Bonhomme's Ice Palace Rocks Winter Carnaval de Québec
The place to be right now and every February is Québec; specifically at the 60th Winter Carnaval de Québec. And if you're a fan of winter fun and ice buildings, this bit of info is for you.
Bonhomme, the larger-than-life Carnaval mascot lives in the Ice Palace.The structure at 300 tons of ice and at 40 feet tall, is made of 40% more ice than 2013’s palace and includes individually sculpted rooms of the “King of the Party” Bonhomme. Carnaval goers are invited to explore his foyer, kitchen, bedroom and dining room, all so stylishly decorated with items sculpted from ice.
The mysterious Bonhomme creates the joi-de-vivre each winter for the Québequoise and visitor. Almost a cult figure and certainly a celebrity, his persona can ignite hysteria at some of the drink-fueled nightime concerts he attends during Carnaval.
In his Ice Palace, discover “ bits and pieces of Bonhomme’s private life and his creation workshop where all of his crazy ideas come to life!“ says the proud Carnaval Committee. Certainly based on the excitement he generates, this new glimpse into his “ life” in the Ice Palace will delight his adoring fans.
Carnaval opens for 2014 January 31st when the world’s largest winter celebration launches a huge fireworks show, and concludes February 16th. The entire schedule of events throughout Québec is online. It is the biggest celebration in the snow you'll have all winter, Bonhomme guarantees it.
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Snow bath at Quebec winter carnival
Are you daring enough to shed all your clothes down to your bathing suits to bathe in the snow, while it is -20C outside? Every year, a "snow bath" is the most fun to watch highlight at the Quebec City winter carnival that takes place for 3 weeks in Jan-Feb. At this 58th winter carnival, 80 some volunteers participated. They had to exercise for 2 hours, get into a hot tub & be out for display in the chilling weather for at least 30 minutes. If you want to participate, just sign up a few days before. Otherwise, just go watch & cheer these dare devils!