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Experience history in Quebec City

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With its narrow cobblestone streets, old city walls, and friendly gay scene, Quebec City seems to have everything for a magical trip. As soon as you arrive in the charming quarter known as "Old Quebec", you'll realize this city, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, is like no place else in North America. 

The friendly locals speak predominantly French, but in tourist areas and gay bars and restaurants you'll manage with English. No matter what the season, there are always special events taking place in Quebec City. The summertime Festival d'Eté de Québec takes place in July, and winter’s Carnaval de Quebec, takes place in January and February. For the gay community, the Fierté Québecl (Quebec City Pride), takes place the first weekend of September (during Labour Day Weekend).

Now and always, history is being experienced and written in the province’s capital. Dive into the heart of authentic history with all the different heritage sites found in the city and region Québec. Those who love archaeology and history will spend hours in wonder as they wind through the streets that teem with memories which tell the tale of the past. You will quickly understand why Québec is known as one of the most prized gems on the North American continent. It is impossible to pass over Québec’s military history in silence. Visitors can deepen their knowledge of history with a guided tour of La Citadelle and the Plains of Abraham both of which were the setting for many well-known historic events. Today, this magnificent park at the heart of the city is a haven of peace with flowering gardens where you can enjoy a nice walk. You'll find the city's gay scene along portions of quaint rue St-Jean, a street full of various bars, cafes and boutiques just outside the walls of the Old City.

The outskirts of Québec City are simply enchanting.  In just a few minutes, you could find yourself deep in the countryside or in the heart of one of the large natural parks. The Chute Montmorency alone (83 m / 272 ft. high) is a magnificent waterfall well worth the detour. Characterized by abrupt dips in the landscape, the Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier is sure to leave you speechless. Venture through the marshes at the Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area to observe up close 300 species of birds, including the tens of thousands of snow geese that visit twice a year, in the spring and fall.

 

Attractions

 

Maison de la découverte des plaines d'Abraham 

835, rue Wilfrid-Laurier , Québec.

T. : 418-649-6157  www.ccbn-nbc.gc.ca

The ideal spot for obtaining detailed information about the park and starting your visit by bus or on foot. See a model of the park, watch an audio-visual display, visit the gift shop. Take in the new, Odyssey : Cap sur l'histoire des plaines d'Abraham exhibition and experience an extraordinary adventure

 

Le Théâtre Petit Champlain

68, rue du Petit-Champlain, Québec  QC, G1K 4H4

T. 418 692-2631 Billetterie  www.theatrepetitchamplain.com

Théâtre Petit Champlain offers you a musical spectacle that blends music with theatre, and an unforgettable chance to meet multitalented artists.

 

Domaine de l’Arc-en-ciel

1878, Rang 5 Ouest Joly, Québec

T. (418) 728-5522 ou 1-866-928-5522  www.dom-aec.com

Not far from Québec City, there is a gay camping called the Domaine de l’Arc-en-ciel. Why not have a dream weekend at the camping, you can either rent a log cabin or a caravan, there are more than a hundred camping spaces. It’s an ideal and intimate camping in the middle of a natural environment. Or treat yourself to one of the spaces located on a small and quiet island… 

 

Lodgings

 

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

1, rue des Carrières, Québec  Q G1R 4P5

T. 418-692-3861 ou 1866-540-4460

www.fairmont.fr/frontenac-quebec

Ideally located inside the walls of Old Quebec, the iconic Fairmont Le Château Frontenac has undergone a multimillion dollar renaissance project that will reposition it as one of the world’s leading hotels. The restoration blends the charm of the hotel’s enchanting past with modern innovations, creating an allure that is fresh & seductive, balanced with the hotel’s rich history & dynamic future. In any one of its 611 guestrooms and suites, you'll feel an elegant touch of historic Europe. Your experience at this landmark luxury hotel will guarantee you a memorable and inspiring stay in one of the most beautiful, and walkable, cities in the world. 

 

Hôtel Hippocampe

31, rue McMahon, Québec

T. 418-692-1521, 1 888 388-1521  www.hotelhippocampe.com

The owner, Yvon Pépin, invites you to have an unforgettable experience in this one-of-a-kind hotel. The Hippocampe offers well-equipped, air-conditioned, spacious bedrooms that will please his guests. Every bedroom is equipped with a large bed, cable TV and wireless high-speed Internet. Guests of the Hippocampe also have access to these services: free coffee every morning, a sauna, free parking, a laundry room, a wake-up service, a security deposit, XXX movies and a sex shop.

 

Restaurants

 

Pacini

Pacini Québec Sainte-Foy 999, avenue de Bourgogne, Québec, T. 418 658-1202  /  Pacini Québec, Vanier, 245, rue Soumande, Québec T. 418 527-8623  / Pacini Lévis, 68, route du Président-Kennedy, Lévis  T. 418 833-4366  /  Pacini Québec, Sainte-Foy, 999, avenue de Bourgogne, Québec, T. 418 658-1202  www.pacini.com

Pacini's menu is a succession of dishes, each one as appetizing as another, including some truly unique and exclusive foods. With no artificial trans fats, they are naturally exceptional. There are pasta dishes for every taste, always cooked al dente, pizzas brushed with olive oil and cooked according to a specific Pacini process that prevents the emergence of artificial trans fat, tender and delicious Italian grills, and extraordinary desserts. All wines are available by the glass. Buon appetito !

