You’d think that the snow, ice and freezing winter temperatures of Quebec, Canada would make everyone want to curl up inside and hibernate for the duration of the season. However, the exact opposite is true. The people of Quebec love winter and they really know how to celebrate the snowy season, with festivals, events, activities and much more. The biggest event of the season is the Quebec Winter Carnival – where winter is embraced with energy, music, laughter and fun.
The Quebec Winter Carnival has been held every year since 1955 and approximately one million people attended in 2006, making it one of the biggest winter celebrations in the world. The festivities include dog sled races, parades, musical performances, zip lines, games and much more.
So why should you plan a trip to Quebec City to attend this chilly fun fest? Here are some of the major reasons.
Watch the Thrilling Spectacle of the Ice Canoe Race
This competitive sport takes place on the frozen waters of the St. Lawrence River. Teams will make multiple crossings, struggling through the ice chunks to make it down the river. This is a long standing tradition that has been practiced since the beginning of the Carnival and it is very exciting to watch.
You Can Throw Snowballs at Strangers
The Battle of the Dukes is the world’s biggest snowball fight and it takes place at the Carnival every year. Release your pent up aggression by hurling fistfuls of snow at everyone you see, but be ready to be pelted with snow in return! Participants really take things seriously, building ramparts and fortifications in advance to protect themselves from enemy fire.
The Food is Delicious
Another reason to attend the Quebec Winter Carnival is the excellent food that you can enjoy at the festival. Try a Maple Toffee Pull, which is made from authentic sweet and sticky Quebec maple syrup boiled and then poured over fresh snow. The frozen maple syrup is then rolled onto a popsicle stick for a deliciously Canadian treat. Or, why not try a BeaverTail – which is made from dough that has been stretched out to resemble the tail of a beaver. It is deep fried and topped with peanut butter, maple syrup or chocolate.
You Can Admire Impressive Ice Artwork
The Quebec Winter Carnival is home to the International Snow Sculpture Competition, so take the opportunity to marvel at some of the beautiful and intricate sculptures carved from ice and snow by artists from all over the world. You will be amazed at the impressive amount of detail that these talented artists can achieve in their freezing works of art.
These are just a few of the reasons why you should check out this amazing winter festival. At the Quebec Winter Carnival 2015, you will really discover how much fun winter can be.
Information in Quebec Winter Carnival 2015
- General Admission Fee: $15
- Dates of Next Festival: January 30, 2015 – February 15, 2015
- Location: Place Desjardins, Parc des Champs-de-Bataille, Quebec, Canada
- Book your accommodation in Quebec early