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VALCARTIER VACATION VILLAGE
Quebec’s Family Winter Playground

Everest Snow Slides at Valcartier Vacation Village photoIf inner-tubing on winter snow were an Olympic Sport, the Valcartier Village Vacances in Quebec is where its champions would germinate. The largest winter play park in North America, located 20 minutes from downtwown Quebec City, has been developing and growing for the past forty odd years, adding features every year for family winter fun. Named for the valley of the Jacques-Cartier River which flows nearby in summer and frozen in winter, the Valcartier Vacation Village is a wonderland of 42 slides, from the 110 foot hugh accelerating slide, the Everest, the highest speed slide in America, for the mad rush of a single person innertube to to the Tornado, a giant inner tube that fits 8 people for a dizzying swirl down the hill run, which can only be found at the Valcartier.

Tornado Group Inner Tube Slide Run photoRides to get to the top of the runs are accomplished by 17 mechanical tow lifts for a ride in a towed inner tube to the top for the tansfer to the ride tube for the down run. If you should get tube fever or a less blood-rushing entertainment is an attraction, ice skating paths wind through the park. No monotonous circles around a rink here, but graceful pirouettes, or speed trial skakting can be found on what is essentially the artifical frozen river which in summer forms the river water cascade, at night until 10 pm lit party lights and music.

Pirate Castle Kids Play Area Valcartier Vacation Village photoThe Valcartier Vacation Village in the warmer months a water park, with 35 water slides and two theme rivers and the new attraction of a Pirate’s Hideout, a playful pirate ship with sails and roaps, with water cannons, water balloon grenades. The high speed slides of winter ice turn to the splash of water. Beyond the bounds of the park, the Adventure Division offers family river tour adventures and white water rafting in summer and a campgriund with 700 camp sites. A cart track provides motorized thrills both on winter snow and summer pavement. In winter the pirate ship and ice castle become a children’s slide and play area.

Valcartier Theme Shopping Street photoIndoors at Valcartier Vacation Village are shops and restaurants on streets of Tyrolean and New England themes, an English Pub, cafeteria and bistro restaurant and race car video games in case the outdoor chill calls for a warmer thrill escape. For family fun and dining, try the "Snow and Fondue" Package. Admission prices vary according to age the access and activities included, starting around $10 for youngsters on the slides (glissades), up to $29 for the full adult package of attractions. The park can sometimes be closed due to weather conditions, check the website, but if you're already in Quebec in winter (see Quebec Winter Carnaval), you'll pretty much know.
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