L.L.Bean Heritage Bird's Eye Sweater in Quebec City

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Staying toasty and warm wearing the new L.L.Bean Heritage Bird's Eye Pullover sweater in cold and snowy Quebec City!


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With a special shout out to the Women's Luxe Fleece Gloves! These are the warmest gloves I have ever owned!

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Putting Ivy to bed before we head out skating!

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Quebec City is pure magic! I don't recall ever seeing a more lively and festive town!

We packed up the old sleigh (well, a Lincoln Town Car) and headed to Quebec for a few days of sightseeing, Christmas cheer and of course as much poutine as we could get our hands on. We brought The Youngest and Ivy along with us. We had so much fun exploring with them during the day and even more leaving them in the hotel room to rest and play video games at night while AMH and I checked out the town.

For our first full day in the city our first stop was the famous Dufferin Terrace Slide (or Quebec City Slide) This 1 km slide was created in 1884 and is on the boardwalk right beside our hotel, the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac. I actually walked Ivy down here early each morning and watched the sunrise. You're going to hear me say this a lot, it was pure magic.

The slide is still closed and won't open, weather permitting until the end of December. Which I have to admit that after seeing it in person, I wasn't at all upset that it wasn't opened. It prevented me from having to chicken out at the last minute. The pictures I have seen make it look so fun, but they really don't capture how high up the slide really is!

My friends at L.L.Bean sent me a few things to test out in the cold elements in Quebec. Not going to lie, it was a lot colder in Quebec than in my home province of Ontario! When the sun was out I could get away with my new Heritage Sweater, Pullover Bird's-Eye, the Signature Knit Pom Hat (in Fired Brick and almost all sold out so hurry!) and my most favourite gloves ever, Women's Luxe Fleece Gloves (all #gifted c/o L.L.Bean) but as night fell, the Women's Mountain Classic Down Jacket came out to play. Especially when we went skating! For the last few years it has been a little thing of mine, skating in the places we go. Now I've added another rink to the list!

You all know I love blue and white and that isn't just home decor, it's clothes too! I love this navy sweater with the bird's-eye knit in white and red which looks like little hearts up close. The fit on this sweater is big, I am wearing a large my usual size but I could have fit into a medium. It's a hand wash only sweater and that means that if I do wash it carefully, I can shrink it just a little. Otherwise, I like it just fine this way. I've struggled over the years wearing turtleneck styles (feels like I'm being choked) but this one has none of that. It has some good room to it all while remaining stiff enough to stand up. And bonus, no need for a scarf!

I'll be sharing more about the Mountain Classic Down Jacket in a future post but let me just say if you're looking for a winter jacket without a hood, this is the one you need. I had been searching high and low for a winter jacket without a hood and it was incredibly hard! There are times that I do love having a hood but driving and outdoor adventures is not one of them. I find the hood gets uncomfortable during long car rides, especially when you are the driver. And canoeing (yes we are still planning on canoeing right until the waterways freeze over) skating, tobogganing, skiing, and just about any other outdoor activity that has you moving is much easier to do without a hood flapping at the back of your head.

Shop the clothing in this post
Heritage Sweater, Pullover Bird's-Eye | Signature Knit Pom Hat (in Fired Brick) | Women's Luxe Fleece Gloves | Women's Mountain Classic Down Jacket

All items gifted from the L.L.Bean team