FAQ

  • When will the next Carnival take place?

    The 64th edition of the Québec Winter Carnival will be held from January 26th to February 11th, 2018. The Carnival parades will be held on February 3 (in Charlesbourg) and February 10 (in Upper Town).

  • Where and when can I get the Carnival Effigy?

    The Carnival Effigy* is your pass for 17 days of celebration on our major sites. Throughout December, the Effigy will be available on presale for $10 at various sales points, on our website and at the Carnival Shop. From January 1 onwards, the Effigy will be available for its regular price ($15).

    * Effigy: a little plastic figurine of Bonhomme Carnival that you wear on your coat. Sales of this figurine are the main source of Carnival funding.

  • Where and when can I get the Carnival program?

    We are currently working on the 2018 program. Stay informed by signing up for our newsletter at the bottom of this website’s home page.

  • Where can I find tourist information?

    Call Info-Carnival toll-free at 1 866 422-7628 for information about the Carnival’s program, for a hotel reservation, or for more specific information you’ll need to plan your stay.

    Feel free to visit the Québec City TourismTourisme Québec Web and Groupe Voyages Québec websites.

    An information center will be available on site and in the Information Chalet during the Carnival.

  • I need promotional material for my classroom. Whom should I contact?

    The school kit is available on our Website in School Zone. Just print it out and make photocopies for your students.

  • Will there be a place where I can get warmed up?

    All sites will be outdoors, so the activities will take place almost entirely outside. However, you can warm up in several locations. Details regarding the 2018 edition are to be determined.

  • I’d like to see Bonhomme during the Carnival. Where should I go?

    Bonhomme will be on hand for all major Carnival activities, notably during the special weekend activities (e.g., parade, canoe race, snow bath, etc.). From start to finish, he’ll be walking around everywhere on the sites. Feel free to ask at the Info-Carnival for more information.

  • Where are the Carnival sites?

    The Carnival has decided to offer most of its themed activities over five sites that are within walking distance of one another: place de l’Assemblée-Nationale, the parc de l’Esplanade, the parc de la Francophonie, the parc de l’Amérique-Française and the Grande Allée.

    Click here to dowload the 2018 Carnival map (French). 

  • What routes will be taken by the two night parades?

    Details to come. 

  • Can I get a meal on-site?

    Details to come. 

  • Will there be special access for the mobility impaired?

    No special access routes are available to the mobility impaired as all our sites are outdoors. Nonetheless, to ensure easy and secure access to our sites, snow and ice will be cleared from all routes leading to the different activities. Mobility impaired persons are allowed on our sites, but may struggle to get around. Dedicated bathrooms are available near the Plains of Abraham, at the Maison de la découverte. For security reasons, all motorized vehicles are prohibited on Carnival sites. Also note that the Quebec Winter Carnival is a partner of the Tourist and Leisure Companion Sticker for the National Capital region. If you have special needs, please write to us to let us know.

  • Will there be washrooms and tables for baby changing?

    Public restrooms are available on all Carnival sites. Details to come.

  • Should we book ahead for certain activities?

    Most activities require no reservation—simply wear your Effigie (the Carnival pass). However, you must buy a special ticket to attend the Restaurant Partners’ Cocktail or to try out the Night Parade or Canoe Race VIP experiences. For more information, contact the Info-Carnaval Center at 1 866 422-7628.

  • Where can I buy Carnival decorations and souvenirs?

    Carnival souvenirs and ornaments are available on our online store. During the event, shops will offer Carnival products at various sites. 

  • I’d like to go to the Carnival. Which weekend would suit me best?

    The program of the 2018 edition has not yet been announced. Sign up for our newsletter to stay informed and to learn the schedule of the Carnival sites as soon as it’s announced.

  • Can I bring my dog to the Carnival sites?

    Yes, you can bring your dog, on a leash, to the Carnival sites but not inside the tent.

  • Is it possible to rent or buy a costume of Bohomme?

    No costume of Bohomme is available for renting or buying. For any other souvenir, please visit our online shop.

  • What is the schedule for Carnival sites?

    The program of the 2018 edition has not yet been announced. Sign up for our newsletter to stay informed and to learn the schedule of the Carnival sites as soon as it’s announced.

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