Visit Quebec’s Coolest Winter Festival


Winter holidays are all about wrapping up warm and hitting the slopes – but hurtling down a snowy piste might not be everyone’s cup of Glühwein. For those who’d prefer a winter escape mixing snow-covered scenes with some big-city culture, a trip to eastern Canada ticks all the boxes. 

A particular highlight of the season is the Quebec Winter Carnival, a family-friendly event held in the heart of this Francophile city from 8-17 February, 2019. Combining outdoor concerts, fireworks, parades and impressive ice sculptures, it’s a one-of-a-kind celebration of the sparkling Canadian winter.

North America specialist Bon Voyage suggests combining the festival with a visit to mighty Niagara falls (which glistens with icicles in winter) and a city break in cosmopolitan and charming Montreal.

Departing in February to coincide with the festival, this three-centre winter wonderland trip costs from £1,595pp to include flights (from London, Manchester or Glasgow) to Toronto; three nights each in Toronto, Montreal and Quebec (four-star hotels, room-only); a day-trip to Niagara Falls; and inter-city transfers by train.

Call Bon Voyage on 0800 316 0194 or

Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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