Winter is such a magical time in Quebec. Once the snow arrives, the province transforms into a winter wonderland you need to discover. For the most memorable season ever, we've made a bucket list of all the secret places in Quebec you need to explore this winter.
When you think of winter in Quebec, the first things that come to mind might be the famous ice hotel in Quebec City or the massive Illumi Cavalia Festival in Montreal. However, there are plenty of other gems to discover.
The next time you're looking for something to do with your partner or best friend, you should surprise them by taking them on a winter adventure! Leading up to Christmas, there are plenty of seasonal activities to enjoy, such as exploring holiday villages covered in twinkling lights or going to festive pop-up bars.
Other activities you don't want to miss include booking a getaway at a tiny cottage where you can warm up in a sauna or hot tub, taking a fluffy alpaca for a walk, or going skating on a peaceful trail through the forest.
It's time to start planning what you want to do this winter. Here are 12 secret places in Quebec to bring your favourite person for the season:
Desjardins Illuminated Village
Price: Not announced yet
When: December 20, 2019 to January 3, 2020
Address: 1425 Montplaisir St., Drummondville, QC
Why You Need To Go: This magical Christmas village will be decorated with thousands of twinkling lights.
Miracle Au Maelstorm Saint-Roch
Price: Based on what you order
When: November to December 2019
Address: 181 Rue Saint-Vallier E., Quebec City, QC
Why You Need To Go: The two of you can enjoy a holiday-themed cocktail at this pop-up Christmas bar.
Igloo Spa Day
Price: From $300 (access to just the spa available from $35)
Address: 1421 Main Street, Saint-Come, QC
Why You Need To Go: For the ultimate winter getaway, you can spend the night sleeping in an igloo. Your stay also includes access to the spa and a massage.
Canadian Holiday Train
Price: Free to attend the events (accepting donations to Food Banks)
When: November 25-26, 2019
Address: Multiple stops in Quebec
Why You Need To Go: Many people might not realize that the gorgeous, illuminated CP Holiday train makes multiple stops across Quebec. At each stop, there will be a free concert and you'll have a chance to take holiday photos.
Joliette Christmas Market
Price: Free admission
When: November 29 - December 23, 2019
Address: Place Bourget, Joliette, QC
Why You Need To Go: At this dreamy Christmas market, the two of you can take a horse-drawn carriage ride or get a photo in the giant heart. You can also do some holiday shopping from all the different vendors selling artisanal goods.
Ice & Snow Airbnb
Price: From $157
Neighbourhood: Sainte-Rose-du-Nord, QC
Why You Need To Go: At this insane Airbnb, you can spend the night in a room made of ice and snow.
Dog Sledding At Montebello
Price: $34 a person
Address: 392 Rue Notre Dame, Montebello, QC
Why You Need To Go: You can go on an unforgettable dog sledding adventure through a snowy forest.
Imagine Van Gogh
Price: Not announced yet
When: From December 5, 2019
Address: 2020 William St., Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: You can explore giant images of Van Gogh's famous paintings.
Walk An Alpaca At Verger Champetre
Price: $15 per animal
Address: 2300 Cowie St., Granby, QC
Why You Need To Go: The two of you can enjoy taking a fluffy alpaca or a miniature horse for a walk.
Skating Through The Forest
Price: Not listed yet
Address: 9 Montée Beausoleil, Lac des Loups, QC
Why You Need To Go: This is a 3-km skating trail that will take you through an enchanting forest.
Price: From $119
Address: 3141 Route du Fleuve, Les Eboulements, QC
Why You Need To Go: Enjoy a cozy stay inside this Scandinavian-inspired mini-cabin that comes with free access to a hot tub and sauna.