Festivals Across Canada - A land of Celebrations
Quebec Winter Festival
This festival is usually held for celebrating the best winter carnival in Canada and is the biggest winter festival in the world. It is usually celebrated at the end of January. Activities are held all across the city and include parades, a snow slide, boat races, ice sculptures, music, dancing and drinking.
- Bonhomme – The giant Snowman, since 1955, the towering Bonhomme has been the Mascot for this festival.
- Ice Palance – A fascinated sight of a real life Ice Palace, is even more spectacular when lit up with LED lights in the night.
- Maple Taffy: Another festival favourite is maple taffy, which is cooked maple syrup, drizzled over snow
- Dog Sledding: There’s a dog sledging track, as well as sleigh rides.
Caribana – The Largest Carribean Festival in North America (Toronto)
Every summer (July/ August) for over 40 years, Toronto celebrates the annual Caribbean Festival. The largest Caribbean festival in North America, this three-week festival attracts over a million participants.
The festival highlight is the Caribana Parade, one of the largest in North America. Thousands of brilliantly costumed masqueraders throng the streets and dozens of trucks carry live artists playing their ethnic music as they jam the 1.5 km parade route all day.
Calgary Stampede – The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth
The greatest outdoor show on earth (July). This is an annual celebration of the Canadian cowboy culture, with a daily rodeo of bucking broncos, bull riding, steer wrestling, wagon racing… all with big money prizes for the winners. The stampede is a lot more than just the main area events. There’s evening stage shows, music and dancing, rides and games, sideshows and all types of family entertainment. Pre-booking of accommodation is essential for this period.
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Winterlude – Celebrating Winters (Ottawa)
February accounts for celebrating winters with a host of outdoor activities including public skating and skating displays, ice sculpture competitions, musical concerts at the Snow Bowl, the nation’s largest ice playground, and drinks served at the Snow Bowl Lounge, which is completely made of ice. It attracts more than 1.5 million visitors each year.
One of the biggest attractions of this event is the Rideau Canal, which is the world’s largest skating rink when frozen, covering close to 8 km.
Just For Laughs Festival – Montreal
This festival is usually celebrated every July. The world’s largest comedy event, Just for Laughs brings more than 2 million people together to celebrate comedy in gala performances, theatre, club shows, comedic films, open-air shows and television specials.
The Jazz Fest – Montreal
This is another great event that you can attend with your families. Every July, an International jazz festival is usually held in Montreal. There are more than 2,000 jazz musicians from around the world in this festival.
There are so many places and venues to cater for everyone, from very small children (the Little School of Jazz) to early jazz songs and recently composed. There are big bands, single performers, school groups and street performers.