Destination: Quebec Meeting & Event Planning City Guide
By Lisa Kopochinski
April 23, 2013
Actor Bruce Wills said it best in Die Hard: With a Vengeance: “I had no idea this much fun!” More Americans and international meeting overing this, too, as they increasingly book events in the United Anorthern locales. With a population of 23.1 million, eastern cludes Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Edward Island, is home to 70 percent of Canadian residents.
By Josef Aukee
November 20, 2012
It's a tough choice for those who relish the Francophile culture of Montreal at he diverse cosmopolitan flavor of Toronto. Both land on the top 10 loffcities with the largest populations in North America (No. 5 and 9, Ibased on the 2011 census). Both offer first-rate convention centers, major meetings hotels, efficient transit systems, sports events, exhilarating arts institutions and intriguing central urban landscapes with individual character by he waterways.
By Josef Aukee
October 24, 2012
Quebec City, named for the Algonquin word for “where the river narrows,” is one of the world’s most enchanting cities in Canada’s largest province of Quebec. In 1985, the Vieux-Quebec (Old City) with its distinctive fortress was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a natural port city 255 km (158 miles) northeast of Montreal, by the deep waters of the St. Lawrence River, part of one of the most important trading waterways in North America, linking the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean. The area’s European appeal and North American lifestyle, complete with a storied past, thriving arts scene and vibrant French-speaking culture, make it an original.
By Steve Winston
May 30, 2012
Eastern Canada is technically just half of one country, but it contains enough cultures, traditions, lifestyles and geographic features to comprise multiple countries. Meeting planners are finding that there’s also an advanced meeting infrastructure, superb hotels and restaurants, and diverse recreational opportunities.
By Talia Salem
March 25, 2011
A trip to the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec is like a jaunt to Western Europe.
Learn about Quebec for Event Venues, Services & Meeting Destinations
A trip to the Canadian province of Quebec is like a jaunt to Western Europe.
Walking through the streets of Old Montreal recalls the cobbled streets of Paris. Strolling down the main street of Niagara-on-the-Lake is reminiscent of small-town England. The walled city of Quebec takes you back to ancient walled cities across Europe and there’s a castle in Toronto.
Yet visitors will find that Canada’s twist on Europe has a refreshing North American change of pace. While Europe has left its legacy, this region has evolved on its own, creating an intriguing, evocative destination. Along with a focus on gastronomy that melds European and New World foods, Quebec has a robust festival culture, a contemporary joie de vivre and an emphasis on sustainability, all of it making the area greater than the sum of its Old and New-World parts.
Envoy of the king of France, Jacques Cartier first landed in Quebec in 1534. But it wasn’t until Samuel de Champlain established a settlement there in 1608 that the province took shape.
Eventually the area was ruled by British forces. Canada later became an independent nation on July 1, 1867— celebrated as Canada Day—but like many former British colonies around the world, it is still recognized as a member of the Commonwealth. Yet Quebec, with its bi-cultural and bilingual emphasis remains more French than British, and that is a large part of its charm.