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Sub-zero fun in Quebec

Have fun in the snow - Check out a really cool winter festival
CATS Classified In The Straits Times - September 9, 2009
By: Sheila Lim
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Sub-zero fun in Quebec

If you don't mind frosty weather and travelling far, you can experience amazing winter getaways way up north, in places like Quebec City.

Quebec City holds an extraordinary Winter Festival annually; and next year’s event will be held from 29 Jan to 14 Feb 2010. This winter carnival is one of the world’s largest, and has been a fixture on the Quebec event calendar since 1894, when the inhabitants of New France (Quebec) started a rowdy tradition of getting together just before Lent to eat, drink and be merry.

Quebec City is transformed into a magical winter wonderland when it begins to snow in mid-November and the St Lawrence River freezes over. It’ll come alive with merry-making, and offers visitors spectacular sights like ice sculptures and ice castles. In this ancient-yet-modern city, couples can enjoy romantic strolls under the starry winter sky or snuggle together on horse-and-buggy rides through the snow-covered streets.

The festival has been giving Quebeckers and foreign visitors a reason to celebrate during the cold, snowy winters. Running for 17 consecutive days, it offers a long list of activities, such as night parades, musical and dance performances, cultural events, canoe races, toboggan rides, sleigh and dog sled rides, and skiing, of course. You may even catch hardy swimmers in bathing suits taking snow baths!

The Bonhomme Effigy – a little plastic figurine that you wear on your coat – will be your pass to the 17 days of festivities. It costs $12 (CAN) and gives you access to over 300 activities and shows, and many other privileges as well.

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