Located in Québec's Haute-Ville, Montcalm is the Arts District of the city. A mixed residential/commercial area close to Parliament Hill, this neighborhood encompasses the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, the Plains of Abraham, the Grand Theatre and an eclectic variety of restaurants, bars, cafés, pâtisseries and more. Coffee and dessert at Resto Ciel (28th floor of Hotel Le Concorde) included.
Duration: 2.5 hours. Distance: 1.5 km (.9 miles). Languages: French, English
Meeting Location: Pavillon Pierre Lassonde, Musée National des Beaux-Arts.
Participants: 6. Minimum age: 12 years
Musée National des Beaux-Arts - Plaines d'Abraham - Avenue Cartier - Chocolats Favoris - Restaurant Ciel! - Grand Theatre de Québec
Musée National des Beaux-Arts de Québec - Located along the chic Grande Allée, the Museum's vast collection offers a survey of the history of Québec art from the seventeenth century to the present day. While we will not enter its galleries, we will explore the common areas and discuss the offerings of its four pavilions: the Pierre Lassonde pavilion, devoted to contemporary art, the Charles Baillairgé pavilion, devoted to modern art, the Gérard Morisset pavilion, the temple of historical art, and the central pavilion, home to the Family Gallery.
Plaines d'Abraham - The site of many clashes for supremacy between the French and British, the park is the scene of the 1759 Conquest of Québec. Apart from its historical past, the park is to Québec what Central Park and Hyde Park are to New York and London: a city park of one hundred and three hectares of meadow and grassy knolls featuring a host of year-round activities.
Avenue Cartier - Avenue Cartier, less tourist-oriented than the Grande Allée and the Old City, is the heart of the Art District and features a lively atmosphere, gourmet food shops, and specialty boutiques. Here we will see and discuss the avenue's renowned Lumiere sur l'art. Created especially for Avenue Cartier, this public art project comprises seventeen "lampshades" featuring art on display at the Musée des Beaux Arts.
Chocolats Favoris - Québec's best known chocolaterie. Here we'll learn about the company, its chocolates, ice cream dipped in chocolate fondue and even do a bit of tasting.
Restaurant Ciel! - Located at the top of Hotel le Concorde, restaurant Ciel! is a city icon. It is the only revolving restaurant in Québec offering a 360 degree view of the City and the St. Lawrence River. While we will not enjoy its many menu items, we will discuss its menu and get a breathtaking view of Québec City.
Grand Theatre - The Grand Théâtre de Québec is one of the City's premier arts centers. It features two performance venues, classrooms, studios, a music library and a multi-media centre. If you love music, learning more about Grand Theatre and its offerings is a must to enhance your experience in Québec .