Have Fun in a Winter Wonderland
Lately, you may have been idly surfing around for package deals that will allow you to escape to a beach. But before you book your vacation, consider the fun you could have a bit closer to home. Quebec, for example, is a province that embraces winter to the fullest—there is even a whole carnival dedicated to the season. Though you may not be able to pack as lightly (long johns and a really warm jacket are a must), you will experience enough unique adventures that you may start to welcome winter each year instead of dreading its arrival. Here are 10 ways to take advantage of winter in “La Belle Province.”
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1. Celebrate Winter at Carnaval de Quebec!
From late January to mid-February, head to Quebec City to experience the largest winter carnival in the world. The Mardi Gras of the north kicks off each year with a spectacular opening night of fireworks and revelry. After that, 17 days of winter fun, including skating and sleigh rides; watching canoe races on the St. Lawrence and dog sled races through the streets; outdoor dance parties; night parades and a whole host of other family-friendly activities are supervised by the jolly Bonhomme Carnaval. Interesting fact: the first winter carnival in the city in 1894 was actually organized as a way to help the population forget about winter’s hardships. Now it draws travellers from all over the world who want to experience a true Canadian winter.
2. Cuddle Up in a Cottage
Cottages aren’t just for summer vacations. If you can find winterized accommodations like the quaint but spacious cottages at Pohénégamook santé plein air, then you’ll have just as much fun cocooning indoors as you will getting sporty outdoors. Test your balance and endurance by ski sailing, which is basically windsurfing on skiis; cross country skiing, ice skating, ice fishing and inner tubing, among other outdoor activities. And, if you’re brave, relax those tired muscles in their outdoor Scandinavian Spa.