Being a tenth generation Texan, I really had no clue what a true winter was like until I visited Québec City during Winter Carnival.
Walking around while the temperature hovered around 0℉ and the snow was falling really brought out my inner child. I was in awe.
I found it quite difficult to stay warm and take photographs with the myriad of film cameras I brought. I had to take my hands out of my gloves at times to get the shot and it was quite a shock!
Once you have all of the appropriate layers in place, being outdoors with everything covered in snow is so much fun. I just need to invent hand-wear that allows us to access the features of our cameras easier and stay warm! I’m open to ideas!
When I wore my silk glove liners and took photographs, my hands could handle the below freezing temperatures for several minutes. That is how I took most of these.
It was such a thrill to be so out of my element. I highly recommend a visit during winter months, especially if you have an interest in the family-friendly Winter Carnival, where these carved ice sculptures were on display.
Frozen sheets of ice move with the tides on the Saint Lawrence River.
This is a section of the Plains of Abraham, where I noticed locals skiing.
Quartier Petit Champlain is a delightful section of Québec City. During Winter Carnival, Christmas trees line the sidewalks through Valentine’s Day. With its cobblestone streets and quaint shops, it’s a winter wonderland!
You can enjoy winter all night long if you book a room at the Hôtel de Glace. It’s only 10 minutes from downtown Québec City, offering 44 rooms and suites. They are booking now for next season, which runs January 4th through March 28th.
If you’re not up for an overnight, be sure to stop by for a tour and a drink at the bar, where your beverage is served in a glass made of ice.
Québec City is an exciting, activity-filled, dreamy winter destination with great food, lovely locals, and a Winter Carnival boasting a mascot more popular than Santa Claus!
May your journey be your muse,