Designated a World Heritage treasure by UNESCO, Old Quebec is the only walled city north of Mexico. As the cradle of French civilization in North America, its full of a remarkable mix of architecture, heritage, art, and culture.
The friendly atmosphere and good-natured locals add to the European charm. You’ll find horse-drawn carriages, street entertainers, singers, and artists, particularly at Old Quebec’s own open-air art gallery, Rue du Trésor. High atop Cape Diamond, stroll along the Dufferin Terrace overlooking the St. Lawrence River and the surrounding area.
The St. Lawrence River—a massive presence cutting clean across the Quebec area—cannot be overlooked. Gateway to America, it has been a part of the city’s economic landscape for over 400 years. Harbour and trade activities and the ever-growing number of cruise ships docking in the Vieux-Port de Quebec testify to its importance. A public market, park and bike path also bring the Vieux Port to life and help make this river-washed place truly idyllic. Get lost in the beautiful landscape of this historical city.
Jean Baptiste Day
Held on the 24th of June every year, Jean Baptiste Day is a day of celebration in Quebec and other areas of French Canada celebrating the St. John the Baptist. Various events are organized the night before and day of such as rock and jazz concerts, street festivals, sports tournaments, parades and a firework display.
The last day of the conference falls on the Eve of Jean Baptiste Day and we will update this page with local events and happenings for you to enjoy while you’re in Old Quebec. The fireworks display will be the perfect way to round out the conference for those who wish to attend!
A Few Must Dos
- Take a ride on the Funicular
- Have a quick shop at the local department store Simons
- Take a midnight walk along the Dufferin Terrace boardwalk
- Eat a traditional poutine at Snack Bar Saint-Jean
- Visit the Quebec Public Market for some locally-grown and made goods
- Cheers a pint at 3 Brasseurs – a 100 year old craft brewery