The Quebec Carnaval is a 10-day winter festival, complete with night parades, ice skating, snow sculptures and a towering ice palace.
Other highlights include: ice canoe racing, a sugar shack, iconic Caribou drinks, Urban sliding course, a silent disco, aquafit in a ball-pit swimming pool under an igloo, Bonhomme’s Palace, and the all-new Videotron Bonhomme’s Campground.
Everyone will be thrilled to learn that two parades, the Loto-Québec Zone, and the Scotiabank Sculptures Snow Route, and the St-Hubert Snow Bath will also be happening.
Bonhomme is Frosty the Snowman’s famous Canadian cousin and the official representative of the Québec Winter Carnival. Proudly sporting his favorite red tuque (cap) and traditional québécois arrow sash, Bonhomme (which is French for snowman) can be seen all throughout the carnival festivities.
The Arrow Sash. It is largely thanks to the Québec Winter Carnival that the arrow sash still exists in Quebec society today. In the 19th century, this belt was used to tighten coats around the waist to prevent the cold from creeping in while also providing back support.
Bonhomme, the larger-than-life Carnaval mascot lives in the Icestructure is 40 feet tall and made of 300 tons of ice.
And be sure to eat some Maple Taffy (aka Tire d’Érable) and BeaverTails (Queues de Castor) while at the Carnval.
What: Carnaval de Québec
When: February 03-12, 2023
Where: Quebec City, Canada
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