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5 activities to do in winter for free in Quebec City


With winter coming, we decided to poke around and find 5 activities to do for free in Quebec City. After all when its free, its even more fun!


Winter in Quebec City is always beautiful. It offers a multitude of outdoor activities to enjoy winter to its fullest! From ice skating at Place d’Youville or on the Plains of Abraham to walking through Petit-Champlain District for some of that European charm or even enjoying a walk on Promenade Samuel-De Champlain, you are bound find a way to enjoy this beautiful City.


Ice skating rink at Place d’Youville, close to Old Quebec City


This hidden gem is located right next to the fortified walls of Old Quebec City. The exterior skating ring offers you an animated atmosphère where you can skate at ease with friends, family and little ones for free ! Don’t have your skates ? No worries, they offer a renting service so you can rent the skates for 8$. The skating ring is usually opened from end of October to the beginning of March since it is artificially refrigerated.


995, place D’Youville
La Cite-Limoilou
418 641-6256

http://www.ville.quebec.qc.ca (website in French language only)


The Plains of Abraham in Quebec during winter!


Enjoy winter to its fullest by going cross-country skiing in one of Quebec City’s most beautiful places : the Abraham Plains! Access is free and there is also a renting service if you need rent some equipment ($).


Different trails are available depending what you want to do.
– 4 classic trails (1 easy and 3 intermediate)
– 2 ski skating trails (1 easy and 1 intermediate)
– 1 snowshoe trail
– Walking trails


A skating rink is also available for free during the winter season.
Avenue Wilfrid-Laurier,
Ville de Québec, QC G1R 2L3



Quebec Winter Carnival 2021: Snow and ice decorations to visit!


This year from February 5 to 14, 2021, the Quebec Winter Carnival is different but there will still be a way to get its share of the fun! Whether it is to discover the monuments of ice and snow, 20-foot-high ice towers that symbolize the Bonhomme Palace in the districts of Limoilou, Saint-Roch, Saint-Sauveur and Saint-Jean-Baptiste, the Place D’Youville, Place Jean-Béliveau, Avenue Cartier, Avenue Maguire, Grande Allée, Old Quebec sector and Petit-Champlain. In addition, there is virtual programming on the Carnival YouTube Channel.


A fiery virtual program awaits you for a themed and festive evenings.


Consult the complete program of the 2021 Quebec Winter Carnival here.


Take a walk on the Promenade Samuel-De Champlain


You are not cold easily? Then the Promenade Samuel-De Champlain is perfect for you! Located along the St. Lawrence River, it is a beautiful place to visit and observe in the middle of winter. The only downside is that during the winter period, the observation tower that is 25 meters high as well as the pavilion Tequenonday and the pavilion of the sports resort are closed. On the other hand, the interpretation pavilion of the Quai des Cageux remains open and offers toilets to the public. For parking, there is one located at the foot of the Cote Ross which is cleared of snow and ready to receive you.


capitale.gouv.qc.ca/nos-parcs/parcs/promenade-samuel-de-champlain/information-pratique (website in French language only)


Discover the Petit-Champlain District


They are a lot of things to see in the Petit-Champlain district. The Streets are filled with art galleries, Entertainment, restaurants, bistros, gift shops, sweets, local crafts and much more. Taking a stroll down these Streets during winter almost feels like you are in a fairy tail thanks to the snow, lights and music 😉


If you are a fan of maple products, be sure to stop by La Petite Cabane a sucre (The Small Sugar Shack) for many maple products !


61 Rue du Petit Champlain,
Ville de Québec, QC G1K 4H5
418 692-2613



There is no shortage of places in Quebec to do free winter activities in Quebec!


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