The 2014 Québec Winter Carnaval

Québec, QC
6 February 2014

On February 6, 2014, Prime Minister Stephen Harper participated in the 2014 Québec Winter Carnaval which is taking place from January 31 to February 16, 2014.

The Carnaval is a marquee Canadian winter event that promotes French-Canadian culture and tourism while showcasing the heritage of Quebec, one of Canada’s most beautiful and historical cities. 

For 60 years, the Québec Winter Carnaval has been organized with a view to creating a premier winter celebration - a world-class economic, social and tourism event that all Quebecers can be proud of.

Contribution by the Government of Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to supporting marquee Canadian events that promote culture and tourism. To this end, our Government provided $618,300 in support of the 2014 Québec Winter Carnaval. The federal contribution consisted of:

  • $500,000 through the Quebec Economic Development Program, which promotes the long-term economic development in the regions of Quebec. This funding helps to further promote the Carnaval to visitors outside of Quebec and Canada, expanding its international reach.
  • $118,300 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program, designed to help increase opportunities through festivals and other events and projects. This funding helps local artists and artisans become involved in their community and for local groups to commemorate their local history and heritage.


The first large winter Carnaval in the city of Québec took place in 1894. It was a celebration established by the city’s population to help them get through winter hardships with a festivity that would warm the hearts of all revellers.

The Carnaval, which was interrupted by two World Wars and the Great Depression, was held sporadically until the second half of the century. In 1954, during a period of economic development in the OldCity, a group of business people re-launched the festivities. The Bonhomme Carnaval made his first appearance the same year and was thereafter the official mascot of the celebration.

The first official version of the modern-day Québec Winter Carnaval took place in 1955. It has since snowballed into one of the largest winter carnivals in the world and a major winter tourism boon for Quebec’s economy.

Today’s Carnaval features many popular winter sports and activities including snow sculpting, canoe races and dogsled rides.  Many of the activities are based on early Quebec traditions and lifestyles with a view to showcasing the province’s proud cultural heritage. The Carnaval attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.