Old Quebec City and surroundingsThe unavoidables
Culture and family
Carnaval de Québec
The Quebec Winter Carnival, a tradition 63 years strong, showcases the best the cold season has to offer through sports, family activities and celebrations by the dozen. In 2017, Night Parades, giant games, gourmet pleasures, colorful challenges and many other activities light up Quebec City from January 27 to February 12! The King of the festivities, Bonhomme Carnaval, joins visitors on the sites and at his Palace, a massive monument made entirely out of ice. Bonhomme spreads the festive spirit and solidarity everywhere he goes! When he's not celebrating at the Carnival, he's directly supporting dozens of good causes and organizations with the Duchesses, the event's other ambassadors. The Carnival is the largest wintertime attraction in Quebec City and fully deserves its place among the most prestigious winter festivals on Earth.
To learn more about the Carnival, check out carnaval.qc.ca.
Located at the foot of the cliffs of Cap Diamant, discover the Quartier Petit-Champlain, with his cultural and historical heritage. Romantic atmosphere, you will find shops and craft workshops, as well as renowned restaurants.
Fêtes de la Nouvelle France
It's a unique and festive historical event showcasing 17th and 18th century America.
August 1st to August 5th 2018.
Thanks to its historical and entertaining atmosphere, its numerous activities for gourmets and its 400 shows, reenactments and lectures, the Fêtes de la NouvelleFrance festival celebrates with both pomp and humour the historical period that gave to Québec city its major role in the history of the continent. Hundreds of artists, crafters and interpreters bring life to this rich cultural heritage. Festive, historical, gastronomical are thus the three words that summarize the idea behind this festival.
At the Festival, you will be immersed in the New France era: 18thcentury soldiers stand guard as merchants do business inside the fortified tenaille of the Arsenal. There's no better reason to savour summer every day thanks to the great barbecue and to numerous local products tasting kiosks. And why not celebrate lovely summer evenings to the sound of our music shows?
L'Aquarium de Québec
Dive into the sea, in Québec City. Come and meet the 10,000 marine animals that inhabit the Aquarium: fish, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, and sea mammals. Among them, polar bear, walruses, and seals will provide you with unique moments. Watch them when they're feeding or being trained. A fascinating experience for young and old alike! This huge site (16 hectares) has superbly laid out areas indoors and outdoors. Come for a picnic, cool off with the water games, and navigate the Tree-to-Tree pathway-safe and designed for kids. A great way to spend an exceptional day !
Festival d'opéra de Québec
The 8th Festival d'opéra de Québec will be held this year from July 24 to August 6, 2018. It will continue its work carried out the last editions by developing ever more its varied offer of spectacles and which will surely please the fanatics of operas as well as the curious ones. It's an invitation and a rendezvous at the 2018 Festival d'opéra de Québec! Watch our program at www.festivaloperaquebec.com/en/