Quebec City’s Winter Carnival promises guests all ages 3 weeks full of fun events, challenging outdoor competitions and winter fun. Definitely one of Quebec City’s premier special events, snow lovers from around the world come to visit our beautiful city and participate in all the action. Slide down a snow hill on an inner tube. Visit the emblematic Castle of the Bonhomme Carnaval. Race in a horse-drawn sled. So many wonderful activities will tempt you, and you will not want to miss out on the fun.
Every year, a canoe race takes place on the icy St. Lawrence River, as well as dog sledding races down Grand Allée to the Chateau Frontenac. During this time of year, you will find many exquisite ice sculptures throughout the city. The Carnival hosts an international competition of snow sculptors, where local artists, as well as those from around the world, gather in Québec City, creating impressive and beautiful snow sculptures. The festivities close with a fabulous parade with enormous floats and all different types of extravagant characters.
Quebec City proudly hosts the largest winter festival in the world and sees over one million people a year. With Carnaval de Quebec parades winding through city streets glittering with ice and lights, the spectacle alone brings people to Old Quebec. Marvel over the Ice Palace during the opening and closing ceremonies and indulge in the free outdoor public banquets during typical brunch hours. Watch not only sleigh races with single and double-harnesses, but ice canoe racing on the freezing St. Lawrence River. Experience the Québécois' fabled joie de vivre, (the cheer and enjoyment of life) out in the crisp winter wonderland of Old Quebec City.