From the end of January to mid-February, the Québec Winter Carnival takes over the city. If you're looking for winter magic, it's hard to beat the largest winter festival in the world. With so many events and attractions, it's hard to know where to start, but we've rounded up the best kid-tested activities for winter fun.
Visit Bonhomme’s World!
Bonhomme Carnaval, a friendly snowman, has been the Winter Carnival’s official mascot since 1955! Head to Bonhomme’s World for tons of kid-friendly fun. From a petting zoo and playground to floor hockey and life-size foosball, there’s something to keep every kid happy and active. You may even spot Bonhomme Carnaval himself!
Ride the mechanical moose
A fun Canadian twist on the mechanical bull, give riding a mechanical moose a go during your visit to the Winter Carnival!
Play in the snow at Valcartier
As if the largest winter festival wasn’t enough, Québec City is also home to the largest winter playground! Valcartier’s winter wonderland boasts over 35 snow slides, skating paths, snow rafting, and more.
Stay at the Ice Hotel
If you want to eat, sleep (literally) and breathe winter while you’re in Québec City, stay at the Hôtel de Glace. Spend the night surrounded by ice and warm up in the outdoor hot tubs or by the cozy fireplaces inside. If sleeping in an igloo isn’t your thing, you can always stop by for a daytime visit when the hotel is open to visitors.
Try the maple syrup taffy
Maple syrup taffy is the ultimate Québécois winter treat, made by drizzling cooked maple syrup over snow and then rolling it onto a wooden stick as it hardens. Yum!
Book a Flytographer shoot
Get everyone in the photo with a Flytographer shoot. This was their daughters' first international vacation, so Samantha and Andy hired Flytographer Francis to photograph these memorable family moments.
“Francis was so much fun. My daughters loved him and he made us all very comfortable.” - Samantha