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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Quebec City travel news: Eating well

Eating well is in our genes!
In Québec City, the foodie in you will always be well served. See for yourself what local restaurants have to offer. You may also want to follow the Gourmet Route, a feast for the senses laid out by some fifty agri-food businesses in the region. Farmers, chefs, winemakers, fine grocers and other food experts have prepared a unique tourist experience that showcases their know-how, dedication and passion for their craft. A tasty journey of discovery awaits those who set out along the Gourmet Route!

You can join a group of the 300 guests who will enjoy a delicious meal served in the middle of a field while watching the sun set. Every dish will feature local ingredients, in honour of those who worked so hard to produce them. A memorable dining event in the beautiful countryside this July. The exact location is to be announced.

Bruno-Clément Boudreault
Parcours gourmand

Renovations complete at the Saint Pierre, auberge distinctive
The renovations undertaken at the Saint Pierre, auberge distinctive, over the past few months are now complete. The extensive work on all 31 rooms and 10 suites of this boutique hotel in the Old Port represents an investment of over half a million dollars.

Note that the Saint Pierre, which opened its doors in 1997, is one of the first boutique hotels in Canada. The building in which the hotel is located dates back to 1821 and once held the head office of The Québec Fire Insurance Co., the first insurance company in the country. Rue Saint-Pierre used to be known as the Wall Street of Québec City.

Michel Couture
Le Saint Pierre Auberge distinctive

Hop-on, hop-off double-decker tour buses now in Québec City
Starting in the summer of 2013, Tours du Vieux-Québec will provide double-decker bus tours along a route with 14 stops. During each 1 h 40 min tour, visitors will be allowed to get on or off the bus at whichever stops they choose. Each stop is close to anywhere from five to ten attractions. This is the latest tour offered by Tours du Vieux-Québec in the Québec City and region.

A new traditional longhouse at the Huron-Wendat Museum
When you set foot in the longhouse at the Huron-Wendat Museum, you will be able to appreciate the Wendat people’s traditional way of life. Completed in the spring of 2013, this longhouse is where you will meet Andicha and Okia, proud female guardians of the wisdom and knowledge of their people. They tell Huron-Wendat myths and legends, teach the art of cooking bannock (traditional Aboriginal bread) and share the know-how of their ancestors with visitors.

To get the most out of your experience, you can spend the night in the longhouse under the watchful eye of the one who tends the fire. Ask about the rental possibilities and packages available, such as the Tourilli, which consists of transportation by helicopter to a first-rate fishing spot in a lush setting deep in the woods.

New activities at Montmorency Falls Park in the summer of 2013
The via ferrata will be set up in the Boischatel Crevasse near the Montmorency Falls and consists of two routes for those who want to combine sightseeing and mountaineering: the Explorer (190 m / 623’) and the Montmorency Torrent (250 m/820’). A double zip line lets visitors zoom high above the cove at the base of the falls over a distance of 270 m/886’.

Bury Your Dead
This 2 h 15 min walking tour by Tours Voir Québec traces the footsteps of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, the detective hero of the mystery novel Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny, during his investigation into the murder of an amateur archeologist whose body was found in the basement of the Literary and Historical Society of Québec. Our guide leads you through the narrow, winding streets of Old Québec so you can see, with your own eyes, the very places Armand Gamache visited on his search for the truth.

Sébastien Ivers
Tours Voir Québec
1 866-694-2001

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