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There's no winter like a Quebec City winter!

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear Quebec City is one of Canada's snowiest cities. On average, we receive 3 m of snow every year but the 2007-2008 winter was our snowiest ever, with about 5.6 m of snow!! It is not rare to see the first snowfall in October, but we sometimes have to wait until January before there is any snow to speak of. As a rule of thumb, the milder the temperature is, the more snow we get!

Temperatures usually drop below 0°C in November, and sometimes drop below -20°C in January and February. Also, thanks to the "wind chill" factor, the coldest days can actually feel like -45°C! Although we might get beautiful sunny days in March, we usually have to wait until April before we can see the snow melt away.

There's very little one can do against the heat, but you can always dress against the cold so if you're planning on visiting Quebec City in winter, make sure to bring a pair of winter boots and a good coat, hat, scarf and gloves. Don't let the cold keep you from enjoying a nice day at the Carnaval or on the slopes!

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Jul 15, 2008

It gets HOT during summertime!

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear Some people seem to think that Quebec City is about 10 miles away from the North Pole. True, it gets really cold during winter, February usually being the coldest month. But if you're visiting during summer, think about packing a few more t-shirts and forget about your winter boots - it gets hot over here! If you take into account the humidity factor, it is not rare to see temperatures rise above 40°C (over 100°F) - not quite the temperature polar bears go for! ;o)

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Jul 15, 2008

Pepare for the Cold!

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear In winter it can get extremely cold and windy. Dress in layers that include long underwear and if you aren't too fashion conscious - snow pants! Your legs won't get cold and you can wear fewer layers. I normally don't wear a hat, even in below freezing temps - I wore a hat and hood most of the time I was outside in Quebec. It's nice to have a big scarf to cover your face with when the wind kicks up. Waterproof insulated footwear is critical. It gets very slippery on those cobble stoned hills and they salt liberally so there is a lot of nasty salty slushy stuff around. If you overdress, you can take stuff off. If you under dress you will be miserable and searching for shelter every time you step outside.

Toiletries and Medical Supplies The cold can be really drying. Moisturize exposed skin with something pretty heavy if you will be outside for a long time. Saline nasal gel came in handy also - we saw a couple of nosebleeds.

Photo Equipment My SLR is too big to carry on my body so it got really cold and collected a lot of condensation when I went back indoors (yeah, I know - "duh")

If you have an old Canon point-and-shoot - leave it at home. I had to have the CCD replaced last year. The new one didn't like the cold - it's busted now too.

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Feb 17, 2007

One lady in this picture needs no tips.

Luggage and bags The black, soft leather bag goes with the low-heeled soft leather sandals.

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear The mac's big & long enough to protect her from the rain & its light colour contrasts with her bag & sandals. The glimpse of zebra-print trousers complement her plain-coloured mac, as well as her bag & sandals. The sensible low-heeled sandals ensure the raciness of the zebra print trousers isn't over the top. A chic lady who knows what she's doing: it seems she's got her packing list just right. Excellent.

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Jan 13, 2007
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In winter, rug-up!

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear If you're coming to Quebec City in the winter months, just make sure you wear some very warm clothing, bring an umbrella, take a wind-repellent jacket and take special care on those icy days when the footpaths just freeze-up! When you get freezing rain, you need to take very special care. I almost fell after getting out of a taxi at 3am!

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Dec 27, 2006

Winter Activity Accessories!

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear I would just remember if coming for the Carnaval to bring water proof boots to keep your feet dry, a warm hat, snow pants, gloves, all your normal winter gear. Don't worry if you forget something because there will be plenty of places to buy official Carnaval gear :-)

Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear Just because you might be staying in the center of Quebec for business I think you need to know you can skate at several places right in Old Quebec as you see in this picture. So you might want to bring along your own skates or your own skiis.

Right in the middle of the city is Battlefield Park and 15 km of trails are laid out for the benefit of cross-country skiers, beginners or intermediate. There is also a ski skating course. A ski waxing room and a heated relay are also at your disposal.

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Feb 06, 2005

Why Does It Always Rain On Me....

