Sports activities and facilities
The Québec City region has been a breeding ground for some great athletes over the years. Names like those of hockey greats Jean Béliveau and Guy Lafleur spontaneously spring to mind, along with their memorable exploits with the Aces and the Remparts. Fall in Québec City just wouldn’t be the same without Rouge et Or Football at Université Laval. Founded in 1995, this talented university team has already won the Canadian championships eight times. Baseball fans just have to take in a Capitales game at the municipal stadium. The stadium has a soul all its own—and great views of the city. Of course, Québec City isn’t just about team sports. With events like the Bell Challenge (women’s tennis), Vélirium (a bike event built around the Mountain Bike World Cup), the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec, and the FIS Snowboard World Cup, there’s plenty of year-round competitive action for fans of individual sports, too.
Drawing its roots from French cuisine, Québec’s cuisine was largely shaped by the difficult early years after it was settled. Enduring harsh winters and having many mouths to feed but little to eat, people required dishes with real substance to build their new nation! Today, many traditional dishes take pride of place at Christmas and New Year’s celebrations.
Top End Restaurants
- Toast (17 rue Sault au Matelot, T 001 418 692 1334, restauranttoast.com) located inside Le Priori Hôtel in the Old Port. In the summer, the terrace here is one of the best-kept secrets in the city.
- Le Clocher Penché Bistrot (203 rue Saint-Joseph Est, T 001 418 640 0597, clocherpenche.ca), formerly an old bank, is an elegant and homespun French dishes delightful experience.
- Panache (8 rue Saint-Antoine, T 001 418 692 1022, saint-antoine.com) for a rustic atmosphere that doesn’t leave anything to randomness, here you’ll try Québécois cookery, emphasizing fresh local ingredients, tradition and innovation.
- Le Cercle (228 Saint-Joseph Est, T 001 418 948 8648, le-cercle.ca) is a big place, part of an even larger art and music scene.
- Bistro B (1144 Avenue Cartier, T 001 418 614 5444, bistrob.ca) is located in a vast local on the corner of Cartier and Aberdeen Streets in the heart of Montcalm. Entrées are less than 20$ and main dishes vary between $20 and $30.
- Aux Anciens Canadiens (34, rue Saint Louis, T 001 418 692 1627, auxancienscanadiens.qc.ca) was established in 1966 in the Maison Jaquet, one of the largest houses in upper-town in its day and the oldest in the whole province. The restaurant proposes the Quebecois cuisine prepared following the old-fashioned traditions.
Best Convenient Spots
- Buffet de l’Antiquaire (95 rue St-Paul, T 001 418 692 2661) is in the heart of the antique’s district and offers genuine home cooking, generous portions and affordable prices. This diner-style eatery is today an institution in the lower part of town.
- Le Chic Shack (15 rue du Fort, T 001 418 692 1485, chicshack.ca) is a high quality fast food very popular for lunch. Burgers are made with grass-fed cattle and placed on hand made brioche buns.
- Café- Boulangerie Paillard (1097 rue St-Jean, T 001 418 692 1221, paillard.ca) is a bakery, pastry counter, sandwich bar, ice-cream parlor and in summer pizza shop known for its selection of nouvelle French pastries, whole-grain breads, gourmet sandwiches, and artisanal gelato.
Within Quebec City’s Old Town, there are ‘boites à chansons’ (intimate and lively venues featuring solo singers or small groups of musicians), classy hotel lounge bars, pubs and more alternative bars, especially on and around rue Saint-Jean. West of Place D’Youville, rue Saint-Jean becomes more laid-back, attracting students to the friendly local bars and gay men and lesbians to the small but lively gay scene. Grande Allée Est has a few good nightspots, though the most interesting developments are happening in the Saint-Roch quarter.
Bars, Live Music
- Le Boudoir (441 rue du Parvis, T 001 418 524 2777, boudoirlounge.com) is a trendy hip lounge bar in Saint-Roch. The place hosts club night from Thursday to Saturday with music spacing from lounge to pop hits.
- Impérial de Québec (252 rue Saint-Joseph Est, T 001 418 523 2227, imperialdequebec.com) offers music of all descriptions. The show could be a country band in a supper-club setting one night and a standing-room-only electronica concert the next.
