From January 26 to February 11, 2018, come experience one of the world's largest winter carnivals in beautiful Québec City. Every year, thousands of visitors flock to the Québec Winter Carnival to enjoy a host of activities for all ages, including snow bath, night parades, snow slides, snow sculptures, shows, and skating. Bonhomme Carnaval is the ambassador of this winter celebration. The Carnival is a unique winter experience you won't want to miss!
The Québec Winter Carnival has been a magical part of winter since 1955. Here are some of its most traditional activities:
International Snow Sculpture Competition
Every year, sculptors from across Canada and around the world compete to create works of art from giant blocks of snow. These sculptures transform the parc de l'Amérique-Française into a wonderful outdoor museum.
Young and old alike get to the snow-covered streets to admire a parade of colourful decorated floats and zany characters dancing to lively music. The last float of the two night parades features the star of the Carnival—Bonhomme himself!
Brave souls clothed in nothing more than their bathing suits join Bonhomme to frolic in the snow!
Ice Canoe Race
Ice canoe racing is an extreme competitive sport where teams make multiple crossings of the frigid waters of the St. Lawrence River.
Sites to discover
Bonhomme’s Ice PalaceZone Loto-Québec
Bonhomme Carnaval symbolizes the spirit of fun that is synonymous with this great winter celebration. Every year, an Ice Palace is built for him that serves as a focal point for several Carnival activities. Québec City residents are always excited to see the work start on Bonhomme’s palace! If you’re looking to meet the big guy himself, this is your best chance.
2017 New Carnival Sites
- Bonhomme’s World (parc de l’Esplanade):
Entertainment for the whole family in the heart of Old Québec’s fortifications.
- Jos’ Camp (parc de la Francophonie):
Fun vintage Canadian ambiance with traditional music, sugar shack, and athletic challenges.
- Place D'Youville:
Bonhomme Carnaval will join the public many times during the event for a skating session. This site features also the Snow Globe, where dozens of artists offer numerous performances.
- Grande Allée:
The Carnival puts the “grand” in “Grande Allée” with its jumbo activities!
- Snow Sculptures (parc de l’Amérique-Française): Dozens of skilled artists are to take on massive snow blocks. This year, the International Category explores a timely theme, Canada’s 150th anniversary.
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