Expo Saint-Hyacinthe

February 16, 2017 by  
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Taking place July 27 to August 5 2017 Expo Saint-Hyacinthe is Quebec’s largest country fair and as well as being an important event for the agricultural industry it is of great interest to locals and tourists alike. Look out for it if you are ever in Greater Montreal during August!

Quebec Winter Carnival

January 14, 2017 by  
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winter in quebec cityA popular tradition in Quebec City for over 100 years, the Quebec City Winter Carnival takes place from January 26 to February 11 2017. Despite freezing temperatures, visitors flock in their thousands to view the ice palace, canoe race, night parade, snow sculptures, and to take part in dog sled rides, sleigh rides, ice skating and basically all things that encompass winter in Quebec. It’s the largest winter carnival in the world and well worth attending!

Quebec Winter Carnival Hotel Packages

Many hotels in Quebec City are offering attractive room only deals throughout the 2017 winter festival.
To view rates and availability for several accommodations at one time, click here and enter your dates of travel.

Several Quebec City hotels are offering special packages throughout the 2017 Winter Carnival, some of which we have featured below.

Best Western Plus City Centre will have a 1 night deal for the Quebec Winter Carnival which includes accommodation, breakfast, and one Carnival effigie with rates from $135.99 per person.

Hotel Concorde is featuring a Winter Carnival Package which includes one night’s hotel accommodations with breakfast plus a Winter Carnival ‘Effigy’ for entrance to the special carnival events. With rates starting at $149 per night, the winter carnival hotel package is valid from January 28 to February 14 2016.

Hotel Chateau Laurier has a special deal for the festival which includes a hotel room for two nights, valet parking, buffet breakfast, plus two carnival passes.

The Hotel Ambassadeur is offering a Quebec Winter Carnival package which includes a room for one night, Winter Carnival effigy plus access to the hotel’s pool and spa. Rates start at $77 per person based on double occupancy.

Quebec City Winter Carnival Events

Throughout the 2017 Winter Carnival there will be a whole host of exciting events and activities taking place, with guaranteed fun for all ages.

To get you in the mood, here are some of the highlights from 2015, which will be updated soon:

Bonhomme Carnaval is the famous mascot of the Quebec City winter festival, and at the Loto-Québec Zone in front of the Parliament Building you will find Bonhomme’s Ice Palace. Bonhomme’s Winterland on the Plains of Abraham is one of the main Carnival venues where you can see dog sledding, ice slides, snow sculpture competitions, Arctic Spa Village, giant table soccer, sugar shack, outdoor BBQ, and sleigh rides. And if you want to go sliding on inner tubes, just make your way to Espace Hydro-Québec.

Some of the main activities take place at the weekends, and on Friday January 30 you won’t want to miss the spectacular show for the official opening of the Carnaval. Following that on Saturday January 31 there will be an opportunity to meet Bonhomme himself, take part in a kart race, hockey tournament, learn to snowboard (5-8 year olds) or admire snow sculptures, followed by a live DJ and dancing in the snow! Sunday February 1 sees many of the same activities, so why not pay a visit to the Arctic Spas Village where you can take a hot dip, or warm up at the Soup Shack, or even have a go at bumper cars on ice!

On the evening of Friday February 6 you can enjoy a performance by the children’s choir, La Maîtrise, as well as other artists at the Capitole de Québec, or take in the Blues Night at the Pub St-Alexandre. On the morning of Saturday February 7 there will be a pancake breakfast Calgary Stampede style, or you can enjoy a whole host of family fun from 4-8pm at Faubourg St-Jean. That evening sees a special Night Parade in the Arrondissement de Charlesbourg as well as Nuit Boreale celebrations at Palais Montcalm. Both Saturday and Sunday are perfect opportunities to try some of Quebec’s best cuisine at the Espace Terroir where local chefs will offer gourmet delights on the banks of the St Lawrence River. The afternoon of Sunday February 8 sees the canoe race finals round out the second weekend of the festival.

Launching the last weekend of the Carnaval will be the SAQ Queen’s Ball on the evening of Friday February 13, and the Quebec Symphony Orchestra will also be performing the same evening. During the morning of February 14 you can have souvenir pictures with Bonhomme and in the afternoon be entertained by the brave participants in the Qualinet Snow Bath. A second Carnival parade takes place that evening in the Upper Town, followed by a post parade DJ Party. Sunday February 15 will be the last day of the Quebec City Winter Carnival 2015, and the day starts with Bonhomme’s Brunch in the morning, with the closing ceremony taking place at 3.30pm.

For more information visit the official Carnaval de Quebec website at www.carnaval.qc.ca.

New Years in Quebec City

December 16, 2012 by  
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It’s difficult to imagine a more spectacular setting than Quebec City to celebrate New Year’s Eve (Nouvel An) and see in 2014 in style. The warm atmosphere of the historic hotels and quaint inns combined with the superb French influenced cuisine, charming hospitality, and festive events and activities provide all the ingredients you need for a New Year party to remember!

Find a Hotel Room

If you still need to reserve your hotel in Quebec City for the New Year period, you should do so as soon as possible while there are still vacancies, as hotels are likely to fill up at this busy time of year.
To check rates and availability for a range of Quebec City hotels for New Years Eve, click here and enter your dates.

