Traveller’s tale: exhilarating Quebec

Event director Jason Cardy reveals his top tips for Quebec accommodation, venues and team-building activities not to miss

Snowmobiling is just one of the many exciting team activities Quebec has to offer

Quebec in winter is magnificent. Blanketed in snow, it looks like a picture postcard. There was some trepidation in our group about how cold it would be. Temperatures can drop as low as around -40°C, but it wasn’t too bad during our trip. The air was clear and crisp, and Canada is well prepared to deal with the conditions.

Quebec accommodation

After arriving in Montreal from Heathrow, we took the easy 45-minute flight to Quebec City. We then made our way to Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations in Wendake, near the Saint Charles river.

This hotel is inspired by traditional longhouses – dwellings built by Native American tribes in parts of Canada and the US. It has 55 four-star rooms overlooking the river, plus a ballroom that can accommodate up to 150 guests. Six of its rooms can be converted into meeting spaces, and it even has a museum.

We also stayed at the Auberge Saint-Antoine in Quebec City – a boutique hotel that’s good for smaller groups. It has 95 rooms and suites and a cinema on site. It’s also very close to the shops and museums, making it a great choice for accommodation.

Team-building activities to try in Quebec

If you’re visiting Quebec City, it’s worth trying ice-canoeing, one of the many brilliant team-building activities on offer. You row along the partially frozen Saint Lawrence river, pushing the canoe when necessary across the ice. The water is freezing, but it’s a truly exhilarating experience.

Our last stop was Hôtel Sacacomie, two hours’ drive from Quebec City (90 minutes from Montreal). The traditional log-built accommodation borders Mastigouche Wildlife Reserve, so it’s perfect for outdoorsy types.

The rooms are cosy and the restaurant serves European-inspired dishes and local specialities. Snowmobiling, dogsledding and ice-driving are just some of the unforgettable team-building exercises available – watch our video below for a taste of some of the activities on offer.

Hospitality in the area is fantastic; everything is outstandingly organised and the local cuisine is delicious – I recommend the elk.

Quebec: top tips for travellers

  • If you’re looking for central accommodation, head to Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. This urban hotel has breathtaking views of the Saint Lawrence river.
  • Bring your driving licence! Snowmobiling is one of the great outdoor activities in Quebec, but you must be able to drive to take part.
  • If time permits, take a trip to Cabane à Sucre Chez Dany. This eatery just outside Quebec City serves Canadian fare including maple taffy and maple ham.
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