Category Archives: Quebec City

Bombardier Museum of ingenuity, Valcourt, Quebec

We arrived in Valcourt QC to see the place where the man known as the  pride of Valcourt created his company that would be renowned by the  world. The visit begins with the simple garage where  Joseph Armand  Bombardier decides to overcome the challenges of driving in the deep  snow.

Museum of Ingenuity, Valcourt, Quebec

By adapting the tractor wheels into treads and skis to become parts of  the vehicle he was able to make the first snowmobile- the B7 – that  within a very short period of time became in great demand not just in Quebec but all over Canada. In the garage there is still his officefilled with tools and papers, as if he just stepped out for a moment.
And you can see the first original snowmobile that looks quite bulky, since it was made of wood and various parts from other machines, stands in the middle of the garage.

Museum of Ingenuity, Valcourt, Quebec

The new creation became so popular that the company moved to the new larger building and was supported by the whole community of Valcourt. The larger sized vehicles followed and the business was prospering until… after World War II, the Quebec government passed a law that required cities to  remove the snow from highways and streets and the need for the snowmobile as a transportation quickly faded. The creativity of Joseph Armand Bombardier never stopped and he
brought new ideas into growing the business… a few months later the “Ski-Doo” comes out of his production and quickly gives raise to the new sport and gives all new outlook for winter fun.

Museum of Ingenuity, Valcourt, Quebec
Museum of Ingenuity, Valcourt, Quebec

From section to section we could see the machines created in different times for the variety of purposes – snowmobiles of all sizes, all terrain vehicles, the rail transport – here you can get on the actual streetcar and image being on the streets of the busy downtown.
In the next hall we were impressed by the original subway wheels that are used in Montreal Metro – and these are produced by Bombardier Inc. as well.

Museum of Ingenuity, Valcourt, Quebec

One of the expositions is dedicated to the aircraft industry, here the imagination will take you up to the skies – yes, you can fly! And feel like a pilot of the commercial aircraft, which destination is any place of your choice!

Museum of Ingenuity, Valcourt, Quebec

And not just the destinations you can reach here, you can build the totally new vehicle of your own creation. In the room filled with I-pads there is big screen with the images of all sorts of surrealistic machines moving, floating, flying, zooming… it’s a wonderful world of imagination; and no matter the age – it is a great fun for all!

FabLab, Museum of Ingenuity, Valcourt, Quebec

One more surprise at the end of our tour – so called ‘’ FabLabs’’. Anyone who likes to create, is in need of tools and good technical advice can come here and for a very reasonable fee get it all including materials, software and a helping hand! Really impressive and well done! And so encouraging!

Bombardier Original Garage, Museum of Ingenuity, Valcourt, Quebec

Granby Zoo, Quebec

During the last couple of years the topic of visiting Quebec was coming up several times in our discussions. Finally in May 2017 we booked a hotel and planned out the itinerary that would include some of the places that we thought would be interesting for everyone in the family.

The main destination was Quebec City and its beautiful downtown was so well preserved and such a distinct French heritage. We spent most of our time just strolling the streets, window shopping and watching the street performers who  really amazed us with their skills – fire jugglers, drama characters and musicians…

One of the destinations that excited our kids most was the Granby Zoo, which is about 3 hours drive from the downtown Quebec, and about an hour from Montreal. We were welcomed in the nice reception hall, got our tickets and went to explore the animal world.

Granby Zoo, Quebec

Right as we entered there was a gigantic size dinosaur’s head and a line up of kids willing to climb inside of it! No matter how big or small – they were very about the opportunity to see the real size dinosaurs! And there 21 of them right in front of you, so be very careful  – but don’t try to feed or pat these creatures!

Dino fun in Granby Zoo

Enough of the dinosaurs  – the kids forgot about dinosaurs right at the sight of the farm animals. And there were lots of them  – pigs, sheep, and goats – so friendly and ready to make friends!

Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec
Children are enjoying time at the Granby Zoo. Petting a piglet

After some hugs exchange with farm inhabitants we decided to go see some of the exotic creatures on display.

