Quebec Travel Guide

Activities & Events

Horse-drawn carriagesA one-hour tour of the Old City.
Ferry to LvisPrice: $3 one-way fareBeautiful views of the Chateau Frontenac and the Lower Old Town, and the other side of the river. Quite cheap and only one ticket is required for round trip if you stay aboard. (However, don't tell that to the ticket agent; some will insist on charging you the round trip fare.)
AML CruisesOffers short three-hour cruises on the St-Lawrence river leaving from the docks nearby the ferry. One of the cruises leaves as the sun is setting and comes back when the sun is down for a stunning view of Quebec city by night.
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on Plains of AbrahamTreat yourself to nature in the city and ski free of charge in one of the most accessible, enchanting sites there is, as you enjoy a breathtaking view of the St. Lawrence River.
Villages Vacances ValcartierWater park and go-carts open during the summer season. Tubing and ice skating offered in the winter.
Mont-Sainte-AnneSki and snow during the cold season. Camping, biking and hiking at summertime.
Station touristique StonehamSki and snow during the winter and an animated summer camp from June to August every summer.
Choco-musee EricoPrice: Free admissionA small museum of chocolate, talks about the history and making of chocolate.
Ice HotelOne of only two ice hotels in the world, from January to early April the Ice Hotel is a must-see. $17.50 will get you full tour during the day, after 8PM access to the guest rooms is restricted to guests only. The best time to go here is just before dark so you can see the hotel in natural lightning and then artificially lit. Each room is themed and decorated with exquisite ice sculptures. Rooms start at $299/night. Includes an ice bar where you can get a drink served in an ice glass. For the romantics, there is a wedding chapel complete with snow pews.
Governeur's WalkScenic walk starting at the top of the Funiculare, continuing along the wall over looking the old city. The many staircases lead to overlooks offering scenic views of the St. Lawrence. The walk ends at the gazebo on the Plains of Abraham.
Ice Slide at Terrasse DufferinPrice: $2.5 per personDuring the winter you can slide down a ice slide on a toboggan, quite fast and great view. Buy the tickets from the Caf at the end of the slide.
Patinoire de la place d'YouvilleIce skating rink located right in the middle of Old Quebec. Skating is free to those with their own skates, and rentals are available for $7.50 to those who need them. Rink is small in size but the location can't be beat.

Québec is a great city for going out to dance traditional and nuevo-Argentinian Tango. You can find out about classes, practicas, milongas and events at the local association or at L'Avenue Tango .

Martin Lachance399 St.Joseph, Quebec CityPhone: +1 418 641-6654Hours: 24Qubec is one of North America's most beautiful port cities. Set against the stunning backdrop of Cape Diamond, its port is the gateway to Old Qubec's historic and cultural neighborhoods. Set foot ashore and walk into a world of museums, heritage homes, art galleries, craft boutiques, public markets, parks, murals, sidewalk cafs, restaurants, bistros, and moreall just a few steps or a buggy ride away! Extend your stay upon arrival or departure and enjoy a few extra days in one of the world's best destinations*! 80 000 pax are expected for the Summer Fall season in 2011.*5th best city destination in North America and 10th in the world in 2010 according to Cond Nast Traveler.Best Canadian city for culture, 4th best Canadian destination, and 7th most romantic city in the world in 2010 according to TripAdvisor.
Events
Winter CarnivalCity-wide, first two weeks of February and spanning 3 weekends. A truly spectacular event, the Winter Carnival is a hundred-year tradition in Quebec City. Each year, a giant ice palace is built in the Place Jacques-Cartier as the headquarters of the festivities, but there's activities all during the week. The International Ice Sculpture Competition sees teams from around the world build monumental sculptures. There are 3 parades during the event in different quarters of the city, and other winter-defying competitions including a canoe race across the St. Lawrence and a group snow bath. The festival's mascot, Bonhomme Carnaval, a sashed snowman, is the city's most famous logo. $12 (2010) will get you a rubber snowman to attach to your parka for entrance into the festivities on the Plains of Abraham.
Saint-Jean Baptiste Celebration. Every year, June 23. Without a doubt the biggest party of the year in the entire province. Join over 200,000 Québécois of all ages on Plaine d'Abraham while they celebrate Quebec's National Day throughout the night. Various Québécois musical performances, bonfire, fireworks, and a lot of drinking.
Festival d'tBeginning to mid-July, a lot of cheap music shows (you buy a button for $45 and it gives you access to all the shows, for the 11 days of the festival) in and around the Old Town, with international and local artists (for example in 2004, The Nits, Wyclef Jean, Brurier Noir in 2010, Iron maiden, The Black Eyed Peas, Santana, Rush, Arcade and Rammstein).
Edwin-Blanger BandstandA musical experience in the open. Jazz, blues, Worlbeat. June to August. Thursday to Sunday.
Festival of New FranceFirst weekend in August.
Quebec City International Festival of Military BandsSpectacular performances are offered by Military Bands from all around the world. The Festival takes place at the end of August.

source: Wikivoyage

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