Valcartier Vacation Village - Summer Water Park & Winter Wonderland!
Unique to Quebec, Valcartier Vacation Village is a summer paradise and yet also an incredible winter wonderland all in one convenient location that's only 20 mins north of Quebec City!
So what is Valcartier Vacation Village exactly?
Well, it's a resort that was started back 1966 that has kept growing year after year.
It's a Water Park, an Adventure Company with white water rafting, and a complete 700 site campground. And that's just the summer.
In winter - it's a total playground with slides, skating,ice karting, snow rafting and more!
Wow! I guess you could say that it is a perfect destination for family vacations to Quebec City any time of year.
We just love this place! For us - any family vacations to Quebec City must include a day trip to the Vacances Valcartier Vacation Village.
So let's look at the Valcartier Village a little closer.
Summer at Valcartier Vacation Village
The 2013 season starts June 6ht and runs until Sept 2nd.
HOurs of operation are as follows:
June 6th-14th 10:00am to 5:00pm
June 15th-30th 10:00am to 7:00pm
July 1st-31st 10:00am to 7:00pm
August 1st-17th 10:00am to 7:00pm
August 18th-30th 10:00am to 5:00pm
September 1st & 2nd 10:00am to 5:00pm
Pricing is very reasonable in that it costs an admission fee that varies from just under $27 to $34.00 depending on height
(That's right! Height is the biggest factor and not really the age for safety reasons - although seniors do enjoy the discounted prices - so why not just the grandparents too!
Also, if you arrive after 3:00pm, there is a small discount.
With that price - you get access to the grounds and acrobatic shows ... and all of the fun for a day!
There is a small additional charge for Karting, Maxi Golf and Trampolines.
You can also rent a locker for keeping your valuables safe.
*Life jackets are available for FREE but you must give them a deposit.
Get to the Valcartier Village early! You have to remember that you are not the only ones going there on your specific day so make the effort and show up early! You will have a better chance of doing even more rides with less wait. We usually arrive around 9:30am and head for our favorites as soon as the doors open. This assures us that we will be able to get our most important rides in before everyone else shows up. By 1:00pm - it's PACKED!
Now let's look at the rides that Valcartier Vacation Village Water Park has to offer:
There are 15 general sections for his park. Some for everyone, some for the little kids and some for the "daredevils"!
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River - Wow....what a ride! A real blast!
Take a ride through a medieval style dungeon complete with slides, sounds and a large Gargoyle at its entrance!
have a visit with the witches, knights and other creatures during your approx. 10mins ride. We love this one!
You can also ride the Cauldron for even more laughs!
This is another one of those lazy inner tube rides that take you around...or is it?
Well it is a relaxing ride up until you have to manoeuvre through the eddies and whirlpools and then clear the falls of each section. Great family fun!
Looking for more thrills? This one may be just right for you!
Twist and turn through the turns of this slide and the only decision you'll really have to make is whether to be sitting or on your back!
Pirate's Hideout Activity Center
This is where you go to play! Kids will love the horsing around of this Valcartier Village activity center full of fun stuff like swinging ropes, water games and mini-slides! Time to get wet!
Do you have the guts to ride this one! if you have a weak heart, you're pregnant or have any fear of heights - don't do it!
While there, we learned that this is the highest accelerating slide of its kind in North America.
You get into position - which is already scary since you have facing directly down the slide while lying on your stomach.
As you take off - maximum speed is achieved very quickly and you may reach a speed of up the 50mph!
Then it's all over before you know it and back up the stairs you go for another death defying ride!
Here's another one for the "non-faint of heart group".
Take a walk up to the top of the Water Castle and then take a trip of what feels like "straight down" and end up safely in the water of the lake!
Great place for the little ones (this is often where grandparents will bring the grand kids and you'll also see a lot of new moms and dads)
Animal themed park that offers "just their size" slides and activities. Beware - your little ones may just not want to leave!
If you like wave pools - you are bound to have fun here!
This is a wave pool that's 300ft in length and accommodates lots of people. Your waves will rise to as high as 5ft so just be careful. You will experience up to 8 different wave patterns generated by their wave machine modules.
*Children under the age of 2 must be accompanied by an adult but as parents - we will even suggest that you keep a close eye on all smaller children since they like to venture out into the waves and it can be dangerous if they don't stay standing up!
This is a great little area for the smaller kids because it features a Water Castle and they will have such a blast!
There is also Game Island for even more activities.
Let's now look at Winter Activities at the Valcartier Vacation Village!
Want to go Sliding?
Want to go Skating?
Want to go Ice Karting?
Want to go Snow Rafting?
At Valcartier Vacation Village Winter Playground
- you can do it all!
The winter park in generally open (depending on the weather) from mid December to end of March.
Operating hours of Valcartier Vacation Village during the peak season is from 10:00am to 10:00pm
10:00am - 5:00pm for off peak time (check their site for details)
Rates are pretty easy to follow:
Prices are based on age (ie Adults is 12yrs and up, Kids are from 5 to 11yrs, and toddlers from 3-4yrs. Kids under 2 are FREE)
From here - you just have to decide what you want to do.
Slides is the cheapest cost and includes only the slides in the Himalaya section .
Passport is the next one up and includes both the slides in the Himalaya section and skating
Slides + Rafting includes slides in the Himalaya and Tornado sections and snow rafting.
Passport + Rafting includes all activities (slides in both Himalaya and Tornado sections, snow rafting and skating)
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