Québec City at its Best

12 Unusual Places to Stay in the Québec City Area

Credit: Monastère des Augustines

Feel like getting off the beaten path and trying something new? Why not choose a place to stay that’s a bit diffrent? Here are some of the unique accommodations in and around Québec City:

1 Yurts

Yurts are traditional dwellings used by the nomads who live in the steppes of Central Asia. They’re equipped with the basics, including beds with mattresses. Some are even topped with glass domes, so you can spend the night looking up into the star‑filled sky.

Stay in a yurt:
Centre de l'Hêtre
Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier
Vallée Bras-du-Nord 

2 Huts

Huts are usually located several kilometres along a trail and provide hikers with a place to stop and snack or spend the night. Get into the old-timey, fur-trapping spirit of things with these highly rustic accommodations. You’ll have to stoke the wood stove to keep warm!

Stay in a hut: 
Centre de l'Hêtre
Forêt Montmorency
Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier 
Réserve faunique de Portneuf 
Sentier des caps de Charlevoix (French only)
Vallée Bras-du-Nord

3 Hôtel de Glace

Québec’s Ice Hotel is an ephemeral work of art and a unique northern experience not to be missed. Don’t be afraid of Québec’s rugged winters—inside the Ice Hotel it’s always 37.4oF to 41oF (that’s ‑3oC to ‑5oC), regardless of the weather outside.

Stay at Hôtel de Glace (winter only)

4 17th Century Monastery

Credit: Monastère des Augustines Zoom

Former nun’s cells, restored with care, are perfect for a stay focused on relaxation and meditation. The entire heritage site, from the early days of the former French colony, has been renovated and restored as a wellness retreat.

Stay in a monastery:
Monastère des Augustines

5 Longhouse

A traditional Huron‑Wendat dwelling, the longhouse is a symbol of the legendary hospitality of this ancient culture. Families can spend a night in the longhouse, complete with the telling of myths and legends and the chance to try some Labrador tea.

Stay in a longhouse:
Wendake Tourism 

6 Log Cabins

The cry of the loon out on the lake, the fire crackling in the hearth… Anyone who loves nature and the great outdoors will be swept away by the romance of the authentic log cabin—a quintessential Canadian experience.

Stay in a log cabin:  
Au Chalet en bois rond
Les Maisonnettes sur le Cap
Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier (EXP cabins)

7 Ready-to-Camp Tents

Go camping without having to buy all the equipment with a “ready-to-camp” Huttopia or Hekipia tenting solution. It’s the perfect option if you like camping but want to travel light!

Stay in a ready-to-camp tent (summer only):  
Forêt Montmorency
Réserve faunique de Portneuf
Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier
Parc naturel régional Portneuf (French only)

8 Eco-hut

Eco-friendly hut, with a minimal environmental footprint, is a cozy, comfortable, feel‑good place to stay perfect for anyone interested in sustainable tourism.

Stay in an eco-hut:
Parc naturel régional Portneuf (Éco-chalet) (French only)

9 Treehouse

Tree House Credit: Aventures Nord-Bec Zoom

Ever dream of sleeping in a treehouse as a kid? Well now you can! Book a treetop cabin and enjoy nature from up above.

Stay in a treehouse (summer only):
Aventures Nord-bec (French only)


10 Igloos

Igloo Credit: Auberge Le P'tit Bonheur Zoom

These domes are built using blocks of snow or ice and are associated with the aboriginal peoples of northern Canada. Igloos are surprisingly warm and quiet due to the highly insulating properties of snow. For the full experience, visitors can build one themselves and then spend the night in it!

Stay in an igloo (winter only):
Auberge Le P’tit Bonheur
Expéditions de la Rivière Blanche (French only)

11 Geodesic Domes

Ground yourself, meditate, or just savour the moment in a light‑filled geodesic dome. Tucked away in a forest, you’ll have all the space you need to rest and reconnect.

Stay in a geodesic dome :
Centre de l’Hêtre

12 Floating Campsite

Get your fill of fresh air and let the waves lull you to sleep on your very own deserted island—a covered, secured platform that you can travel to by canoe. A unique camping experience awaits!

Stay in a floating campsite :
Centre de plein air Beauport

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