The Elles

Many Québec residents head toward the sun and sand during the cold winter months, but few do it the way these two will. Next month, Christelle Maître and Isabelle Rivoal will leave the snow and cold of Québec behind and fly to the stark landscape of the Moroccan desert to take part in the Aïcha des Gazelles, an …

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The federation of milk producers for the province of Quebec has recently launched an advertising campaign to promote the great variety of excellent cheeses made here. It has enjoyed a resounding success, at least in terms of visibility, as the motif of their commercials is crossing over into the idiom of Quebecers. The hero of …

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For three days after the first snow of the year there has been a persistent drizzle in Québec City. The rain, however, in no way dampened the spirits of the gaggle of giggly girls I escorted around the neighborhood this evening. Their costumes were drenched, their hands frozen; but Halloween went on as planned thanks …

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Un beau groupe

I have only done it for a short time now, but it has quickly become one of my great joys. I train tour guides for the city of Québec. It is a delightful job, because my students come to the first day of class already convinced that Québec City is the most beautiful city in …

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Poison Ivy

In this day and age of warnings, disclaimers, and cautionary blurbs of all sorts, I was struck by this not-so-helpful sign that I saw on a recent tour to Montmorency Falls. To get to the suspension bridge that overlooks the falls, you can walk along the dirt path that runs just feet from the edge …

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Aldo is my best customer. Aldo is a donkey. Any walking tour of Old Québec includes a stop at the Cathedral of Holy Trinity, 31 rue des Jardins. It was the first Anglican cathedral built outside of the British Isles, and it graces the Old City with its Palladian architecture, its sonorous bells, and its …

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