Ste-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier is located about 30 minutes west of Quebec City (La Jacques-Cartier County), and three hours northeast of Montreal. It has a population of around 5100.
The Jacques-Cartier River crosses the town. The village was established in 1855. It is named after Catherine Nau de La Boissiere et de Fossambault, a noblewoman of New France. Local attractions include a few lovely bicycle paths, the Anne-Hébert Social and Cultural Centre.
Ste-Catherine also has a youth centre and an elementary school with three buildings.
The Duchesnay Tourist Station (Station touristique Duchesnay) is one of the main attractions of the community. Indeed, it’s an extraordinary place where one can do plenty of outdoor activities. In summer, guests can go swimming, canoeing, kayaking, hiking or biking. In winter, the site offers ice skating, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, sliding, ice fishing, snowshoeing and much more.
The Ice Hotel of the Duchesnay Station has been mentioned in countless magazines. The hotel and its facilities, which include guest rooms, bars, art galleries and wedding chapels, are made almost entirely of ice. It's true than spending a night in a room at 25 degrees Fahrenheit is an adventure, but you can stay just one night or pay a short visit.