Granby Zoo, Quebec
Up close encounter with tropical fish via aquarium glass
Watching the turtles in Granby Zoo
Granby Zoo Aquarium

Oceania seemed to be a good place to start – first the stingrays and the variety of tropical fish and then all way around the Australian continent to see black swans, parrots, emus, and kangaroos.  Stingrays seem to be attracted to the hand emerged in the water –  some of them will come and allow us to gently touch their backs…
The Kangaroos were too busy to discuss any matters of their life, so the visit to the Oceania Garden was quite interesting as it is extremely rare you get to see kangaroos that close and with no fence!.

Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec
Australian Pavillion, Granby Zoo, Quebec

We entered the aviary and right away we were surrounded by many colorful parrots! For $1 you can buy a special nectar – just hold the cup tight and they will sit on your hand and drink it!

Granby Zoo Aviary, Quebec

We spend some good time  there – the parrots are so colorful and it is such a great experience to see them so close.

Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec

But there was a lot see and the time was  limited.
Our next destination was  Africa! Who doesn’t like to observe the grace of big cats, see elephants shower using trunks, slowly moving zebras and giraffes, and the hilarious monkeys?

Granby Zoo, Quebec
Meerkat, Granby Zoo, Quebec
Zebras, Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec

One of our major observations about Granby Zoo was the  design of the areas, nice fences that imitate greenery and well maintained grounds. We later learned that Granby Zoo received an Award for the Energy Consumption Reduction Efforts project that was implemented during the renovation of 2005-2010.

The Zoo is well mapped and organized – it was no problem to find any continent or animal of interest. And yes, the zookeepers definitely speak many languages, no worries if you don’t speak French!
After Africa we had just a bit of time to make a short tour of South America. We stopped by llamas who stretched out their necks asking for treat…

Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec
Llama, Granby Zoo, Quebec

it was a lot of fun to feed them some green leafs that we found on the trees  around; we were impressed by the spread of the wings of the Andean Condor and spent some time waiting for the alligators to wake up from the afternoon nap; finally one of them yawned and slowly moved towards the water… at the end of the South American trail we saw a powerful jaguar,  at the moment it was quite relaxed and not interested in any aggression.

Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec

On our way to South American continent we made a snack stop at “Le Marcher”. The restaurant offers a variety of foods and drinks and nice dining area;  there is also a large area outside with tables under umbrellas.
Next to the Restaurant there is an Amusement Park – where kids found some free rides while we were resting our feet; there is also an Amazoo Water park that offers quite the  variety of water rides, not now however… we may visit it some other time when the day will be hot enough for water fun…so long for now, the Zoo is closing and we are tired enough to get to our hotel and have some dinner.

‘Green light’ for St Patrick’s celebrations around the world!

16 March 2017:  Over 250 iconic landmarks and sites around the world will be illuminated green over the coming days – as part of Tourism Ireland’s 2017 Global Greening initiative to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.

The annual initiative, now in its eighth year, which sees a host of major landmarks around the world turn green for St Patrick’s Day, has grown from strength to strength, with many new landmarks signing up to take part this year.

Stadiums, statues, castles and towers will go green to celebrate our national day (17 March) with exciting additions for 2017 including the One World Trade Center in New York – the main building of the re-built World Trade Center in New York and the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

Canadian landmarks going green this year include the Toronto Sign, Casa Loma, Whistler Ski Resort, Calgary Tower, Cabot Tower, The Big Fiddle, the Museum of Nature, the Big Nickel, the Distillery District, the Sails of Lights, the Futalognkosaurus (dinosaur) in the Royal Ontario Museum, Montreal City Hall, Complexe Desjardins, and La Tour McGill.
Click Tourism Ireland’s Global Greenings for footage of the world turning green.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “This is the eighth year of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative and each year I am delighted to see even more well-known attractions and landmark sites wishing to get involved. The eagerness of cities and countries everywhere to take part underlines the strength of the deep connection that people all over the world feel to Ireland. More than 70 million people around the world claim links to the island of Ireland and St Patrick’s Day is a truly unique opportunity to reconnect them with their heritage.”

Of course, the ‘greenings’ are just one part of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations. The place to be on 17th March is Ireland where there are two festivals which shouldn’t be missed.

In Dublin, Ireland’s capital city, the ‘St Patrick’s Festival’ will last for four great days, taking in the weekend and running from 16-19 March.  The city will be alive with music, film, arts, dance, culture, fun and even international rugby.

