Sing Along to the Quebec Winter Carnival Song!

Come warm your heart up with the carnavaleux of 2019 edition and forget January’s cold weather. Just put on your arrow sash, hang your Bonhomme Effigy on your coat and experience Quebec Winter Carnival from February 8 to 17, 2019!

Bonhomme and a moose at Quebec Winter Carnival

For a 100 years in Quebec City, February has been rhyming with celebrations. The first carnival took place in 1894, to celebrate winter and give Quebec City’s residents an occasion to fill up on energy before Lent. The celebrations then returned sporadically through the years but were set aside during World War I, the Great Depression of 1929 and World War II. The first edition of the carnival as we know it today took place in 1955 and quickly became an annual event. Thanks to a local group of business people, Quebec Winter Carnival became the largest winter carnival in the world.


Girls celebrating at Quebec Winter Carnival

Discover Quebec City’s Festive Mode!

You will find carnival activities everywhere in town. Strolling down the streets and visiting different neighborhoods will take you on a journey of winter discoveries through the Old Capital. You will learn all you need to know about the carnival’s history and will get to celebrate like our grandparents used to. You will also get to discover new districts, from Saint-Roch to Saint-Jean-Baptiste, through La Cité-Limoilou, Wendake and Saint-Sauveur. The whole city takes part in the celebrations!

Group participating in an ice sculpture workshop at Quebec Winter Carnival

An Avalanche of Activities

During the celebrations, the city is overflowing with energy and it is the perfect moment to play in the snow. Jos’ Camp offers a wide array of traditional music shows, physical challenges and a bar. Loto-Québec Royal Court proposes many family activities, like an impressive collection of snow sculptures, a giant mobile and shadows playing, ice sculpture demonstrations, themed photo booths and a unique opportunity to have your photo taken with Bonhomme!

During the carnival, you will also get to watch the Canoe race, take part in the Tournée des Grands Ducs, try axe throwing or skate with Bonhomme, and for the bravest, the Snow Bath! Don’t forget about the legendary Carnival Parade, which is getting a makeover this year and will present fascinating artistic scenes at different stations through the parade.

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