One word: Wow! What a day! We spent a full day at the Village Vacances Valcartier beginning of the winter and we didn’t want to leave the place! The park has more than 35 snow slides to go down with a yellow tube, snow rafting, skating and much more.
Address: 1860 Valcartier Boulevard, Valcartier, G0A 4S0, QC
Car: Drive 2h45 from Montreal, about 30 minutes from Quebec City
Entry fees: 1.32 meters or more: 34.99$, 1m-1.32m: 26.99$, less than 1m: free. Fee includes access to all tubes, skating and parking. Locker rental is 10$ (coming in and out of the park is allowed so we left our stuff in the car)
Schedule: mid December to end of March (check website for exact dates and opening hours)
Safety regulation: height regulation for few of the slides (as The Himalaya slide – 1.32 meter and above). Kids between 3-6 years old must be accompanied by an adult
Valcartier park is a huge resort for many activities (winter playground, indoor and outdoor waterparks, rafting, treetop adventure and more). Nearby is also located the well-known ice hotel (Hotel de Glace) which opens its doors on January 4th, 2018.
Few tips for families with young kids:
- We felt much safer when our kids wore their helmets during the tubing
- When temperatures are dropping, make sure to keep the kids’ hands and feet warm. We used shoe sole heaters for the kids and we kept going in and out of the main building to warm up. The main building offers many restaurants and cafes for a nice break
The slides are marked with four levels: easy, difficult, very difficult, and extreme. Once you leave the building, you can head to the right, where you can pick a tube and go up with one of the mechanical lifts (where you sit on a moving tube and carrying your own tube upstairs). Once you are up at the central area, you can choose if to continue going up with another mechanical lift towards a restaurant, avalanche slides, tornado slides or snow rafting slides, or to stay and slide down at the regular slides. You can also reach the Everest and Himalaya once you are up but these can be reached from different mechanical lifts.
The tornado is a big round tube where you slide with other people, same for the snow rafting. Better stay at the middle/end of the rafting tube to avoid strong movements (if you have young kids). Once you are down, help to bring the tube (tornado or raft) to its mechanical lift.
The kid’s area (regular slides, no tubing) were located near the ice skating arena, at the bottom of the central area.
We left the extreme tubing, Everest and Himalaya, for another time, probably will come back again once the kids are a bit older to try these with them!