Quebec's Winter Carnival back for another year

Bonhomme enjoys some snowbathing with festival goers at the Quebec Winter Carnival. (Courtesy...

Bonhomme enjoys some snowbathing with festival goers at the Quebec Winter Carnival. (Courtesy Quebec Winter Carnival)

ILONA KAUREMSZKY, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:39 PM ET

Q: Have dates been announced for the Quebec Winter Carnival? Can you recommend any hotels and restaurants in Quebec City?

-- Merci. B. Pecora, Richmond Hill

A: Quebec's signature event will take place Feb. 1-17. This huge crowd-pleaser and its frosty activities get everyone outside to celebrate winter. For carnival details, see carnaval.qc.ca/en.

On the accommodation side, check out Auberge Duchesnay (1-877-511-5885) just outside the city, overlooking Lac St. Joseph. This luxe country-style lodge has everything you want in a Quebec retreat and makes a great base for ice-fishing, skating and cross-country skiing. Its restaurant menu features local products.

Looking for urban chic? In Vieux Port, the refurbished Hotel Le Germaine Dominion sizzles. Completed in 1912, the eight-storey hotel was once the city's most modern and tallest building.

For city dining, Le Parlementaire, in the sumptuous beaux-art Parliament building, is a well-kept secret. In addition, there are many funky restaurants and cafes in the Saint Roch district.

For general travel information on Quebec, see bonjourquebec.com.

Q: Do you have any information on the ski and snowshoe festival happening around Collingwood?

-- S. Kowalski, Toronto

A: Outdoor winter enthusiasts are prepping their cross-country skis and snowshoes in anticipation of the NordicFest Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Festival taking place on Feb. 2. The Scenic Caves near Blue Mountain turn into a winter wonderland backdrop as participants hit groomed trails along the escarpment. Insiders say you can even cross Ontario's longest suspension bridge. Other highlights include snowman-making contests and scavenger hunts. After the event, warm up beside a toasty firepit with some free hot chocolate or apple cider. See NordicFest.ca or sceniccaves.com/nordicfest for full details.

Send your travel questions to ilona@mycompass.ca


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