Carnival weekend features Flapjacks, a parade, and ice canoe races

The Calgary Stampede is scheduled to hit Quebec City’s Carnival early in the morning on Saturday, February 9 with the annual Flapjack Breakfast that kicks off at 9:30 a.m. at Place d’Youville. While you might have to dance in line for a bit, there’s always plenty on the grill. Last year, the Calgary folks served 5,000 breakfasts.
Calgary, Alberta, and Quebec City are twin cities; they have been celebrating together for over 50 years, since 1956.
On Friday, February 8 catch the ice canoe preliminaries beginning at 6 p.m. on Rue St-Joseph. Before heading out on the St. Lawrence, teams have to test their ability to work together on the ice and snow on land. Make sure to wear warm socks and mittens for what is always an exciting event!
This year’s invited guests are from Nice, France. Enjoy a night of dancing to Big Band Azur, from Nice, at 8 p.m. at the Tente Métro not far away.
If country music is more your style, then check out Surboum and the outdoor dance party at Place Loto-Québec; the party begins at 8 p.m.
Saturday night is the first parade; the floats leave their starting gate at 7 p.m. from Blvd. Louis-XIV in Charlesbourg (formerly 80th Ave.) and will head along Henri-Bourassa, Isaac-Bédard and 1e Ave.
Night owls are in for a treat! Dress warmly and take a tour of the work of international ice sculpture teams as they work all night long on the Plains of Abraham! Sculpt the Night Away begins at midnight.
Sunday is race day! Get to the port of Québec early to get a good spot and watch the action as the ice canoe teams compete in the icy river currents of the St. Lawrence. The race begins at 1:30 p.m. at Bassin Louise.
The Carnival always attracts a crowd
The fun begins when you’re walking the snowy streets of old Quebec amidst the colourful crowd of carnival-goers. Parking can be a pain, so why not leave the car behind? Many of Quebec City’s major bus routes stop close by Pace d’Youville. If you’re planning a family outing, why not let your adolescents plan the bus trip, if they know the route? For information on bus routes, visit