A winter dream in Quebec
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Day 1: Montreal for 2 nights
Meet and greet private transfer from airport to hotel
Accommodation at Hotel Le Saint James*****
On the prestigious St-Jacques Street in the heart of Old Montreal, this historic landmark hotel offers luxurious accommodation, unrivalled services and a full-service spa, only steps from top attractions.
Area attractions, including Notre Dame Cathedral Montreal and the Old Port are all only moments from Hotel le Saint-James. Museums, gourmet restaurants and an exciting nightlife can also be found only steps away.
Originally built in 1870, the Saint-James elegantly blends old-world charm with state-of-the-art amenities, including in-room iPod docking stations and wireless internet access. The hotel also features an on-site library, offering old and rare books as well as a fully equipped fitness centre and nightly turndown service.
Guests at the Saint-James Hotel can also enjoy gourmet on-site dining at XO Restaurant, serving modern cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The hotel also features an extensive wine selection and weekend brunch.
Dinner reservation in an igloo at Restaurant Pommery
Have the opportunity to eat in a restaurant made entirely of ice and snow. This Restaurant is designed in a giant igloo of 9 meters high with a diameter of 12 meters, giving it an area of over 100 square meters. The interior decoration is naturally made of Ice and Snow. The mixture of illuminated ice with warm and joyful colored lights gives a unique look. In the Pommery Ice Restaurant, you may choose your meal in a gourmet menu specially designed by Éric Gonzalez one of Quebec’s Top Chef. It is an ideal place for a romantic dinner or a fun dinner with kids.
Beyond the Bagel private walking tour
Renowned worldwide for its unique take on Jewish cuisine, Montreal is the birthplace of countless Jewish foods, both iconic and overlooked. Experience the rich and delicious Jewish food culture of Montreal’s Mile End and Plateau neighbourhoods by visiting decades-old food institutions alongside new businesses that are revitalizing the city’s food scene. We’ll also travel to backyards and alleyways to uncover this city’s hidden Jewish food history and taste nearly forgotten delicacies. And of course you’ll get to feast on the classics like smoked meat and bagels, so make sure to bring a healthy appetite!
Duration 4 hours
2 hour Scandinavian spa and 1 hour massage at Bota Bota, a spa floating on the St Lawrence River
This is an unique place.
Perpetually anchored on the eastern side of the Old Port near Rue McGill, catch incredible views of the port, Old Montreal, and surrounding waterfront. Enjoy Bota Bota’s water circuit and feel the cold snowflakes on your skin.
Massage, body care treatments, facials, mani-pedis, and an on-site restaurant serving dishes such as salmon tartare, roasted quail, and braised beef round out the spa services.
Dinner reservation at Restaurant Beba
A family owned restaurant, two brothers offering an Argentinian cuisine, inspired by Italy and Spain and using the best ingredients that Quebec has to offer. The menu changes constantly, following the seasons, and is always made up of about ten plates (plus a couple of desserts), and a couple of specials. Their empanadas are becoming famous, as well as their Flan with dulce de leche. The wine list is a delight for wine connoisseurs, emphasizing natural, organic, small-producer wines with many reasonably priced options by the glass
Day 3: Saint-Alexis-des-Monts for 2 nights
Pick up your 4 x 4 vehicle and hit the road
Head to Mauricie and more precisely Saint-Alexis-des-Monts.
Accommodation at Hôtel Sacacomie & Spa****
Nestled on Lake Sacacomie, this log-style hotel in Saint-Alexis-des-Monts offers guest rooms with a lake or forest view. A restaurant and spa are available on site.
Featuring wood paneling, each guest room at Sacacomie Hôtel et Spa is appointed with an en suite bathroom. Bathrobes are provided. A coffee maker and free Wi-Fi provide in-room convenience.
Regional cuisine is the house specialty at Sacacomie Hotel’s on-site restaurant. In summer, guests can dine on the terrace while enjoying a lake view.
GEOS Spa Sacacomie features an indoor hot tub, pool, steam bath, cold bath and sauna. Outdoors, there are 2 hot tubs and a relaxation area with fireplace. Massages are available. Access to the spa facilities is available at surcharge.
On-site trails are ideal for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and hiking. Canoeing, kayaking and swimming are among possible activities in the on-site Lake Sacacomie. Mauricie National Park is 30 km away.
Active full day on own
Take full advantage of the site and the many activities.
Marked trails are ideal for hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.
If the lake is frozen in winter, ice fishing is practiced – a great experience.
Snowmobile is also an option.
You could also try ice skating or sliding in a buoy on the snow.
And of course at the end of the day unwind in hot waters at the spa and book a massage.
Day 5: La Malbaie for 3 nights
Drive to La Malbaie, in the Charlevoix region
Spend 3 nights in a chalet in the forest.
