Quebec Winter Carnival 2021 from February 5 to 14: Cold or Not, Here I Come… or Connect!

Note: The actions taken and our deployment scenarios in the field will be adjusted according to the alert levels issued by the Government of Quebec. 

Quebec Winter Carnival 2021 from February 5 to 14: Cold or Not, Here I Come… or Connect!

Ice and snow scenery to rock the walks and a Virtual Program on YouTube

Quebec City, Monday, January 11, 2021 — With less than a month to go before the 67th Quebec Winter Carnival, presented in collaboration with Loto-Québec, today the organization unveils the complete program adapted to the current alert level issued by the Government of Quebec. Presently in a red zone, the 2021 Carnival will deploy outside only scenic elements and contemplative monuments of ice and snow.  Disseminated through the commercial arteries of the city, about a hundred sculptures (Scotiabank Ice and Snow Route) and magnificent 20-foot-high towers (Loto-Québec Ice Towers), which will represent Bonhomme’s Palace, will rock Quebecers walks. No event sites will be installed. The virtual program will be added to the Carnival YouTube Channel with, among other things, musical performances by Émile Bilodeau and Clay and Friends, mixology workshops presented by SAQ and Ungava Spirits with Monsieur Cocktail, interviews with the Winter Fanatics, quizzes and games to do at home and family mornings with Arthur L'Aventurier and Ari Cui Cui! Today, the Carnival is also launching the St-Hubert Virtual Snow Bath Challenge! The entire Carnival 2021 program is offered free of charge.

“The 67th Quebec Winter Carnival will certainly be different this year, but it will be safe and very entertaining for everyone, with hundreds of winter artworks to discover while walking in the different neighbourhoods of Quebec City, as well as a festive virtual program for the entire family to enjoy at home. We want to support people during this difficult time and give them something that will bring them joy!”, noted Mélanie Raymond, Carnival CEO.

A Thrilling Virtual Program[1]

Festive themed evenings, a way to warm up after a day spent outdoors, as well as a family program on Sunday mornings will be presented, to be watched seated comfortably in front of your screen on the Carnival YouTube Channel! Hosted by Virginie Gagnon and the friendliest co-host, the King of the Party Bonhomme Carnaval, the Carnival YouTube Channel will offer a variety of content that will appeal to all tastes!

Friday, February 5 at 7 PM -  #ColdOrNot, It’s Hot in the Cabin! – Presented by Videotron

They will be dancing at home during this crazy evening, which will bring out memories of the fun and festive atmosphere of the popular Jos’ Camp! On the schedule: Opening ceremony, a show by Émile Bilodeau with an exclusive interview presented by WKND 91.9, jig with the group En 2 Temps and a traditional tale told by Francis Désilets.

Saturday February 6 at 7 PM - #ColdOrNot, Let’s Play! – Presented by Videotron

Turn your living room into a playroom during this crazy night out! The evening kicks off in style with The Carnival with Marto Napoli, where two competitors compete in exciting challenges, followed by a Carnival quiz hosted by La Revanche, in which Carnival visitors can participate remotely, and ending with a Punch Club match, with Fabiola Aladin and Nicolas Drolet competing in a game of musical improvisations.

Sunday February 7 at 7 AM - #ColdOrNot, Wake Up – Presented by the Government of Quebec

Every kid’s favourite traveller, Arthur L’aventurier, and Bonhomme Carnaval tell the story of a winter adventure for young families! In song, Arthur L'aventurier explains how he managed to find Bonhomme Carnaval who had wandered off to the Great North. Arthur also shares his knowledge about animals and winter activities! Families will be transported in this beautiful adventure filled with rhythmic songs that warm the heart! 

Thursday, February 11 at 7 PM - #ColdOrNotWe Get Nostalgic! – Presented by Videotron

After 66 Carnivals, there is so much to be said about the world’s biggest Winter Carnival! We have planned a trip into the past with Carnival memories and a retrospective of the archives with special guests, including historian Jean Provencher

Friday, February 12 from 7 PM - #ColdOrNot, We Happy Hour! – Presented by SAQ

Carnival visitors are invited to join this evening event, glass in hand, that will appeal to epicureans, with mixology workshops presented by Ungava Spirits and hosted by Patrice Plante aka Monsieur Cocktail, a winter BBQ with the team from Boucan, and a show and exclusive interview with Clay and Friends presented by WKND 91.9! Warning: The organizers strongly advise everyone to plan a dance floor in their living rooms, as a sudden urge to boogie down may overcome you at any time.

