Message from the Prime Minister of Canada
Dear Friends, I am pleased to extend my warmest greetings to everyone taking part in the 65th 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 8 to 17. 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!
Word from the mayor of Québec City
With a history stretching back 65 years, the Québec Winter Carnival has not stopped growing, and continues to surprise and amuse us. More intense, more spectacular and a greater attraction than ever, it invites us to enjoy unique experiences, in harmony with our accent that is unique in the Americas. Parades that will give us plenty to see, a reinvented ice castle at the centre of the festivities, exciting activities inspired by our ancestral traditions – everything is in place to celebrate winter and enjoy the northern climate in our own way. Bring your family, bring your friends – make it a date, at the world’s largest winter carnival. Red cheeks and cheerful faces guaranteed!
Régis Labeaume Mayor of Québec City