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February, the month of loveeee and…one of the coldest months of the year, has officially started. However, I have for you a new 10 Things to-do list to make the most of this new month with your valentine, galentine, family, or with your own company (yes!).
So let’s hop in and keep reading to discover 10 Things to do THIS February. Enjoy!
1- Go ice skating
Ice skating is one of the most enjoyable activities, in my opinion, to do during winter. It doesn’t require too much material and is not too costly compared to other winter sports. Plus, there are amazing places to go ice skating if you live in Quebec.
Where to go ice skating in Quebec
- Patinoire de la Place D’Youville, 965 Rue Saint-Jean, Quebec.
The opening hours are from 10 am to 10 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and from 12 am to 10 pm on Mondays to Thursdays. You can rent skates for 9$/a pair. Right in the heart of Quebec City, this is the perfect place to go with friends or on a date!
- Shannon ice skating trail, 73 Chem de Gosford, Shannon, Quebec
The Shannon ice skating trail is another beautiful place to go skating. The skating trail is in the wood, with a few fireplaces and fairy lights to lighten the path. It costs 10$ per adult and 5$ for 6-12 years old (debit or cash). For the regular schedule and more information, consult the official website.
- Ice skating ring of the museum, 255 Grande Allée O, Quebec
The Plains of Abraham also has its own skating ring during winter. It is a beautiful place, right in front of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Quebec. It is open daily from 10 am to 10 pm and is free to access!
- Centre des glaces de Québec, 999 Av. De Rochebelle, QUebec
Too cold outside? Not a problem; you can still go ice-staking. Le Centre des glaces de Québec is a new interior skating center free for Quebec city residents. Did you know that it is the biggest interior skating center in America?
If you are not a Quebec city resident, the entry fee is 7$ for adults. You can rent skates, and there is a restaurant, a boutique, and a racing track! To reserve a time slot for free skating, consult the official website.
2- Initiate yourself to photography
One of my friends has a great camera, and we decided this February to start taking pictures. It was so fun, and I discovered that photography is an awesome way to express creativity. Plus, the possibilities are endless; there are so many creative concepts to try.
I am not a photographer myself, but I’ve always wanted to learn how to take great pictures. However, I do not plan to buy a camera, so I am more into learning how to take great photos with my phone. I was surprised to find that there are many free resources on the web. Pinterest is a valuable tool for learning how to take great pictures with a phone. I made a Pinterest board about my recent finds on the topic.
3- Try dog sledding
I did dog sledding a few years ago, and it was honestly so much fun! February is also a perfect month to go dog sledding. There are a few places in Quebec that offer this activity. I went to Chenil La Poursuite, on the south shore of Quebec City, in Saint-Nicolas. They have 120 dogs (mostly Husky) that you can see and pet before or after the ride.
If it is something that interests you, you have to book a package online. For one hour, you get to explore the woods with the dogs. It works in teams of two, so one person learns to drive the sleigh, and the other enjoys the ride! Then, you can switch roles.
Plus, the activity comes with hot chocolate;)
4- Organize an Olympic night with your friends
I did this activity for New Year’s Eve, and it was so much fun! The next winter Olympics are in February 2026 only, BUT this doesn’t mean the Olympics cannot be a theme for this February.
I initially saw this idea on a TikTok made by the Presley family in North Carolina that went viral. It even made the news on CTV.
So the goal is the create various indoor ludic challenges and make it an Olympic competition. When we did this activity with my friends, I bought a giant board where we wrote the teams’ names and points and took polaroid pictures of each team member. I found most of the ideas on Pinterest and some that I created. So here are a few challenges that we did :
- Candle-blowing challenge. Align a few candles on a line. The person who can blow out the most candles wins!
- Balloon in a cup. Stack the cups by blowing a balloon in a cup to move them.
- History challenge. Use the game Timeline to create a history challenge. Give five historical events to each team. The goal is the place the different events into the correct order from the oldest to the most recent. The team with the biggest amount of correct answers wins the challenge!
