St-Isidore Carnaval is ...

  • Francophone entertainment!
  • Hay rides, bonfire
  • Workshop and show for kids on Saturday
  • Outdoor Games, face painting, tobaggan, maze, and more!
  • Treasure Hunt for Kids
  • Competitions: Snow sculpting, Log sawing, Crib, and nore..
  • French Canadian Food, Poutine, Snow Taffy and our famous caribou!
  • Beer Garden

A francophone traditional winter festival like no other!

Organizing Committee

Chantal Monfette



Christine Nadeau


Simon Lavoie



Isabelle Marois



Alain Lavoie



Rachelle Bergeron

Programming - Marketing


Josea Gagnon

Food Services

Renée Mussio

Sponsors - Youth Competition

A big thank you to all our partners and sponsors!

It is because of you and your generous donations that our beloved event continues to take place every year.

Our Partners

Platnum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors



  • Bergeron & Co CPA
  • Caribou Cresting
  • Kit Office Plus 
  • Joy Talla Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Peace River Ag Society
  • Peace River Value Drug Mart
  • Peace River Veterinary Services
  • Richardson Pioneer
  • Renaissance Goldsmith
  • Thompson & Wagner
  • Vision Credit Union
  • Zip Comm Unlimited


  • Boston Pizza
  • Boucher Bros.
  • Broker Link
  • École Heritage
  • Kenry Electric
  • Peace Auto Supply
  • Subway
  • The Brick
  • Marcel Mobile
  • Maximum Powersports


  • Le Club du Bon Temps
  • Freson Bros.
  • Hollyhocks & Honeysuckle
  • Karl No Frills
  • Rendez-Vous Park

The Carnaval
over the years

The Peace River Regional ACFA seeks to establish the traditions of the francophone communities in the region. At this time, festivals and celebrations are held in some communities, however none in winter. The ACFA approaches the St. Isidore Cultural Committee regarding a winter carnival. The community is consulted and preparations begin for the first St. Isidore Carnaval.

Febuary 1983 – The first St. Isidore Carnaval is held. In the beginning, the Carnaval incorporates traditions from the Quebec Winter Carnival such as the Bonhomme Carnaval. Other elements of French Canadian culture are adopted including maple snow taffy, log sawing competitions, la tourtière de Lac St. Jean, horse drawn sleighs and a bonfire. Predominantly a community celebration, the Carnaval serves to unite the people of St. Isidore. The primary purpose of the festival is to socialize and have fun.

1988 - The introduction of dukes and duchesses from surrounding communities allows the Carnaval to grow from a predominantly community based event to a more regional, even provincial festival. Socialization remains at the heart of most activities. Increasingly, the Carnaval allows the community of St-Isidore to showcase its Franco-Albertan culture on a more widespread basis.

1990-1993 – The Carnaval establishes an elaborate music program, including guest artists Suroit, Swing, Blue, Le Fuzz, Joël Lavoie, Yves Lambert and the Bébert Orchestra, Madame Moustache, Madrigaia and Zéphyr. The Carnival becomes theme based (i.e. In Wonderland, Asterix, Space, Tropical, etc.) Throughout Alberta and beyond, the St. Isidore Carnaval is famous for its creativity, cultural vitality and warm hospitality. No longer solely a community celebration, today's Carnaval is increasingly large and enjoyed by participants from all over. Our Carnaval celebrates our unique cultural heritage and place in the cultural fabric of Alberta.

Now the Carnival is known for its creative and cultural vitality and for its unique and warm welcome to participants from the region, Alberta and beyond. It is no longer about turning inward, but about offering our culture to an increasingly wide and diverse audience. We are celebrating our cultural heritage and our belonging to Alberta, while offering the opportunity to participate in a regional festive ritual that highlights a common origin for many.