Québec: Winter Carnival Experience
Quebec City undeniably transforms into a living, breathing winter wonderland, and it's no wonder that it's the proud host of the world's oldest Winter Carnival and the largest one in the Western Hemisphere. Here, you can immerse yourself in the art of practicing French and perfecting your high kicks alongside the beloved Bonhomme Carnaval. It's also the perfect playground to hone your snow tubing and skiing skills. Trust us when we say, your students will be so captivated that leaving this enchanting winter realm may be the most challenging part of the journey.
Day 1: Discovering Quebec City's Rich Heritage
Your exploration begins with a guided tour led by a local expert, taking you on a captivating journey through the heart of Quebec City.
Get ready for a thrilling toboggan ride down the world-famous Dufferin Terrace wooden toboggan run by the majestic Château Frontenac, and warm up with a delightful cup of hot chocolate. To capture the city from a different perspective, head to l'Observatoire de la Capitale, the tallest building in Quebec City, for a self-guided visit.
Conclude your day with a French-Canadian legends theatre workshop, immersing yourself in the captivating tales and folklore of this vibrant culture.
Day 2: Embracing Tradition and Winter Fun
Begin your day with a visit to Le Village Huron, where you'll gain insights into the ways of life of the First Nations, exploring their history, present, and future. Discover how guests keep warm in the uniquely themed suites of the Hotel de Glace de Quebec on a guided tour.
Next, prepare for an exciting day at the Village Vacances Valcartier, where you'll experience the thrill of various snow slides, a highlight of all our trips.
As the day turns into night, join the lively "Défilé du Carnaval," a high-energy Winter Carnival parade where you'll jump and sing to keep warm in the midst of this ultimate festivity.
Day 3: Immerse Yourself in Quebec's Diverse Heritage
Pay a visit to the Musée de la Civilisation, an ideal place to explore the many facets of Quebec from diverse perspectives. Observe over 60 teams fiercely competing in the annual Ice Canoe Race at the Quebec Winter Carnival, a true testament to the resilience of this northern culture.
The adventure continues as you drive your own dogsledding team, gliding through the enchanting maple groves. In the evening, relish an authentic French-Canadian sugar shack experience, feasting and dancing the night away, celebrating the rich traditions of Quebec.
Day 4: Natural Wonders and Farewells
Head out to marvel at the thundering Montmorency Falls, a true Quebec icon that stands taller than Niagara Falls. Embrace the pleasures of winter by engaging in skating, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing at Le Domaine de Maizerets. Before bidding Quebec adieu, capture one final group photo, cherishing the memories created during your extraordinary journey in this enchanting city. "À la prochaine" (see you next time), Quebec!