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Snow sculpture at Quebec Winter Carnival. 2008.

Snow sculpture at Quebec Winter Carnival. 2008.

The Québec Winter Carnival, or Carnaval de Québec, is the largest winter carnival in the world. Some even say Québec City, in the Canadian province of Québec, is the snow capital of the world.

I’ve been to two carnivals–both of which were amazing experiences! One of the most memorable was my night at the Ice Hotel outside Québec City. You can read a full account of my adventure at: http://guide2travel.ca/2012/08/i-slept-at-the-ice-hotel-staycation-stop-8/

Québec’s first winter celebration happened way back in 1893, while Carnival as we know it now, has been held annually since 1955.

Today, I’d like to share some photos from the 2006 and 2008 snow sculpture competitions. With artists from around the world competing, it’s a great addition to Carnival.

Snow sculpture at Quebec Winter Carnival. 2008.

Snow sculpture at Quebec Winter Carnival. 2008.

Snow sculpture at Quebec Winter Carnival. 2008.

Snow sculpture at Quebec Winter Carnival. 2008.

Snow sculpture at Quebec Winter Carnival. 2008.

Snow sculpture at Quebec Winter Carnival. 2008.

Snow sculpture at Quebec Winter Carnival. 2008.

Snow sculpture at Quebec Winter Carnival. 2008.

Snow sculpture at Quebec Winter Carnival. 2008.

Snow sculpture at Quebec Winter Carnival. 2008.

Snow sculpture at Quebec Winter Carnival. 2008.

Snow sculpture at Quebec Winter Carnival. 2006, alongside Quebec’s 400 year old wall.

Sculptors working on a snow sculpture at Quebec Winter Carnival. 2006.

Sculptors working on a snow sculpture at Quebec Winter Carnival. 2006.

See Snow Sculptures at Carnaval

See http://carnaval.qc.ca/en/ for details on all of this year’s events at the Quebec Winter Carnival. The 2014 dates for Carnaval de Québec are January 31, 2014, to February 16, 2014.

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