Québec’s St. Lawrence River transforms during winter, with enormous slabs of ice covering its surface. This allows for some truly unique experiences, such as observing the harp seals of the Magdalen Islands. From late February to early March, tens of thousands of seals come to mate. Travel via helicopter to observe the adorable pups up close. If you’re keen for active winter fun, make your way to Parc National du Bic and strap on your cross–country skis. You’ll be able to glide over 28 km of trails, while admiring spectacular views of the St. Lawrence. Another family–friendly activity is ice fishing, and there’s no need for expert skills – everyone can try their luck on Rivière Sainte–Anne in Mauricie while keeping warm in one of the 500 heated cabins.