I could not let “Q” go by without showcasing Quebec, “la belle province”. On my list of places to see in my own country is the province’s capital of the same name: Quebec City/Ville de Québec (or simply Quebec) and it’s annual winter festival of Carnaval de Quebec. I want to meet Bonhomme, the mascot of Carnaval.
Quebec City, from what I have heard, is a wonderful gem. Overlooking the St. Lawrence Seaway the city was settled by Europeans (France) in 1608 with First Nations people living in the areas for centuries before. One of the oldest cities in North America, Quebec also also retains its ramparts around the Old City (Vieux-Quebec) to this day. In 1985 the “Historic District of Old Quebec” was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
An annual and much loved event of Quebec City is its annual winter Carnaval, which runs from end of January to mid-February each year. Growing up I became familiar with images of Bonhomme and his bright red toque. Many events and activities are yours to enjoy during this 100+ year old celebration. Some things to look forward to include:
- The International Ice Sculpture Competition – amazing creations by artists around the globe
- The Snow Sculpture Competition – its not just ice that gets turned into art
- Various Night Parades throughout the weeks – with Bonhomme often leading the way
- The much loved Canoe Race on the icy waters of the St Lawrence where 60 teams in several categories compete
- Visit Bonhomme’s Ice Palace and the art it houses
- How cold can ya handle it? Find out by partaking in the Snow Bath with nothing on but your swimsuit
- Carnaval related shopping, dining, concerts and more
- Check the website on January 12, 2018 when the official program will be posted
- Don’t forget to use #CarnavalQC when posting on social media