Friday, February 3, 2017
Last update: December 13, 2017 – Taking place right in the heart of Québec City, the Quebec Winter Carnival is one snowy event you won’t want to miss. There’s so much to see and do! Come join the party January 26–February 11, 2018. This year, activities will be concentrated in five central locations, all within easy walking distance: Place de l’Assemblée Nationale, Parc de l’Esplanade, Parc de la Francophonie, Place George V, and Grande Allée.
Something for Everyone
Place de l’Assemblée-Nationale, in front of Québec’s Parliament building, will be Carnival Central for this year’s celebrations. It’s where you’ll find Bonhomme Carnaval’s winding ice palace and see graffiti artists working on their murals for the festival. Stop by on opening night to see the crowning of the Carnival Queen. If you’re in the mood for a drink, you can hang out on the patio at the SAQ Bistro and have one served up in a glass made of ice. When night falls, Place de l’Assemblée Nationale turns into Odyss, Land of Ice, an immersive, interactive experience with thousands of lights and a northern symphony that will move you and get you moving! Book early, as space is limited.
For a generous helping of family fun, head over to Parc de l’Esplanade for a game of floor hockey or giant foosball at Bonhomme’s World, presented by Hydro-Québec.
Where’s the old‑school French Canadian party at? Camp à Jos, in Parc de la Francophonie. It’s got a wooden dance floor, a SAQ Cocktail Lounge, and the highest concentration of people under 30, not to mention beer and sausage, neo‑trad groups playing on the Videotron Boîte à Musique stage, Axe Throwing, and a Mechanical Moose!
Festive Grande Allée will be over the top again this year with a sugar shack and outdoor curling. Warm up with a pint of Fléchée, a brown maple ale and this year’s official Carnival beer, at Les 3 Brasseurs.
Place George V is where you’ll find the snow sculpture competition, a tradition cherished by locals and by sculptors who come from the four corners of the globe for the week‑long event. Plus, access to the competition site is free!
More Things to See and Do
There’s lots more Carnival fun in store at various sites throughout the city.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays at Place D’Youville, you can skate with Bonhomme starting at 7 p.m.
Dufferin Terrace is piled high with Carnival traditions: igloos, music, an outdoor fireplace, maple taffy, floor hockey, skating, and a Coureur des Bois challenge.
You’ll find thirty different ice sculptures along the Rues de Glace trail in the Petit Champlain District and at Place-Royale. You’ll also find ice challenges, an outdoor bar made of wood, rest areas and outdoor fireplaces, folk music and dancing, oddball events, games of all kinds, and sugar shack treats at Petite Cabane à Sucre de Québec.
Living legends and fantastical creatures will dazzle you at the night‑time Carnival Parade on February 3 and 10 in Charlesbourg and Upper Town.
At Bassin Louise in the Old Port, cheer on teams in the elite, competitive, and sport categories at the Carnival Ice Canoe Race on February 4.
Taste the finest sparkling wines, spirits, and cocktails at Hôtel Le Concorde during the Bulles, Whisky et Cie event, February 2 and 3. A mixology competition and sets by two world‑class DJs will keep the party going all night long. Book now.
The Carnival’s partner restaurants will be throwing their restaurateurs’ cocktail party at Espace Dalhousie on February 6. Book now.
Village Nordik du Port de Québec in Bassin Louise is back again this year, so you can discover the joys of ice fishing, right up until March 11.
Have a great Carnival!