Quebec is one of my favourite destinations in Canada, it’s got everything you need for a great holiday: amazing shopping, gorgeous cities, beautiful natural views, and some great food. It’s also one of the hubs for festivals in the country, and every winter, the Winter Carnival draws visitors to Quebec City from all over the world. This year, the carnival takes place from February 8th to the 17th, with events that are sure to be memorable.
This year, just like every year, Bonhomme the happy snowman will feature in the parade. Visitors will be able to visit Bonhomme’s Ice Palace, as well as view several stunning ice sculptures designed by local artists. The Winter Carnival will also have competitive events like an ice canoe race, perfect for children or adults. The events I’m looking forward to the most, though, are the night parades. Quebec’s winters are cold, but there’s something so charming and uplifting about the night parades: the lights and the floats you’ll get to see really brighten up the winter landscape.
The Parade will also feature several music acts throughout its duration. One of the more interesting events is 50 Shades of Punk Rock, an act that will even use kazoos to reinvent punk rock! Expect to hear covers of songs from Blink 182 and NOFX, among others. If music isn’t enough to get you to go outside during the winter, then consider heading out during the carnival’s wrestling event. The WWE has nothing on the Winter Carnival, that’s all I’m going to say about that!
If you’d like to find out more about the Winter Carnival programming, visit their website here. The organizers make it incredibly simple to to plan a day and figure out what to see and where to eat, so I hope you come out!