FAQ

  • When is the next Carnival?

    The 63th edition of the Québec Winter Carnival will be held from January 27 to February 12, 2017. The Carnival parades will be held on February 4th (Charlesbourg) and February 11th (Upper Town).

  • Where and when can I get the Carnival program?

    The Bonhomme Effigy* will be your pass to 17 days of festivities. From December 1 through 31, 2016, the Effigy is available on presale for $10 (taxes included) at participating Couche-Tard and Uniprix locations in the Quebec City area, at Bonhomme’s Shop and online. Starting January 1, 2017, you may buy Effigies for their regular price of $15 (taxes included) at the following locations: Couche-Tard. Uniprix;. Bonhomme’s Shop, The entrance of Carnival sites (after the Carnival is launched on January 27, 2017), Participating hotels and stores.

    * 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?

    The complete program will be online in January 2017.

  • Where can I get tourist information?

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

    Feel free to visit the Website of the Québec City Area Tourism and Convention BureauTourisme Québec Web site and Groupe Voyages Québec.

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

  • 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. You can get warmed up, however, inside the Services Tent located on Loto-Québec Zone site or on Bonhomme's World Site.

  • 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 Carnival map (French). 

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

    The first Parade will be presented on February 4 (Charlesbourg) and the second Parade (Upper Town), on February 11. 

    Click here to download the Charlesbourg Night Parade path.

    Click here to download the Upper Town Night Parade path.

  • Can I get a meal on-site?

    Yes, various foodstuffs are available at the Loto-Québec Zone, at Bonhomme’s World and at Jos’ Camp Presented by Videotron.

    If you bring your own lunch, you may only eat it inside the Services Tent, at Bonhomme’s World.

  • Will there be special access for the mobility impaired?

    No special access will be available for those with reduced mobility because all sites will be outside. Nonetheless, to ensure security and site access, snow and ice will be cleared from all routes to the different activities. Access is allowed but the sites will hardly be accessible. There will also be washrooms for the disabled near the plains of Abraham, at La Maison de la Découverte. For security reasons, all motorized vehicles are prohibited on the Carnival sites. If you have special needs, please let us know by writing us.

  • Will there be washrooms and tables for baby changing?

    Public restrooms are available on all Carnival sites and a changing table can be found in Bonhomme’s World Site, at the parc de l’Esplanade.

  • 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 the Loto-Québec Zone and on the Grande Allée.

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

    The Carnival will last 17 days. Each weekend will be packed with activities for every possible taste and for the whole family. The first weekend will feature an opening ceremony. The high points of the second weekend will be the Night Parade in Charlesbourg (Quebec City), the Canoe Race and the International Snow Sculpture Competition. Finally, the third weekend will feature the Snow Bath, the Night Parade in Upper Town, in addition to all the activities that are continually happening throughout the Carnival. In short, any of the three weekends will treat you to a wide range of winter’s frosty pleasures!

  • 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.

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