Long road back for Quebec City hotels

Photo: Château Frontenac

In any other year, the Auberge Internationale de Québec would be buzzing with backpackers looking for somewhere to set down their gear before heading to the Plains of Abraham, wandering the streets of Vieux-Québec or having a drink at a nearby pub. Not this year.

Place de Paris inaugurated on Bastille Day

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Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

Four hundred years ago it was a beach. Now, after a $4-million redevelopment project, Place de Paris in Old Quebec is a multi-purpose public square ready to welcome crowds, whenever crowds return.

City and Quebec government officials inaugurated the 2,500-square-metre space, at the intersection of Rue Dalhousie and Rue du Marché-Finlay, on July 14, Bastille Day.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

July 22, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle

Nomad Tours are not just for tourists

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Photo: Danielle Burns

On a perfect mid-July day – sunny but not too hot – this QCT journalist was treated to a tour of Old Quebec in English by Nomad Tours Québec owner and guide Marie-Pierre Lessard.

Human trials begin for COVID-19 vaccine right here in Quebec City

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Photo: Medicago

One of the solutions to the coronavirus pandemic could come from a Quebec City research lab. On July 14, Sainte-Foy-based Medicago announced that the first doses of a potential COVID-19 vaccine had been administered to human volunteers.

QMJHL teams to play 60 games in three divisions in 2020-2021

Photo: Quebec Remparts

According to several reports, the Quebec Remparts and the other 17 teams of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) will play a reduced schedule in 2020-2021.

Guillaume Lefrançois of La Presse reports that each team will play 60 games, down from the regular 68 that each club normally plays.

Diamants and Alouettes play baseball for Quebec fans

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Photo: Christian Gingras - ISQ Media

Finally, there is baseball in Quebec City this summer as the Quebec Diamants and the Charlesbourg Alouettes hit the field for the start of the 2020 season.

MNBAQ’s Gérard Morisset Pavilion to get a $2.5M facelift

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Photo: MNBAQ

The emblematic Gérard Morisset Pavilion of the Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) will be getting a revamp starting in the spring of 2021. Under the Quebec Infrastructure Plan, the Ministry of Culture and Communications (MCC) will contribute $2.5 million to restore the outside of the 90-year-old neoclassical building on the Plains of Abraham.

GPS use is off the charts: Would we be lost without it?

A few years ago, deciding to give new-fangled technology a go, we borrowed our neighbour’s GPS gizmo to drive a long, long stretch of highway that I could have driven in my sleep or with my hands tied behind my back, not that I have actually done either.

Place de la Famille opens Peter Pan-inspired park

Photo: Danielle Burns

The Grand Marché just got grander with the inauguration on July 10, of a family park at ExpoCité in front of the Videotron Centre and Place Jean-Béliveau.

Strawberry slushies and coffees from the nearby Grand Marché make for a happy day when parents and kids can enjoy a treat at the beautifully designed outdoor park.

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