to handle a sled, visit the dogs’ kennel and discover why huskies are so well-suited to the task.

Snowmobiling. Groups can head out onto nearby trails to view the frozen landscape from atop a seat. Local guides share the ins-and-outs of the area during the ride.

Tour the Ice Hotel. The only hotel in North America made entirely from ice sees a new design ever year, complete with overnight rooms, a common area and a bar—where you can enjoy a cocktail served in a glass made of ice. Tours are available January through March.

5 ways to eat, and drink, like a Quebecer

CaribouConsumed almost exclusively during winter carnival, this sweet drink is a combination of red wine, maple syrup and hard liquor.

Ice WineProduced from grapes that have frozen on the vine, this dessert wine is considered a must-have nightcap.

Native Game—Historically, the Quebecois were hunters and trappers. Try some local game with epicurean flair at La Traite in Wendake.

Poutine—This humble dish of cheese curds and French fries topped with brown gravy is now celebrated at festivals and in cookbooks.

Sugar Pie—This speciality dessert is baked in a pie crust with a sugar and/or maple syrup filling. Dense and sweet, it’s a holiday favorite.

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