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Carnaval de Quebec Jan 27 to Feb 12, 2017

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Since the beginning of our French colony, the habitants of New France created a rowdy tradition of getting together just before Lent to eat, drink and be merry. The custom of celebrating from the end of January until mid-February has long been popular.

The first large winter Carnival in Quebec City, the world’s snow capital, took place in 1894. Often faced with winter’s hardships, the city’s population reinvented this popular tradition with a winter celebration that warmed up the hearts of all of it revellers. Interrupted by two wars, then the economic crisis of 1929, the Carnival was held sporadically until the second half of the century. In 1954, in the context of the economic development of the Old Capital, a group of business people re-launched the festivities. That year, Bonhomme was born and elected the event’s representative. The first official edition of the Québec Winter Carnival took place in 1955. The Carnival snowballed into an undeniable manifestation for the entire Québec City population, and was an important vehicle for tourism and economical activity in the city.

From one winter to the next, the Carnival enriched its activity program. We have since added even more popular activities, such as winter sports, snow sculptures, and activities based on the traditional Québec lifestyle, such as canoe races and dogsled races. The Québec Winter Carnival is the largest winter carnival in the world today, and is third on the List of Top Carnivals after the famous carnivals in Rio and New Orleans.

OFFICIAL ACTIVITYAxe Throwing

AXE THROWING

Try out Axe Throwing at our outdoors throwing range! This memorable experience puts us in touch with our roots.

ACTIVITY IN ASSOCIATIONVillage Nordik at the Port of Québec

VILLAGE NORDIK AT THE PORT OF QUÉBEC

In the Nordik VIllage at the Louise Basin, enjoy slides, an ice rink, an ice trail and urban ice fishing outdoors or in a heated inflatable igloo!

OFFICIAL ACTIVITYGraffiti Murals

GRAFFITI MURALS

Talented muralists create new graffiti artwork before your eyes each weekend at Bonhomme’s Ice Palace.

OFFICIAL ACTIVITYUpper Town Night Parade

UPPER TOWN NIGHT PARADE

A most colourful show featuring only the best the Quebec Winter Carnival has to offer.

OFFICIAL ACTIVITYCamp Games

CAMP GAMES

Try out original large-scale camp games to break the ice and get the fun going: the labyrinth, the dexterity game and table hockey!

OFFICIAL ACTIVITYCharlesbourg Night Parade

CHARLESBOURG NIGHT PARADE

A most colourful show featuring only the best the Quebec Winter Carnival has to offer.

OFFICIAL ACTIVITYBeaver Tails

BEAVER TAILS

Savour a delicious treat by Bonhomme’s Ice Palace during you stay at the Loto-Québec Zone!

OFFICIAL ACTIVITYUniprix Ice Slide

UNIPRIX ICE SLIDE

Come slide down the 120 metres of the Uniprix Ice Slide located over the famous remparts of Quebec City!

OFFICIAL ACTIVITYDuProprio Polar Mission

DUPROPRIO POLAR MISSION

.DuProprio Polar Mission is a multi-stage journey featuring a zany scenario and fun trials that test your children’s strength, dexterity and wits.

OFFICIAL ACTIVITYBonhomme's Ice Palace

BONHOMME’S ICE PALACE

At place de l’Assemblée-Nationale, the 63rd Ice Palace showcases graffiti art.

ACTIVITY IN ASSOCIATIONBulles, Whisky & Cie

BULLES, WHISKY & CIE

Do you like scotch, whiskey, champagne and cocktails? Book your place to this colorful and ambient tasting night while you still can!

OFFICIAL ACTIVITYSAQ Bistro

SAQ BISTRO

The Bistro offers you a relaxed atmosphere, beverages, flavored coffees and snacks! DJs add their musical touch to the ambiance on Friday and Saturday evenings.

ACTIVITY IN ASSOCIATIONCanoe Race Brunch

CANOE RACE BRUNCH

Enjoy a brunch and follow the Canoe Race live on television from the ballroom of the Château Frontenac.

OFFICIAL ACTIVITYAnimals of the Majo Mini-Farm

ANIMALS OF THE MAJO MINI-FARM

Come have fun with fuzzy friendly critters! Young kids will love the rabbits, sheep, llama, pony, donkey and alpaca.

ACTIVITY IN ASSOCIATIONPond Hockey Lac-Beauport

POND HOCKEY LAC-BEAUPORT

Time for some old-school hockey! This tournament of 14 years is a must in Lac-Beauport.

ACTIVITY IN ASSOCIATION3vs3 Polar Bear Quebec Challenge

3VS3 POLAR BEAR QUEBEC CHALLENGE

Ball hockey, soccer and broomball triathlon for adults. Initiation to soccer and outdoors broomball for youth aged 7 to 18.

ACTIVITY IN ASSOCIATIONHang On to Your Teeth, Lévis!

HANG ON TO YOUR TEETH, LÉVIS!

Old Lévis features a giant slide, snowboard workshops, an urban sugar shack and much, much more!

OFFICIAL ACTIVITYCanoe Race

CANOE RACE

This iconic event of the Carnival features elite athletes.

ACTIVITY IN ASSOCIATIONCarnival's Glamour Singles Night

CARNIVAL’S GLAMOUR SINGLES NIGHT

Singles can meet in the age group (s) they are interested in: 21-25 years old, 25-40 years old and 40 years old +

OFFICIAL ACTIVITYChristie's Giant Bowling

CHRISTIE’S GIANT BOWLING

Ever wondered what bowling is like for the ball? Step inside a giant transparent ball for a wacky and memorable experience!

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