Winter Wonderland

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(Oufit Above: Mother’s Monogram Earrings, Sojourn in Quebec City Coat, Checkpoint Top in Canada, Shadow Puppet Pants, The Fresh Boots in Holla, Wanna Be your Glove-r)

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 Hôtel 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 Sauté. 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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  1. Maude Paré Plante 12/03/2009 at 3:14 pm #

    I live en Québec city, so I can confirm that it is an amazing city. There are plenty of activities. You got to go in a Cabane à sucre.

    *Sorry for my english 😛


  2. Maddi 12/03/2009 at 5:29 pm #

    Quebec City is goooorgeous, and the food is amazing. (But I think those pants would look hideous with that coat.)

  3. Christina 12/03/2009 at 7:05 pm #

    I love Quebec City! My ancestral heritage is Quebecois so my heart belongs to this city 🙂

  4. Leslie F 12/03/2009 at 7:53 pm #

    I agree with Maddi about the pants.. I’m supposed to go to Montreal in the early spring. I would love to take that whole outfit with me! Maybe I’ll substitute the pants for the Back in Black skirt I love so much..

  5. Eve 12/04/2009 at 9:53 am #

    I do more than visit Québec city, I live here and like Maude Paré Plante said, it’s an amazing city. There is activity to do for all taste, for the urban lover, the historical curious or the nature’s friend! So now, you have only one thing to do: Come visit us ;o)

  6. Katherine 12/04/2009 at 10:51 am #

    I live in Toronto, but it’s SOOOO nice to see anything Canadian in print (especially on an American web site!) I find that Canadians are too-often overlooked. Quebec is a beautiful city, but cold in the winter! You’d be better off in Sorrels and goose-down than that outfit!

  7. Mika 12/07/2009 at 3:13 pm #

    Quebec City has always been my favourite North American destination. It is elegant, fashionable and it feels like a bit of Europe in Canada. I’m from Toronto, and I try to get to Quebec City once a year. That said, that outfit would be excellent… indoors. Or in October. I’d bring your long johns and heavy knits for February.

  8. Tara 04/16/2011 at 11:49 pm #

    I agree, Quebec is beautiful, with much to offer, both in the winter and in the summer. There are many amazing museums, the beautiful Plains of Abraham, delicious restaurants, and amazing bars. However, I agree with the other commenters. Don’t wear that outfit in Quebec in the winter. It gets COLD, such as being -40 C with wind chill for two weeks. Go for the down coat, the warm boots, and long underware!

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