Each year the festival has a different theme with this year’s ‘Ireland We Are’ giving the city a chance to showcase all that Ireland stands for today.  Festival favourites include the world’s largest outdoor céilí, world-class museums hosting free workshops and guided historic walks including famous sites such as the Guinness Storehouse. The main event, the St Patrick’s Festival parade, is held on Friday 17 March in Dublin’s city centre.

In Northern Ireland, the newly curated ‘Home of St Patrick Festival’ celebrates St Patrick, the man and the saint, as one of the world’s most inspiring and loved saints of all time. Taking place in the beautiful landscape of Counties Armagh and Down, which was once Patrick’s home, the festival will culminate on Sunday 19 March with ‘The Voice of the Irish’ closing concert in spectacular Newry Cathedral.

Road Trip Itineraries in Maritime Quebec. Summer 2016 news

Road Trip Itineraries

The Gaspésie Tour is a legendary seaside drive that loops around the huge Gaspé Peninsula. Begin your journey in the region of Bas-Saint-Laurent. From the Kamouraska area, Route 132 will take you all the way to Gaspé, at the tip of the peninsula, via famous Percé Rock. Read more about this road trip itinerary.

This itinerary follows Route 138 from Tadoussac to Kegaska. From there, you can continue your journey aboard an authentic supply ship that will take you from village to village all the way to Blanc-Sablon. Out at sea and from the shore, you can observe up to 13 species of whales in this region, including blue whales, the largest animals on earth. Read more about this road trip itinerary.

In the maritime regions of Québec, ferries serve as an extension of the road network. In addition to allowing you to visit both shores of the St. Lawrence without retracing your steps, they are a novel way to travel and offer unique perspectives on the surrounding scenery and marine mammals. Read more about these road trip itineraries.

For a complete change of pace and scenery, nothing beats the Îles de la Madeleine. Whether you visit to enjoy the water and wind or to explore the rich culture of an island people surrounded by the sea, you will leave with wonderful memories and only one thought in mind: to come back for another visit! Read more about this road trip itinerary.

Events schedule in Montreal for Spring 2015

FIFA [ http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/What-To-Do/Events/international-festival-of-films-on-art-fifa ]
March 19 to 29, 2015
The International Festival of Films on Art embraces multiple forms of creativity.

Festival TransAmériques [ http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/What-To-Do/Events/festival-transameriques ]
May 21 to June 4
Dance and theatre festival that builds bridges between local and international talent.

The Aztecs, People of the Sun [ http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/What-To-Do/Events/the-aztecs-people-of-the-sun-montreal ]
May 29 to October 25
Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History
A foray into the great Aztec civilization through hundreds of artifacts.

Rodin — [ http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/What-To-Do/Events/rodin-metamorphoses-in-rodins-studio-mbam-montreal ] Metamorphoses [ http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/What-To-Do/Events/rodin-metamorphoses-in-rodins-studio-mbam-montreal ]
May 30 to October 18
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Exhibition presenting 200 masterpieces created by legendary French sculptor Rodin.

Canada Day celebration with Parks Canada

Free admission to Parks Canada sites to celebrate Canada Day

OTTAWA, June 13, 2013 /CNW/ – Parks Canada reminds that admission will be free in all 44 national parks, 167 national historic sites, and four national marine conservation areas on Canada Day.

To celebrate Canada Day, Canadians are invited to participate in an array of activities offered across the country.

For details on celebrations across the country including activities involving Parks Canada in Canada’s Capital, please visit: www.pc.gc.ca/eng/voyage-travel/celebrations2013.aspx#Canada.

You can also follow us on these social media networks:
www.facebook.com/ParksCanada
www.twitter.com/ParksCanada

Winter Activities in Montreal. December 2012 News

Luminotherapy in Quartier des Spectacles – December 6, 2012 to February 3, 2013
Quartier des Spectacles ▪ 514-879-0009 ▪ www.quartierdesspectacles.com
Le jour des 8 soleils leads visitors along a poetic route through the Quartier, following an invisible character in search of intriguing and fascinating light. Already a signature attraction for Quartier des Spectacles, architectural videoprojections will for the first time be arranged in a multimedia concept spanning a large number of downtown building façades. In addition, at each projection site spectators will be able to enhance their visual experience by listening to a soundtrack and narration on their mobile phones.

