It's up to you! The first weekend kicks off the celebrations with the Ice Canoe Race and the first of two Parades, but the second weekend features its own set of amazing activities. Check out the full program for more information.
Dogs are barred from the Loto-Québec Zone and Jos' Camp Presented by Videotron.
The five scenes each feature a unique performance. They travel along Grande Allée from avenue des Érables to place George-V, stopping periodically at six chosen stations for simultaneous five-minute shows. Once the scenes set off for the next station, roving performances temporarily take over to entertain spectators. CHECK OUT THE PARADE ACCESS PAGE in the Programming section of our website to locate the 6 Parade stations.
Our sites are found at the heart of Old Quebec. Our main sites are the parc de la Francophonie and place George-V, but several activities take place elsewhere. For more information, check out the sites map.
Bonhomme attends all major Carnival activities, including the special weekend activities (e.g. the Parades, the Canoe Race, the Snow Bath, etc.). He also visits the sites throughout the Carnival, chiefly the Loto-Québec Royal Court. For more information, refer to the program or head to the Info-Carnaval kiosk on Grande Allée.
The Carnival Effigy is your ticket for most of our activities over the 10 days of the event. This small plastic representation of Bonhomme Carnaval is designed to be hung on your coat. Effigy sales are the Carnival's main source of funding. The Effigy is currently available for $15 (taxes included) in participating Couche-Tard locations across the Quebec City region. It will also be sold for the same price at the entrance to Carnival sites during the event.
The 65th edition of the Quebec Winter Carnival will take place from February 8 to 17, 2019.
At the souvenir shops set up on the Carnival sites during the event (February 8 to 17, 2019). Ornaments and souvenirs are also available year-round at the Carnival boutique inside our offices (open on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.).
No special access routes are available for mobility-impaired persons as all our sites are outdoors. Nonetheless, to ensure easy and secure access to our sites, snow and ice is cleared from all routes leading to our various activities. Mobility-impaired persons are allowed on our sites, but may have to contend with difficult terrain. For security reasons, all motorized vehicles are barred from Carnival sites. The Quebec Winter Carnival is proud to implement the Tourist and Leisure Companion Sticker for the National Capital region. If you have special needs, please write to us and let us know.
We tolerate lunches/snacks and non-alcoholic beverages on Carnival sites, but drinking or eating outside food is not allowed in areas where foodstuffs are sold (Jos' Cabin at Jos' Camp Presented by Videotron, and the SAQ Bistro at the Loto-Québec Zone). These sales points offer various foods and beverages.
All our sites are outdoors, so most activities take place outside. However, you can warm up inside Jos' Cabin at Jos' Camp Presented by Videotron, and inside the SAQ Bistro at the Loto-Québec Zone.
Some game booklets are available in the Teachers section of our website. Simply print them out and copy them for your students. You may also order posters and Effigies from previous Carnivals by emailing Old Effigies are available for $0.12 per unit, plus shipment costs.
Call 1 866 422-7628 for any inquiry regarding the Carnival. For a hotel reservation or if you need more specific information to plan your stay, call 1 877 783-1608. When planning your stay, consider browsing the websites of Québec City Tourism, Tourisme Québec and Groupe Voyages Québec. During the event, information is also available at the Info-Carnaval kiosk on Grande Allée.
Our program is available online in the Program section of our website. A paper version will be released in mid-January and will be available at the Carnival offices and from various display stands across the Quebec City region.
Not only is Bonhomme unique, he’s made entirely of snow! As you might expect, this means no Bonhomme costume is available for rental or sale.
The following items are allowed at the Sapporo EDM Evening: · Crumpable plastic water bottles · Disposable or non-professional cameras, or non-professional digital video cameras · Small backpacks or handbags · Guide dogs or service dogs · Light snacks in a flexible container · Binoculars · Prescription drugs The following items are banned at the Sapporo EDM Evening: · Alcohol · Drugs or related accessories · Chairs · Edged or blunt weapons · Pets (dogs, cats, etc.) · Accessories with decorative studs or bullets · Any kind of stick or ball · Glass bottles · Cans · Video equipment, professional cameras or drones · Fireworks or firecrackers · Water guns · Coolers, thermoses, canteens or rigid containers made of plastic, glass or metal · Large, camping-style backpacks · Musical instruments · Megaphones · Any item intended for sale/a promotional use, except with a written agreement signed by the Quebec Winter Carnival · Inflatable items (rubber boat, life buoy, etc.) · Camera stands, selfie sticks, tripods and similar items · Laser pointers · Tents · Umbrellas · Strollers · Audio recorders