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Canadian Winter Carnivals

15 Cities celebrate and invite you to join them in hailing
 the return of the sun and longer days with fun and frolic 

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Quebec City
the world's largest
 During the first two weeks of February, the entire city of Quebec celebrates the world's largest winter carnival with the giant snowman Bonhomme Carnaval and his prankster minions the Knuks. The event's number one celebrity, Bonhomme plays a central role in all Carnival activities.
The main Carnival attractions are located in the heart of Old Québec and draw nearly 1,000,000 visitors over 17 consecutive days every year. 
Be sure to sport the traditional iconic ceinture fléchée or "arrow sash."  You can also watch or be part of the bathing-suit snow dive, a canoe race across the St. Lawrence, shimmering night parades and fireworks, and an international snow-sculpture competition and more is the official site
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Whistler, B.C.

9 days mid April 

Find big air, big beats and big hits at North America's largest winter sports event 
eatures 28 major ski and snowboard events, more than 3,000 athletes, 50 live bands, an outdoor photographer showdown and dog parades. The biggest competition is the  World Snowboarding Championship. TELUS is the name of major sponsor

The North American Snowsports Journalists Association named this event the best Winter Carnival of the West sharing the podium honors with the Quebec Carnival as best in the East more

Contact: (800) 766-0449 official event site SEARCHWORLD+SKI+SNOWBOARD+FESTIVAL+Whistler

Iqaluit, Nunavut

1st week in April 

Each spring, the people of Iqaluit come together to celebrate with the Toonik Tyme Festival A festival celebrating the return of the sun -- and longer days. Toonik is the mythical herald of spring and sightings are common if generally unconfirmed during the festival.
Cultural events, outdoor games, an igloo-building competition, dog-sledding competitions, a seal hunt and community feast, snowmobile races, community concerts, such outdoor Inuit games as harpoon throwing and the whip crack. A golf tournament on sea ice, a 180-km snowmobile race and the uphill snowmobile climb draw the most spectators.
Iqalit (also known as Frobisher Bay) is the tiny capital of the newly proclaimed Canadian region of Nunavut
Nunavut Tourist Office:
t 867 979-6551, 800 491 7910

SEARCHTOONIK+TYME+Iqalui ranks Toonik Tyme as Canada's 2nd best Winter Carnival after Quebec and in the top 60 overall surpassing even the world's largest Winter Carnival (see above)


Last weekend in March
proud to be the coldest winter carnival

Known as a spring event with winter weather, the average temperature is -25C. The largest winter carnival in N.W.T. features the Canadian Championship dog sledding derby, snowmobile races, aboriginal sports demonstrations that test flexibility and strength, a tea-boiling competition and an ice-sculpting contest. The majority of events are outside at a frozen lake. Bring warm clothing.
www. the diamond capital of North America 



2 weeks in mid February

Known as "the toughest race on Earth," this 1,600-kilometre sled dog race between Fairbanks, Alaska, and Whitehorse, runs along trails that were first used by fur traders and gold seekers. During the race, which can take as long as 14 days, temperatures can dip as low as -62C.
Dogsled mushing photo


Calgary, Alta.

10 days mid Feb. 

Conceived during the '88 Olympics, this festival features events across the city, including a Funzone for children, activities in heated tents. Roving
Clowns, magicians & face painters 
Outdoor races - dependent on weather conditions ||

Saskatoon, Sask.

2 days mid Feb. 

Celebration of winter time in the prairies. Activities include hockey and card tournaments, bingos, snowmobile rally, pancake breakfast,  wiener roast, fishing derby and curling bonspiel. snow sculptures, sleigh and pony rides, children's entertainment, skating and a huge Christmas-tree bonfire.
Contact: (306) 227-7091  


Saint-Boniface, Man.

9 days mid Feb. 

