21 Magical Spots You Need To Visit In Quebec This Winter

Turns out winter isn't so bad!
21 Magical Spots You Need To Visit In Quebec This Winter
  • There's an abundance of things to do in Quebec, there's no doubt about that. To narrow it down, MTL Blog has made a list of some of the most magical things you can do in our province.
  • From colourful exhibitions to some of the cutest streets in Quebec, this list is filled with places you need to make your way to this winter!
  • Find out where the magical spots in our province are hidden below!

Those long and dreaded winter months are upon us and there is nothing that we can do to stop it. Instead of complaining constantly about the winter, we must start finding things to do in Quebec that embrace the beauty and positive aspects that come with the season. Some magical destinations reach their peak during this time of the year. 

Don’t get me wrong, I'm not the biggest fan of winter, but I do love my city and a big part of being a Montrealer means knowing that you are tough enough to get through the harsh weather conditions that we face. 

We are so lucky to live in a province that has an abundance of enchanted locations. From indoor activities that will fill you with joy to indoor activities that will keep you warm, Quebec truly has something for everyone. 

Instead of complaining this winter, why not explore the advantages that comes with this frigid yet festive time of the year?

These breath-taking destinations across Quebec will not only allow you to survive the cold but to thrive through it. While of course, getting that premium social media content at the same time! 

Parc Linéaire de la Rivière Saint-Charles

This impressive 32 km long park is home to restaurants, hotels and tons of winter activities to participate in. From skating, snowshoeing, skiing, and more, this little slice of winter heaven is an ideal escape from the city.

My favourite part about this spot is is hands down the boardwalk, especially during the winter. The long plank that stretches over the water will give you the illusion that you are floating.

And, to top it all off, you can bring your dog along for the trip!

La Promenade de la Mer à Rimouski

Built-in 2003, this promenade has seen its fair share of guests. The magnificent boardwalk sits between the sea and the city and is about 4 km long, which makes for a good workout.

Although this spot is a bit of a drive from Montreal, it's a great location to explore throughout a weekend. If you are not going on vacation anytime soon, why not explore what Rimouski has the offer?

Grand Quai du Port de Montréal

Old Montreal is incredibly romantic. The combination of old-world charm combined with the modern lifestyle is what I love most about the area.

The Grand Quay is a magical location in our city that many of us don’t take advantage of. Throughout the months of winter, this romantic pathway lit up by the sky and surrounding buildings will remind you what you love about winter.

Hidden Christmas Market at Maison Pepin

If you want to feel like you are the star of a Netflix Christmas movie then Maison Pepin is the place for you. Tucked away in an alley off of rue St-Paul in Old Montreal, this local boutique turns this path into an outstanding Christmas Market.

The hand-crafted items include everything from clothing and home décor to handmade pieces of jewellery.

Not only does this romantic market give you the illusion of being in a Christmas movie but you will also feel like you got lost somewhere in Europe.

Miracle Pop Up Bar

If you are not into the outdoors but you still want to participate in a wintery activity then look no further because Miracle Pop Up Bar is where you belong.

Walking into Miracle feels like you are entering the mind of Santa Claus and it is awesome. Plus, you can drink festive alcoholic beverages and wear ugly Christmas sweaters. There is nothing more magical than that.

Parc National D'Îles de Boucherville

Located only a few kilometres from our little island, Îles de Boucherville is an easy destination to get to.

Throughout the months of winter, visitors enjoy cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. But, what I love most, is the impressive wooden bridge that seems straight out of a romance novel.

This national park is not only sprawling with picturesque views, but it will allow you to reconnect to the natural beauty that Quebec has to offer.

Le Nordik Nature Spa

Spending time outdoors means something different to everyone. For some it means hiking through nature and for others, like myself, it means soaking your troubles away.

This relaxation destination houses numerous outdoor baths, all of which are set to different temperatures to ensure you find the one that’s just right for you.

Domaine Echanteurs

If you are in the mood to go skating through a torch-lit path outside of the city, then you are in for a treat because at Domaine Echanteurs you can do just that.

