Quebec CitySince the beginning of the French colony, habitants of New France created a rowdy tradition of getting together just before Lent to eat, drink and be merry. The charm of Old Quebec City and their generous hospitality make this a must do for all lovers of winter.

Here are some suggestions for attending the Quebec Winter Carnival that runs from Jan. 28 to Feb. 14, 2016:

Photos: Top -- The night sparkles on a winter evening in Old Québec. (Jean-François Bergeron);Right -- Stop by for a tour or spend the night at the Ice Hotel. (Luc Rousseau); Below -- This 100 percent freestyle edition of the Snowboard Jamboree will see the best riders compete in Big Air event. (André-Olivier Lyra)

Quebec freestyle