Hello Darlings, Part two from my Quebec City winter weekend getaway, exploring the famous Carnival and other interesting places in the charming and historic old city.

Long walks exploring new places is one of my favorite things, which is one of the main reasons why I chose to visit Quebec City as my destination. It’s a beautiful old city, and the signature building is the Chateau Frontenac hotel in the photo above. While I stayed at the boutique Germain Dominion hotel in the lower city, visiting the grounds surrounding the Chateau Frontenac is a “must” when visiting Quebec City, especially for a panorama view.

There is shopping everywhere, just as there are pretty views. Just be sure to wear comfortable shoes since there are a lot of steps! It’s definitely worth exploring both the upper and lower parts of the old city, and my favorite was actually the lower part with a more romantic and old European feel.

I AM WEARING: Mackage Peaches Coat // Uggs Hat// Manitobah Mukluks Metis boots // Marc Jacobs Sutton Purse // Club Monaco Cashmere Gloves

Love the cobblestone streets, and the abundance of charming cafes and beautiful churches throughout the old city. And given the super chilly weather, I embraced being a true Canadian and finally experienced the true beauty of my Manitobah Mukluks. They are hand made by Aboriginal artists with traditional embroidery, and of course super warm!

Quebec Carnival

But getting down to the serious business! At the famous Carnival event for the first time I tried a Maple Stick. Maybe the best invention ever! The Quebec’er who invented maple sticks is a genius in my opinion L.O.V.E.

Maple Stick at Quebec Carnival

The history of Quebec Carnival dates long before Canada was “born”. As the story is told, the original inhabitants of what is now Quebec City created a mid-winter celebration before Lent to eat, drink and be merry. When the economy was slow in the early 1890’s, the owner of the Quebec Daily Telegraph, Frank Carrel, launched the idea of a new carnival in Québec, which is today one of the most famous winter carnivals in the world (and one of the coldest!)

Bonhomme Ice Palace

Incredibly it was -25 degrees celsius on the night of my visit to Carnival, what luck for me compared to spending my winter last year mostly in Florida! But it was still a super fun night, with some help from multiple warm maple drinks. Above is a photo of the famous Ice Castle, and note the DJ booth in the front with loud music playing for those who dared to dance!

Marta Tryshak at Quebec Carnival

Quebec Carnival continues this weekend (ends Sunday, February 17th), and another fun event upcoming in the city worth checking out is the famous Red Bull Crashed Ice event, on Saturday, March 16th. Whatever the reason, I highly recommend Quebec City as a weekend destination!

With Love…




  1. February 12, 2013 / 11:51 pm

    I loved it in the summer when I went to visit a while ago, but I think the Carnival should be on my bucket list. One day… one day…

    • February 13, 2013 / 1:13 pm

      It was fun, just soooo cold. Couldn’t believe people were dancing and going on the sleigh rides with it being 20 below!

  2. February 13, 2013 / 3:05 am

    Beautiful pictures! From your article, I can’t wait to visit Quebec. It looks an incredible city!

    • February 13, 2013 / 1:13 pm

      thanks Dorisi. yes it is beautiful, and definitely worth visiting. really different than Montreal.

  3. February 13, 2013 / 7:25 pm

    Thanks, and cheers from chilly Canada! Being from Philippines have you ever seen snow??

  4. Palm
    February 19, 2013 / 2:28 am

    We don’t have snow here.. It’ s hot in the Philippines except for cold seasons. we only experience snow when we visit the US.

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