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With the holiday season kicking into gear, you’ve probably got a little vacation time coming up. Instead of shirking away from the snow, why not travel to a place that embraces it, a city that fills its winters with merriment – somewhere like Quebec City? This UNESCO World Heritage Site makes marvels of the cold months, plowing its energy into nearby winter sports facilities, city-central ice skating, steaming meals of scrumptious French fare, and other such chill-chasing delights. So strap on your snow shoes, and let’s set out for “une adventure!”
1. Sugar and spice and everything ice! No, that’s not a typo. Everything IS ice at the HÃ´tel de Glace, known to all non-francophones as the Ice Hotel. If springing (or is it wintering?) for a room is out of your budget, you can still take a tour of the premises. See if you can get a drink at the ice bar after the tour because it sounds fun to get a beverage on the rocks in the rocks.
2. Smack in the middle of the picturesque Old City, you’ll find a stellar toboggan ride located at Dufferin Terrace. For a whopping – wait for it – $2, you can buy yourself a few seconds of fun. This is no normal sledding experience though. Prepare to whiz away at up to 44 miles per hour as you slide into the wild ride from the 820 foot incline. Now that’s what we call tobogganing.
3. Since Quebec has that whole French thing going on (remember?), it can’t be a bad idea to treat yourself a traditional meal at a place like Le Lapin SautÃ©. This eatery seems to have bottled up all the charm of the Old Quarter within its walls, and the food is on par with the excellent ambiance – snails in filo with sun-dried tomatoes, rich potato gratin, luscious salads, and many dishes celebrating the restaurant’s namesake animal, including rabbit lasagna with Camembert sauce and delectable rabbit pie.
4. No matter what you’re in the mood for, be it watching a drag show, dancing at a discotheque, or singing an occasional outburst of karaoke, Cabaret Club Le Drague, a lively gay bar, has it all (and more)! Friendly to folks of all ages, genders, and sexual orientations, ‘Le Drague’ is anything but a drag.
5. Sure, Quebec City’s Winter Carnival is still a month away, but you gotta start planning now, right? Events as wonderful as this fill up fast! “But what makes the carnival such a carnival of delights?” you wonder. Well, plenty! We’re talking snow sculpture contests, crazy winter canoe races (brr!), rowdy parades, and more! Proudly claiming the title of “Largest Winter Carnival in the World,” this “incroyable” event is the coolest thing to do in the cold.
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