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Quebec City Winter Fun for Families

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Founded over four centuries ago, Quebec City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most romantic spots on the planet. But it’s also super family friendly. Bien sûr, this French Canadian city appeals to all ages. From outdoor adventures and cultural activities to a life-sized snowman mascot, you’re sure to have a (snow) ball in one of the safest cities in North America! Here’s a look at Quebec City winter fun for families. 

Valcartier Village, where children can tube, skate and play in a winter playground ~ Quebec City Winter Fun for Families

At Valcartier Village, children can tube, skate and play in a winterized playground (Photo credit: Valcartier Village)

Visit the Quebec Winter Carnival

Not only is the Quebec Winter Carnival the world’s largest outdoor winter festival, it’s also the most fun. Located on the historic Plains of Abraham, the carnival runs for 17 days over three weekends, from the end of January to mid-February. Kids have a blast trying out winter activities such as sledding, hockey and dog-sleddingBonhomme, a 7-foot-tall snowman is the symbol of this frosty festival. No Quebec City winter visit is complete without a hug from this dapper dude.

Bonhomme, the Quebec Winter Carnival mascot ~ Quebec City Winter Fun for Families

Say Bonjour to Bonhomme, the Quebec Winter Carnival mascot (Photo credit: Quebec Region)

Play Make Believe at the Museum of Civilization

There are many museums to hit up in Quebec City. Tops for families is the Museum of Civilization (or Musée de la Civilisation, in French). Downstairs you’ll discover the wonders of the Costume Workshop, with dozens of dress-up clothes and a play zone with a forest, dungeon, secret passageway and ballroom where kids can bring fairy tales to life. Kids get a kick out of the Earth Unveiled zone, with hands-on exhibits that explore how humans have always tried to understand the mysteries of our plant. Egyptian Magic will also captivate families with a mummy, burial case and other impressive artifacts. 

You can reach speeds over 40 miles per hour on some tubing runs at Valcartier Village in Quebec ~ Quebec City Winter Fun for Families

You can reach speeds over 40 miles per hour on some tubing runs at Valcartier Village! (Photo credit: Valcartier Village)

Go Snow Tubing

About a 30-minute drive from the city lies Valcartier Village Vacances. With over 40 tube runs, this winter playground is a paradise for adventure seekers. The runs range from easy to difficult and it’s set up like a ski hill with the green, blue and black diamond designation. There are smaller runs for pre-schoolers and a kid’s zone for toddlers to swoosh down mini slides. Inside is an arcade and several restaurants. While tubing is the big draw, you’ll also find an ice skating trail and a maple taffy shack, where you can taste the wonders of icy Canadian sweets made from maple syrup.

Quebec Winter Carnival mulled wine and maple taffy ~ Quebec City Winter Fun for Families

With a mulled wine in one hand and a maple taffy in the other, the Saucy Travel Mama knows how to do Winter Carnival (Photo credit: Debbie Olsen)

Soak Up Quebecois History

History doesn’t have to be a dirty word. Just don’t tell your kids they’re getting a history lesson as they stroll through 400-year-old streets, and you’ll be fine. Old Quebec is a charming mass of quaint cobblestone streets flanked by stone buildings selling hot chocolate, maple syrup and touristy items that are sure to enthrall the kids.

Hotel de Glace ~ Quebec City Winter Fun for Families

It’s ice, ice baby everywhere you look at Hotel de Glace in Quebec (Photo credit: Jody Robbins)

Frolic at a Hotel Made of Ice

While children are welcome to spend the night at Hotel de Glace, an overnight isn’t the only way to see inside this ice hotel. Between January and March visitors can take a tour of this impressive chilly site. Rent snowshoes and trek around the property or simply marvel at the amazing murals and ice sculptures. There’s a cafe on site and a fun ice slide to wow the kiddies.

Are you up for some Quebec City winter fun with your family? Let us know in the comments below!

Thank you to Quebec City for sponsoring my visit. As always, my opinion are my own.

About Jody Robbins, The Saucy Travel Mama

After a career in international marketing and a few years spent living the high life as an expat, Jody now resides with her family in Calgary, Canada. Figuring travel writing was a good way to combine her wanderlust and parental duties, she’s spent the past few years working with both print and online media, contributing to the Calgary Herald Travel and Real Life sections and blogging about her adventures at Travels with Baggage ( When not circling the globe with her precocious children (one daughter, one husband, one dog), she can usually be found snowboarding or pretending to enjoy hiking. Find Jody on Twitter at @Jody_Robbins.

  1. Susan Martin says

    Your photos capture the fun! An ice hotel sounds like a once in a lifetime experience! Thanks for sharing.

    • Jody Robbins, The Saucy Travel Mama says

      Thanks, Susan, it really was a hoot. Hotel de Glace was definitely one of those bucket list items that you’ll want to check out even if you don’t stay overnight.

  2. Nichola - Globalmouse says

    What a lot of snow fun! The snow tubing looks great and I want to visit an ice hotel so badly!!

  3. I don’t know why, because I detest winter, but I’ve always wanted to visit Quebec during the winter. I almost booked a trip for my family this winter just to experience the Hotel de Glace and then I chickened out. 🙁 Maybe next year.

  4. Mama Munchkin (@globalmunchkins) says

    I had no idea that Quebec was such a kid friendly destination. My kids would flip over the ice hotel and I love snow tubing. Adding it to our bucketlist!!

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