IglooFest
January 17-18-19 January 24-25-26 January 31 & February 1-2 February 7-8-9, 2013
Jacques-Cartier Pier ▪ Quays of the Old Port of Montréal – www.igloofest.ca
Igloofest aims to promote and popularize electronic music. One of Montreal’s winter must-dos, this festival has forged a reputation for itself through its punchy visual and architectural concept, an ambitious DJ line-up, and an enchanting igloo village that has truly contributed to Montréal’s climate warming!

La Fête des Neiges de Montréal – January 19 to February 3, 2013
Parc Jean-Drapeau ▪ 514-872-6120 ▪ www.parcjeandrapeau.com
Boule de Neige invites you to the biggest winter outdoor Festival in the city. The most spectacular and joyful festivities await you: tube sliding, ice skating, funny snow games, colorful outdoor shows and much more. The perfect event for families and winter lovers.

The 14th Edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE welcomes Buenos Aires as the grand featured city – February 21 to March 3, 2013
Several places throughout the city ▪ www.montrealenlumiere.com
The 14th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE glitters with a remarkable variety, vivacity and, above all, exclusivity: yes, this year’s roster is bursting with premieres and first looks at all-new shows! Festival fans looking for new concert experiences and previously unseen performances are in for a treat. For the Gastronomy Program, the capital of Argentina brings its warmth and flavour to our fames Festival’s Finest Tables. Also on the menu, the festival presents the chefs of Philadelphia and Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.

Nuit blanche à Montréal (part of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE)
www.montrealenlumiere.com
Offering the traditional kickoff to Nuits blanches celebrations in cities around the world, the Nuit blanche à Montréal once again draws Montrealers out to rediscover their city. With over 170 activities, most of them free, a practical-and free!-shuttle service and a Métro system running all night long and, above all, a new and more accessible nerve centre-the festival’s free outdoor site-there is more than enough action to set the Nuit on fire!

Art Souterrain (part of Nuit blanche)
www.montrealenlumiere.com
As part of the Montréal All-Nighter (Nuit blanche), Art Souterrain presents a unique new perspective on Montréal’s Underground Pedestrian Network. Hundreds of renowned contemporary artists present photos, videos, installations and artistic performances throughout the 6 km passageway between Place des Arts and Complexe Les Ailes. Art Souterrain’s goal is to change perceptions of the general public vis-à-vis new contemporary art practices and to unite the visual arts milieu by identifying and bringing together its principal figures.

Quebec City Opera Festival July 25- August 5, 2012

Le Festival d’opéra wants to put the city of Québec on the map as one of the world’s great operatic destinations, to develop alliances between artists and internationally acclaimed creators, to propel Québec creativity to the world stage, and especially to allow its fans to experience the magic of music and the lyric arts in its most brilliant expression.”  Grégoire Legendre

Le Festival d’opéra de Québec hereby invites you to participate in its second edition, a great celebration of lyric art, aimed at the wide public. From July 25 to August 5, the city will vibrate to the sounds of opera music. This will give newcomers to the world of opera an occasion to discover the beauty of this perfect art form, and will give dyed-in-the-wool opera connoisseurs  the chance to appreciate some truly extraordinary productions

Montreal En Lumiere events 2011/12

The Wallonia-Brussels regions
at the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE head table

Also on the menu: Seattle and its wine-growing regions, and the Outaouais
Tickets for Festival Special Events on sale now

Montreal, Tuesday, November 29, 2011 — The upcoming 13th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE presented by RBC features Belgium and the Wallonia-Brussels region with its talented chefs, master chocolatiers and artists. The Gastronomy Program promises to be especially delectable thanks to our European guests, but it will also offer many activities with a distinctly American flair with the presence of Seattle (and the wine-growing regions of Washington and Oregon) on the menu as featured city. Closer to home, gourmands can join us at Jean-Talon Market to discover a delicious Quebec region, the Outaouais. Three gourmet destinations in one festival, from Thursday, February 16 to Sunday, February 26, 2012.

Yves Mattagne, honorary president

The gastronomy of the Wallonia-Brussels regions will be represented by the festival’s honorary president, chef Yves Mattagne, double-starred by the famed Guide Michelin and whose Restaurant Sea Grill has hugely contributed to the gastronomic renown of Brussels. The honorary president of this year’s Gastronomy Program follows Anne-Sophie Pic (Valence, 2011), Fausto Airoldi (Portugal, 2010), Alain Passard (Paris, 2009), Susur Lee (Toronto, 2008), Daniel Boulud (New York City, 2007), Émile Jung (Alsace, 2006), Gualtiero Marchesi (Northern Italy, 2005), Georges Blanc (Rhône-Alpes, 2004), Santi Santamaria (Catalonia, 2003), Serge Dansereau (Australia, 2002), Charlie Trotter (Chicago, 2001) and Paul Bocuse (France, 2000).

