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Quebec City's Famous Winter Carnival Is Still Happening This Year, Here's What To Expect

The famous (terrifying?) Bonhomme will still be making an appearance.
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Quebec City's Famous Winter Carnival Is Still Happening This Year, Here's What To Expect

Despite pandemic lockdowns, restrictions, and a curfew, the province's most famous winter activity, the Quebec City Winter Carnival, is still on for 2021. While there will be no traditional ice palace or parade this year, attendees will still be able to enjoy a wide array of online and outdoor activities. 

"We want to support people during this difficult time and give them something that will bring them joy!" Mélanie Raymond, the Carnival's CEO, said in a statement.

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The 67th Quebec Winter Carnival will certainly be different this year, but it will be safe and very entertaining for everyone.

Mélanie Raymond, Carnival CEO

The famous Bonhomme will still be making appearances throughout the event.

There will be no permanent installations where people can congregate. Instead, several "outside-only scenic elements and contemplative monuments of ice and snow" will be spread out throughout Quebec City. 

These outdoor installations consist of "about a hundred sculptures and magnificent 20-foot-high towers, which will represent Bonhomme’s Palace." 

The sculptures will connect the "Limoilou, Saint-Roch, Saint-Sauveur and Saint-Jean-Baptiste's districts and special well known picturesque areas of Québec City, such as Place D'Youville, Place Jean-Béliveau, Cartier Avenue, Maguire Avenue, Grande Allée, Québec Old City and Petit Champlain."  

You could also win $2,000 in cold hard cash if you are "like the Bonhomme, stronger than the cold," and walk around to see the sculptures in frighteningly low temperatures.

Along with themed online events streamed for free on YouTube, this edition of the Carnival of Quebec will have a little something for everyone. 

Quebec City Winter Carnival

Price: Free!

When: February 5 –14, 2021

Address: Online and throughout Quebec City

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