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The Quebec Winter Carnaval

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The Quebec Winter Carnaval

The Quebec Winter Carnaval

From Friday, February 8, 2019 to Sunday, February 17, 2019 February 8, 2019 February 17, 2019 Auberge Saint-Antoine

Friday, february 8th 2019 marks the start of the traditional Quebec Winter Carnival, a diverse program of many activities bound to delight young and not-so-young alike!


There’s a long history of celebrations spanning from late January to mid-February in Quebec City. In the worldwide capital of snow, the first large-scale winter carnival took place in 1894. A population often faced with harsh winters used these festivities to warm their hearts during the cold season. The Carnival would go on to resurface every once in a while until the second half of the century, occasionally interrupted by events such as both world wars and the Great Depression.

In 1954, a group of Quebec City businessmen decided to bring the Carnival back to further the region's economic development. The first edition of the modern Quebec Winter Carnival took place in 1955, and Bonhomme was chosen as its representative. Very soon, the Carnival became a must-see for the local population and a crucial driver of tourism in the city. Nowadays, the Quebec Winter Carnival is a major winter event and an engine driving the Quebec economy and lifestyle during the cold season.

Throughout the years, the Carnival enhanced its program with many winter sports and activities derived from the traditional Québécois way of life. Over time, the event created its own rich universe and traditions inspired by its French-Canadian roots.


Red clothes, songs, the arrow sash, Bonhomme’s Effigy and the little shot of caribou that gets you  in the mood are all time-honored traditions going back to the origin of the Carnival, and sometimes earlier.

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