The 20,000 works at Musée National des Beaux-arts du Québec range from the traditional landscape paintings of Cornelius Krieghoff to the controversial abstraction of Paul-Émile Borduas and the avant-garde sculptures of Serge Tousignant. Non-Quebec artist Arthur Lismer's lovely St-Hilarion is one of the Museum's prized possessions. A huge slate of activities awaits art, music and cinema lovers. The museum hosts numerous events and exhibits throughout the year, so call ahead for more information.
History, which is everywhere in the city, is most evident in its beautifully preserved fortifications that date from the early 17th Century. As the only remaining walled city in North America, Quebec has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors are free to walk along the nearly five kilometers (3.10 miles) of walls witnessing the Fortifications of Quebec National Historic Site. The interpretation center offers an intriguing look into the military and architectural design features. Guided walking tours offer further insights.
The beautiful Museum of French America (Le Musée de l'Amérique française) offers many multidisciplinary insights into the history of North America's French communities. There are two permanent exhibits: The Settling of French America is a multimedia trip from France to the colonies, while The History of the Collections Séminaire de Québec boasts an unmatched assortment of religious art and scientific instruments. Guided tours are available in both French and English.
Baie de Beauport is one multi-faceted port. Various fast food joints catering to hungry mouths present themselves here. The food is absolutely delicious to say the least. Activities like fests and family picnics, not to forget camps and boating and career fairs too take place on a regular basis. The admission to the port is free but boating activities will cost you. Check the website for event details, timings and prices.
Les Gros Becs Theatre is a theater that puts on popular performances for young audiences, from young kids to teenagers. The theater also aims to promote theater among kids, and thus organizes several workshops in drama, comedy and several other genres for kids from time to time. This is the ideal place to visit with the entire family for a stunning theater performance.
Les Artisans du vitrail is a welcoming place where artisans are busy working on their masterpieces on stained glass. While taking a tour, visitors come to understand how intricate pieces of stained glass art are created. The museum also educates visitors about the history of art of stained glass. Here, artisans are involved in restoring old stained glass work as well creating new masterpieces like lampshades, doors, and other articles. Visitors can buy products such as glasswares, frames, candles etc as a token of remembrance from here as well.
With a firm focus on classics and independent cinema, Cinema Cartier is a firm favorite among cinema-enthusiasts. From acclaimed regional movies to renowned international cinema, the theater offers a rich program throughout the year. Besides this, the theater is also host to film festivals and other cinema-related events.
Henry-Stuart House is named after its prior owners. This beautiful house symbolises the early British architectural style and appears as a jewel amidst the urban Quebec city. The house has a unique square roof and a beautiful welcoming British style garden. Inside the house, the accessories and styling of the Stuart family is kept intact. Guided tours are arranged from June to September. Tea and lemon cakes are served at the end of the tour.
On the south shore of the River Charles, the Stade Municipal occupies a large quarter within the bounds of Parc Victoria. The stadium, officially known as Stade Canac, broke ground in 1938, and completed construction in 1939 after erstwhile premier Maurice Duplessis, an ardent baseball fan, recognized the need for a concrete sports facility. Resembling a colossal educational institution from the outside, the stadium features a main concourse on the ground level, along with concession stands, a gift store and team offices and rooms. Both the left and right fields span 96 meters (315 feet), while the center field covers an area of 120 meters (380 feet). Proud home field of the Quebec Capitales of the Canadian-American Association of Baseball or Can-Am, Stade Municipal majorly hosts baseball-related sporting events, and accommodates up to 4800 people within its sprawling bounds.
Parc de la Pointe-aux-Lièvres is located at the area where the Saint Charles River meanders in La Cité-Limoilou neighborhood of Quebec City. When the temperatures fall, and this vast expanse turns into a velvet of whites, Parc de la Pointe-aux-Lièvres beckons to snow-lovers to indulge in wintertime fun. The park offers a 1.5-kilometer (0.9-mile) long trail for ice skating. Snow covered slopes provide great sledging experience. At night, the park is beautifully lit up with melodious music playing from the speakers; the lights and the beats create a tranquil ambience. The river and the park is maintained by the Société de la rivière Saint-Charles; check the website or contact the group for further information.
Quillorama Frontenac is the place to head to if you're looking for some fun with your friends, or to relax post work. With 48 bowling alleys, this place has something to attract everyone. Kids will love it here, as many of the alleys are without gutters, and the place is ideal to host birthday parties. If privacy is what you wish for, they have a VIP section where you can enjoy a private game.