A Gastronomy Program to whet every appetite

Fine food is always a star of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE! As the flagship of the festival, the Gastronomy Program is renowned as a must-see (and must-taste!) event. And this year is no exception, as great chefs and vintners gather to celebrate the famous fifty Air France Finest Tables, which have helped build the city’s reputation as a gourmet destination. This unique “pairing” concept spotlights the incredible talents of Montreal chefs and that of the visiting chefs as they team together to create extraordinary dining experiences. The tables will once again be perfectly set for a global gourmet celebration with visiting chefs and winemakers:

From Brussels:  Jean‑Pierre Bruneau, Bruneau, Gaëtan Collin, Le Jaloa, Nicolas Darnauguilhem, Neptune, Alex Malaise, Flâneries Gourmandes, Vincenzo Regine, Via Lamanna, Nicolas Scheidt, La Buvette, Le Café des Spores, Tjaco van Eijken, Crystal Lounge (Hôtel Sofitel Le Louise);

From Wallonia:  Luc Broutard, La Table du Boucher, François Deremiens, Deremiens artisan chocolatier, Mario Elias, Le Cor de Chasse, Jacques Marit, Restaurant Jacques Marit, Éric and Tristan Martin, Lemonnier, Laurent Martin, La Frairie, Clément Petitjean, La Grappe d’Or, Pierre Résimont, L’Eau Vive, Raphaël Sabel, Le Sélys (Hôtel Crowne Plaza);

From Seattle:  Matthew Dillon, The Corson Building, Jason Franey, Canlis Restaurant, Ethan Stowell, Staple & Fancy Mercantile, Thierry Rautureau, Rover’s, Jason Stratton, Spinasse, Jason Wilson, Crush;

From the Outaouais: Denis Girard and Serge Rourre, Le Baccara (Casino du Lac‑Leamy), Gérard Fisher, Le Tartuffe, Jean-Claude Chartrand, L’Orée du Bois, Gaétan Tessier, La Table des Trois Vallées, Romain Riva, Wakefield Mill, and Christopher Mulder, Bistro St-Jacques.

The wine list will feature ambassadors from vineyards Bergevin Lane (Amber Lane), Domaine Drouhin (David Millman), Gordon Brothers Family Vineyards (Jeff Gordon), Hedges Family Estate (Christophe Hedges), King Estate Winery (Steve Thompson), L’Ecole No. 41 (Marty Clubb), Long Shadows (Gilles Nicault), Milbrandt Vineyards (Butch Milbrandt), Rotie Cellars (Sean Boyd), Precept Wine (Kirk Brewer) and Willamette Valley Vineyards (Jim Bernau).

Special Events

Honorary President Yves Mattagne’s Dinners presented by RBC

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE brings the menu of Restaurant Sea Grill to Montreal featuring the culinary creations by chef Yves Mattagne at the prestigious Honorary President’s Dinners presented by RBC. The great chef will be welcomed to Toqué! by Normand Laprise, in collaboration with Belgian-born Montreal chef Marc De Canck of restaurant La Chronique. And for the first time, the festival will present three gourmet evenings – Friday, February 17, Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19, starting at 6:30 p.m., Toqué!

The Wallonia-Brussels Convivial Meal

Honest, comforting market-fresh cuisine: that’s what young chef Nicolas Scheidt offers on the menus of his restaurants, Le Café des Spores and La Buvette. He devises his daily menus according to available ingredients and the inspiration of the moment. In that same spirit, he will create dishes for this Wallonia-Brussels Convivial Meal, featuring local and seasonal Quebec products along with Walloon chocolate maker François Deremiens and the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth brigade. Saturday, February 25, 7 p.m., Marché Bonsecours.

Presenting: Quebec Chefs and Cheeses—Toqués des fromages d’ici competition

Four chef finalists from Montreal restaurants will once again craft 12 culinary dishes using Quebec cheeses presented in 3 thematic courses and paired with excellent wines. This popular event is judged by 400 dinner guests to award the winning chef with the grand prize of $5,000. Presented by Quebec Cheeses. Saturday, February 18, 6:30 p.m., Grand Salon, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth.

