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posted on November 10, 2021

Nowhere does winter like Québec. The season is historically a time of celebration and comfort, bringing to mind the scent of pine and the taste of maple taffy. Embracing winter is part of Québecois culture, and doing so is a fantastic way to keep fit, improve your mood, and discover everything there is to love about la belle province

From snowmobiling to sugar shacks, there are plenty of winter activities Montreal and Québec City visitors and locals can enjoy nearby. We’re starting off with our picks for the best ski hills Québec has to offer.

Disclaimer: Rates, parking information, and other details are subject to change. All information presented below applies to the 2021-22 season. Before hitting the road make sure to refer directly to the service provider for the most up-to-date information on their fees and operation. 

Best ski resorts in Québec

Skiers and snowboarders rejoice! When it comes to mountains Québec doesn’t disappoint.

Mont-Tremblant

In winter Montreal locals and visitors alike flock to the second highest mountain in Québec: Mont-Tremblant. Along with thrilling ski runs, the resort is a convenient spot for snow tubing Montreal daytrippers can enjoy. When it’s time for après-ski, head into the vibrant village for culinary delights and live entertainment all year round.

Distance from Montreal: 2 hours

Distance from Québec City: 4 hours

Single day admission: $119

Season pass: $1429

Snow tubing: Yes

Cross-country skiing trails: Yes

Other details: Mont-Tremblant Resort is open 9am–4pm, and free parking is available as of the date of this post. There are 102 trails spanning all skill levels, as well as ski and snowboard lessons for all ages. Rental equipment and clothing is available, as well as a ski valet service. The village offers a rich selection of dining options including brasseries, cafés, food trucks and crêperies.

Mont-Sainte-Anne

Quality snow and pristine trails make Mont-Sainte-Anne one of the most popular ski mountains in Québec. With one of the longest ski seasons in the province and many challenging downhill runs, this resort is a favourite among advanced skiers. Dogsledding, fat biking, and taking in beautiful views of the St. Lawrence River from the gondola are just some of the winter activities Québec City and Montreal visitors can enjoy in addition to hitting the slopes.

Distance from Montreal: 3.5 hours 

Distance from Québec City: 1 hour

Single day admission: $112

Season pass: $1,024

Snow tubing: No

Cross-country skiing trails: Yes

Other details: Mont-Sainte-Anne is open 9am–4pm from November to April, with night skiing offered most nights from December to March. Free parking is available for the 2021-22 season. There are 102 trails spanning all skill levels, with 85% of the trails at intermediate and advanced difficulties. Equipment rentals and lessons are offered, including classes for first-time skiers. The resort’s three lodges offer dining options including the Rendez-vous restaurant and the Chouette Resto-Bar.

Le Massif de Charlevoix

Located between the Laurentians and the St. Lawrence River, Le Massif de Charlevoix is home to the highest vertical drop in Eastern Canada, making it one of the best ski hills in Québec for thrill-seekers and nature lovers. Deep snow and some of the province’s longest ski runs make this resort a vibrant winter paradise ideal for backcountry skiing. After an exhilarating day on the slopes, Le Massif’s legendary après-ski events are a well-deserved reward.

Distance from Montreal: 4 hours

Distance from Québec City: 1 hour

Single day admission: starting at $109.50

Season pass: $946

Snow tubing: No

Cross-country skiing trails: Yes

Other details: Le Massif de Charlevoix is open 10am–5pm and free parking is available. It has 53 trails at all skill levels, and a full range of personalized lessons are offered, including private instruction, multi-day programs and kids’ camps. Equipment rentals are available at the Rossignol Experience Centre. Dining and après-ski fun can be found at the resort’s two chalets, serving dishes made with local ingredients, as well as beer, snacks, and other refreshments.

Mont Sutton

Glade skiers, this one’s for you. Mont Sutton is unique in that nearly half of its ski area is dedicated to all levels of forested glade skiing. Even beginners can experience the thrill of carving their way down the slopes through a wooded natural playground. After a long day on the mountain, head to one of the resort’s chalets for a cozy refreshment by the fire or a night of live music.