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear A light rain jacket. Not a windbreaker, but something that actually is designed to repel water. And an umbrella. Sudden rainstorms pop up... and then you're caught. We actually had to spend 45 minutes in a traveler's center reading lame-o travel brochures... along with all the other tourists in that area!... because of a sudden storm. Didn't seem to bother the shirtless, shoeless, buff guy walking around outside the building. Damn.

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Apr 01, 2004

Quebec can be cold !

Luggage and bags Travel light as public transport in Quebec city are not as traveler friendly as in Montreal

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear Quebec City is higher up north than Montreal. It tends to be 5-10 degrees colder in the winter, colder in the summer as well. If you visit in the winter, make sure to bring very warm clothes. It rains a lot in the autumn too.

Miscellaneous Bring a pocket dictionary or tourist book with key french sentences, it will be useful

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"Quebec, mon amour!"
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"Quebec City, Quebec, Canada"
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"Quebec City - A Bit of Europe Close at Hand!"
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"Quebec, the charming French town"
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"Une Petite Tour de La Ville de Quebec...."
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warm sweater in evening in summer at times

Luggage and bags Normal bags. Back Pack

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear As you can see in the picture of Simonne on the boardwalk warm clothing is needed in Nov. and the following months. In summer good walking shoes, mosquito repellant, shorts,sun hat. In winter the best winter gear you can bring especially if you come for the Winter Canival. Ski clothing is usually OK.

Toiletries and Medical Supplies All available here

Photo Equipment no problem

Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear In The Province we have many great parks for camping and back packing so the usual equipment is OK. We have excellent bike paths all over the Province so if you do this sport be prepared.

Miscellaneous Rent a car and drive along old highway 132 on the South shore of the St. Lawrence river to see the way we use to live.

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Nov 15, 2002

Packing List

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear Hmm... I was there in summer and it was very pleasant. I suppose it's warm enough in the day that you might be able to get by in shorts. However, it can get pretty cool in the evenings, so I'd be sure to bring some long pants and a light jacket. Winter, from what I've heard, is REALLY cold, so bring your heavy winter stuff.

Aug 26, 2002

Packing List

Luggage and bags I stayed for about 6-7 days. I just brought a carriying case and a medium sports bag. And my ski gear

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear It could be rather cold at times during the night and early morning even during the summertime. So always bring at least a light jacket or sweater. During winter months, bring the whole artillery: Boots, Hats, scarfs... You will need it

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Aug 26, 2002

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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear Quebec's temperature goes from +30 to -30 celcius (86 to -22) depending on the season, so dress apropriately. Winters are quite humid so layering up is the best way to go. By the can get have windproof clothing..

La temperature variant de 30 a -30 ( 80 a -22 farenheit) habillez-vous en conséquences. L'hiver est humide alors plusieurs couches sont conseillées.

Photo Equipment Bring lot's of film! You'll need it!

Amenez beaucoup de films, ça en vaut la peine!

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Aug 26, 2002

Things To Do Near Quebec

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Grande Allee

The Grande Allee is to Quebec what the Champs Elysees is to Paris. It's the "main drag", where things are happening. A broad avenue, it leads from the old walls to the outskirts of the city, past the...
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Plains of Abraham (Battlefields Park)

This is the intepretation center for the battle that decided the fate of Quebec and French Canada in general. The visitors center includes a small museum and a multimedia presentation on the battle....
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Quebec Experience

Quebec Experience - A 3D spectacle of 30 mn. From 10AM to 10PM (15 May to 15 October). Alternatively in English and in French. Mainly 3D photographes with an astonishing mobile face on the left side,...
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Musee de l'Amerique Francaise

The Musée de l'Amérique francophonei s the oldest museum in all of Canada. It was founded in 1663 by Monseigneur de Laval. It is the dedicated to the history of French culture in North America. The...
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Terrasse Dufferin

This walkway stretches along the cliff walls of the old city with great views of the lower old town and the Saint Lawrence river below. It's also the main tourist area of Quebec with street performers...
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Rue du Tresor

Walking through the upper old town you must not overlook the side streets which often contain the surprise of your visit. In old Quebec one such street is Rue Du Tresor which is lined with artists'...
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Getting to Quebec


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