Winter Fun in the Old Port
23.02.2008 - 23.02.2008 -10 °C
The Old Port was lit up like a Christmass tree to celebrate the Winter Highlights festival. We headed down to see what was going on.
First stop marshmellow toasting. There were 44 gallon drums set up with open log fires burning in the middle and marshmellows and sausages on sale for toasting over the coals. We also tried roasted chestnuts - not our cup of tea.
We were amused by an event called the "snow bath" where people tested their endurance by playing around in a patch of snow wearing only swimming costurmes. The event was hosted by Bon Homme - the Quebec City Winter Festival mascot.
We also tried the ice slide - 22 metres of down hill madness. They give us a sled to slide down a luge like slide made completely made out of ice, 22 metres of fun.
As it grew dark we had a go of the ice slide under lights. We then stopped for another Canadian classic - the beaver tail. Based on a pioneer food prepared with flour and water now it is a float fried thing that tastes and feels a bit like a doughnut while being wide and flat like a beaver's tail. Very yummy!!!
The local power company ran a heated cage in the middle of the festivities to warm you up if it all got too chilly.
The night was wrapped up with a historical and entertaining light parade ending in fireworks. As far as I could work out one of the founding fathers of Quebec/Montreal met with the Holy Trinity and this led to a Firework finale, all a little odd for us, I guess you needed to be Quebecois to uge it.