Distance from Montreal: 1.5 hours

Distance from Québec City: 3.5 hours 

Single day admission: TBD

Season pass: $1,086

Snow tubing: No

Cross-country skiing trails: Yes

Other details: Mont Sutton is open 9am–4:30pm and free parking is available for the 2021-22 season, as well as electric car charging stations and chalet shuttle services. There are 60 trails at all skill levels, and lessons are offered including adult programs, youth weekends, and private instruction. Equipment rentals are available. The resort has four chalets with a wide range of restaurants and bars, as well as panoramic views of the Réserve naturelle des Montagnes-Vertes de Sutton.

Mont-Orford

Nestled in the heart of the national park of the same name, Mont-Orford Resort is a refreshing natural escape just over an hour from Montreal. A world-class ski destination, the resort offers the unique challenge of uphill skiing along with traditional runs and glade skiing, making it ideal for visitors seeking a new challenge. 

Distance from Montreal: 1.5 hours

Distance from Québec City: 2.5 hours

Single day admission: $72

Season pass: $989

Snow tubing: No

Cross-country skiing trails: Yes

Other details: Mont-Orford Ski Resort is open 8:30am–4pm and free parking is available for the 2021-22 season. There are 62 trails at all skill levels, and equipment rentals are available. A full range of kids’ lessons are offered, as well as multi-week programs for adults. Dining options at the resort include Le Virage Café, the Slalom Pub, and a cafeteria.

Sommet Saint-Sauveur

A favourite day or weekend trip from Montreal, Sommet Saint-Sauveur is as close as Mont-Tremblant, with a fraction of the crowds. The resort is home to the largest night skiing area in the world, and offers a full park of snow slides and snow tubing Québec families and visitors can enjoy, as well as events and entertainment all season long.

Distance from Montreal: 1 hour

Distance from Québec City: 3 hours

Single day admission: $79.99

Season pass: starting at $399

Snow tubing: Yes

Cross-country skiing trails: Yes

Other details: Sommet Saint-Sauveur is open 8:30am–10pm and free parking is available as of the date of this post. There are 40 trails at all skill levels, and equipment rentals are available. The resort offers a range of ski and snowboard lessons including beginner packages and a racing program. Head to T-Bar 70 at the base for comfort food and après-ski refreshments. With a Les Sommets season pass, visitors can enjoy access to Saint-Sauveur as well as four other mountain resorts in the Laurentians.

Best winter activities in Québec

From exhilarating snowy hikes to the soul-warming merriment of a cabane à sucre, winter magic abounds beyond Québec’s ski slopes.

Discover winter hikes and snowshoeing in Québec

Snowshoeing in Québec is a timeless winter activity that can be enjoyed no matter your skill level. Simply grab your warmest winter clothes, ice cleats and poles or snowshoes, and choose a trail that suits you. Equipment rentals are offered at all locations listed below.

Here are our top choices for snowshoeing and winter hiking near Montreal and Québec City.

  • L’Aventurier Trail is one of the most popular trails at Station touristique Duchesnay, climbing through birch and maple groves to reach stunning views at the summit. It’s a 40-minute drive from Québec City and a day pass to explore the area costs $45.
  • Sentier des Caps de Charlevoix is one of the top snowshoeing destinations in Québec. There is a trail for every skill level and plenty of day hikes, each with beautiful views overlooking the St. Lawrence River and its islands. It’s a 40-minute drive from Québec City and a day ticket costs $11.
  • Parc National du Mont-Orford has a wide range of trails to explore, from family-friendly day hikes to challenging climbs. It’s a one-hour and 20-minute drive from Montreal and a day ticket costs $9.
  • Mekinac Trail is an intermediate trail that offers a full-day adventure in the heart of La Mauricie National Park, finishing with a gorgeous view from Rosoy Lake Lookout. It’s a two-hour drive from both Montreal and Québec City, and daily admission to the park costs $7.90.

Enjoy a winter festival or a sugar shack (Cabane à sucre) in Québec

Where does the Québec Winter Carnival take place? The enchanting heart of Old Québec City is your answer. After taking part in the Carnaval festivities, venture into the maple forests for comfort food unlike any other at a traditional cabane à sucre.

