Québec Winter Carnival

Bonhomme Carnaval poses proudly on the snow-covered Dufferin terrace, in front of the Château Frontenac.
Francis Gagnon

*Due to the current context, the 67th edition of the Québec Winter Carnival, which will take place from February 5 to 14, 2021, will exceptionally be presented in a different form. Note that the following content describes the classic form of the event*

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, 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 Classics

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

Bonhomme’s Ice Palace

*Cancelled in 2021 and replaced by 7 experiential towers in 7 districts*
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

Cancelled in 2021
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

Cancelled in 2021
Ice canoe racing is an extreme competitive sport where teams make multiple crossings of the frigid waters of the St. Lawrence River.

Watch the Québec Winter Carnival

Carnaval Winter Parade
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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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