Planning a winter retreat? Why not take your days to the next level with hours of awesome activities after the sun goes down. From hitting the trails under the stars to top-tier dining and a legendary après-ski scene, Québec has so much more than just snow to offer this season.
Get more out of your next winter getaway with these experiences designed to delight after dark.
Say bonjour to starry skies, rosy cheeks and the quiet crunch of snow. If breathtaking views are at the top of your to-do list, consider taking them in at dusk. The beauty of Québec’s natural terrain is unmatched, and an evening hike is an exciting way to take in the landscape from a whole new point-of-view.
From snowy peaks to manicured trails to the swift and deep waters of the St. Lawrence River, there are endless vistas to fall in love with. Pack a thermos, a snack and make sure you’re properly bundled up. While you might set out with the setting sun, be prepared for the temperature to dip as the stars come out. Although, with views this beautiful, it’s a good excuse to hold that special someone extra close as you gather to watch a great day turn into an unforgettable evening.
Powder-packed days come with the territory, but why quit when the sun goes down? With over 75 adventurous ski parks to explore across the province, from Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean to the Eastern Townships to Québec City and the Charlevoix and Laurentian mountains, there’s a quality spot for everyone to flex their skills, whether you’re a novice skier or snowboarder or alpine expert.
And it’s no different after-dark in Québec, home to the largest concentration of lit runs in all of North America, making the province a hotbed for night skiing. Many parks offer alternative activities, too, to satisfy the whole fam, from tubing to snowshoeing to jaw-dropping zip-lines. Just remember to layer up and pack the right gear if you’re planning to hit the slopes under the stars. Bring along nighttime ski goggles with clear frames (they’re great for low-light conditions during the day too!), plus a few extra packs of HotHands for your mitts and boots to help keep you going well into the night.
Québec has long been celebrated for its authentic ski culture both on and off the trails, and as locals and tourists alike can tell you, experiencing the province’s post-slope game is an absolute must. When it comes to world-renowned après-ski bars like the P’tit Caribou in Mont-Tremblant, this “after spot” might as well be the main event for those looking for an epic night out. The festive spirit and winter atmosphere reign proud all season long—so you can go from carving it up on the slopes during the day to cutting it up on the dancefloor at night.
If you’re setting up shop in the Eastern Townships, pop into the newly-redesigned Bistro-Bar la Débarque, where craft beer and local eats are sure to hit the spot. And if the bar's not your scene, try the spa to unwind after a long day of skiing or snowboarding. From the Scandinave in Tremblant to Sibéria in Québec City, Nordic spas are a provincial calling card, and the perfect way to indulge on a winter getaway. Plus, many stay open til 9 PM or later to give visitors plenty of time for winter R&R.
Snow days, city nights
After a full day of fresh air and adventure in the Charlevoix region, nightlife enthusiasts will appreciate that the highlights of Québec City are just a short drive away. Known for its unparalleled gastronomy scene and a winter wonderland of lights, this majestic capital city – and UNESCO heritage site – is sure to delight all of your urbanite senses. Stroll the European-style streets and boutiques, or take a seat at the lobby bar of the world-famous Hôtel de Glace for a one-of-a-kind winter experience. No matter where you turn, you’re sure to be enchanted by the city’s unmatched character.
If Québec City isn’t on the itinerary, there are plenty of other spots to consider. Why not hit the tables at Casino de Mont-Tremblant or explore the charming alpine village of Saint-Sauveur? Whichever region you decide to visit, one thing is certain: you’re in for a memorable, and magical, winter night.