Québec City Winter Carnival Tour

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Enjoy a host of outdoor activities for all ages, including snow slides dog sledding ice castle snow sculptures sleigh rides skating and much more! Wander through quaint boutiques, enjoy live music, ice bars and fine restaurants where Québec City chefs combine French-Canadian heritage with fine local products to create unforgettable meals.


Friday, February 2rd, 

The time of departure from Portland will be between 8-9am - Exact time TBD ~ Depending on who signs up - We may be picking up folks in Auburn, Augusta and/or Watervillle. 

We will plan to make a rest/coffee/snack stop at Northern Outdoors in The Forks before we cross the border.  

We'll arrive in Old Quebec to check-in to the Chateau Frontenac around 4pm (Depending on weather, traffic etc.)

All meals are on your own - Click here for one list of "The Best Old Quebec City Restaurants"  The Hotel concierge can help you with dining reservations


Saturday, February 3

The day is yours to explore the sights and sounds of the Old City and Festival. I will be in the Chateau lobby at 8am on Saturday morning and plan to head down to the old lower city for breakfast and then take a ferry ride across the icy St. Lawrence- all are welcome to join me.  

We will board the bus in the afternoon for a visit to the Iconic Hotel de Glace and then continue onto watch the Parade

The Parade’s location and schedules will be announced shortly! 

SUNDAY, February 4th

1:00p ICE CANOE RACES - VIEW race from Chateau or set up area north along the banks of the River

Click here for a Video of Ice Cup Canoe Race | Crossing the Saint Lawrence River in Quebec Ice canoeing, a sport born from the necessity to cross the Saint Lawrence River in the winter months, officially turned competitive with its first race in 1894. Each February the Quebec Winter Carnival hosts the biggest competition of the year, le Grand Defi Des Glace with over 40 teams!

Monday, February 5th

Breakfast on your own 

11:00am - Check out of your rooms by 11:00a - Leave luggage in room - Chateau Frontenac bellman will transfer to lobby/coach 

2:00p - Approximate departure from the Chateau Frontenac - 

You should plan to eat breakfast and Lunch before we head out. 

Feel free to bring snacks and drinks on the bus for the ride home.  I usually bring some treats and pastries from the Palliard's bakery 

7:30p - 9:00p - Approx arrival to Waterville, Augusta, Auburn and Portland.

  • Roundtrip Deluxe Motorcoach transportation from Portland and points north
  • Visit to the Hôtel de Glace - Quebec City’s famous Ice Hotel
  • 3 nights stay at the Iconic Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Quebec City
  • Winter Effigy Pass “Your Passport into the Main Festival”
  • Special "Insiders' Experience"
  • All taxes, fees and baggage handling
  • Services of a Professional Tour Director
  • Meals unless noted
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel Insurance - Available for purchase through Adventure Marketplace
  • Gratuities for guides & driver