Destination of the week: Quebec

Friday, 1 February 2013 3:05 PM

Bonhomme is the Quebec Winter Carnival mascot

Bonhomme is the Quebec Winter Carnival mascot

Here’s why we’re loving Quebec this week:

The French-speaking Canadian city Quebec becomes a winter wonderland in the colder months and today marks the start of the 59th Quebec Winter Carnival.

Running from February 1st to 17th, the city will be transformed into a land of colourful parades, glittering ice palaces and spectacular snow sculptures.

Alongside an Ice Palace Stage, Broadway-style dance shows, an international ice sculpture competition, winter camping and a snow pentathlon, the carnival will feature a host of new events and activities.

The LumoCité project, the first architectural projection and mapping competition in North America – worked around a winter theme – will take place from February 6th - 9th from 6pm to 11pm. The city's architectural treasures will be lit up by expert multimedia teams from Los Angeles, Budapest, Geneva and Quebec, bringing them to life with spectacular effect. As of 2014, this major project will become an international competition aimed at positioning Quebec as one of the world's City of Lights.

Make sure to look out for the Carnival mascot, Bonhomme, who will also get his very own statue this year, located directly in front of the National Assembly Parliament Buildings.

The 24-feet-high artistic statue will be made of a collection of aluminium parts assembled to form Bonhomme Carnival's silhouette, which will transform itself before the eyes of passers-by as their point of view changes.

Sculpture enthusiasts will also get to admire a wide variety of sculpture throughout the streets of the Place Royal sector. Some thirty ice sculptures by artist and sculptor Laurent Godon will be exhibited throughout the duration of the Carnival until February 24th.

Another of the snowy highlights is the huge snow mural inspired by the 2013 guest country Russia on the Plains of Abraham, Bonhommes Carnival palatial home. Measuring 36 feet wide and 10 feet high, the sculpture will be the largest ever made at the Carnival.

By night revellers head to the electric atmosphere of the dome disco and the cool-as-ice (literally!) bars with the city's best DJ's taking turns to transform the Plains of Abraham into a giant dance floor every Friday and Saturday night.

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