Sunday, February 10, 2013

Quebec City tourism news for February

  A newsletter from Québec City Tourism
February 7, 2013, Vol. 10, no. 2
Happy Year of the Snake
All of us at Québec City Tourism, both my colleagues and our members, wish our Chinese partners and clients much health, happiness and prosperity in the Year of the Snake!

Martin Lachance
Québec City Tourism
418-641-6654, poste 5423

Québec City, an attractive and affordable destination
Forbes magazine describes Québec City as an attractive and affordable destination in the article Remarkably Affordable Travel Destinations for 2013.

Note we have updated the Spring Break section of this website in French and English.

Here are the links: (in French) (in English)

Martin Lachance
Office du tourisme de Québec
418-641-6654, # 5423
Photo : F. Bergeron.

Learning how to have fun!
Do you remember your first time—on skis? This cute video is sure to bring back fond memories. A lucky few will even recognize themselves hitting the slopes: You’re never too old to learn!

To contact the Telus Winter Sports School
Stoneham: 1 800 463-6888, extension 537
Mont-Sainte-Anne: 1 888 827-4561, extension 341

Lisa Marie Lacasse
Mont-Sainte-Anne, Stoneham, Condos & Hôtel Stoneham
1 888 827-4579, # 323

Be part of the Gran Fondo Mont-Sainte-Anne!
Experience the thrill of this large international cycling event, with its colourful arches and banners, energetic send-off, water stations and routes winding through gorgeous scenery. The event starts June 23, 2013, at Château Mont-Sainte-Anne.

Three courses, two days of activities and one tough challenge along scenic routes winding through the hilly terrain of the Beaupré Coast. Take part in the fun of this gran fondo event with your friends or spouse, or as part of a team.

For more information, go to
Be part of the Gran Fondo.

Musée de la civilisation
Paris on Stage. 1889−1914
June 19, 2013, to February 23, 2014

Nostalgia buffs, dreamers and art lovers take note: The echo of the Belle Époque era can still be heard in this monumental tribute to Paris, which underscores the close relationship between Québec and France. After taking in this exhibit, visitors will find their thoughts turn to the City of Light, the source of inspiration for many an artist, inventor, romantic and poet.

Francine Desbiens
Musée de la civilisation

Renovations at the Saint Pierre Auberge
Half a million dollars has been invested in the Saint Pierre to, among other things, revitalize the décor, purchase high-end sheets and comforters, redo the lighting and change the carpeting in the 31 rooms and suites, restore all the furniture and floors, add HD wall-mounted televisions and acquire a half dozen paintings of landscapes and heritage buildings for the guest rooms.

Great news regarding another property owned by the Gilbert family: Hôtel 71, located next door to the Saint Pierre. The spacious 1200 sq. ft. penthouse (no. 720) on the roof of the hotel will soon have its own private terrace. From this excellent vantage point on the tallest building in the neighbourhood, the penthouse’s occupants will be able to admire the view of the Old Port, St. Lawrence River and Cape Diamant.

Jean Brouillard Communication
418 682-6111
Le Saint Pierre.

Coming aboard?
Cruise enthusiasts in the Québec City region are in for a treat in 2013. A number of cruises have Québec City as their port of departure or port of arrival. Click here for the link to the list of cruises for 2013. How about taking a tour of the Québec City region either before your cruise departs or after you arrive?

Quebec Cruises

Martin Lachance
Office du tourisme de Québec
418-641-6654, # 5423
Photo : Yves Tessier - Tessima.

Auberge Saint-Antoine is Number One
Auberge Saint-Antoine is proud to announce that it has been named the top hotel in Canada in 2012, according to the annual list of the world’s 500 best hotels compiled by Travel + Leisure's 2013 T+L 500 Awards.

Winners of the Travel + Leisure awards are determined every year by the magazine’s readers. Hotels are ranked by region according to specific criteria, such as the quality of the rooms and amenities, location, service, cuisine and overall value. Published by American Express Publishing Corporation, Travel + Leisure is a prestigious monthly magazine with over a million readers, making it the most popular travel and tourism magazine in the world.

Karina Durand
Mercure Communication
418-681-5559, # 30

What’s new in 2013 in the Jacques-Cartier Area
If you want to try a new winter sport, then Hok skiing is for you! Also known as snowshoe skiing, Hok skiing is described as a cross between Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. This activity is offered at the Station touristique Duchesnay resort.

Downhill skiers, telemarkers, off-trail snowboarders and alpine touring skiers will be pleased to learn that the Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier has a new 100 hectare ski park. A shuttle, the Loup Express, now brings visitors to the start of the sentier des Loups trail.

Two new groomed glade run trails are now open at Stoneham Mountain Resort. One is at the intermediate level, and the other presents a pulse-pounding challenge for the truly brave.

A new 6 km (3.7 mile) snowshoeing trail has been laid out at Camp Mercier in the Réserve faunique des Laurentides wildlife preserve.

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Valcartier Vacation Village has launched the Bring Your Old Man promotion! Every Sunday, each person aged 16 to 25 gets a 50% discount off a Passport+Rafting ticket when accompanied by a person aged 50 or older who buys a regularly priced Passport+Rafting ticket!

Tourisme Jacques-Cartier
418-844-2358, # 302
The shuttle, the Loup Express.

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