The impressive trail allows skaters to drift through a majestic pine forest, enjoying the solitude and enchanting stillness of nature around them. And, if you're really lucky, you may be able to spot a forest animal out in the wild.

Santa’s Village

Wintertime has a way of making you feel like a kid again and Santa’s Village was designed to do just that. Allow yourself to be immersed in a world of glee and merriment.

Located a bit outside of Montreal, this winter village will evoke childhood emotions from your Grinch-like soul.

The "Imagine Van Gogh" Exhibit

If you want to experience something magical, while avoiding frostbite than the new Van Gogh Exhibit is for you.

This immersive experience right here in Montreal is not permanent, which is why you need to check it out while you can.

The exhibit allows participants to dive deep into the mind and work of one of the most influential artists to ever live. Now that is pretty magical.

Islet Point in Tadoussac

Known for its epic whale watching, Islet Point in Tadoussac is a must for anyone looking to road trip through the province this winter. The six-hour drive is worth it when you take in the surrounding beauty that is found all around this location.

The beautiful path will guide guests to the top of where the Saguenay River meets the St. Lawrence River. The authentic and surreal experience is one that you will remember for a long time.

Pink Lake in Gatineau Park

Although Pink Lake is not actually pink, the area in which it resides is pretty spectacular. If you follow the wooden boardwalk known as the pink lake trail, you'll be able to witness the true magic of nature.

Located just ten minutes from downtown Ottawa, this destination is full of outstanding nature views, walking paths and is the perfect backdrop for that Instagram photoshoot you have been meaning to have.

Île Saint-Bernard

Not many people know about this little haven not far out of Montreal, which means it is a great place to go if you are looking for a mini-escape.

The boardwalk allows you to walk parallel to the water and throughout the cold of winter, the lake turns into thick ice that you can walk across.

There is also a ton of wildlife throughout the area so if you are an animal lover, that is a major bonus for you.

Rue du Petit-Champlain

Rue du Petit-Champlain in Quebec city is one of the most charming and enchanting streets in the province, and it's definitely worth taking a road trip for.

There is no denying that Quebec City offers a quality that is incomparable to anywhere else in the world. And, during the winter, that “je ne sais quoi” intensifies through the lights, snowflakes, and holiday cheer.

LaSalle Bird Sanctuary

If you're in desperate need of an escape but you don’t have the time to go anywhere far, this hidden gem will allow you to feel as though you are far away from the city, without even having to leave the island.

The mesmerizing park offers gorgeous views and, as its name suggests, it also happens to be a migratory bird sanctuary.

Not enough locals take advantage of the mystic splendour of this location, which is exactly why you should.

Parc Jean-Drapeau’s Hidden Waterfall

Parc Jean- Drapeau has many secret magical spots including a few waterfalls scattered throughout its island.

This romantic winter haven is ideal for anyone looking for a little adventure, without having to travel too far.

The secluded and well-maintained waterfalls are a 10-minute walk from the metro station.

Complexe Desjardins' Fountain Show

Complex Desjardins always brings it during the holiday but this year, they have truly outdone themselves

The digital fountain show is a mesmerizing experience for shoppers and visitors to take part in.

There is also a 3D Christmas tree set up and of course, plenty of photo opportunities for you to take advantage of.

Atwater Christmas Market

The Atwater Christmas Market is a must for anyone looking to do something special this winter.

This holiday market is straight out of a Christmas movie. Plus, it is stocked with vendors, food, games, and drinks to make sure that every guest finds something they like.

Skate Through The Old Port

The much-anticipated Old Port skating rink has opened and it is going to allow skaters to feel as though they are gliding through Rockefeller Center in New York City.

Although our city has no shortage of ice rinks, there is something magical about skating through the most romantic part of our city.

Ogilvy Holiday Window

The Ogilvy Holiday window is a Montreal classic during the holiday season. Its magic and majesty have amazed onlookers for years and this year the window will be as beautiful as always.

The window has been on display since 1947 and it is one of the most magical things to see during the wintertime in our city.

Feel the magic, Montreal!

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