Embracing Winter in Quebec

Published Date Author: , February 12th, 2014

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There are cities where winter is something to be endured, where the cold months from November to March reduce citizens to shut-ins. Quebec City is not one of those places. In Quebec, the winter is celebrated. In fact, it may be one of the best times of the year to visit. Here’s how to enjoy it …

First, a note about the conditions. For sure, it is incredibly cold (winter temperatures can dip as low as -13*F), but with the correct dress, it can be manageable. Go for the three-layer technique: synthetic fabric on the bottom layer to allow humidity to escape the body, wool, flannel or fleece in the middle, and a wind-shielding exterior layer. Add a hat, scarf, mittens, and boots, and you’re ready to go.

Get into the Carnival Spirit

Undoubtedly the number one reason for visiting Quebec in the frigid winter is Carnaval de Quebec, the biggest winter festival in the world. The carnival, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, offers 16 days and nights of outdoor parties, events, and parades. They’re all presided over by official Carnaval mascot Bonhomme, a big, lovable snowman clad in an arrowhead sash and red cap. Bonhomme’s home during Carnaval is his Ice Palace, which is constructed from 2,000 blocks of ice, and is open to visitors. It’s also the setting for nighttime dance parties.

Authored By Karen Gardiner Dion – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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