People that live year-round in Quebec have no qualms about winter. They celebrate the season with cold-weather festivals and, of course, lots of maple syrup. Visitors come here to shop, ski, and enjoy the great outdoors. Consider Quebec for an active winter honeymoon that you won’t soon forget! If you’re not getting married, that’s okay too! You can enjoy what the beautiful province has to offer whether you go with a partner, friends, family, or alone.
1. Mont Tremblant
Mont Tremblant is the second largest ski resort east of the Canadian Rockies. With 102 trails, 14 lifts, and a 645-metre vertical drop, it’s the perfect place to explore if you’re serious about skiing. Beginners are welcome too! Mont Tremblant is much more than just a ski hill; it’s a whole winter experience! Honeymooners will enjoy the romantic cobblestone streets, breathtaking views, and endless activities on or off the slopes.
What to Do in Mont Tremblant During your Winter Honeymoon
You’ll never run out of things to see or do in Mont Tremblant. Here’s a highlight list of activities:
- Visit the Moment Spa Fairmont Tremblant for a spa treatment or massage.
- Go into combat mode during a Winter Paintballing session.
- Take a scenic Helicopter Flight over the mountain.
- Enjoy a Private Sleigh Ride with hot chocolate.
- Try your luck at Casino de Mont-Tremblant.
- Skate on the illuminated ice rink at the Saint-Bernard Chapel
- Discover the Boreal Forest with a local guide. This 2-day tour takes you deep into the forest to learn about nature and wildlife. You’ll spend one night in a treehouse!
What to Eat and Drink in Mont Tremblant
- In Saint-Jovite: Try Le Râtelier Traiteur & Méchoui for excellent French-Canadian cuisine.
- In Mont-Tremblant Village: Go to La Sandwicherie Café + Bistro for a quick bite.
- In Mont-Tremblant: Treat yourselves to internationally-inspired delights at Seb L’Artisan Culinaire.
Where to Stay During Your Winter Honeymoon in Mont Tremblant
Take Up Space in a Tiny Home
A ten-square-metre tiny cabin is available for rent in the Laurentians, only a 20-minute drive from Mont Tremblant Village. The house comes equipped with a cozy double bed and a gas fireplace, the perfect place to unwind without the frills. Here you can enjoy homestyle breakfasts and hot showers at the nearby communal cottage. Spend your days walking an enchanted trail through spruce bogs, streams, and wetlands and come back to a bonfire or relaxing hot tub beneath the stars.
Chill Out in a Farm-Style Chalet
Cozy up after a long day of skiing at a farm-style chalet, just 25-minutes from Mont-Tremblant. Here you’ll get to explore 7-acres of organic farmland along the Red River. The property comes with plenty of privacy and stunning views of the surrounding landscape. The kitchen has full-size appliances, a Keurig machine, organic spices, and all the necessities for cooking. The slow-burning fireplace will keep you warm and toasty as you unwind and relax.
Live Luxuriously in a Studio Apartment
Thaw out at a studio apartment just minutes away from Mont-Tremblant Village. Here you’ll enjoy all the amenities of home and more, like a steam shower, heated floors, and an inviting fireplace. The host provides little extras to make for a remarkable stay. Settle in with a Bodum coffee maker, a surround system, and large TV. You can find this charming apartment on a quiet street close to shopping, restaurants, and entertainment.
2. Le Massif (Charlevoix)
The Charlevoix region is a UNESCO-designated World Biosphere Reserve. The area is home to diverse agriculture, river and mountain tundra ecosystems, mixed forests, and more. It makes for a memorable honeymoon any time of the year, but it is especially enchanting in the winter.
Le Massif is one of the only ski hills in Canada accessible by train. That’s why many vacationers choose to shuttle in by rail from nearby towns like Petite-Rivière-Saint-François and Baie St. Paul. It gives off that magical Disney monorail to the Magic Kingdom kind of vibe.
What to Do During your Winter Honeymoon in Charlevoix
Ski Like One of the Pros
Some might say that Le Massif is not the place to learn how to ski, but you will love the challenging hills if you’re a seasoned pro. The vertical drop is 770 metres, the highest slope east of the Canadian Rockies. It’s no wonder it’s home to the National Training Centre for the Canadian Ski Team.
Try La Luge
If you’re down for La Luge, you can plummet down a 7.5-kilometre trail designated solely for sled riders. You won’t be disappointed by its plentiful twists and turns. When you get to the bottom, you can ride the gondola to go again or stop into one of two lodges that offer fresh dining options.
