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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Quebec City travel news for July 2013

July 4, 2013, Vol. 10, no. 7
Québec City as the best destination in the country
The prestigious tourism magazine, Travel+Leisure, just published the results of its 2013 World’s Best Awards, and its readers have spoken: Québec City is the top destination in Canada and the eighth best in North America.

Québec City has moved up a rung since last year, surpassing Vancouver as the most popular Canadian destination. This achievement means Québec City keeps its prized spot in the Hall of Fame, a select group of destinations that have ranked highly for ten or more consecutive years.

This broad-ranging survey of the magazine’s readers was carried out from December 2012 to April 2013. The cities were evaluated according to six criteria: sights, arts and culture, restaurants and food, locals, shopping, and value. For more information go to www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest/2013/cities/us-canada-cities/502.“Teamwork is what has enabled us to reach and maintain such a top spot in this prestigious ranking. And it’s even more encouraging to know that it’s the magazine readers who vote for us,” explains Québec City Tourism director Gabriel Savard.

Another kudo for Québec City—Auberge Saint-Antoine was again voted one of the top 3 hotels surveyed in its category.
Sylvain Gagné
Office du tourisme de Québec
418-641-6654, # 5405

Sir Paul McCartney in Québec City on July 23
Nearly five years to the day since his first visit, Paul McCartney will be back to give a concert in Québec City on July 23, 2013! Touched by the crowd’s enthusiastic response in 2008, Sir Paul remarked that the historical evening in question “was one I will never forget.” It should come as no surprise, then, that he leapt at the opportunity to perform before his loyal Québec City fans on the Plains of Abraham during his new Out There tour.

Rachel Dupuis
3E Événement-expérience-émotion

2013 Opera Festival
Public lyrical art performances across the city

The third edition of the Festival d’Opéra de Québec will run from July 24 to August 5. This year’s program reflects the organizers’ desire to celebrate the lyrical arts with opera lovers and the general public through both traditional and more innovative activities.

A devilishly good show: La Damnation de Faust
Once again, the Opera Festival has succeeded in drawing a major international show. In association with Ex Machina, the Festival will present La Damnation de Faust, an opera that has had rave reviews in New York, Paris and Tokyo. Produced by Robert Lepage and directed by Giuseppe Grazioli, this masterpiece will be held in the Louis-Fréchette auditorium at the Grand Théâtre de Québec on July 25 (8 p.m.), 27 (2 p.m.), and 29 and 31 (8 p.m.).

Alexandre Vignola Côté
Festival d’opéra de Québec

Another epicurean feast for you to enjoy!
The City of Québec announces the return of the Bordeaux Wine Festival in Québec City from August 29 to September 1, 2013, at Espace 400e.

“The success of this event in 2012 proved that the people of Québec City have a fine palate and enjoy making new culinary discoveries,” said Québec City mayor Régis Labeaume. “Given how popular last year’s event was, how could we not hold it again? I think it is safe to say a tasty new tradition was born!”

“The culture of wine is the key to gaining a better understanding of our world. The common heritage shared by wine-making civilizations goes far beyond the globalization of trade,” added Alain Juppé, former French prime minister (1995–1997) and the current mayor of Bordeaux.

Serving up fine wine and good food!
The menu for this festive public event includes Bordeaux wine, local culinary specialities, workshops, gourmet entertainment and much more. Once again, visitors will be amazed by how well Bordeaux wine complements Québec gastronomy!

Until then, don’t miss the opportunity to see the last edition of the popular Image Mill projection event and the free Cirque du Soleil show developed especially for Québec City.

Work at the MNBAQ site to start again soon
The Québec government has reviewed and approved the project to expand the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. Among the changes made to the project include a simpler but equally aesthetic design for the curtain walls of structural and conventional glass and the removal of some inside walls to improve visitor flow.

The proposed tunnel between the future pavilion and the existing museum complex has been redrawn. The main building will now be linked to the Pierre-Lassonde pavilion rather than the Charles-Baillairgé pavilion. This was done for functional reasons, as well as to allow Riopelle’s famous triptych, Hommage à Rosa Luxembourg, to be displayed.

Throughout the summer of 2013, you can visit the exhibit Alfred Pelland: In the Studio at the Musée des beaux-arts du Québec.

Linda Tremblay
Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
418-644-6460, # 5532
1 866-220-2150

New lift at Mont-Sainte-Anne to open in December 2013
A multi-million dollar investment

Mont-Sainte-Anne is pleased to announce its major investment in a new mechanical lift for its expert ski runs. Built in Saint-Jérôme, Québec, this detachable quad lift will replace the current three-seater chairlift. This investment will, among other things, cut the time to get to the top of the runs in half and allow a larger skiable area to be served.

Recognized for the vertical drop and breathtaking view of the St. Lawrence River and Québec City, the expert runs at Mont-Sainte-Anne will be enhanced with the installation of this new lift. Thanks to its advanced snow-making technology, Mont-Sainte-Anne has the longest ski season in eastern Québec, extending from mid-November to the end of April.

Amélie Leclerc
1 800-463-6888, # 566

Are you looking for what’s new in the Québec City region?
If you are missing some important information or would like to read what we or our members had to say recently, simply scroll through this section of our website or contact us directly. Note the e-newsletter will be on hiatus for August. Have a great summer! This short video about the New France Festival (held from August 7 to 13, 2013) will give you an idea of the many different activities and events you can take part in when visiting Québec City!

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