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Art for Art’s Sake

The Lower Town of Old Québec, as compact as it is, has a surprising diversity of neighborhoods – neighborhoods that overlap and complement one another. It is the oldest part of town, containing architectural vestiges of the first European traders to settle here. It is a bustling port, with the deep St. Lawrence nearby, constantly …

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Here we go again!

In 1995, Québec City’s National Hockey League team, the Nordiques, was sold to new investors and moved to Denver, where they became the Colorado Avalanche. To add insult to injury, the team won the Stanley Cup the year after they left Québec City. It was a dagger to the heart of Québec City hockey fans. …

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Champions 10 times over

They have done it again! On Saturday last, the Laval University football team capped off a perfect season by winning the Vanier Cup, Canada’s collegiate national championship. They beat the Mustangs of the University of Western Ontario, 34-20, in an impressive offensive display orchestrated by senior quarterback Hugo Richard. The Rouge et Or victory was …

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Cheese matters

Have you heard the news? Last month, in Madison, Wisconsin, a panel of connoisseurs at the World Championship Cheese Contest awarded the prize for the best camembert on the planet, and the winning cheese comes from…you guessed it! The best camembert in the world is made in Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec. Made by the dairy cooperative Agropur, L’Extra …

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Battlefields

I walk across two battlefields every day on the way home from the Old City. As I walk west, I first cross the Plains of Abraham, where, on the 13th of September, 1759, French and British troops faced off in a short but frenzied struggle for control of Québec City. Fighting for king and country …

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From the Ashes

In 2008, a fire broke out at Québec City’s Drill Hall, known to locals as the Manège Militaire. As it burned overnight from the 4th to the 5th of April, Québecers turned out by the thousands to watch firefighters’ efforts to stem the inferno. The neighborhood was illuminated by the high flames and dark smoke …

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