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!

Come join the party January 26–February 11, 2018!


The Classics

The Québec Winter Carnival has been a magical part of winter since 1955. Here are some of its most traditional activities:

Carnaval de Québec | Credit:  Audet Photo
Credit: Audet Photo

Bonhomme’s Ice Palace

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. 

Snow sculpture | Credit:  Frédéric Lavoie
Credit: Frédéric Lavoie

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.

Night Parade | Credit:  Armstrong Photo
Credit: Armstrong Photo

Night Parades

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!

Snow Bath | Credit:  Frédéric lavoie
Credit: Frédéric lavoie

Snow Bath

Brave souls clothed in nothing more than their bathing suits join Bonhomme to frolic in the snow!

Canoe Race | Credit:  Carnaval de Québec
Credit: Carnaval de Québec

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.


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