Québec Winter Carnival

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. 

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

Palais de glace au Carnaval
Simon Clarke

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.

Night Parades

Québec Winter Carnival Parade
Fred Photo et Vidéo

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! 

Ice Canoe Race

Ice Canoe Race at Quebec Winter Carnival
Fred Photo Vidéo

Ice canoe racing is an extreme competitive sport where teams make multiple crossings of the frigid waters of the St. Lawrence River. 

Ice and Snow Sculptures

Deux personnages folkloriques devant une sculpture de neige au Carnaval de Québec
Audet Photo

Every year, sculptors create works of art from giant blocks of snow and ice. These sculptures transform the city into a wonderful outdoor museum. 

The Snow Bath

Bain de neige au Carnaval
Simon Clark

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

Musical Evenings

Soirée spectacle au Carnaval de Québec
Carnaval de Québec

Under the dome, shows are offered to Carnival-goers eager to sing and dance. You don't want to miss this unique winter experience! 

Entertainment for the Whole Family

Jeux au Carnaval
Stéphane Audet

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.

eco To get to the Québec Winter Carnival without any hassle, take the bus!

Information about the event:
Phone: 418-626-3716
Toll-Free Phone: 1-866-422-7628
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Watch the Québec Winter Carnival

Carnaval Winter Parade
Have Fun at 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!


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