Your home: a dream of « cabin in Canada », to disconnect from reality.
The atmosphere is typically Canadian, the colors soft, the materials raw. An apparent simplicity which all modern comfort and attention to details.
Also on site: Finnish wooden spas under the stars, and saunas.
Private dog sled ride.
This circuit in the heart of the forest, in the Charlevoix Biosphere Reserve, allows you to enjoy a magical setting and unique views of the St. Lawrence River and the Laurentians mountain range. It is also an opportunity to observe the traces of animals that inhabit the region: coyotes, foxes, beavers, hares and perhaps even wolves.
Ski pass for a day of alpine or Nordic skiing at the Mont Grands-Fonds domain
With an annual average snowfall of 500 cm, Mont Grand-Fonds, nestled in the heart of Charlevoix, is proud to have some of the highest quality snow in Quebec. This haven for winter sports lovers is guaranteed to charm anyone who loves playing in the snow! The centre offers alpine skiing (335 metres of altitude), backcountry skiing for the thrill seekers, 140 km of cross-country ski trails with heated rest stops, 41 km of snowshoe trails and a snowmobile rest stop.
Day 8: Quebec for 2 nights
Drive to Quebec City
Accommodation at Hotel Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac *****
Situated in Old Quebec, this heritage property boasts views of the St. Lawrence River. On-site restaurants offer a variety of dining options, from classic to regional dishes. Montmorency National Park is 2 minutes’ drive away.
The elegant, European-style rooms of Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac offer a cable TV and a coffee maker. Ironing facilities and air conditioning are also included.
Guests of the Fairmont are welcome to enjoy the indoor pool, a hot tub and steam rooms. A fitness room, business center and concierge services are also available. Guests can enjoy a variety of treatments at the Spa du Château, the on-site spa.
The Notre Dame Cathedral is a 3-minute walk from Le Chateau Frontenac. The Citadel of Quebec is 500 m away.
Option to spend 1 night at the Ice Hotel
The only one of its kind in North America, the Hôtel de Glace (Ice Hotel) changes theme each winter to the delight of locals and tourists alike. Fascinating art and winter splendor greet you as soon as you enter the Grand Hall. You’ll be awestruck by the hotel’s rooms and themed suites which are decorated with majestic sculptures. Make sure to stop by the sumptuous chapel, where people from all over the world are immediately amazed by its magical ambiance. To add a touch of warmth to your visit, top it off with a delicious cocktail served in a glass made of ice!
Poutine is a must!
We recommend Chez Gaston. This St.-Roch hole in the wall is not fancy but the poutine is just perfect: crisp fries with crunch and curds with squeak, all doused in gravy.
If you are looking for more comfort, you could head to Poutineville.
All ingredients are customizable, but the house specialty replaces crushed potato chunks for fries and adds a pile of braised beef to Canada’s so-called “national dish.”
Then head to Rue of Strange Brew.
The ideal spot to taste the province’s best craft ciders and beers.
For apple-based tipples, visit Le Projet Spécialité Microbrasseries, a busy bar with an elegant interior. Try the Citron Sunrise from Les Vergers de la Colline — an appealingly tart, lemony cider — or the winelike rosé “ice cider” from La Face Cachée de la Pomme.
And if you are not tired yet we recommend spending the rest of the evening at Bar Les Yeux Bleus, a cavelike bar with (gentler) live music.
Head for the Dufferin Terrace Slides, a unique attraction in Quebec, more than a century old. This impressive structure, which has become familiar to Quebec residents, first appeared in 1884. A few years later, the famous Château Frontenac, one of the most photographed hotels in the world, was erected very close to the slide. If the weather allows it, three ice corridors are accessible in winter, for a descent up to 44 miles.
Stop at Erico’s for hot chocolate
They have been in business for 25 years and is one of the best chocolatiers in Québec City. Érico serves 10 different chocolat chaud, however, we recommend indulging in the ‘Decadent’ chocolat chaud, which is made from seven different chocolates! It is a chocolate orgasm like no other.
In the afternoon drive 15 minutes outside the city to the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency which is one of the most spectacular sites in the province. Between river and cliffs, an unusual place to be discovered on foot, by cable car or from Manoir Montmorency. The majestic 83 m high waterfall (30 m higher than Niagara Falls) dominates the landscape. In very cold weather, the fine splashes projected by the fall freeze and eventually form the famous Sugar Loaf, an impressive cone of ice, at its foot. The trails and lookouts reveal excellent views of the St. Lawrence River, the Island of Orleans and Quebec.
Dinner reservation at Aux Ancients Canadiens
The oldest house in Québec (1675) has become a restaurant that authentic Québec cuisine featuring regional produce.
Drop off car at Quebec City airport
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