The Québec maritime Blog
Many people dream of experiencing a real Québec winter… Are you one of them? Whether you’re drawn to the beauty of snowy landscapes or fun winter activities, you too can enjoy winter to the fullest in Eastern Québec! Discover below what the members of the Québec maritime team love about this time of the year.
“It’s so much fun to play outside in the winter! Every year, I look forward to the snow so I can enjoy outdoor winter activities. The hardest part is to decide which one: skating on an outdoor skating rink, sledding, snowshoeing in the woods, cross-country skiing along the coast, skiing in the mountains… Once you’re dressed warmly enough, there are so many fun activities to choose from!”
“The ice that forms on the St. Lawrence in the winter has impressed me since I was a child. The way it piles up near the shore and the loud cracking sounds it makes due to the action of the tides have marked my many winter walks along the coast. The wind, the sea spray, the smell of kelp even in cold weather, that’s what winter is all about for me.”
“Snowstorms are a common occurrence in our regions. There’s a myth that children get restless before a storm because the barometric pressure starts to fall. Excitement is at its peak for those who love snow! During a storm, you can’t go outside to play, so it’s the perfect time to curl up indoors, all warm and cozy. One of my fondest memories as a child is a day after a winter storm when there was so much snow, I was able to reach the top of a streetlight!
“Although I’m a bit sensitive to the cold by nature, I have to admit that I like winter! Some of the little things I enjoy about the cold season are breathing in the invigorating air and knowing that the snow is coming as well as getting in touch with my inner child as I toboggan down a hill with my daughter. Is it just me or is the coffee even better when you come back in from a walk in the snow?”
“I’m a baby boomer born in the winter, so I’m in my element at this time of year! No one will be surprised to hear that it’s one of my favourite seasons to enjoy outdoor activities between sea and mountains, such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. It’s also my cocooning season: I love cuddling up with my girlfriend by the fire, sipping a drink made in our corner of the world.”
“I love the incredible light in February and March, which makes me want to go play outside. I love when the snow sparkles and reflects the blue of the sky. And I particularly enjoy the pastel colours of sunrises and sunsets, which blend perfectly with the icy waters of the St. Lawrence and make for beautiful photos!”
“I love the magical atmosphere of winter landscapes! After a heavy snowfall, before the wind picks up, everything is covered in a glistening white blanket: tree branches, roofs, windowsills, etc. It’s like being in a Christmas card… sheer joy for a holiday lover like me!”
“In the winter, the pace slows down, which gives me the time to take care of everything I’ve set aside until then. The white landscapes are an invitation to experience moments of serenity. After breathing in deeply, I take the time to admire the beauty of our regions from a new angle. At night, full-moon hikes are magical, with no artificial light and the sound of my footsteps crunching on the snow. I feel really lucky to be able to experience and appreciate each of these moments fully.”
Do you love the cold season as much as we do? What are you dreaming of seeing or doing in the maritime regions of Québec in the winter? Share your thoughts in the comments below.