Bon Soo Winter Carnival

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Bon Soo
Genre Winter Carnival
Begins Early February
Ends Mid February
Frequency Annually
Location(s) Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

The Bon Soo Winter Carnival is an annual winter carnival in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. The carnival, held every February, began in 1964 (1964), and has grown to become one of Ontario's top 50 festivals as well as Canada's second largest winter carnival next to the Montreal Carnivale in Quebec.[citation needed] The festival features a diverse program of outdoor and indoor sports and activity events, as well as cultural activities including concerts, ice sculptures, and a polar bear swim.

The Bon Soo Winter Carnival is a remnant of French Canadian culture, tracing its roots back to the Montreal Carnivale. The carnivale is named after its mascot Bon Soo, created by Ken MacDougall.[1]


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Coordinates: 46°31′09″N 84°19′09″W / 46.51917°N 84.31917°W / 46.51917; -84.31917