Québec City is a charming Canadian outpost brimming with Old World charm, gorgeous natural beauty and architectural delights. Perfect for a weekend getaway from both Boston and New York, this sophisticated city has its finger on the pulse while also providing a rare glimpse into the past.

For those in search of a vacation infused with history and bursting with vibrant museums, unique art galleries, world-class restaurants and lively festivals, look no further than this unique North-American destination. Here you’ll find that arts and culture is the Québécois way of life and definitely worth exploring.

Blast from the past at the Les Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France 

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Don a period costume and play your part during this lively, historical and gastronomical festival. From the First Nations who have called this region home for millennia, to French explorer Samuel de Champlain who settled here in the early 1600s, the capital city of Québec has a rich, proud history steeped in tradition that residents are proud to continue. Experience what life was like as an early settler in the region and participate in events that honor the traditions of the First Nations who came before them thanks to the hundreds of artists, crafters and culinary pros who bring history to life during the week. Jam-packed with things to do, see and eat, this annual event invites thousands to celebrate all things Québécois at the four-day Les Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France or the New France Festival

Key phrase:  

Je me souviens. / I remember. 

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Explore our collective culture at the Musée de la civilisation 

Go on an anthropological adventure at the Musée de la civilisation (Museum of Civilization) and explore the cultural ties that bind us — from ancient civilization through modern day and the sociocultural movements, habits and technology we encounter in our daily lives. This popular, interactive destination features several attractions and a host of rotating shows, all intent on bringing to life the nuanced and at times complicated experience of living on this planet. An upcoming program journeys into the heart of Québec’s history and rich culture. With more than 375 objects and archival documents, and an original film, the program chronicles the lives of the first peoples who inhabited Québec, the contacts between the Aboriginal peoples and the Europeans, as well as life in the days of New France and under British rule.

Key phrase: 

Bonne journée! / Have a good day! 

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Celebrate all things French at the Musée de l’Amérique francophone 

In the centuries since the French settled here, the Québec capital has maintained strong ties to the homeland culture, language and way of life. Express your inner Francophile at this revered cultural institution dedicated to honoring life in New France, a must for history buffs visiting the area. Located in the heart of Old Québec, the Musée de l’Amérique francophone features a strong permanent collection exploring society in the region, as well as host of rotating programs. Current exhibitions range in scope from art and religion to the French diaspora within North America. Housed within the 17th century Séminaire de Québec, it’s also the oldest musée (that’s museum en français) in Canada, with many precious relics on display in the historic chapel.   

Key phrase:  

Parlez-vous français? / Do you speak French?

Image: MUSÉE NATIONAL DES BEAUX-ARTS DU QUÉBEC 

Art meets life at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec 

The Pierre Lassonde Pavilion at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (National Fine Arts Museum of Québec) is an expansive exhibition space that naturally elevates the works it houses. Situated alongside the historically significant Plains of Abraham National Battlefields Park, the pavilion’s crystalline exterior harmoniously integrates its surroundings into every exhibit. Designed by architectural firm OMA, the mindfully-designed space creates new ways to discover and enjoy the art by blending form with function, and art with life. The pavilion is the biggest cultural project by the city in some 50 years and a testament to Québec City’s institutions and how they continue to evolve, grow and expand toward the future.   

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