  • The Québec Winter Carnival represents everything there is to love about winter in Québec, and is a must-do for any visitor to the province. Meet Bonhomme, tour the ice palace, and enjoy the fairgrounds, races, and more. It’s a two-hour and 45-minute drive from Montreal, and admission is free for 2022.
  • Érablière Charbonneau is a top family destination brimming with activity and winter delights. Live music, a petting zoo, and maple taffy demonstrations are just some of the attractions visitors can enjoy along with a hearty menu of traditional comfort foods. It’s a 40-minute drive from Montreal, and costs $31.95 per adult.
  • At Érablière du Lac-Beauport, guests can enjoy a traditional sugar shack menu and live folk music in one of two rustic halls. It’s only a 25-minute drive from Québec City and prices start at $20.95 for adults.
  • Sucrerie de la Montagne is a Québec heritage site providing horse-drawn sleigh and wagon rides, guided tours, and live music, all nestled in a century-old maple forest. It’s a 50-minute drive from Montreal, and pricing starts at $30 per person.

Seek thrills on a snowmobile tour in Québec

From the Laurentians to Gaspésie, there are countless networks of snowmobile trails Québec visitors and locals can explore, each one more breathtaking than the last. To get started, you’ll need to purchase a trail permit from the Fédération des clubs des motoneigistes du Québec (FMCQ), starting at $70 per day. A valid driver’s license is also required, as well as the correct clothing and gear. Always check weather conditions and rental regulations before setting out.

  • The Chaudière-Appalaches region is a favourite for sledders thanks to its exceptional snow, pristine maple groves, and great opportunities for deer observation. It’s a one-hour and 20-minute drive to reach the trails from Québec City. 
  • Lanaudiere-Mauricie is known for small town hospitality and historic pit stops, with several itineraries for all skill levels. There are plenty of snowmobile rentals and packages available. The drive is 1.5 to three hours from Montreal, depending on trail choice. 
  • Bas-Saint-Laurent offers spectacular scenery along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, with a vast trail network that continues on to a 10-day Gaspésie tour for truly ambitious sledders. The drive takes two to three hours from Québec City, depending on trail choice. 

Have fun riding a fat bike in Québec

Who says cycling is only for summer? If you’ve always wanted to ride a fat bike Québec has plenty of opportunities. Dress in layers and bring ski goggles and a scarf to protect yourself from the wind and cold, then it’s full speed ahead! Bike rentals are available at all destinations listed below.

  • Base de plein air André-Nadeau is perfect for a fat bike Montreal family excursion, with the trails all designed for beginners. It’s a 1.5-hour drive from Montreal and rentals start at $20 for one hour.
  • Empire 47 is a self-proclaimed fat biking paradise, boasting 48 km of groomed trails for all skill levels. It’s only a 25-minute drive from Québec City and costs $205 for a season pass. 
  • Parc national de la Yamaska is one of the most popular choices for fat biking in the Eastern Townships and offers 13.5 km of flat, well-groomed trails with a scenic view along the Choinière River. Admission to the park is $9 for adults and free for children under 17. Getting there is a one-hour and 15-minute drive  from Montreal. 

Explore outdoor skating trails in Québec

When it comes to outdoor skating Montreal and Québec City have plenty of options in town, but the real magic happens further afield. Dress in warm layers, grab your skates, and hit the road to discover captivating trails that skaters of all skill levels can enjoy.

  • Lac-des-Loups has a 3 km skating trail that winds through a serene forest, not far from the captivating scenery of Gatineau. It’s a three-hour drive from Montreal and admission costs $16.
  • Île St-Quentin is a beloved family park with a 1.3 km skate trail that is lit by torchlight on Saturday nights. It’s a 1.5-hour drive from both Montreal and Québec City, and admission costs $5 for adults. Children under 12 skate for free.
  • Domaine de la forêt perdue offers some of the best forest skating Québec visitors can experience, with the chance to glide along 15 km of smooth ice trails and say hello to farm animals along the way. It’s a 1.5-hour drive from Québec City, and admission costs $22 for adults. 

There are endless opportunities for Québec road trips this winter. Turo hosts have you covered with winter-ready rides including AWD and 4×4 vehicles, plus perks like roof racks to make hitting the ski hills a breeze.

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