Carnival is celebrated all over the world, but this unique Carnival takes place in the province of Quebec Canada, its the largest and best Winter Carnival in the world. The whole purpose of this celebration is to embrace winter and get people outside. This is because citizens of Quebec believe that to have an enjoyable winter you need to be lively, and they make that possible with lots of activities.
Quebec City is a beautiful European influenced city, you can read a whole post about that here. With the gorgeous architecture it makes a winter wonderland perfect for Carnival. One of the most important things about Winter Carnival in Quebec City is their ambassador Bonhomme. Some good advice I can give you is to never call him a mascot because he is very important to the city. Kids love him and consider him to be more important than Santa.
Some activities include smaller ice slides for children (I still rode them, and they were awesome). Then for adults and children there’s a huge toboggan slide behind the castle like hotel Fairmont Le Château Frontenac that reaches 40 miles per hour. Each toboggan holds up to 4 people, before riding this thrilling ride stop at 1884 for some hot chocolate! It’s good I promise!
They also have human bowling, you get into this gigantic plastic ball and roll to hit a bowling pin. There’s axe throwing, human foosball and more. While those are some of the small yet extremely fun activities, one of the classics activities is the international snow sculpture competition. Its feels like your walking through a museum of snow.
Another classic is the night parades, this years had about 30 floats and 600 participants. All the floats were super colorful and lit up the night. The last float futures Bonhomme himself waving to the crowds and thanking everyone for coming out.
Finally they have their annual ice canoe races, this sport is crazy and awesome all at the same time. With 5 people to each canoe they have to run with their canoe when on ice and row when in the water. This all takes place in the St Lawrence river and really isn’t a site to miss. You can even learn to ice canoe if your up for it yourself!
I really recommend visiting Quebec City whether you visit Winter Carnival or not. If you have been to Quebec City at all or Winter Carnival let me know what you thought and your experience in the comments!