You’re bundled from head to toe, strolling on cobblestone walkways covered with a fresh blanket of snow. It’s damn cold, there’s no doubt about that, but you’re sipping on a hot cup of Caribou (a warm concoction of brandy, vodka, sherry, and port), which is doing more than enough to balance it out as you explore the very fairytalesque setting that is Quebec City in winter.
For so many places in the northern latitudes, winter travel is an afterthought, if it’s considered at all. But I had serious trouble budgeting time during my trip to Quebec City to fit in everything that was available to me — from ice climbing to dog sledding to just walking around what has to be one of the most romantic cities I’ve ever visited. And if you time your trip right, you’ll be able to see the famous Quebec Winter Carnival and its palace made completely of ice. Check below for a sneak peek of wintertime in Quebec City.