Québec Winter Carnival
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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 night parades, snow sculptures, and musical performances. Bonhomme Carnaval is the ambassador of this winter celebration. In 2024, the Carnival will last 18 days for its 70th anniversary!
2024 Program in Brief
- January 25 to February 1: Opening night, Slide City, Ice Cross, Bonhomme's Ball, Delicious Carnival Indulgences and more
- February 2 to 11: Bonhomme's Ice Palace, Sculptures Garden, Night parades, Ice Canoe Race, Snow bath, Musical evenings and much more
Carnaval de Québec Activities
The Québec Winter Carnival has been a magical part of winter since 1955. Here are some of the things to do at Carnaval de Québec:
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. February 2 to 11, 2024
Young and old alike get to the snow-covered streets to admire a parade of colourful performances. Don’t miss the two night parades featuring the star of the Carnival – Bonhomme himself! February 3 and 10, 2024
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. February 4, 2024
Ice and Snow Sculptures
Every year, sculptors create works of art from giant blocks of snow and ice. These sculptures transform the city into a wonderful outdoor museum. February 2 to 11, 2024
The Snow Bath
Brave souls clothed in nothing more than their bathing suits join Bonhomme to frolic in the snow! February 11, 2024
Under the dome, shows are offered to Carnival-goers eager to sing and dance. You don't want to miss this unique winter experience! February 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 and 10, 2024
Entertainment for the Whole Family
Throughout the event, Carnival-goers of all ages are treated to a host of shows and activities: snow and ice tobogganing, games, sugar shack stands, musical performances and more.
January 25 to February 11, 2024 Everyday - All Day
The Effigy is the official pass for the Québec Winter Carnival, but it is not obligatory for those aged 12 and under. It is available in pre-sale for $20 (until January 14) and will cost $30 thereafter.
Watch the Québec Winter Carnival
See how Québec City turns into a huge playground during the Québec Winter Carnival: Ice sculptures, entertainment, slides, heated terraces and more!