As it is the 400th anniversary of the city this year seems like the perfect year to check out their famous winter carnival at the same time. Since the time of the first French colonists in Quebec they have, just before Lent, had a period of drink and merriment to celebrate. Carnival is a word of Italian origin which is similar to Mardi Gras and the first one happened in 1894. In order to help Quebecers get through the long, cold winters the Carnival was seen as a way to break up the season. Officially the Carnival began in 1955 and has been held every year since.
It is the biggest winter carnival in the world and includes a wide variety of activities from the cultural to the athletic variety. There will be snow sculptures, ski competitions, concerts, snowshoeing races, outdoor dance parties, canoe races, blood donor clinics, and super BBQs. As you can see there is a little something for everyone. The widely loved official mascot of the Carnival, Bonhomme Carnaval, will be there sported his red toque and hosting a number of the events. Bundle up and head over for a weekend to this beautiful part of the province to take in the fun!
If you are planning to stay in Quebec City for any period of time expect the hotel situation to be a little sticky. They are usually hard to come by if you plan to stay right in the city, so book as early as possible.
-General Information: 1-800-4-CARNAVAL
-Pass Prices: Carnaval Effigy Pass: $10 (sold on site during the Carnaval)