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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.
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 the young ones from time to time. This is the ideal place to visit with the entire family for a stellar theater performance.
Catch the best of international cinema at this eclectic theater at the heart of the city. A refreshing change from the mostly commercial cinemas screened throughout the city, Le Clap is a treat for enthusiasts who wish to catch up on world cinema. From critically acclaimed movies and blockbusters to award-winning documentaries, the cinema's programming is varied and offers something for everyone. Comfortable seating options and advanced audio-visual technology make for a pleasant movie-going experience.
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.
A shopping oasis as spectacular as Galeries de Capitale deserves a fitting amusement option, and Méga Parc certainly lives up to its name. With a whopping 18 rides for children of all ages, it's easy to forget that the park is an indoor facility. From the classic Ferris wheel and bumper cars to the stomach-churning G-Force and Roller Coaster, the park has something for everyone. Besides the rides, the facility offers a large ice-skating rink as well. Additionally, the facility makes provisions for birthday parties and private events.
In the summer, guests have a blast gliding down dozens of waterslides at Valcartier Village Vacances, as fast as 80km per hour in one of the worlds tallest waterslide. Those who would rather relax can enjoy the wave pool, the beach, poolside patios or a leisurely river raft cruise. In the winter, waterslides become ice slides and the fun continues. Snow rafting, skating and sleigh rides are also available. Admission to the waterpark and for other activities vary.
This historic railway makes the 210-foot (64 meter) trip from the Dufferin Terrace to the Lower Town at a 45 degree angle. In more or less continual service since 1879, the original steam engine and open cars have been updated, most recently in 1997. The thoroughly-modern funicular now runs year-round. A gift shop at the French-Colonial style base station offers various souvenirs.
Aquarium du Québec is a popular attraction that is home to 250 species of fish, mammals and reptiles, including some that are unique to Quebec region. The Audio-Guide is a must when visiting the aquarium, as it provides fascinating information via headphones. Seals perform acrobatics three times a day, while a few trails, picnic tables and a restaurant are available on premises for relaxation. The aquarium is located near the Saint Lawrence River and offers an incredible view of the Old Quebec Bridge. Check website for varying dates.
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.
If your kids have a lot of spare time on their hands and demand to be entertained, head to this cinema at Les Galeries de la Capitale. This theatre features high-end animation movies, which can be watched by the whole family, though the target audience is primarily the kiddies. The latest movies from the big studios are converted to IMAX 3D and shown here, which obviously makes them even more wonderful and fun to watch. For show timings and other information, check the website.
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.