Quebec Winter Carnival

The world's largest winter carnival was first held in 1894, when French colonists started holding a rowdy get-together before Lent to eat, drink and be merry. Today it has snowballed into Québec City's most important tourist and local event, packed full of activities and entertainment, most based on Quebecois lifestyle. Events range from a snowshoe challenge to a double-harness derby, sleigh rides, snow sculpturing, and night parades, not to mention a host of entertainment performances, treats to eat and other heartwarming fun.

Venue: Various, centred on the Place desjardins

Date: 1 to 17 February 2013

Website: www.carnaval.qc.ca