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Carnaval de Quebec
Although Quebec City now has fixed dates for its Winter Carnival (usually held in early February to capture the biggest snowfalls), it originated as part of the French pre-Lenten tradition. Now it’s an excuse to play outside, on skating rinks and toboggan runs and in parades.
Insider Tip: Book a room at the Hôtel de Glace, the ice hotel that opens in Quebec every winter. At night, sleeping bags are placed on top of a mattress and wooden base to shield you from the ice blocks below; some rooms even have fireplaces and Jacuzzis.