Freezing temperatures aren’t enough to scare away the 400,000 visitors who trek to the charming city every February for what has become one of the largest winter festivals on the planet.
They come for the ice sculptures and slides, the multiple parades and the great programming and sporting events which define the carnival. They stay for the exceptional food, drink and general joie de vivre which make Quebec a unique destination in North America.
The walled city with its narrow, winding streets and centuries-old architecture gives you the feeling of having escaped to provincial France, all while being only a few hours’ drive from the Maine-Quebec border, and with the Canadian dollar lower than it has been in a long time (1 USD buys C$1.24 as of January 15, 2018), you’ll get great bang for your greenback. So tie up your winter boots, put on your tuque and your mitaines and let’s take a look at what’s made this festival a fan favorite over the years.