About // History and team
ICE CLIMBING AND WINTER OUTDOOR FESTIVAL
Now in its 3rd year since 2020, the Pont-Rouge Festiglace invites outdoor enthusiasts, curious climbers, and the general public to gather in an enchanting winter landscape, about 25 minutes from Quebec City.
From February 21 to 25, 2024, here’s what Festiglace has to offer:
Free access to the site / $10 Île-aux-Raisins parking lot
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
- Free ice climbing trials
- Spectacular competitions
- Music, entertainment and a heated tent
- Food, beer, and hot beverages ($)
- Door prizes and draws
- Nordic baths
- Games and activities for the whole family: zip-line, snowshoeing trails, slackline, forest survival, and more!
WEDNESDAY TO SUNDAY
- Improvement clinics ($)
- Evening lectures/adventure films ($)
Photo: Thomas Courtois
Photo: Festiglace archives, 2001 and 2005
Festiglace de Pont-Rouge is a non-profit organization (NPO) founded in 2019 with the mission of promoting ice climbing through an annual event.
The organization is made up entirely of volunteers who are invested out of passion for the community.
Until its tenth and final edition in 2007, the Festiglace de Pont-Rouge was the world’s largest ice climbing gathering and the event par excellence for winter outdoor enthusiasts.
In 2020, sports enthusiasts took the liberty of dreaming, reinventing, and rekindling the festival’s flame after more than a decade’s absence, much to the delight of participants.
From 2024 onwards, the event will broaden its horizons by offering original activities to inspire people to play outdoors.
As an NPO, the success of Festiglace relies heavily on the commitment and expertise of a team of volunteers.
The organization relies on the support of an organizing committee made up of 12 dedicated individuals with varied professional experience and interests, bringing together the strengths of each individual.
There are also 70 enthusiasts involved in planning the event, including 15 experienced judges for the competitions.