Quebec Winter Carnival 2024

5:30pm 02 Feb - 6:00pm 11 Feb, 2024

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Quebec Winter Carnival 2024: Quebec’s Coolest Festival

The Quebec Winter Carnival is a fun family-friendly event that takes place for 10 days in February each year. Huge outdoor events including vibrant parades, amazing outdoor concerts invite everyone to partake in a one-of-a-kind Canadian winter event.

Keep your eyes peeled for Bonhomme, the ambassador of the carnival. You’ll see his image almost everywhere but there is only one life-sized Bonhomme so when you see him, make sure you get a photo! The lavish night festivals, public and private parties, balls and shows are held throughout the upper city make it easy to forget about the cold.

The carnival’s rich history dates back to 1955, when the first Quebec Winter Carnival was first. Throughout the decades, the Carnival’s program continued to evolve and began to include thrilling winter activities and sports, as well as adding traditions to pay homage to the city’s French-Canadian roots. There will be no shortage of games and contests during the festival, make sure to join at least one, even if it’s as crazy as Human Foosball!

Merry-making doesn’t get any better than the Quebec Winter Festival.   

‘Wear red, an arrow sash, toot a red trumpet, and down a shot of caribou to get you in the festive mood.’

Where to view Quebec Winter Carnival

The Quebec Winter Carnival will take place at different locations within Old Quebec. All the areas will be just around 1 kilometer away from one another so it’s easy enough to get by on foot. The main venue will be the fairgrounds at the historical Place de l’Assemblée Nationale, just a short walk from the Old Quebec area.

It will come alive with all the trimmings of the most wonderful winter amusement park you can think of, with lots of attractions for kids and adults alike. The Plains of Abraham is a public park, where you’ll find lots of exciting attractions like cross-country skiing trails, snowshoeing, ice workshops and a crazy bikini snow bath event.

The Ice Palaces will host outdoor dance parties, while most main streets in Quebec will put up charming winter patios fronting their establishments. For some ice skating fun, go to the Place D’Youville which features an outdoor skating rink.

How to get around Quebec

Taxis and Uber services are abundant in Quebec, and a quick and cheap way of getting around. If you’ll be visiting areas a little further than downtown, car rentals are recommended.

There are also ferry services, buses, and taxi boats connecting you with different areas in and out of Quebec City.

The scenic Lower Town and Upper Town districts are easy to explore by foot.

Where to stay in Quebec 

Quebec City has numerous world-class hotels, apartments and guest houses. To make sure that you’re in close proximity to the celebrations, book a place in Quebec’s picturesque Old Town from the map below. 

Things to do in Quebec

The nightlife in Quebec City is outstanding. Not only does it resemble Europe with its ancient buildings, charming stone edifices, and French being used everywhere, but they do know how to party like Europe, too. Having said that, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to elegant bars, pubs, and dance clubs – with some even located right inside historical buildings.

Quebec is the perfect destination for snow sport enthusiasts. Optimal conditions here make it a prime spot for skiing and snowboarding, with various ski resorts nearby.

Drop by the famed Ice Hotel where you can sip a cocktail in a -5C environment. Craving for some heat? Look no further than the immensely therapeutic and soothing Nordic outdoor spas.

Quebec Winter Carnival 2024 Dates

The Quebec Carnival will be on February 2-11, 2024.

So what else is going on in Canada, why lock yourself indoors when the weather gets cold?

At Igloofest in Montreal you could  dance the night away to rad music with cool people from all over the world. Plus, this very cool (literally) festival features beautiful sculptures and igloos lit with fantastical LED lighting, creating a surreal and stunning atmosphere.

Read more about other winter festivals in Canada.

Canada Travel Tips:

Plan ahead: Book your perfect trip with our Canada travel guide and destination information. Does Canada require a visa? Check the visa requirements before you get caught up during your travel.

Spend money wisely: Take public transport and dine in from time to time are common saving tips during traveling. How to spend money wisely in Canada? Make use of technology. There’s an app for everything.

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