A star-shaped enclosed fortification located atop the promontory of Cap Diamant, the Citadelle of Quebec contains 300 years of military history within its stone-cut Vauban walls. Constructed out of sandstone between 1820 and 1850, this grand British fortress rests on four bastions and three curtain walls and comprises of 24 buildings. The citadel is popularly known as the Gibraltar of America, and is the official residence of the Canadian monarch and the Governor-General of Canada, besides also functioning as an active military structure. Owing to its longstanding military association, the Royal 22e Régiment of the Canadian Forces is stationed here. One of the most significant landmarks of Quebec, the Citadelle of Quebec invites droves of tourists to take a guided tour of the fortress and the museum, witness the awe-inspiring changing of the guard and enjoy sweeping views of the St. Lawrence River from its historic ramparts.
La Barberie is a micro-brewery that serves up some delightful varieties of local beers with their menu that changes on a daily basis, so you are sure to have something new here every time you visit. Some of the kinds of beers you are likely to find include Classic White, Blonde Bucolic, Light Rousse and Sure Cherry. They organize beer tastings on a regular basis, but one can order their sampler anytime they visit. The taproom has a warm feel, while one can also sit by their patio on a sunny day.
Museum of Civilization plays host to a wide variety of locally and internationally themed exhibitions. In a building that effortlessly combines ancient colonial architecture with ultramodern additions, visitors feast on bilingual exhibitions ranging from Xi'an, Eternal Capital, a multimedia exploration of the ancient Chinese city, to Encounter with the First Nations, which focuses on Quebec's Native Peoples. Guided tours are also available.
The grand Palais Montcalm Theatre, erected at Place d'Youville, has entertained Quebec for almost 70 years. With a diverse lineup of classical, contemporary and specialty musical acts, the stone structure allows magnificent sightlines and superior acoustics in stately surroundings. A smaller performance space, the Café-Spectacles du Palais Montcalm, showcases blues and jazz acts in a cozy atmosphere. Though superseded by the Grand Théâtre in stature, the Palais Montcalm remains one of the city's true artistic and architectural landmarks. Ticket prices vary.
There may be no better view of the city than that from 725 feet (221 meters) above sea level, which is why this observatory is a great place to discover Quebec City. Located on top of the Marie-Guyart Building, the Observatoire de la Capitale has an interesting interpretation center where visitors can learn about the history of Quebec City on urban, industrial, maritime, architectural, political and geographical levels. Guided visits are offered daily.
The Théâtre Capitole inside the Capitole du Quebec has been in existence since 1992. It was formerly an arts and cultural events center but today it is used as a concert hall. Majestically decorated, the theater has comfortable seating accompanied by an excellent acoustic audio systems. The theater is divided into the Balcony and Orchestra Levels, check the seating map on their website. Some of the biggest names in the business have all performed here. Today the Theatre Capitole attracts thousands of screaming fans who come to see their favorite acts do what they do best.
Théâtre Premier Acte is a wonderful performance space, located within the Centre Culturel et Environnement Frédérick Back building in central Quebec. Accommodating an audience of only 80 members at a time, the theater is an intimate space. The aim of Théâtre Premier Acte is to offer upcoming theater groups a platform to showcase their talents. These groups function on a shoe-string budget, thus this modest, but well-equipped space is sufficient for them. The acts performed here are enthralling and you will surely be captivated by the thought and performances of each play.
Le D'Auteuil, an iconic performing arts venue, plays host to exciting lineup of events throughout the year much to the delight of performing arts fan in the city. From concerts and comedy shows to theater productions and DJ performances, the exciting events hosted here draws a decent crowd from across the city. Le D'Auteuil is the place to be if you want to catch performances of talented artists in the city.
One of the oldest standing theaters in the city, Impérial Bell is a local favorite among the theater-going crowd. With numerous plays, concerts, musicals and theatrical works, its calendar seems to be full forever. The theater houses a lounge, a restaurant La Casbah, and a large dining and performance space, La Grande Salle. The interiors of all these spaces are tastefully done and ooze sophistication. The works performed here are brilliant too, and come from various genres, highlighting various topics.
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.
After enjoying a relishing Italian fare at restaurant Savini, head downwards to this basement club to enjoy a night of music and drinks. Located right below the restaurant, Les Voûtes de Napoléon comes alive at 9:30p, offering music lovers a cozy have where they can devour libations while cocooned in melodious rhythms. A subterranean room of a 19th-century building, this bar opened its doors in 1993, and has since become a popular spot for night birds in Quebec. They have a rotating list of in-house musicians who perform every night.