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Quebec City's Winter Carnival

Each and every year, the winter carnival in Quebec City - known locally as the Carnaval de Quebec - draws tens of thousands of visitors from all over North America. This vibrant winter festival brings out the best of what Quebec has to offer and includes parades, extreme sports, family-friendly activities, and concerts. Winter vacationers will be able to see the Old City district in all its majesty during this festive celebration. Anyone who loves snow sculptures, canoe racing, torchlight parades, and snow rafting will delight in the activities at the Carnaval de Quebec.

Night Parades
During the winter carnival, nighttime parades are ongoing and feature a dazzling display of floats, marching bands, and dance troupes. On the first night of the carnival, visitors can take in the wonderful Charlesbourg Parade. On the following night, the Up Town Parade is full of colorful dancers, musicians, winter-themed floats, and plenty of candles.

Extreme Winter Sports
One of the highlights of the carnival is the canoe race on the Saint Lawrence River. Canoeists battle the ice-choked river in their quest for the grand prize, and the sight is quite memorable. The dogsled race through the heart of the Old City district is a favorite draw for visitors. Another family-friendly activity is the carnival snow slides. Three separate tubing corridors offer winter sports enthusiasts of all ages the opportunity to feel the thrill of high speed descent through packed snow. Snow rafting is one of the most popular activities at the carnival. Giant 12-person inflatable rafts hurtle down snowy slopes, and both children and adults will find it hard to keep from screaming in delight.

Relaxation And Fine Dining
The Arctic Spas Village is one of the favorite destinations during the winter carnival. Several large spas and hot tubs welcome families for a relaxing Scandinavian-style sauna. Bonhomme, the official Carnival King and ambassador, welcomes young and old alike for a truly scrumptious brunch at carnival's end. The brunch features a special children's dining area, games and indoor activities, and plenty of good food.

Nightlife At The Carnival
Children will have a chance to skate with Bonhomme at the outdoor rinks. The carnival ambassador also hosts Bonhomme's Ball, an elegant event held in a stately ballroom setting. The outdoor dance parties at the Ice Palace are a huge draw.

Information For Visitors
The annual winter carnival is very popular, and visitors are advised to make travel reservations well ahead of time. Most of the fine hotels in Quebec City are within walking distance of the Old City district and the center of carnival activities. Remember to dress warm for the carnival as temperatures at this time of year can drop to well below freezing.