Quebec Winter Carnival is happening right now!
The annual Quebec Winter Carnival will be putting on its snowshoes and heading outdoors for a special Anniversary celebration! This incredible event is the essence of all things “winter” (and possibly also all things Canadian). Here’s a rundown of all there is to see and do at Le Carnaval de Quebec!
This year marks the 62nd celebration of the modern Carnival, and the planners have quite the event in mind– the largest snowball fight ever, the Battle of the Dukes! On February 1, more than 6,000 people are expected to gather to participate, and you could be one of them, so bring your gloves!
Of course, there’s no discussing the Winter Carnival without mentioning the Ice Palace and Ice Hotel. This year’s Palace is 40% bigger than the 2015 edition, a 40-foot-tall structure made of more than 300 tons of ice. The breathtaking Ice Hotel is made up of a mind-numbing 15,000 tons of snow and 500,000 tons of ice, and it’s the only hotel made entirely of ice in all of North America. Are you and your sweetheart newly engaged and looking for a one-of-a-kind winter wonderland wedding? The Hotel even has an ice chapel where weddings are held! If you’re picturing your nuptials there now, take a 3-Day Quebec Winter Carnival (Ice Hotel) Tour from New York to get you up close and personal with this winter wonder!
The other things to do are almost endless– in addition to watching one-of-a-kind tournaments like the international ice-sculpting competitions and a snowmobile racing Grand Prix. If this winter wonderland sounds like your kind of place, be sure to check out the Carnival’s web site for a full schedule, history, and list of activities so that you can plan your trip around the things that most appeal to you! But don’t just take our word for it – here’s what the event organizers have to say:
“People will have the opportunity to participate in a curling tournament and witness a lumberjack competition on 3rd Avenue, enjoy a festive atmosphere with DJs and lighting before the second Parade on Cartier Street, fly down Grande Allee on a zipline extending from the Dagobert to the St-Hubert or relive the atmosphere of Ste-Therese Streets and Voutes chez Ti-Pere in Quartier Petit-Champlain.”
Book your Winter Carnival tour before things start to thaw. TakeTours.com offers departures from New York, New Jersey, and Montreal, and all multi-day tours also include hotel reservations!