Dear readers, it is time to vote!!
As we ease into the winter season, Québec City finds itself in the running for yet another honor. It is one of twenty finalists in the USA Today competition to become North America’s Best Winter Wonderland. Up against large cities like Montréal, small towns like Aspen, Colorado, and vast tracts of land like Yellowstone National Park, la Vieille Capitale is well placed to walk away with the laurels. In fact, as far as I am concerned, there is no competition at all.
Unlike other cities that merely tolerate winter, Québec City embraces it. When the smell of snow is in the air, skis are waxed and the cold-weather wardrobe reappears as locals prepare for the panoply of winter activities available to them. There is the German Christmas Market that kicks off the season; warm pretzels and mulled wine set the tone for the months to come. There is Little Champlain Street that glows with holiday spirit, comforting all who walk its cobbles. Just outside of town, you will find the many sliding hills and ski resorts of the Laurentian Mountains, providing fun and relaxation for the whole family. There is also the winter carnival, the ice hotel, skating on the Plains of Abraham… The list goes on and on.
Go to USA Today today and vote to make official what those of us who live here already know to be true: Québec City is not just a winter wonderland, it is the Winter Wonderland!