- The bowls game. Pretty simple. Take tree bowls of different sizes and ping-pong balls. Each team has to aim at the bowls to make the most points.
- Sock slide challenge. Each team member has to wear “sliding socks.” The best way to do this challenge is in a hallway. Each team member has to try to slide the farthest with their socks. Put some tape at each attempt to mark the scores. See the video of the Presley family here.
Find other challenge ideas on my Pinterest board!
5- February 17th: National Random Act of Kindness Day
Did you know that February 17th is the National Random Act of Kindness Day? Make the most of this day by enlightening a strangers’ day with small actions. Are you looking for ideas? Consult one of my most popular posts: Random Acts of Kindness to Spark some Joy.
Here are the main ideas:
- Give fresh-baked cookies
- Offer to an elder to do their groceries.
- Leave kind notes in a park or a book
- Pay for the coffee of the person behind you
- Give a basket of goods to someone in need
Got other ideas? Please share them in the comment section!
6- Get cozy in a cabin
Why not escape the day-to-day life by spending a weekend in a cabin? Plus, isn’t it such a romantic activity to do with your sweet half? Ok, enough of Valentine’s day references; going with friends and family works too!
I also recently discovered that Airbnb offers many “unusual” accommodations to stay in. Indeed, you can stay in a boat, in a tiny house, and there is an OMG! section (definitely my favorite), domes, Cycladic homes, yurts, earth homes, and so much more!
Plus, it does not need to be a big trip! You can select your city and area, and it will offer accommodations near your selection.
7- Go watch a hockey game
If you have read my previous post How to spend 24 hours in Ottawa, Canada, you might have seen that I went to a hockey game in Ottawa. I had never been a fan of hockey (unlike most Canadian, I know) until I went to see a live hockey game. It was so much fun, and I feel like it is a great activity to do during wintertime. Of course, it can be pretty costly, but there are other hockey levels to see that can be very fun!
If you are in Quebec City, the Remparts, which is part of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, often plays at the Videotron Center, and it costs between 14$ to 15$ for students and 21$ to 20$ for adults. You can get tickets here.
8- Binge watch The Recruit
Are you looking for a more relaxing activity? The previous month, I watched a new series on Netflix called The Recruit, and I LOVED it. I love short series, and this one has eight episodes, perfect for binge-watching on one of those cold February days. If you have watched the movies To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, you will recognize the American actor Noah Centineo.
The Recruit tells the story of a new, freshly graduated law student named Owen Hendricks, who starts working for the CIA. He gets twisted in a shady case that links him to a dangerous former asset, Max Meladze. It is a thrilling show with a good twist of humor, and the end of the season will leave you eager to see season two. Bonus: a lot of scenes were filmed in Montreal, Canada! Will you be able to recognize the different places?
9- Plan a trip or adventure for this summer
One of the best ways to forget about the cold is to look forward to … summer! So why not plan one of your adventures for the warm season? If you are looking for travel destinations, make sure to take a look at my Travel section on the blog.
Don’t know where to start when planning a trip? Take a look at my travel timetable in this previous post.
Don’t wait for the adventure to come to you…make it come to you;)
10- Write a love letter to someone
And to conclude this post about things to do during February, why not come back to the essence of this month: love. Telling explicitly the persons you love, your feelings, and why you love them is one of the most beautiful love languages. So why not seize the opportunity and write a love letter to someone you care about?
Textos and great, but receiving a tangible love message is even better. Yes, it can make you feel a little vulnerable when giving it to the person, but the person’s reaction to your kind words makes it all worth it.
So this is it for 10 Things to Do in February; I hope you enjoyed it and made you want to make the most of this new month! As a final word, February is about so much more than cold days and chocolate boxes; it’s about focusing on one of our primary needs as human beings, which is to love and to be loved.
Until next time!
C’est inspirant, de belles idées. Bravo!!!