 

La Piazzetta

1191 av. Cartier, Québec  / 64, rue Saint-Paul, Québec

357, Saint-Joseph Est, Québec  /  707, rue Saint-Jean, Québec

www.lapiazzetta.ca

This chain revolutionized pizza in Quebec in 1989 by offering thin-crust square pizza inspired by the Europeans. It uses only quality ingredients and creates exclusive taste sensations. Products are made the traditional way, with no chemical additives or preservatives.

 

Services & shopping

 

Bijouterie  Paul A. Langlois

909, boul. Pierre-Bertrand Sud, Suite 210, Vanier QC  G1M 3R8

T. 418 683-3145   1 800 683-7672 www.bijouterielanglois.com

The Paul A. Langlois Jewelry is THE place to find a very fine and refined jewel that will match your style to perfection. Wether for a loved one or yourself, this is the jewelry boutique with a wide selection of jewels, chains, pendants, earrings or watches. Whatever you’re looking for, we certainly have it in store to please you. Come visit us at our boutique in Québec City’s borough of Vanier or shop online.

 

Bars & clubs

 

Cabaret Club Le Drague        

815, rue Saint-Augustin, Québec,?Québec

T.  418-649-7212  www.ledrague.com

A bar complex open to all. Including : free wifi connexion, the canoy opened every day from 10 :00 am ; the Cabaret section opened every day from 4 :00 pm ; and the ZONE 3 section open from Wednesday to Saturday. The Club section on 2 levels offers the beats of the moment to dance the night away and is opened from Thursday to Saturday from 11 pm till 3  am.

 

Club Forhom        

221, rue Saint-Jean, Québec.  T. 418-522-4918 www.forhom.ca

This is a men’s only bar  located on the street level of the centuries’ old building that houses Bloc 225 gay complex in Québec City. Club Forhom is managed by a team of gay volunteers for the men of Québec’s gay community. Open to members and others. Activities : happy hour (5 @ 7) everyday with specials. Tuesdays : are gay films day starting at 7 pm; Thursdays : shows and food from 8 pm; Fridays : it’s underwear evening, from 7  to 9 pm.

 

Le Dagobert                  

600, Grande-Allée Est. Québec,?Québec

T. 418-522-0393  www.dagobert.ca

Among Quebec City's residents it is known as the ''Dag''. The Dagobert is a bar that has constantly evolved but remained a must for all clubbers. First floor : band' shows; on the 2nd floor : six in house DJ's spin a diversity of rythms.   

 

Le St-Matthew’s        

889, Côte Sainte-Geneviève, Québec,?Québec

T. 418-524-5000 www.facebook/bar.stmatthews

Mostly crowded with men, this gay bar is opened everyday from 11 :00 am till 3 :00 am in the morning. One will find a pool table, a terrace and video lottery machines. One of the best moment to visit is on Saturday evenings when the bars transforms itself into a club with dancefloor. The Saturday happy hours are not to be missed either for their prize draws of $100 !  But of course, you’ll have to be there to win !

 

Bath houses

 

Sauna Backboys

264, de la Couronne,?Québec, Québec

T. 418-521-6686   1 877 523-6686 www.backboy.qc.ca

The most recent sauna in Quebec City. 45 rooms and lockers, glory holes, rooms for leathermen, labyrinth, steam and dry saunas, whirpool. Nudist nights on Mondays et Tuesdays. Special rates for student. Open daily 24h/day.

 

Sauna Bloc 225           

225, rue Saint-Jean,?Québec, Québec

T. 418-523-2562 1 877 523-2562  www.gayquebec.net

Over fifty rooms and lockers in a Victorian house. Whirpool, dry and steam saunas, boutique inside, screening room and private booths. Special rates for students. Open daily.rooms.

 

Sauna Hippocampe                             

31, rue McMahon,?Québec, Québec

T. 418-692-1521   1 888 288-1521    www.saunahippocampe.com

The oldest such establishment in Quebec City recently face lifted. Now with a whirpool, dry and steam saunas, screening room, glory holes and dark rooms. More than 60 rooms and as many lockers. Special rates for students. Open daily, 24 hours.

 

Best beaches

 

Plage Eau Clair du Lac Simon

100, chemin du Lac-Simon, Saint-Léonard-de-Portneuf G0A 4A0

T. 418 337-6741 / En saison : 418 337-3160

www.domainedulacsimon.com

The water quality is really exceptional at this magnificent beach. An enchanting and quiet place where one can enjoy many sports wether by boat, by bike (the Jacques Cartier/Portneuf bike path is located near the beach) or just on foot. This place is really worth a detour for tourists…

 

Plage Baie de Beauport

Boulevard Henri-Bourassa, Québec, QC G1J 5K3

T. 418 266-0722 www.baiedebeauport.com

Even tho you can’t swim, this 1 km long beach is worth the stop. Located on the shores of the Beauport Bay, you’ll have the incredible view on Orléans island and Saint-Anne mountain. During the day, boating and many other sports to play, and in the evening, shows and parties with Dj’s will certainly please a diversity of crowds. And it’s all 5 min. from Québec City…