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Quebec Winter Carnival
Bonhomme Carnaval in 2011
BeginsFebruary 4, 2022
EndsFebruary 13, 2022
Location(s)Quebec City
WebsiteCarnaval de Québec

The Quebec Winter Carnival (French: Carnaval de Québec), commonly known in both English and French as Carnaval, is a pre-Lenten festival held in Quebec City. After being held intermittently since 1894, the Carnaval de Québec has been celebrated annually since 1955.[1] That year, Bonhomme Carnaval, the mascot of the festival, made his first appearance.[2] Up to one million people attended the Carnaval de Québec in 2006 making it, at the time, the largest winter festival in the world (since overtaken by the Harbin Festival).[3][4] It is, however, the largest winter festival in the Western Hemisphere.[5]

Activities and attractions

The most famous attractions of this winter festival are the night-time and daytime parades led by mascot Bonhomme Carnaval. The parades wind through the upper city, decorated for the occasion with lights and ice sculptures.

Numerous public and private parties, shows and balls are held across the city, some of them outside in the bitter cold, testimony to the Québécois' fabled joie de vivre.

Other major events include:

Outdoor dance parties are held at the Ice Palaces.

Feasts and restaurants

Races and tournaments

Also not part of the official program but worth a visit or a stay, the Quebec City Ice Hotel is open every year from early January to late March with its bar, nightclub, exhibition galleries and ceremonial chapel.


See also


  1. ^ "Quebec Winter Carnival 2019 - Quebec City, QC". To Do Canada.
  2. ^ Daniel Shafto (1 January 2009). Carnival. Infobase Publishing. p. 80. ISBN 978-1-4381-2660-9.
  3. ^ Hilary Davidson; Paul Karr; Herbert Bailey Livesey; Bill McRae; Donald Olson (14 August 2006). Frommer's Canada: With the best hiking & outdoor adventures. John Wiley & Sons. p. 300. ISBN 978-0-470-04457-5.
  4. ^ "The world's largest ice festival features massive, stunning sculptures". Hindustan Times. Associated Press. January 6, 2018. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  5. ^ "Winter Fun at Quebec's Winter Carnival". Must Do Canada.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ ROSEN, AMY. "The snowman behind the legend: Get to know Quebec Winter Carnival's beloved Bonhomme".
  7. ^ "Gérard Bolduc". Réseau des Sports. 2002-05-03. Retrieved 2018-09-19.
  8. ^ Foisy, Paul (2009-02-09). "Gérard Bolduc". (in French). Retrieved 2010-10-03.