If you are looking for a special New Year hotel package, you may be interested in one of the the New Year’s Eve deals below:

New Years at Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac provides a luxurious and magical location for any occasion, and any New Years celebration here is sure to be a memorable one. They are offering a special New Year package to help 2014 get off to the perfect start.

The New Year’s Eve Package includes 1 night’s accommodation in a Fairmont Room, a welcome reception with canapes, a New Year’s Eve Dinner in the Ballroom, champagne at midnight, pool access, plus a sumptuous New Year’s Day breakfast buffet. The offer is valid for December 31 2013 arrivals, with rates starting at $999 per night for two people, including gratuities on meals.

Hilton Quebec

The Hilton Quebec has a New Year’s Eve Package which includes a room with a panoramic view, 5 course dinner at the Allegro Restaurant, plus New Year’s Day brunch on January 1 2014. Rates start at $399 for two adults for one night.

Auberge Sant Antoinne

Auberge Saint Antoinne is featuring a special two night deal which includes a tour of Old Quebec in a horse drawn carriage, countdown, fireworks & dancing at Café-Bar Artefact, brunch on Jan 1st plus breakfast on your second morning. Valid for arrivals on December 30 or 31, rates start at $1680.

Hotel Plaza Quebec

Finally, the Hotel Plaza Quebec is offering a New Year’s Eve Party Package which includes a one night stay, entrance to the Ballroom Party with a dinner buffet, entertainment, DJ, and live music, a glass of sparkling wine at midnight, plus New Year’s Day brunch. Rates start at $171.99 per person based on double occupancy.

**Below you will see some new year hotel packages from previous years – this information will be updated for December 31 2013 once this year’s deals have been finalized**

Le 71 Hotel Cafe

Le 71 Hotel Cafe is offering a 31 Package which includes hotel accommodations for 2 nights, valet parking, cocktail and hors d’oeuvres on New Year’s Eve, a five course dinner at Il Matto restaurant, live music, champagne at midnight, breakfast, plus a late checkout at no extra charge. This New Year package is valid for arrivals on either December 30th or December 31st 2010, with rates starting at $679 for two people for two nights.

Auberge Saint Pierre

Auberge Saint Pierre has a Forfait St-Sylvestre (St Sylvestre Package), which includes your room for two nights, cocktail and hors d’oeuvres on New Year’s Eve, a la carte breakfast, valet parking, and late checkout. Rates start at $409 for two people for two nights and the package is valid for arrivals on Dec 30 or 31 2010.

In addition to the packages mentioned above, there is accommodation available at many other hotels in Quebec City for the New Year period. To check rates and availability for Quebec City hotels, click here.

*The above rates are subject to applicable taxes, subject to availability, subject to change, and are generally based on double occupancy. To confirm details of the packages, contact the Quebec hotels directly using the links provided.

Thanksgiving in Quebec City

September 23, 2010 by  
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If you are planning to spend your 2010 Thanksgiving weekend in Quebec City, you should think about making your hotel reservations as soon as possible. Several Quebec City hotels are already sold out for Saturday October 9, and others are likely to fill up before the holiday weekend arrives. To help you decide where to spend Thanksgiving in Quebec City, we checked several Quebec hotel websites and at the time of writing (Sept 23), we found the following hotels to still have vacancies for both Saturday October 9 and Sunday October 10:

The Fairmont Chateau Frontenac has vacancies on October 9 offering a Fairmont Queen room for $349 per night or $379 per night with breakfast. On October 10 it looks like the Fairmont room is not available but they do have a Deluxe Old Quebec king room (with a view of historic Old Quebec architecture) for $379, or $409 with breakfast. To check availability and rates Click Here .

The Champlain Hotel has a minimum 2 night stay for Thanksgiving weekend and its Superior room was available for the nights of October 9 and 10 for $330.75 for the 2 night stay including breakfast. To check availability and rates Click Here .

L’Hôtel du Vieux Québec is offering a 2 night stay in a standard room with one queen bed on October 9 and 10 for $187 per night, including continental breakfast. To check availability and rates Click Here .

Hotel Louisbourg has a regular double room, with one double bed at the affordable rate of $139 for October 9 and $119 for October 10. To check availability and rates Click Here .

If you are looking for a romantic getaway at Thanksgiving, Hotel Le Clos Saint-Louis has rooms starting at $220 for Saturday night or $205 for Sunday night. To check availability and rates Click Here .

The Best Western City Centre Quebec has a Traditional Room with 2 queen beds at the internet-only rate of $212.49 per night for October 9 or a Business Class Room with a King Bed can be had for $127.49 on the night of October 10. Both of these rooms were available at a lower rate with a 7 day advance purchase. To check availability and rates Click Here .

And finally, at Hotel PUR a PUR King room was found for $179 for the night of Oct 9 and $149 for the night of Oct 10. To check availability and rates Click Here .

There were several other hotels in Quebec City with vacancies for Thanksgiving, particularly for Friday or Sunday nights, and for more options, please visit the Old Quebec City Hotel or Quebec City Downtown Hotel sections of our website.

*The above rates are subject to applicable taxes, subject to availability, subject to change without notice and are generally based on 2 people sharing a room. To check current availability and rates, and for reservations, please contact your Quebec City hotel directly.