Le Carnaval de Québec

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Activities

Some extreme activities are pursued at the winter carnival. Be prepared or just watch the fun as annual participants compete in wild winter events.

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Parades

The Night parades that circle the city have always been a very popular activity. The frenzy of the parade is palpable, and people of all ages gather in the snowy streets to take in the sights. Two night parades take place during the second and third Carnival weekends.

(Right) Thousands of spectators still celebrate and enjoy the unique experience of the Québec Winter Carnival Night Parades.


Canoe Race

Every year about 30 teams of brave canoeists gather at the shores of the St. Lawrence River, pushing off in several heats of 5 to race across the frozen waterway. The extreme canoe race on the St. Lawrence River has been held since the very first Carnival.

(Left) Five teams are kicking off from one bank of the frothy river.

Dogsled Racing

Don't miss the dogsled races! The streets of old Quebec are covered with snow and become a nordic trail for this most exciting competition. More than twenty teams are expected to participate every year in the race that runs for six kilometres.

(Right) The leading dog sledder races through the cobblestone streets with crowds cheering for him on all sides.

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