The Outaouais in the spotlight at Jean-Talon Market

On Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19, Jean-Talon Market is the place to discover the tastes of a Quebec region where 10 producers and processors invite the public to bite into the Outaouais with the delights that have made them famous. Gourmands can also attend culinary workshops hosted by Jean-Paul Grappe, chef-consultant to the festival, and five chefs from the Outaouais — Guy Blain (L’Orée du Bois), Gérard Fischer (Le Tartuffe), Romain Riva (Moulin Wakefield), along with Luc Gielen and Gaétan Tessier (Chocolaterie ChocoMotive).

The Air France Culinary Workshops

Thanks to Air France, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and the La Guilde Culinaire, epicures can take part in culinary workshops presented by chef and owner Jonathan Garnier and his team, refining their cooking techniques and delight in savoury dishes they can recreate at home. The first course (February 16, 17, 18, 24 and 25, 6 p.m.), will feature a marriage of typical Belgian and Quebecois ingredients (mussels, beer, maple syrup…), while the second (February 18 and 25, 10 a.m.) will sweeten things up with six traditional desserts, also inspired by Belgium and Quebec.

Lunching Around the World

Seven ambassadors of Montreal’s culinary diversity—Byblos Le Petit Café, La Khaïma, Salon Mogador, Prato Pizzeria et Café, Rumi, Restaurant Tasca and Stromboli— welcome the public to the relaxed ambience of Lunching Around the World, where the exotic flavours of their daily creations are offered in three courses for one price: $12.95. Monday, February 20 to Friday, February 24.

Fine Dining and Film

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, in collaboration with Cinema Excentris and restaurant Méliès, offers two activities where the public can enjoy a theme meal inspired by a film served in a screening room specially appointed for the occasion.

Voluptuous dining delight: chocolate for all your senses! — Enjoy a unique menu of savoury aromas, inspired by the movie Chocolat, directed by Lasse Hallström. Saturday, February 18, 7 p.m.

Ratatouille: the Ciné-Brunch! — Rediscover the Oscar-winning movie Ratatouille while enjoying the inspired dishes of chef Alfredo Linguini and his mentor, Remy the rat. Sunday, February 19, at noon.

Sensory Lectures

In collaboration with the Cœur des sciences cultural scientific centre of UQAM, the festival invites the public to attend two interesting lectures and sensory experiments. Cœur des sciences — UQAM (Agora Hydro-Québec).

The raw materials of chocolate, Tuesday, February 21, 6 p.m.

Cheeses: shedding light on regional differences — Why do cheeses have specific identities? What are the scientific and cultural causes behind their unique flavours? Includes a tasting of Quebec cheeses. Thursday, February 23, 6 p.m.

Tickets already on sale

Tickets for the special events are already on sale:

·        Honorary President Yves Mattagne’s Dinners—reservations: 514 499-2084 (Toqué!).

·        The Wallonia-Brussels Convivial Meal—reservations: 1 855 790-1245, admission.com or ticketmaster.ca.

·        Air France Culinary Workshops—reservations: 514 750-6050, laguildeculinaire.com.

·        Ratatouille: the Ciné-Brunch! and Voluptuous dining delight: chocolate for all your senses!—reservations: 514 847-9272 (Ex-Centris)

·        Sensory lectures: The raw materials of chocolate and Cheeses: shedding light on regional differences—reservations mandatory: 514 987-0357, coeurdessciences.uqam.ca

·            Presenting: Quebec Chefs and Cheeses—reservations: 1 855 790-1245, admission.com or ticketmaster.ca.

·        Air France Finest Tables—reservations required with participating restaurants.

·        Lunching Around the World—reservations required with participating restaurants.

Give the gift of gastronomy!

Christmas, Valentine’s Day, birthdays… gift certificates to the Finest Tables make a delectable gift idea for all your foodie friends on any occasion! With events taking place at some 50 restaurants over the span of eleven days, treat someone you love to an exciting gourmet experience. Simply contact the restaurant directly to get your certificates.

