To access Carnaval de Québec, there is one important thing you need: The Effigy. I’m not going to lie to you, I had to look up the definition of their all-important access pass.
Effigy (noun): A sculpture or model of a person
The effigy for the Quebec Winter Festival is not as much modelled after a person as it is a snowman—their lovable snowman, Bonhomme. Wear it around your neck as your ticket and all-access pass to the activities within Jos’ Camp, Christie North Slope and Loto-Quebec Zone. Only required for those older than 12 years, it will also grant you access to many partner events in the city.
Purchase your Effigy online or at the entrances to the carnival for $20.
Mom-tip: Buy your Effigy during their pre-sale for 50% off the regular price. The pre-sale dates for the 2020 carnival were November 18, 2019 to January 19, 2020.