Where to Stay During Your Winter Honeymoon in Charlevoix
There’s not a lot of accommodations near the base of the mountain. So, where do you rest up for the next day’s adventures?
Get Your Steps in at a Trendy Hotel
Hotel & Spa Le Germain Charlevoix offers a luxe stay about 25-minutes from the ski hill in Baie St. Paul. The hotel features pastoral views over nearby farmlands. It was once a large farm. A short walk will allow you to see farm animals roaming free. Be prepared to do a lot of walking as there are no elevators and much spacing between amenities.
Check out the all-season outdoor pool and a skating rink for winter exercise. And there are 19 restaurants within a 1km walking distance. A visitor’s favourite is Ah La Vache! for Swiss and European cuisine.
Bonus: You can take the Charlevoix tourist train from Quebec City all the way to La Malbaie. One of the stops is Le Germain Charlevoix. During the wintertime, the train will carry passengers to Le Massif.
Cuddle Up in a Toasty Modern Cottage
Petite-Rivière-Saint-François is only 20 minutes from the mountain, where you can stay at gorgeously modern accommodations with floor-to-ceiling windows and sweeping views. La Sainte Paix is a constant crowd-pleaser. It is uber-stylish in design and has a hot tub for après-ski star gazing. It also has a fireplace and a roof terrace.
Warm-Up at a Century Home Chalet
If you prefer antiquity over modernity, you can rent a century home just 6 minutes away from Le Massif. The Maison du Massif gives you that cozy chalet vibe with all the amenities of home. It’s tucked between the mountain and the St. Lawrence River and delivers beautiful views from any of its windows.
Any winter activity that makes you feel like a kid again is good in my books. This sweet honeymoon idea in and around Montreal takes the cake. There’s no better way to experience winter in Canada than to gorge yourself at an authentic sugar shack! Did you know that Quebec supplies over 80% of the world’s maple syrup? Sugar Shacks pop up across the Quebec landscape from February to May each year. Truthfully, you can set up sugar shacks anywhere where maple trees grow, even in your own backyard if you’re savvy. But the best ones have more than just maple syrup on tap.
What To Do During Your Winter Honeymoon in Montreal
Attend a Maple-Covered Countryside Buffet
Does plain maple syrup on a stick sound good enough to eat? For a classic take on the traditional sugar shack, look no further than the Érablière Charbonneau in Mont-Saint-Gregoire. You’ll settle down beneath the timber frames for an all-you-can-eat meal of hearty Canadian dishes like pea soup, tourtiere with baked beans, pork rinds, and cretons. Topped with a heavy hand of house-made maple syrup, of course. This meal would satisfy the hungriest of lumberjacks and jills. Make sure to save room for the maple pie!
Don’t Eat Yellow Snow (the white stuff is okay, though!)
Afterward your buffet, you’ll head to the Snow Toffee House to make your own candy (maple syrup poured on crisp white snow), followed by cider tasting. The grounds feature a petting zoo, a large outdoor playground, and sleigh rides. You can even attempt to work off your meal with a trek up Mont-St-Gregoire via the hiking trail.
Where to Stay During Your Winter Honeymoon Near Montreal
After gorging yourself with maple treats, there’s only one appropriate place to crash from your sugar high. On top of a century-old maple tree, of course! The Abenaki tree fort at Au Diable Vert accommodates two people comfortably and is well-insulated for a winter sleepover party. It’s an hour and a half drive from Montreal and about an hour from Mont-St-Gregoire. An experience well worth the extra mileage! There’s little in the way of amenities (a futon and a wood stove); however, the view is spectacular.
If you crave more than the bare necessities, drive back to Montreal for a lively Airbnb stay in the heart of the city. There’s an Elegant Apartment with Indoor Parking in the Quartier des Spectacles. The place is bright, spacious, and well decorated. It’s the perfect launchpad for exploring the city of Montreal.
Bonus Airbnb Experience: Embark on an exclusive street art tour throughout the streets of Montreal. You’ll meet in front of the first urban art gallery in Canada and from there explore the borough of Plateau Mont-Royal, looking at between 20-30 works of art. Your guide will teach you about the artists, the messages behind the art, and various techniques. Afterwards, you’ll get the inside scoop on all the local hotspots and must-sees.
Don’t forget to stop by Schwartz’s Deli for some authentic Montreal smoked meat!