Updated: Feb 6
Quebec City, it is one of the most romantic cities in the world, and it is where North American charm meets European architecture. It is place rich with history, and a distinct flavour for fine Quebec cooking. However, the biggest event of the year is the Quebec Winter Carnival. Just a few hours from the Ontario border, this quaint city is perfect if you are looking for a weekend trip and an Ontario Adventure. In this article we are going to look at what you can do, what you can eat, and what you need to watch during the Carnaval de Quebec.
The Winter Carnival is one of the best places to experience Quebec, and you will love the ability to see Canada winter activities in action. First and foremost, you need to check out the Ice Palace. It is an entire building made of ice, and carved into the landscape. The opening and closing ceremonies happen here, and it is worth a look at during the festival. Secondly, the parade is something not to miss. It is led by the ambassador for the Quebec Winter Carnival, Bonhomme, and winds its way through the upper city. You will need to get a selfie with Bonhomme, it is a must have moment, and he is a very nice snowman. Finally, if you are one to want to dress up, the Masquerade Ball at the Chateau Frontenac will allow you to dance the night away.
Food and drink is a centre point for Quebec culture, and the Winter Carnival is no different. You will need to take a drink of warm Caribou, and allow its alcohol to warm you during the chilly nights. As well, you should start one of your mornings with the Calgary Stampede Flapjack Breakfast, and enjoy some pancakes with practically fresh Quebec maple syrup. Finally, one of the best things about the Winter Carnival is the Restaurant Partners campaign where a number of the top restaurants in Quebec City offer a fixed menu at a discounted price. If you are a fan of amazing food, and even better drinks the Quebec Winter Carnival is the place to be.
Last but not least, there are a number of races and events to take a look for during the festival. Sleigh races are an annual tradition, and happen on the Plains of Abraham throughout the festival. The races are both single and double harness, and will make for an exciting time. As well, there is possibly the craziest race of the festival, the ice canoe race. There are some great vantage points throughout the upper and lower town, and you can stay warm sipping Caribou while the racers are freezing in the St. Lawrence. Last but not least, the Quebec International Peewee Tournament is the premier peewee aged hockey tournament in the world. If you are looking to spot the next NHL star, or Olympic hero, he will be there, at the Videotron Centre.
When you are looking for great Ontario travel ideas for Canada 150, the trip across the border to Quebec is worth the trip. The Winter Carnival is the oldest winter carnival in the world, and is home to some of the most Canadian winter activities out there. Experience the premier event in Quebec City today, and see it during Canada 150th birthday this coming winter!
How to get there?
Travelling Chicken will take you to Quebec Winter Carnival as it's part of French Canada Tour. Check availability of group tours here.
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