Since the time of the Canadian French colony, the habitants had created a tradition of getting together just before Lent to eat, drink and make merry.With time this tradition took the form Québec Winter Carnival, which first began in 1955. The carnival snowballed into an undeniable manifestation for the entire Québec City population and has become an important vehicle for tourism and economic activity in the city.The carnival has enriched activity program with popular activities such as winter sports, snow sculptures, and activities based on the traditional Québec lifestyle, such as canoe races and dogsled races. The Québec Winter Carnival is the largest winter carnival in the world.You can witness the opening and closing ceremonies that take place at the Ice Palace before thousands of participants.The carnival gives you chance to witness canoe race across the half frozen St. Lawrence River and back. You can also watch artists compete in creating giant, fantastical snow sculptures or spend your time watching a dogsled race through the narrow, snowy streets of the Old City.For a different experience, you always Zipline high above the historic Plains of Abraham to watch the festivities from a unique angle. Or stop by one of the many stands that sell ‘caribou,’ a Quebec liquor made of fortified wine, alcohol, and spices, which is served warm.The upcoming Québec Winter Carnival is scheduled to take place next year between January 27 and February 12, 2017.