Message from dignitaries

Message from the Prime Minister of Canada

Dear Friends:

I am pleased to extend my warmest greetings to everyone attending the 2018 Quebec Winter Carnival.

The Quebec Winter Carnival, which has been organized in its modern form since 1955, is the place to be to celebrate winter in an exciting and unrivaled atmosphere. Over the years, this event has become the premier destination for carnival enthusiasts from near and far, and offers a thousand and one reasons to enjoy the very best of winter. I am certain that participants will enjoy the many sporting, recreational and cultural activities that showcase Québec City’s historical and architectural heritage.

On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to congratulate the organizers on their great work and wish you all an unforgettable carnival.


The Rt. Hon. Justin P. J. Trudeau, P.C., M.P.
Prime Minister of Canada

Message from the Prime Minister of Québec

Celebrating winter is a tradition in Québec that stretches back several centuries. Sports and artistic competitions, family and folklore activities are all part of the enjoyment in which we take part during this season. In our national capital, we are proud to have the Québec Winter Carnival, a key winter event, which has been bringing us together for decades, as well as visitors from around the globe.

The familiar arrowhead sash, the spectacular ice canoe race and the International Snow Sculpture Competition, to name a few, are all reminders of our history. They have inspired us to take ownership of our winter fun and to find the opportunities to gather for these festivities. This is how the snow-laden capital and the warm hospitality of Quebecers have come to provide the most enchanting setting for the world’s greatest winter carnival.

I would like to thank all those who are involved, and who work tirelessly to promote this event both at home and abroad. I encourage all Quebecers to participate in the festivities, and I invite visitors to come out and discover our approach to enjoying a winter wonderland.

A happy Carnival to one and all!

The Premier of Québec,
Philippe Couillard

Message from the Mayor

From 1955, when Bonhomme Carnaval made his first public appearance, right up until our brand new interactive Ice Palace, every year the Québec Winter Carnival has managed to surprise us, amuse us and let us discover a thousand and one ways to enjoy all the fun of winter.

From January 26 to February 11, come out and celebrate the wintry atmosphere and festive nature of Québec City, in the spirit of our slogan l’accent d’Amérique. Along with our timeless classics, there are plenty of new features that will appeal to the young and the not-so-young alike. Laughter and pure enjoyment guaranteed!

Régis Labeaume
Mayor of Québec City 

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