A Québec Winter Tradition since 1894, Le Carnaval de Québec captures the spirit of winter magic and fun. Join in the festivities as the historical city hosts the 'Québec Winter Carnival'. Be dazzled with music, lights, ice sculptures and lots of fun events. Here are our highlights and what you can expect at the carnival.
No festival is complete without a parade and Québec doesn't disappoint. The spectacular night parade travels through the centre of Québec City and features music, pyrotechnics, dancers, costumes and lights. A festival must-see, the parade goes along Grande-Allée - you can find the best locations to watch the parade here.
Experience the excitement of true Québec tradition and fun at the Plains of Abraham. Enjoy traditional rides but also some wacky alternatives. In previous years, you could jump in a giant zorb ball and have a game of human bowling - COOL! Surrounded by food stands and ice sculptures, there's also a mini ice hockey ring and human table football; creating plenty of entertainment for the whole family! Wear your snow pants too so you can slide down one the ice slides located inside the magic castles.
A family favourite - join the fun watching the Ice Canoe Race! 60 teams hit the frozen waters of the St Lawrence River competing in one of four categories: Elite Men's, Elite Women's, Competitive and Sports. Cheer on your favourite teams from the bank of the river and enjoy commentary beforehand from competitors.
Meet Bonhomme - the official mascot of Le Carnaval de Québec. Visit Bonhomme in his Ice Palace which is located opposite Parliament Building on Rue de Parlementaires or see Bonhomme throughout the city during the carnival. Did you know the impressive Ice Palace was built using 300lb of ice blocks?
Purchase an Effigy to receive entry to lots of fun events and receive discounts. Gain access to Loto-Québec Zone and twenty of the sixty Hydro Québec Partner Events all over the city. You can purchase an Effigy from any participating carnival sites or at the entrance to the events for just $15.
At Cool As A Moose Québec we have everything you need for all the events - we have hoodies to keep you warm, stylish long sleeves and a great selection of awesome souvenirs to remember your visit! Enhance your Québec Winter Carnival Experience and take a photo with our Moose Hermie and tag us on Instagram or Facebook #CoolAsAMoose.