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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.
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.
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.
Access for people with impaired mobility are still in conception, more details to come. The Québec Winter Carnival is proud to implement the Tourist and Leisure Companion Sticker for the Quebec City area. If you have any special needs, don’t hesitate to contact 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 bonhomme@carnaval.qc.ca. 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.
Items allowed at the Sapporo Electro Frette and the Pepsi Hip Hop Evening event include: · Reusable water bottles · Disposable or non-professional cameras and non-professional digital cameras · Small backpacks or handbags · Guide dogs or service dogs · Light snacks in a flexible container · Binoculars · Prescription medications Items banned at the Sapporo EDM evening event include: · Alcohol · Drugs or related accessories · Chairs · Edged or blunt weapons · Pets (dogs, cats, etc.) · Accessories with decorative studs or bullets · Any type of bat, stick or ball · Glass bottles · Cans · Video equipment, drones or professional cameras · Fireworks or firecrackers · Water guns · Large, camping-style backpacks · Musical instruments · Megaphones · Any items intended for sale/promotion, except with written and signed permission from the Québec Winter Carnival · Inflatable objects (dinghy, life buoy, etc.) · Camera stands, selfie sticks, tripods or similar items · Laser pointers · Tents · Umbrellas · Strollers · Audio recorders
The Parade goes along Grande Allée, from Avenue des Érables to Honoré-Mercier at René-Lévesque on February 8 and 15, 2020. You can find a map of the parades in the Program section of our website.
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 bonhomme@carnaval.qc.ca. For example, some school boards wish to have Effigies for their Carnival and Effigies are also collected by some people.