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Monday, January 14, 2013

Quebec City Travel News for January 2013

 A newsletter from Québec City Tourism
January 10, 2013, Vol. 10, no. 1
New in May 2013: try the via ferrata and double zip line
You can go hiking along the clifftop trail at Montmorency Falls Park and admire the scenic view from an excellent vantage point! A breathtaking way to explore the hidden charms of this spectacular site. Choose either the 45-minute route for recreational hikers or the more challenging 2½-hour route. The hike includes a crossing of the cove of the falls by means of a 270 m (810') double zip line.

Hours : May 1 to October 30, 2013: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

David Dorion
CLD de la Côte-de-Beaupré
Photo : Jean-Guy Lavoie.

Manif d’art 7
The Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec team is pleased to announce the nomination of Sherbrooke’s Vicky Chainey Gagnon as curator of Manif d’art 7. Resistance will be the theme of this major contemporary visual art event. Approximately one hundred exhibitions and activities will be organized during the scope of this event in May and June 2014.

Patrick Fournier
Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec
Mrs Vicky Chainey Gagnon.

Club Med expresses interest in the Massif de Charlevoix project
A letter of mutual interest was signed between Club Med and Groupe Le Massif, confirming their common desire to reach a partnership agreement to jointly operate a Club Med at the Massif ski resort. Negotiations are underway to begin running a 300-room hotel as of December 2015. Club Med wishes to become involved in every aspect of the Massif de Charlevoix project.

Club Med's interest underscores the tourist appeal of the Massif de Charlevoix. Note, however, that this hotel would only account for a portion of the lodging units at the resort. As initially planned, a range of accommodations will be available for all tastes and budgets.

Sarah M. Matthews
Groupe Le Massif inc.
418-948-1725, # 27

The Québec Winter Carnival serves as a source of inspiration for the new novel by Belinda Jones: Winter Wonderland!
The Québec Winter Carnival and Loto-Québec are proud to announce the North American release of Belinda Jones' new novel, Winter Wonderland, a story set amid the magic of the Carnival. Already available in the United Kingdom, Winter Wonderland will soon be distributed in 18 countries.

Winter Wonderland is the story of tourism journalist Krista Carter, who travels around the globe in search of fascinating destinations for her readers always looking for the next great holiday idea. She finds herself in Québec City, where she experiences the enchantment of winter and warm Québécois hospitality. During her stay, she falls in love with Jacques, a French-Canadian musher.

Belinda Jones is one of the many jounalists to have attended the 2012 Carnival press tour organized by Québec City Tourism, Tourisme Québec and the Québec Winter Carnival.

Éric Bilodeau
Office du tourisme de Québec
418-641-6654, # 5422

Ice fishing at the Portneuf wildlife reserve
It is now possible to go trout ice fishing on both lakes Stein and Lindsay this winter. There is a heated waystation at Lake Lindsay, where fishing equipment may be rented. This activity is restricted to those staying on the reserve. Note the cost of onsite lodging does not include fishing access fees.

The cottages on the réserve faunique de Portneuf are large enough to accommodate an extended family, but isolated enough to ensure complete privacy. A Québec fishing permit is required to go ice fishing, though one may be obtained at the reserve.

Ice fishing season from mid-December to mid-March (depending on ice conditions).

Réserve faunique de Portneuf
Photo : SEPAQ.

Lots of snow on the Beaupré Coast!
Take a trek along the snowshoe ski trails winding through the Montmorency Forest this winter! This new activity is simply one more that may be practised in the Montmorency Forest, an outdoor recreational destination par excellence. You are sure to appreciate staying in one of the cozy cottages amid the gorgeous scenery.

If you would rather go cross-country skiing, you can spend the night at one of the five heated shelters along the cross-country ski trails at Mont-Sainte-Anne. Three of these shelters can accommodate up to six guests deep in the woods!

In the winter, the forest is draped in a snowy cloak, and the river glistens and glitters in the frosty light! Along the Sentier des Caps trail in the Saint-Tite-des-Caps sector, snowshoes are king! Every trail (a total of 28 km / 17 miles) leads to belevederes looking out over the St. Lawrence River and Montmagny Archipelago! It is also possible to take a two- to six-day trip along the Sentier des Caps trail in Charlevoix, during which you can go wilderness camping or sleep in one of the nine shelters along the trail. Your outdoor adventure awaits!

Plan your future trips
To help you plan your future trips, here are the next dates for some major Québec City events:

Québec Winter Carnival: February 1–17, 2013 / January 31–February 16, 2014 / January 30–February 15, 2015
Québec City Summer Festival: July 4–14, 2013 / July 3–13, 2014 / July 9–19, 2015
New France Festival: August 7–11, 2013 / August 6–10, 2014 / August 5–9, 2015
Québec City International Festival of Military Bands: August 20–25, 2013 / August 19–24, 2014 / August 25–30, 2015
Québec Opera Festival: (tentative dates): July 24–August 4, 2013 / July 23–August 3, 2014 / July 22–August 2, 2015

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