A four-seasons destination, Quebec City is busiest from June to early October. Every July there's an annual summer festival. Music — world, jazz, African, Finnish, you name it — is performed on the streets as well as in indoor venues. Visitors who purchase an inexpensive pass may attend any show.
The lovely Jeanne d'Arc gardens — perfect place to steal a kiss — remain in bloom through early October.
Quebec City in WinterAround the middle of November, when it begins to snow and the St. Lawrence river starts to freeze, Quebec City is transformed into a magical place.
The list of winter activities includes a toboggan slide right outside the door of Le Fairmont Château Frontenac, dog sledding, and of course skiing. Stoneham Mountain is only 20 minutes away, and majestic Mont St. Anne is less than an hour's drive.
Come to Quebec City for Winter Carnival in January and February, and you'll behold spectacular sights. Ice sculptures, horse-and-buggy rides through snow-covered streets, night parades, a mammoth ice castle, and music, dance, and cultural events are all part of the fun.
You'll even see hardy swimmers in bathing suits taking snow baths. And there's plenty of hot chocolat and petits fours to keep you warm in this winter wonderland.