Winter holidays in Québec are fantastic for families and amazingly easy: direct UK flights to Montréal take a mere seven hours, year round.
Plus, not only is the province packed with family festivals and events from November to March, winter in Québec is the season for dog sledding and snowshoeing, fat biking on frozen lakes, ice hockey games, and skating all over the place. It’s also a great time of year to explore museums and galleries or wrap up warm for a wander round enchanting historic quarters, like walled Québec City and atmospheric Montréal Old Port.
There are so many great reasons for a family winter holiday in Québec it’s hard to know where to begin. So try the top 10 family activities handpicked by the experts at QuébecOriginal, and take it from there.
photo credit: Jean-François Hamelin
Apart from ice hockey and big mountain skiing, nothing in Québec is more of an iconic winter experience than dog sledding through snowy forests. Yet you don’t have to travel into the frozen wilderness to test the age-old thrill of being snugly wrapped up on a sleigh as a team of keen, beautifully trained huskies do all the hard work.
Aventure Inukshuk are based in Duchesnay, just over 40 minutes north of Québec City, and fantastically good fun for first time dog sledding. Kids as young as two are welcome to ride along, over 18s can try out as trainee ‘mushers’, and there’s hot chocolate waiting for everyone at journey’s end. Although that’s nothing compared with the thrill of seeing newly born husky puppies: highly possible between December and March.
Aventure Inukshuk, Duchesnay, Québec
When and prices
December to March, 7-days, weekdays from 10am to 3pm, weekends from 8.30am to 3.30pm
One hour dog sledding ride, adults £51
50% discount for children from six to 12 years
Free for children from two to five years
Where to stay
Auberge Duchesnay, Lac Saint-Joseph. A Four-star family inn with lake views from all rooms
Family room from £76 per night (based on a family of four)
How to get there
Duchesnay is 44 minutes drive north of Québec City on Autoroute 400