Québec is the perfect romantic winter wonderland for any couple that’s yearning to get away from the stress of the daily grind. The fresh mountain air and the dramatic snow covered landscapes have inspired many a traveller in the past, and the charming French hospitality paired with the numerous activities on offer make this one of our favourite winter destinations.
For the adventurous couple
The Chaudières-Appalaches region of Québec is an exciting and dramatic destination that is simply stunning in the winter months. The thick blanket of fresh snow lends itself to an array of winter pursuits made for those who want to feel the wind on their cheeks and be a demon on the slopes. In Saint-Nicolas you can try out dog-sledding, snow-shoeing and even para-skiing. Just a short trip away from Québec City, we recommend a stay at the famous Château Frontenac to rest your weary limbs after a day on the slopes.
For the culture vultures
The walled city of Old Québec is inspiration for any traveller with a passion for history. Gaze over the turreted spires of the French style buildings and down to the St. Lawrence River, where the boats of the colonial fur traders would moor. We really loved learning about Huron-Wendat Nation at Wendake, which is a self-governing territory actually in Québec City. The community is full of artists who are ready to show you their techniques and sell their wares.
For the nature lovers
What could be more romantic than spending a few days in a luxury log cabin in the Laurentides, watching the snow fall outside whilst cosied up next to a roaring fire? The Laurentides is host to plenty of properties for rent and there is an array of outdoor activities to ensure you don’t get cabin fever. If it’s wildlife that you’re hoping to see, you can be sure of clear sightings of some of the finest Québecois fauna at the Parc national du Mont-Tremblant.
For the foodies
It’s difficult not to indulge in the foodie scene in Québec. Of course there is poutine and crêpes galore, but when you’re not feasting on these, why not take a trip to the innovative Toqué in Montréal where Normand Laprise has created an extravagant and intriguing menu. Europea is also not to be overlooked, and the decadent tasting menus featuring local seafood and maple infusions are sure to leave a wonderful taste in your mouth long after you’ve returned home.
Tom Marchant is Co-founder of Black Tomato.