THE ICE HOTEL IN QUEBEC VIDEO
Located around a forty minute drive from Quebec City, the Ice Hotel has become a destination for people that want to spend a night in an ice palace with rooms festooned with fanciful sculptures along imaginative themes. The Ice Bar is lively any time of day, and the Nordic Spa hot tubs and sauna are recommended to warm you up before snuggling up into the extra strength sleeping bag for the night.
THE BIODOME VIDEO
With all of nature under one roof, the Biodome is a combination of a zoo, aquarium, botanical garden and interpretive center, filled with birds, mammals and vegetation. It consists of four very different ecosystems, all within a space of more than 107,000 square feet. These microcosms are true to real climactic conditions, including natural vegetation and animal life. One of the four ecosystems is the Polar World.
THE BIOSPHERE VIDEO
One of Montréal’s trademark buildings was, up until recently, known as the U.S. Pavilion, built for Expo 67. This geodesic dome has been transformed into the Biosphère, an exhibit whose main purpose is to sensitize the public about the importance of the preservation of water as a precious resource. Opened in 1995, The Biosphère has four large thematic rooms with a total area of over 12,000 square feet.
HORTICULTURAL LAVAL VIDEO
Laval is the horticultural capital of Québec, with 47% of its territory zoned green. Along its Flower Trail, countless rows of greenhouses are interspersed with multi-colored fields bursting with flowers. The Trail is an almost seven-mile itinerary where some 30 producers, gardeners and florists are located. Many visitors come to learn the tricks of the trade, or to bask in the exotic fragrances that infuse each location on the trail.
RABASKA RIDE IN LAVAL VIDEO
Located on the Mille Iles River in Laval, you can experience the wonders of theater in a rabaska. The Ollonois Theatre Group presents The Adventures of Capitaine Dubord: the quest for a priceless treasure explorer, Captain Dubord, you will discover pages of history through a variety of characters that include natives, coureurs des bois, settlers and imaginary creatures. Nature plays a leading role in this highly realistic historical adventure.
MONTMORENCY FALLS VIDEO
Montmorency Falls is both an historic site and a very popular tourist destination. A cable car ride gets you the best view of the 270-foot waterfalls, which amounts to about one and a half times the height of Niagara Falls, though they aren’t anywhere near as wide. In the winter, ice climbers scale the Freezing Wall, or the ice-covered cliff, which contains many climbing routes.
THE STEWART MUSEUM AT THE FORT AT ILE STE. HÉLÈNE VIDEO
This museum is both an historical landmark and a must-see exhibition. After the War of 1812 between Britain and the United States, the fort at Ile Ste. Hélène was built to properly defend Montréal in the event of a new conflict. Throughout the summer, authentic 18th-century military drills are performed and taught by the soldiers of La Compagnie franche de la Marine and the Olde 78th Fraser Highlanders.
MONTRÉAL JAZZ FESTIVAL VIDEO
The Montréal International Jazz Festival is held every July, drawing 1.5 million visitors including 250,000 from out of town. The festivities run for 11 days on four city blocks that are closed to traffic. Add to the mix street performers, makeup artists and a whole musical playground, it’s an ideal event for the entire family to experience and enjoy.
WEEKEND GETAWAY IN MONTRÉAL WITH VIA RAIL VIDEO
Via Rail operates frequent daytime and overnight train rides between Toronto and Montreal. With the proximity of the two cities, it makes for a fabulous weekend getaway to enjoy the shops, museums, accommodation and dining that Montréal has to offer, not to mention the luxury of traveling aboard Via’s range of services. In this clip, we see the Pointe a Calliere Museum and the Art Gallery in Montréal.
QUÉBEC CITY, AN HISTORICAL CAPITAL VIDEO
The many historical buildings and museums include Notre Dame Cathedral, the Information Center and the Musée du Québec (or the National Museum of Québec). Encircled by a three- mile-long stonewall, Québec City’s downtown core has been inhabited for 400 years, and still looks as it did during the French regime. You can stroll through narrow winding streets and hidden courtyards, discovering marvelous one-of-a-kind shops and delightful bistros. Fashionable streets are lined with buildings of diverse architectural styles.
THE CITY OF MONTRÉAL VIDEO
Montréal is a lively commercial capital, with an old port and numerous architectural highlights. From a belvedere atop Mount Royal, you can see that the downtown landscape showcases a towering glass and concrete silhouette. The city is firmly planted in America, but has a distinct European flair, stylishly blending the old with the new. An excellent subway system connects the most extensive underground city in the world.
THE QUÉBEC CITY SUMMER FESTIVAL VIDEO
Every July, the Festival lines up ten days of festivities. There’s plenty to enjoy, from craft shopping to horse and buggy rides through the old sector. Crowd-pleasing magicians and street performers pack the city’s main squares, while people of all ages get right into the spirit. It’s all here, from Dixieland jazz to hip hop – the beat is infectious! Free concerts heat up at night and areas such as Grand Allée bustle with people enjoying Québec City’s vivid nightlife, on their way to and from the various concert locations.
WENDAKE, QUÉBEC VIDEO
For a glimpse into the Aboriginal culture in the province, visit the Wendake Amerindian Reserve just seven miles north of Québec City. Notre Dame de Lorette chapel is a centrally located historical monument that includes a small museum. You’ll find further evidence of the Huron-Wendat culture at local restaurants in a quaint town whose setting is capped by the scenic Kabir Kouba Falls. A traditional Huron Wendat village has been built in a natural environment, inviting you to sample the nation’s traditions, both past and present.
SUMMERTIME IN QUEBEC CITY VIDEO
Situated on the St. Lawrence River, Quebec City has a historic ambience and is home to the Quebec Legislature. Beguiling archetecture is preserved and the city has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Encircled by a 3-mile long stone wall, Quebec City’s downtown core has been inhabited for 400 years and still looks as it did during the French Regime.
WINTER CARNIVAL IN QUÉBEC VIDEO
The striking Chateau Frontenac hotel is one of the main locations of the festivities. Carnival is an annual gathering with sleigh rides and wintry sports such as ice climbing. Re-live the good old days, with skating, curling, and snow slide adventures that you can enjoy right in the middle of the city! Québec City has been informally celebrating Carnival since about 1894 and it’s been almost 50 years since it became the organized event, as we know it today.
WINTER SPORTS IN QUÉBEC VIDEO
If skiing or snowboarding get you going, Québec City is one of the top downhill destinations east of the Rockies! No fewer than 111 runs, including 56 with night skiing, operate from November to May at the area’s three ski resorts: Mont Sainte-Anne, Station touristique Stoneham and Le Relais. For those who prefer to do their skiing cross-country, the region boasts thirty ski areas, including well-known centers like Camp Mercier and Mont Sainte-Anne.