Québec City at its Best
10 Hotels for Your Dream Family Vacation
Planning family holidays? Take a look at what the Québec City area has to offer! Take your pick from a plethora of possibilities. The wide variety of hotels and accommodation options makes it easy to get just what you’re looking for. You can enjoy a ton of fantastic things to do all within easy reach of exquisite Québec City and its many wonders.
1 Hôtel Valcartier
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This four-star hotel is right inside a gigantic resort complex featuring an indoor waterpark, spa, games area, and special family packages only 20 minutes from Québec City. Or take a step outside for Hôtel de Glace (the ice hotel) and for Village Vacances Valcartier which is the North America’s biggest winter playground and an outdoor waterpark in summer.
2 Station touristique Duchesnay
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Station touristique Duchesnay is a four-star, four-season resort on glorious Lake St. Joseph. Its 89–square kilometre grounds will give you plenty to explore. There’s a lot of family fun going on here, with snow tubing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, indoor pool, stand up paddling, labyrinth, treetop adventure circuit and so much more. And attention foodies—don’t miss gourmet Bistro Bar Le Quatre-Temps, right inside.
3 Au Chalet en Bois Rond
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Enjoy the magic of a cozy, luxurious, authentic log cabin surrounded by the lakes and forests of the Portneuf region. It’s a rustic village you and your family will love. Make your log cabin dreams come true and remember to sample the many adventures available onsite and nearby.
4 Forêt Montmorency
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Forêt Montmorency moonlights from its day job as a university teaching and research forest with a sideline as a vacation paradise perfect for families. It offers lots of accommodation options, including cabins and Hékipia tents. Your kids will love getting to know the forest and learning to identify and track its wildlife. And don’t miss being serenaded by musicians floating on a twilit lake in summer’s Wildlife Concerts.
5 Château Mont-Sainte-Anne
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Château Mont-Sainte-Anne stands beside one of the province’s most impressive mountains, but it’s only 30 minutes from Québec City. It’s also practically made to order for the active family, with awesome downhill and cross-country skiing, mountain biking, and so much more. A variety of accommodation types are available, including condos and studios, and the spa, restaurants, indoor pool, games rooms, movie theatre, and arcades onsite will delight every member of the family.
6 Entourage sur-le-Lac Resort
This all new, entirely magnificent luxury hotel complex in Lac-Beauport offers special family accommodations with a wide variety of rooms and suites, not to mention a three-season pool and a games room. It also has its own private beach and serves up a host of summer and winter activities including kayaking, pedal boats, stand up paddling, skating, snowshoeing, and even fat biking. Nearby are downhill skiing and cross-country skiing in winter and mountain biking in summer.
7 Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier
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The Jacques-Cartier Valley is the breathtaking glacial landform at the heart of this idyllic national park. There are cabins, yurts, and ready-to-camp tents to stay in, and the possibilities for family fun are irresistible at any time of the year. Minirafting, kayaking, and tubing down the river are perennial favourites, or what would the kids say to an introduction to trout fishing?
8 Camp Mercier
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Camp Mercier in Réserve faunique des Laurentides (Laurentian Wildlife Reserve) is a real find for families dreaming of a great vacation experience in the woods. The many cabins available put you steps from the Reserve’s extensive system of trails. Summer and fall are great for fishing and hunting, while winter brings cross-country skiers and snowshoers. Snow tubing and a lit-up ice surface for skating are other big favourites in winter.
9 Vallée Bras-du-Nord
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Do your families light up at the thought of hundreds of kilometres of bike and hiking trails? If so, Bras-du-Nord Valley is the place for you. You can take your pick of accommodation types—anything from cabins, shelters, and yurts to a nearby hotel. Other adventures to enjoy in this glorious area include canyoning, via ferrata, canoeing, kayaking, snowshoeing and fat biking.
10 Réserve faunique de Portneuf
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Picture a still lake that mirrors the trees and sky with dazzling clarity. You’re paddling along with the family after breakfasting on the beach in front of your cabin. Welcome to Portneuf Wildlife Reserve. Or maybe you’re in one of the available ready-to-camps, or in your own tent. Wherever you stay, you’ll now be choosing between fishing, hunting, hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, biking, and maybe even berry picking. The kids will be in heaven.