Plan your stay


The 66th Québec Winter Carnival will take place February 7–16, 2020.
At souvenir and merchandise boutiques set up at Carnival sites during the event (February 7–16, 2020). You can also purchase these items at our online boutique all year long or in the boutique located at our Québec Winter Carnival offices, open from January 7 to February 14, 2020.
The sites are located in the heart of Old Quebec. The main sites are the Parc de la Francophonie, Place Assemblée-Nationale and Place George-V, but some activities take place elsewhere.
Bonhomme attends all the major Carnival activities, including the special events on the weekends (Parades, Canoe Race, Snow Bath, etc.). He also walks around the sites during the Carnival and spends a lot of time at the Bonhomme Ice Palace, where he offers Photos with Bonhomme. He will also be at the Domaine de Maizerets for a few visits on Friday 14, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February. Bonhomme will be at Place D’Youville for Skating Sessions with Bonhomme on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7 PM to 8 PM. For more information, check the program or visit the Info-Carnival booth on Grande Allée.
The Carnival Effigy, a plastic image of Bonhomme Carnaval that you can attach to your coat, is your ticket to most of the 10 days of activities. The Effigy is available at the entrances to Carnival sites, in participating Couche-Tard stores and online. It will be sold for $10 during the presale period spanning November 18, 2019 to January 19, 2020. From January 20 to February 16, 2020, the Effigy will be available for the regular price of $20.
All of our sites are outdoors and can be difficult to access depending on the weather. However, for security and accessibility reasons we clear snow from the entrances of all activities. People with reduced mobility can enter the sites, but access routes may be difficult to navigate. For safety reasons, motorized vehicles are not recommended on Carnival sites, and we strongly suggest that you be assisted by an accompanying person. Different areas, such as the SAQ Bistro and the shops, have ramps. - Loto-Québec Zone: Flat site, accessible with a layer of snow - Jos’ Camp by Videotron: Flat site, accessible with a layer of snow - Christie North Slope: Sloping site, difficult to access. Possibility with an accompanying person. Specific areas are designed for people with reduced mobility for the Pepsi Hip Hop Evening, the Sapporo Électro Frette the 2 Hydro-Québec Parade. - Access to the Pepsi Hip Hop Evening will be at the main entrance of the Loto-Québec Zone. - For the Sapporo Électro Frette, access will be on Rue de la Chevrotière - For the Hydro-Québec Parade, access will be at the main entrance to the Loto-Québec Zone - To access these areas, you must reserve your place by calling 418-626-3716, 72 hours in advance. In addition, the Quebec Winter Carnival is proud to subscribe to the Companion Leisure Card (CAL) of the Capitale-Nationale region. For all special requests, do not hesitate to write to us.
The Québec Winter Carnival allows snacks and non-alcoholic beverages on its sites, but they cannot be consumed at food sales points (Chalet Unibroue at Camp Jos presented by Videotron, Soup Cabane at Christie North Slope and SAQ Bistro at the Loto-Québec Zone). The Québec Winter Carnival offers its own food and beverage options on its sites.
Dogs are not allowed on Carnival sites.
Since the sites are outdoors, almost all the activities take place outdoors. However, in 2019, people were able to warm up in Jos’ Cabin at Jos’ Camp by Videotron and at Bistro SAQ in the Loto-Québec Zone.
Game booklets are available on our website in the Teachers section. Simply print them out and make copies for your students. You can also order past Effigies and posters by emailing Old Effigies cost $0.25 each plus shipping.
Call 1-866-422-7628 for information about the Carnival. To reserve a hotel room or to obtain specific information about your stay, call 1-877-783-1608. You can also visit the Quebec City Tourism and Tourisme Québec websites to plan your stay. During the event, you can also visit our Info-Carnaval kiosk on Grande Allée.
The online program is available in the Program section on our website in mid-December. It will also be available in paper form at the Carnival offices and in various displays in the Québec City area as of mid-January 2020. There will also be several programs at the Information Cabane on the Québec Carnival site.
A changing table is available in the Bistro SAQ. Strollers are allowed but discouraged for safety (snow-covered sites) and accessibility (difficulty getting around in crowds) reasons.
Not only is Bonhomme unique, he’s also made entirely of snow! So not surprisingly, there are no Bonhomme costumes for sale or rent. For any other Carnival souvenirs, we invite you to visit the Carnival Boutique or purchase our products on site during the event.
Of course! Effigies from the previous year are available at a cost of $0.25 each (shipping costs excluded). To place an order, you can call 418-626-3716 or write to For example, some school boards wish to have Effigies for their Carnival and Effigies are also collected by some people.