Message from the Prime Minister of Canada
Dear Friends, I am pleased to extend my warmest greetings to everyone taking part in the 66th Québec Winter Carnival. Winter plays an important role in our national identity. Although the season is often associated with isolation and fighting the elements, we have learned how to master it, as evidenced by this mid-winter festival, the Québec Winter Carnival. Over the course of 10 days, visitors will brave the cold and transform the city into a giant playground where the young and young-at-heart can embrace all the joys of winter in a unique festive atmosphere. I know everyone will enjoy the wide range of activities that the organizers have planned. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to wish you all a most memorable carnival. Sincerely,
The most hon. Justin P. J. Trudeau, C.P., MP; Prime Minister of Canada
Message from the Premier of Québec
Québec City, a city of snow, the ideal place for festivities, will once again sparkle and glitter during the nine days of its Winter Carnival, this coming February 7 to 16. The programming planned for this year reveals continuing attention focused on renewing the formula and enriching the scope of activities. It is therefore hardly surprising that every year, this event delivers a resounding success that spreads its renown far beyond our borders! Cultural, sports and family-centred activities, closeness to nature: the Capitale-Nationale region and its Winter Carnival hold all the assets needed to become the ideal destination for your next winter vacation. Proud of Québec City, the local populace will be glad to welcome you. Welcome to our city, welcome to the Québec Winter Carnival!
François Legault Prime Minister of Quebec
Word from the mayor of Québec City
As soon as Bonhomme Carnaval takes hold of the keys to the city, Québec City gets into the mood for celebration! This 66th Québec Winter Carnival promises to be an epic celebration with its 10 days of activities presented in a formula featuring key events for the whole family. For everyone’s enjoyment, the parades, the ice sculptures and the ice canoe race will be back. Added to these great classics are new features, such as a redesign of Bonhomme's Ice Palace, a dizzying snow slide and a crazy evening of rigodon music – plenty to enjoy winter’s fun to the fullest! Hats off to the organizers for this programming that blends boldness with tradition in both daytime and nighttime. Happy Carnival!
Régis Labeaume Mayor of Québec City