The Largest Winter Carnival in the World

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Bonhomme's Ice Palace in front of the walls of Old Quebec City

Since the beginning of the French colony, the habitants of New France created a rowdy tradition of getting together just before Lent to eat, drink and be merry. The custom of celebrating from the end of January until mid-February has long been popular.

The first large winter Carnival in Quebec City, the world's snow capital, took place in 1894.