July 29 2015 Edition

Drop anchor at Les Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Canada places second at the 2015 Pan Am Games

Congratulations to our Canadian athletes who won a total of 217 medals at the Pan Am Games in Toronto which ended on Tuesday, July 26. Team Canada racked up 78 Gold, 69 Silver and 70 Bronze medals.  

Memorials and Things of Fame


The Morning Chronicle

The story behind Rue des Hospitalières

Photo: Bill Cox

Rue des Hospitalières is named after the Hospitalière (or Hospitaller) nursing sisters who, in 1639, founded the first hospital in New France.

A joyful moment for a historian

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Last year, as I was working on the history of the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph, I came across a most surprising photograph. In the August 28, 1943, edition of the newspaper, president Major Gwyllym Dunn and editor-in-chief Arthur Penny were shown holding the draft copy of the original text of the Declaration of Quebec. 

Drawn to Quebec: Fireflies light up the night

Photo: Illustration © Bethann Garramon Merkle, 2015

"Through the whole land did shew themselves an infinite swarme of fierie wormes flying in the ayre, whose bodies make such a shew and light, as if every twigge or tree had been a burning candle.” Sir Francis Drake recorded this description of fireflies in 1577, but he could have been writing this summer.

What is a firefly?

Festival Opéra de Québec: fifth edition and still going strong

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Photo: Philippa Jabouin

The first year the Festival Opéra de Québec was organized, the board members were not sure how long it would survive. The event has to compete with a variety of musical genres (for example the Festival d’Été, which in 2011 featured megastar Elton John), and it has been an uphill battle. 

Bordeaux wine, food galore at the Pavillon des Épicuriens

Photo: Philippa Jabouin

Quebec City is preparing to host the third annual French wine festival, Bordeaux fête le vin à Québec, from August 27 to 30. One new feature this year will be the 11-themed meal, each theme with its own wine combination, offered by the Restaurant 47e Parallèle at the Pavillon des Épicuriens.   

Domaine à l’Héritage gardens are worth the trip

Photo: Robert MacGregor Demers

If you and your guests are feeling jaded with the sites within our beautiful Old City walls or tired of the noise of our lively festivals and concerts, I’d like to suggest an exquisite outing to balance the score.

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