Celebrating the fur-trade era in western Canada, this winter event features contemporary French Canadian, Acadian, Cajun, Celtic and Aboriginal music. St-Boniface is Winnipeg's French Quarter. help recreate the "joie de vivre" of the fur traders. Enjoy this special place of sights, ceremony and celebration, a reflection of Canada's unique French-Canadian heritage, and a showcase of historic and cultural treasures. Snow sculptures, skating along Red River and dog-sled races will be fun for all.
Contact: (204) 233-2556



3 days mid- Feb. 

A Toronto-wide winter celebration with live cultural performances, ice shows and sculptures, and inflatable villages.
Along with its traditional North Pole location of Mel Lastman Square, Winterfest with its many children's activities the City of Toronto now offers a South Pole destination at Nathan Phillips Square in the heart of downtown Toronto caters more to young people and adults and young people  


Ottawa/Hull region

Weekends in  Feb. 

Founded in 1979 by the National Capital Commission (NCC) as a means of celebrating Canada's unique northern climate and culture Skate on the canal, take in the fantasy on ice or the snow cinema, the extreme trampoline ski-and-snowboard show and the single-block, ice-carving competition. 

The Story of the Ice Hogs

Magical Timeless Animals
Mysterious Winter Creatures
Summer Hibernation?
Ice Hogs Meet Winterlude
A Family Affair
The Ice Hog Version of a Tropical Getaway!
Do You Believe?

  • The Ice Hog Family , Winterlude's loveable mascots, travel to the Nation's Capital every winter to celebrate Winterlude. The members of the family are Mama and Papa Ice Hog and their children, Noumi and Nouma.
  • The many Winterlude activity venues are accessible every day (except Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau (Hull area), which is closed Mondays and Tuesdays); however, special activities take place over all three Winterlude weekends.
  • Most Winterlude activities are free of charge, but registration and admission fees may apply to certain sporting events and shows.  

Ile Ste-Hélène, Montreal

Enjoy ice sculptures, tobogganing and skating on Montreal's Parc des Iles a This city is almost guaranteed to provide snow for lots of outdoor fun. Easy to get to on the metro, go to the Jean-Drapeau metro station  ice sculpture contest, see the life-size exhibits at the Biosphere, learn about early days at Stewart Museum's Fort Pleasant, take a look at farm animals 


New Brunswick

3 days mid Feb

It's an outdoor extravaganza of parades, ice sculptures, sleigh rides, skiing, ice fishing and just about any other kind of winter fun you can imagine.
Skate on frozen ponds or tour the region's world-renowned snowmobile circuits. Sleigh rides, a torch-lit parade, snow sculptures, snow volleyball and ice fishing are also annual events.
Contact: (800) 459-3131 404? official city site
Halifax, N.S.

3 days mid Feb. 

The youngish Annual Winterfest features more than 10 venues. The biggest winter carnival in Atlantic Canada and the only three-day Winterfest east of Quebec City is gearing up to once again be Downtown Halifax most memorable annual celebration. Check out the Snow Bath launches the festival, toboggan relay, ice-sculpture competition and snow-volleyball competition. Most events are free.
Contact: (902) 490-6776 ||SEARCH
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Charlottetown, P.E.I.

3 days mid Feb.

Most of the events will be held at the Charlottetown Civic Centre, (which make lack of show no problema) This arena/ trade centre provides the perfect venue for a host of nearly 40 activities.
An opening-day skating show, ice sculpting, a seniors' jamboree, lip sync competition, adult dance and cosmic bowling.  i
Contact: (902) 892-5708 || SEARCH WINTER+CARNIVAL+Charlottetown 

Conception Bay South,

first week of Feb. 

An annual winter carnival that kicks off with rival high schools facing off at the hockey rink. Due to snow shortages over the past few years, a snowball softball tournament is planned, but likely to be played in spring-like weather. 
The Town of Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador's largest town, the 21,000 residents enjoy the best weather in the region, a spectacular view of Conception Bay, and excellent recreational opportunities
Contacts: (709) 834-6548 ||SEARCH WINTERFEST+Conception++Newfoundland
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