July 6 2016 Edition

Pomp aplenty at Quebec City’s birthday celebrations

Photo: Sarah Barclay

It was a picture-perfect morning on July 3, and Quebec City was looking her best for her birthday, despite turning the ripe old age of 408. Although many unofficial celebrations were taking place around town, the official program started at 9:30 a.m. with a musical Mass at Notre Dame Basilica. 

Cruise with the circus on AML Louis Jolliet

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Croisières AML launched (pun intended…) their new summer cruise season in Quebec City with an innovative Sortie urbaine, or Urban Getaway concept, a first in the cruise-excursion field here. 

And the Prix du CALQ goes to…

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On June 20, the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec (CALQ) and the Conseil de la Culture des Régions de Québec et de Chaudière-Appalaches presented the 2015 Prix du CALQ for the Oeuvre de l’année / Work of the Year to an artist in the Quebec City region. 

Place éphémère Charles-H.-Blais inaugurated in Sillery

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The City of Quebec is enhancing many of its public spaces this summer. On June 23, the Place éphémère Charles-H.-Blais was inaugurated in front of the library named after the former mayor of Sillery, from 1974 to 1985. It was Blais who instigated the project to open a public library on Avenue Maguire.

Valcartier residents visit Grosse Île

Photo: Allison Kirkwood


Two bus loads of hardy travellers from Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, including 239-year-old John Neilson, travelled to Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site on June 18.  

Église Saint-Charles parvis gets a second life

Photo: Danielle Burns

Wendake: new site, new tastes and honouring traditions


It was hard not to notice something different about the venue of the traditional dancing component of the Wendake Pow Wow last week.

Sailboats prepare to compete in the Transat Québec Saint-Malo

Photo: Steve Deschenes (courtesy of Transat Québec-Saint Malo

"There is excitement in the air! Just a few days to go before over two dozen ocean-going sailboats depart from Quebec City in the competition to reach Saint-Malo, France. From July 2 to July 13, the cities of Quebec and Lévis are hosting festivities that will show thousands of visitors the fascinating world of racing on the high seas.

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