The 2018 Winter Experience: This year the Carnival transforms you from dazzled spectator into active participant. At its unique events, you’ll discover winter in all of its forms and experience chills and thrills you’ll never forget. In addition to enjoying the 300 activities and shows, you can, taste the famous maple taffy on snow, play the giant bowling game, enjoy the canoe races across the St. Lawrence river, admire the ephemeral beauty of snow sculptures, discover the way of life for Quebecers and much more! All activities for Quebec Winter Carnival will be in the fall and the activities will be confirmed at that time.
DAY ONE: FRI, FEB 2
8:00 am Depart from Kingston Shrine Club 3260 Princess St (parking). Please see other pick-up locations & times on the bottom of the page. We’ll have a comfort stop on our way with lunch on your own. We will arrive early evening in Quebec City at the Hotel Clarendon in the heart of Old Quebec. You can join your tour director for a familiarization walk around the old city so you can get your bearings. The evening is at your leisure in Old Quebec.
Hotel: Hotel Clarendon 1-418-692-2480
DAY TWO: SAT, FEB 3
Full breakfast buffet at the hotel. Your Carnival Passport provides access to most activities. Today and tonight you can enjoy all the activities at Winter Carnival at the Plains of Abraham.
4:30 pm This evening we will meet in the lobby and travel to a maple sugar shack for a traditional Quebec dinner and festive folklore entertainment! After we will transfer back to our hotel and the rest of the evening is yours to enjoy!
Hotel: Hotel Clarendon 1-418-692-2480
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY THREE: SUN, FEB 4
Full breakfast buffet at the hotel. Check out of the hotel. The morning/afternoon is yours to enjoy. Our suitcases will be held for us.
9:45 am OPTIONAL: Depart the hotel mid-morning and travel to The World Famous Ice Hotel. Join our local guide for a guided tour of the Ice Hotel. Remember to dress warm!
12:30 pm Arrive back in Quebec City in time to watch the Canoe Races across the St. Lawrence River and have lunch on your own.
3:00 pm Depart from Quebec City. A brief dinner stop will be made on the way home.
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EARLY BOOKING BONUS $25 OFF PER PERSON IF PAID IN FULL BY NOVEMBER 2, 2017
PRICE HST INCLUDED
$739 Each for Double
$679 Each for Triple
$629 Each for Quad
$969 For a Single
- A deposit of $100 is required at the time of booking.
- Balance is due 60 days prior to departure.
- Early booking bonus of $25 off applies to bookings paid in full November 2, 2017
- Refunds are not available within 30 days of travel
6:30 am Depart from Belleville Maple Leaf Office at 81 Millennium Parkway (parking)
7:00 am Depart from Napanee Flying J.
8:00 am Depart from Kingston Shrine Club 3260 Princess St. (parking)
8:15 am Depart from Gananoque HWY 2 carpool lot.
8:45 am Depart Brockville from Food Basics
7:45 am Depart from Ottawa Robbies Italian Restaurant 1531 St Laurent Blvd (parking)
8:10 am Depart from Ottawa All Saints Lutheran Church 1061 Pinecrest Rd (parking)
8:40 am Depart Kemptville from Stinson Gas Bar
Dating from 1870, this elegant hotel in Old Québec is a 12-minute walk from La Citadelle de Québec and 8 minutes’ walk from the shops, galleries and restaurants of Quartier Petit Champlain. The refined rooms with antique furnishings offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms add sitting areas and/or city views. Amenities include a sophisticated wood-panelled restaurant, an acclaimed jazz bar with live music on weekends, and meeting rooms.
Located only 4 km from the north end of Québec City, the Hôtel de Glace is a must-see attraction to discover every winter. The only Hôtel de Glace in America, has seduced over a million people around the world since its opening in 2001. With its huge snow vaults, its crystalline ice sculptures its 44 rooms and suites, the Hôtel de Glace impresses by its dazzling decor.
Quebec Winter Carnival
Red clothes, the arrow sash, physical activity, Bonhomme’s Effigy and the little caribou shot to get in the mood are all time-honored traditions going back to the origin of the Carnival, and sometimes earlier. The Carnival helped the arrow sash remain a part of Quebec society to this day. In the 19th century, the arrow sash was used to fasten clothing around the waist and prevent cold air from seeping in. It also supported the back during effort. Many believe fléché weaving was inherited from native populations, but it really is a blend of two techniques: native-style braiding and French-Canadian weaving. The base chevron pattern of the fléché, however, is universal. Get your arrow sash today!
BEFORE YOU GO
- For the comfort of fellow travellers, kindly refrain from using scented products
- Tipping for driver and escort is voluntary depending on quality of service
- Maple Leaf Tours strongly recommends purchasing Cancellation & Emergency Medical Insurance for out of province multi-day tours. Insurance is available through Maple Leaf Tours.