Saturday, February 13 at 7 PM - #ColdOrNot, We Talk

For this last virtual evening, the Carnival will present exclusive interviews on subjects that are both interesting and diverse. First, the Winter Fanatics interviews in collaboration with Tourisme Jacques-Cartier will feature courageous people who don’t blink in the face of danger! Around an outdoor fire in the magnificent Jacques-Cartier region, guests Billy Rioux (winter survival in bushcraft mode), Sébastien Zappa (Wim Hof method), Jeane Beaumont-Lapointe (ice canoe), Alexandre Lemerise (fatbike) and François-Guy Thivierge (mountaineering) discuss a passion that unites them all: winter! And because everything is more interesting when it is being discussed by a drag queen, the evening will finish with a bang with the exclusive talk show We Drag and Talk, filmed at Le Drague Cabaret Club. Don’t miss the incredible stories and spectacular performances by the guest drag queens!

Sunday, February 14 from 7 AM - #ColdOrNot, Wake Up – Presented by the Government of Quebec

Ari Cui Cui invites her little snowflakes to visit her universe filled with magic, rhythm and education! Accompanied by Bonhomme Carnaval and her friend the Joyful Baker, she will get the entire family moving, dancing, singing and making crafts, and will even tell a very special story joined by Bonhomme! 

See the complete schedule and browse the interactive map here.

St-Hubert Snow Bath Virtual Challenge

At the Carnival, we are Stronger Than the Cold, so we’re not scared of a dare! Everyone is invited to take the virtual St-Hubert Virtual Snow Bath Challenge! Bonhomme is looking for generous and courageous souls who are ready to face the cold and do the virtual St-Hubert Snow Bath with him! In exchange, he will make donations to help warm up two organizations in Quebec City. This year, Bonhomme’s Carnival will provide hot meals to Le Pignon Bleu courtesy of St-Hubert, and new sets of winter accessories to people from Lauberivière. He is also inviting all his Carnival visitors to contribute to these two organizations. For all the information on the price, rules and how it works, go to the Contests section on the Carnival website

Withdrawal of Participatory Activities

In order to respect the measures put in place by the current alert level, Carnival organizers are withdrawing the participatory activities that were planned for next February from its program. There will also be no closed event venues. Families will be invited to walk freely throughout Quebec City to admire the various works of ice and snow.

Stay Safe and Cozy While Respecting Public Health Measures

The actions taken and the deployment scenarios in the field will be adjusted according to the alert levels issued by the Government of Quebec. These measures will be posted on the Carnival website and through other communications tools, and will be modified if necessary to follow any changes in the situation.

View the complete Sanitary Plan here

Thank You to Our Partners

Thank you to our Major Partners: Loto-Québec, Mondelēz Canada, SAQ, Scotiabank and Videotron, and to Laurier Québec, Sauvageau, Alex Coulombe Ltée, St‐Hubert, Ungava Spirits, Manulift and Solotech. The Carnival also counts on the support of the Government of Canada through Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions and Heritage Canada, the Government of Quebec through the Secrétariat à la Capitale-Nationale and the Ministère du Tourisme, Ville de Québec and the Office du tourisme de Québec. Finally, the Carnival would like to thank its media partners; the Sociétés de développement économique and the merchant associations that collaborated on the project, our collaborators; our various service providers; our hotel partners, notably Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Hotel Le Concorde Quebec, Hotel Chateau Bellevue, Hotel Chateau Laurier and Hilton Quebec; and of course the many volunteers, who are an essential part of the Carnival’s success!

Bonhomme can’t wait to celebrate winter with all Quebecers!

The 67th Quebec Winter Carnival will take place from February 5 to 14, 2021

Cold or Not, Here I Come… or Connect!

#carnivalqc | #strongerthanthecold #coldornot


[1] Virtual program presented in French only.

For information and interviews:
 Isabelle Boucher
 M: 418 953-0494