Quebec Winter Carnival
A popular tradition in Quebec City for over 100 years, the Quebec City Winter Carnival takes place from January 31 to February 16 2014. Despite freezing temperatures, visitors flock in their thousands to view the ice palace, canoe race, night parade, snow sculptures, and to take part in dog sled rides, sleigh rides, ice skating and basically all things that encompass winter in Quebec. It’s the largest winter carnival in the world and well worth attending!
Quebec Winter Carnival Hotel Packages
Many hotels in Quebec City are offering attractive room only deals throughout the 2014 winter festival.
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Several Quebec City hotels are offering special packages throughout the 2014 Winter Carnival, some of which we have featured below.
Best Western Plus City Centre will have a 1 night deal for the Quebec Winter Carnival which includes accommodation, breakfast, and one Carnival effigie with rates from $134.99 per person.
The Hilton Quebec is offering a Quebec Winter Carnival package which includes a room with a view, buffet breakfast, valet parking, and a Winter Carnival ‘kit’, starting at $239 per night.
Hotel des Coutellier is offering a Carnaval special which includes a room for one night with breakfast delivered the next morning, plus one effigy per person. Rates start at $164.
Hotel Auberge du Quartier is featuring a deal for two which includes a one night stay with breakfast plus an effigy each, with prices starting at $134.
*The packages below were from the 2013 event and will be updated as new information becomes available.*
Quebec City’s most iconic luxury hotel, the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac is featuring a Winter Carnival Package which includes one night’s hotel accommodations in a Fairmont Room, buffet breakfast, plus a Winter Carnival ‘Passport’ for access to the special carnival events. Rates start at $295 per night, and the winter carnival hotel package is valid from February 1-17 2013.
Quebec City Winter Carnival Events
Throughout the 2014 Winter Carnival there will be a whole host of exciting events and activities taking place, with guaranteed fun for all ages. Bonhomme Carnaval is the famous mascot of the Quebec City winter festival, and at the Loto-Québec Zone on the Plains of Abraham you will find Bonhomme’s Ice Palace as well as live outdoor entertainment. The Plains of Abraham is one of the main Carnival venues where you can see dog sledding, ice slides, ferris wheel, ice fishing, spas, giant table soccer, sugar shack, outdoor BBQ, and sleigh rides. And if you want to go sliding on inner tubes, just make your way to Espace Hydro-Québec.
Some of the main activities take place at the weekends, and on Friday January 31 you won’t want to miss the spectacular show for the official opening of the Carnaval. Following that on Saturday February 1 there will be an opportunity to meet Bonhomme himself, take part in a snowshoe race, street curling or join a huge snowball fight, followed by an old fashioned Canadian party that evening and a midnight snow sculpture event! Sunday February 2 sees many of the same activities, so why not pay a visit to the Arctic Spas Village where you can take a hot dip, or try your hand at ice fishing, or even play a game of giant table soccer.
On the evening of Friday February 7 you can watch or even sing in Bonhomme’s Karaoke at the Loto-Québec Zone, or take in the Blues Night at the Pub St-Alexandre. On the morning of Saturday February 8 there will be a pancake breakfast Calgary Stampede style, or you can enjoy a whole host of family fun throughout the day at Faubourg St-Jean. That evening sees a special Night Parade in the Arrondissement de Charlesbourg as well as an outdoor apres ski party or Balkan Gypsy Party. The morning of Sunday February 9 sees outdoor speed skating overlooking the St Lawrence River while in the afternoon the canoe race finals round out the second weekend of the festival.
Launching the last weekend of the Carnaval will be the SAQ Queen’s Ball on the evening of Friday February 14, and in honour of Valentine’s Day there are also romantic games taking place at the Ice Palace. During the morning of February 15 you can have souvenir pictures with Bonhomme and in the afternoon be entertained by the brave participants in the Qualinet Snow Bath. A second Carnival parade takes place that evening in the Upper Town, followed by a Post Parade Party. Sunday February 16 will be the last day of the Quebec City Winter Carnival 2014, and the day starts with Bonhomme’s Brunch in the morning, with the closing ceremony taking place at 2pm.
For more information visit the official Carnaval de Quebec website at www.carnaval.qc.ca.