Quebec Winter Carnival
|Quebec Winter Carnival
Carnaval de Québec
Bonhomme Carnaval in 2011
|Begins||End of January|
|Carnaval de Québec|
The Quebec Winter Carnival or the Carnaval de Québec is a festival held in Quebec City.
After being held on and off since 1894, the Carnaval de Québec has been held uninterruptedly since 1955. That year Bonhomme, the mascot of the festival, made his first appearance. Up to one million people attended the Carnaval de Québec in 2006 making it one of the largest winter festivals in the world.
- Kiosks and other outlets in the city sell the Bonhomme effigy tag that grants admission into most of the events, although some are free outside the main site.
- Most commercial main streets are decorated and some bars and restaurants set up a winter patio in front of their establishments.
- Bonhomme – short for bonhomme de neige ("snowman") is the official ambassador of the festivities, the castle lord of the Ice Palace. Bonhomme is a large snowman sporting a red cap, black buttons and a ceinture fléchée.
- It is traditional to drink Caribou, a hot alcoholic beverage, to keep warm.
- The public auction is a fundraising event in aid of the carnival. This auction features many goods and services donated for silent auction and live auction
Races and tournaments
- A sleigh race in which drivers and their horses take part in a single- and double-harness race on the Plains of Abraham.
- An Ice canoe race on the St. Lawrence river.
- The Québec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament (not officially part of the carnival program since 1977).
- The Snowboard World Cup in Quebec City (not part of the carnival official program).
Also not part of the official program but worth a visit or a stay, the Quebec City Ice Hotel (Quebec) is open every year from early January to late March with its bar, nightclub, exhibition galleries and ceremonial chapel.
- Daniel Shafto (1 January 2009). Carnival. Infobase Publishing. p. 80. ISBN 978-1-4381-2660-9.
- Hilary Davidson; Paul Karr; Herbert Bailey Livesey; Bill McRae, Donald Olson (14 August 2006). Frommer's Canada: With the best hiking & outdoor adventures. John Wiley & Sons. p. 300. ISBN 978-0-470-04457-5.
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