- Le Temps Partiel (698 rue D’Aiguillion, T 001 418 522 1001, letempspartiel.com), in the Saint-Jean district, is for mix of alternative, rock and punk, and also has DJ nights in almost every genre imaginable, from ska to trance.
Museums and galleries
Some of the city’s museums:
- Musée Naval de Quebec (170 rue Dalhousie , T 001 418 694 5387, mnq-nmq.org) is located at the top of the wharf and allows visitors to navigate through the history of a city and its river, dive into the secrets of enemy submarines and hear the stories of Québec’s naval veterans.
- Musée de la Civilization (85 rue Dalhousie, T 001 418 643 2158, mcq.org) near the historic site of Place-Royale, this museum presents four permanent and six temporary thematic exhibitions at a time. The museum emphasizes learning through participation and interaction.
- Musée de l’Amérique francophone (2 côte de la Fabrique, T 001 418 692 2843) traces the history of Francophones in North America. It is also the oldest museum in Canada, having exhibited its first collection in 1806.
- If you are a chocoholic make sure not to miss Erico (634, rue Saint-Jean, T 001 418 524 2122, ericochocolatier.com), a chocolate shop and museum where you can see and learn how chocolate is made, learn the history of chocolate from Mayan times to the present day and of course taste these delights.
- Musée National des Beaux-arts du Québec (Parc des Champs-de-Bataille, T 001 418 643 2150, mnbaq.org) presents exhibitions featuring Québec artists, past and present, and prestigious international art exhibitions. Café-restaurant, gift shop/bookstore and room rental for private events.
- During 11 days in Summer the city comes alive with stages all over the place during the Summer Festival (683, rue Saint-Joseph Est, bureau 150, T 001 418 529 5200, infofestival.com), when many indoor venues also get into the act.
- From the end of January to mid-February, the city carnivals up for the Carnaval de Québec (205, boulevard des Cèdres, T 001 418 626 3716, carnaval.qc.ca). During this time with illuminated streets, animations, sculptures and ice bars, Québec will be booming.
- Every summer, Expo Québec (250, boulevard Wilfrid-Hamel, ExpoCité, T 001 418 691 3976, expoquebec.com) offers a wide range of activities, electrifying concerts and thrilling rides. For over 100 years, this event has been held on the largest fairground in Eastern Canada: ExpoCité.
- The Festibiére de Québec (Case postale 75054, Succursale Cap-Rouge, T 001 418 948 116, festibieredequebec.com) is the event for beer lovers who want to discover new variants of their favorite lager.
- The SSQ Quebec City Marathon (711, rue des Rocailles, T 001 418 694 4442, marathonquebec.com) is an internationally reknown appointment for runners.
- At the end of December the city lights up for the Quebec City Lights Festival (T 001 581-318-2444, festivaldeslumieresdequebec.com).
Beyond the gates of Old Québec lies Côte-de-Beaupré, a scenic region bordered by the St. Lawrence River, stretching from from Montmorency Falls to Mont-Sainte-Anne and Cap Tourmente. A four-season paradise for adventure lovers, the region is also steeped in heritage and culture.
Just 15 minutes from downtown Québec City, opposite Montmorency Falls, Île d’Orléans is definitely worth a visit. Admire the farm stands and strawberry fields for which the island is renowned in Saint-Laurent or enjoy stunning views of the Beaupré shoreline and Mont-Sainte-Anne open up onto expansive orchards, most of which allow you to pick your own apples in Sainte-Famille. Nicknamed “Québec City’s Great Outdoors,” the sprawling regional county municipality of Jacques-Cartier, the Québec City area’s green belt, lies just 20 minutes north of downtown. Winter in the Jacques-Cartier region is a magical time. An abundance of snow make for exceptional outdoor fun at the area’s two ski resorts and the snow slide parks. Its mountains, forests, and wetlands are perfect for hiking enthusiasts, with many excellent trails and fine lookouts. Stoneham Mountain Resort (Station touristique Stoneham, 600, chemin du Hibou, Stoneham-et-Tewkesbury, T 001 418 848 2411, ski-stoneham.com) has a number of family vacation packages that feature everything from geocaching (a GPS treasure hunt) to high ropes courses, kayaking, rock climbing, and swimming in the pool.