Ideal Canadian Winter Sports Activities

Ideal Canadian Winter Sports Activities

Les plaines d’Abraham, a historical urban park 

Only a 15-minute walk from Le Capitole Hôtel, the Plaines d’Abraham site is one of the city’s major points of interest. Did you know that this site, which once played a significant role in Canadian history, is  very popular with people who enjoy the great outdoors? In fact, this urban park is ideal for all types of outdoor activities, from cross-country skiing to snowshoeing.  

As well, located just across the street from the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Québec is a giant 358-metre long skating rink, the Anneau de glace des plaines d’Abraham. 

You don’t have any equipment? No problem, you can rent what you need at the skaters’ chalet.  

By the way, access to the various facilities is free.

Credit: Ville de Québec 


Skiing in the Québec region 

If you like speeding down the slopes, several ski resorts are within an hour’s drive from Le Capitole Hôtel. Whichever mountain you choose, there are runs for all levels.  

Here are a few ski resorts nearby: 


Ski et snowboard à Québec

Credit: Gabriel Rancourt 


Head for the Terrasse Dufferin to race down the toboggan runs!  

Every winter since1884, this iconic structure in Quebec City becomes a public toboggan run at the top of the Terrasse Dufferin, just below the Château Frontenac. Once you’ve climbed the stairs, enjoy the breathtaking view of the St. Lawrence River and the Île d’Orléans before you race down the run at over 70 km/h. 

Pick up your tickets at the hotel reception desk and enjoy this mythic city attraction without having to wait in line!

Grande glissade de la terrasse Dufferin

Credit : OTQ

Cycling, even in winter! 

Visit Old Quebec in a different way! This winter, pedal through the streets of Quebec City on a fatbike. These bicycles are specially designed for riding in difficult conditions thanks to their wide tires. 

Contact our concierge service to choose the rental package best for you. Whether you’re with your family, that special someone, or a group, there is sure to be a package for you (you can also rent gear to stay warm).  

Credit : Tuque & Bicycle Expérience


Ice fishing in the city? Yes, you can!  

Head for the Bassin Louise, 15 minutes away by foot from Le Capitole Hôtel, to  discover this wonderful activity with family or friends. Get comfy and fish for trout just as Quebec’s First Nations do.  

The Village Nordik in the Port de Québec offers you various family activity zones and restaurants to discover from the beginning of February to the end of March 2024.  

Pêche sur glace Vieux Port de Québec

Credit: https://www.quebec-cite.com/ 


See the city from the St. Lawrence River

Would you like to try a typically Quebecois activity that will show you the capital from a unique perspective? Ask our concierge service to organize an introduction to ice canoeing by Canot à Glace Expérience for you. Whether you’re a couple, a group of friends or a team, you will enjoy an outstanding experience, which includes introductory training and a guided tour of the city from the river!  

After you return to the quay, you can relax in their panoramic sauna overlooking the river to end the day in style.

Don’t forget to have a delicious hot chocolate at the Ristorante Il Teatro when you get back to the hotel!



Credit: Canot à Glace Expérience 


Skate in a breathtaking setting 

Skating is fun for everyone! Quebec City has three skating rinks where you can skate for free if you already have your own equipment. You can even see the rink in the Carré d’Youville directly opposite the hotel.  

If you didn’t bring your skates, you can rent some at the rink.  

Le Capitole patinage

Credit: André-Olivier Lyra 

No matter the activity you choose, the Clubby bar will be there to welcome you back. Order your favourite drink and enjoy it by the fire! You can also have a comforting hot chocolate brought to your room, and/or soak in a nice hot bath in one of our magnificent suites! 

Finally, take a look at our article A Magical Winter at Le Capitol to learn all about the cultural events you can’t miss this winter.