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Quebec Winter Carnival 2021
February 5 - February 14
Ever since 1955, the people of Quebec City have celebrated winter with the Quebec Winter Carnival. In 2006, over a million people attended the festival, making it the biggest winter festival in the world until the Harbin Ice Festival usurped its crown.
This year due to Covid the festival has taken on a new form with outside only snow and ice monuments including 100 sculptures. There will also be a virtual programme on the Carnival YouTube Channel featuring performances by Émile Bilodeau, and Clay and Friends, as well as a St-Hubert Virtual Snow Bath Challenge. More details can be found here.
History of the Quebec Winter Carnival
The first Carnaval de Québec was held in 1894, but it was only an intermittent event until 1955, when Bonhomme (see below), the festival’s mascot reared his massive head.
Drink caribou, dine at the city’s bars and restaurants at the outdoor patios – presumably heated – or dance the night away at the Ice Hotel.
Quebec Winter Carnival 2021 Dates
The next carnival is from 5 to 14 February, 2021.
Quebec Winter Carnival Activities
At the centre of the festivities is the Ice Palace, where Bonhomme resides. In addition to the opening and closing ceremonies by the palace, there will be a series of activities, including:
- Night parades along the streets of Quebec, needless to say featuring Bonhomme;
- A series of ice canoe races across the St Lawrence River;
- A masquerade ball in Château Frontenac’s grand ballroom; and
- Outdoor sporting events, including: ice canoeing, snowboarding, ice-hockey, sleigh racing and dog-sledding.
Quebec Winter Carnival Packages
Various companies run tours to the carnival, including Bon Voyage.
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Hotels for Quebec Winter Carnival 2021
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Bonhomme, Mascot of the Quebec Winter Carnival
Okay, so who is this Bonhomme fellow anyway? A seven-foot high snowman donning a red cap and weighing some 400 pounds, Bonhomme has been at the heart of the festival since 1955, reflecting the Quebecois sense of joie de vivre. A childhood friend of Santa Claus, he wishes for nothing more than a reverse of climate change … and ice cream, according to the official website.
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