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE accommodation packages

To fully experience MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth and the Hôtel Delta Montréal will offer the Winter Tasty Treats package from $282, from February 17 to 19 and February 24 to 26, 2012, which includes:

Two nights accommodation in a charming hotel located in downtown Montreal
Two breakfasts
Culinary tour Flavours and Aromas of Old Montreal
A wine & cheese tasting at SAQ Bistro (for 2 people)
A $10 rebate for the “Circuit d’eaux” package at Bota Bota Spa-sur-l’eau
A $10 gift certificate from Les Délices de l’Érable
A package of black tea from Sri Lanka, soaked in maple syrup
Hard candy made from 100% pure maple syrup
Two scarves with the festival’s logo
·        A bag with the festival’s logo

Also, the Hyatt Regency Montréal and the Days Inn Montréal Centre-ville will offer the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE Family Package from $124, from February 17 to 26, 2012, which includes:

Two nights accommodation in a charming hotel located in downtown Montreal
breakfasts
A voucher for the dairy bar le Lait (for 2 people)
A $10 gift certificate from Les Délices de l’Érable
A package of black tea from Sri Lanka, soaked in maple syrup
Hard candy made from 100% pure maple syrup
Scarves with the festival’s logo
·        bags with the festival’s logo

Taxes and administration fees are not included. Prices are in Canadian dollars, based on double occupancy. For further information and to reserve this package: montrealenlumiere.com.

Get all the info on MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE

The free official program with all the info on the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE gastronomy and arts programs is available from all Renaud-Bray and SAQ outlets in greater Montreal, participating venues, CD stores, theatres, the restaurants of the Air France Finest Tables, and from most Montreal cultural sites. You can also call the Info‑Lumière line at 514 288‑9955 or toll-free at 1 85LUMIERES, or visit montrealenlumiere.com.

The free outdoor site program will be unveiled on February 1, while the program of the Nuit blanche presented by Hydro-Québec will be announced February 7. The 13th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE will be held from Thursday, February 16 to Sunday, February 26, 2012.

What’s going on in the Outaouais region this autumn. 2011 issue


This fall, come and meet artists in their home environment!

The first two weekends in October, check out the Artists in their Environment studio tour. During this popular event, a highlight for art collectors, more than 20 artists and craftspeople welcome you to their studios and showcase their original works. Painting, photography, sculpture, jewellery, stained glass, and more—there’s something for everyone! www.tourcw.com.

The Lavandine et Cie boutique has moved to 561 Notre‑Dame Street in Montebello, and that it specializes in producing eco-friendly body care  products? www.lavandineetcie.com

The Fairmont Le Château Montebello is offering a special Boxing Day package (December 26)?
www.fairmont.com/EN_FA/Property/LCM/HotelPackages/SpecialOffer/boxingdayspecial

The Théâtre du Casino is now managed and programmed by 3GE, a consortium of three local companies?
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Discover the hundred and one flavours of Gatineau!

The first weekend in October, meet the chefs of the region’s finest restaurants and sample their signature dishes at the Rendez-vous des saveurs de Gatineau. Discover regional specialties supplied by local producers and distributors, and enjoy wine and food tastings and pairings. A veritable feast and a host of culinary delights await you at the region’s most popular wine and food show! www.rendezvousdessaveurs.com.

The Four Points by Sheraton Hotel & Conference Centre recently completed extensive renovations and opened a new restaurant, L’Ardoise? www.fourpointsgatineau.com

The Table 20 Restaurant Lounge Bar at the Château Cartier now offers Happy Hour from 5 to 8 p.m. daily, with a different theme every night of the week? www.chateaucartier.com

Always reaching new heights!

Just under a year after opening, Altitude Gym has inaugurated a brand new feature: Altitude Park, an outdoor venue for climbing and slacklining. At 11,500 square feet, it’s the largest slackline park in Canada! Already very popular in Europe, this sport is slowly gaining a foothold in Quebec. It’s a bit like tightrope walking, except that in slacklining the rope (a strip of flat webbing suspended a few centimetres above the ground) is not held rigidly taut, but stretches and bounces like a long narrow trampoline. www.altitudegym.ca.

Tubes & Jujubes, the largest family fun centre in the National Capital Region, has opened a new restaurant? www.tubesjujubes.com

La Confiserie Wakefield is the first confectionery in North America to make certified Fair Trade cotton candy? www.laconfiserie.ca

A new challenge that’s way above average!

Until October 10, discover the new zipline at Coulonge Falls Park! Zoom high above the impressive river canyon… not once, but twice! Rocket 250 metres along the riverbank, then return to the main site on a 100‑metre zip that soars 35 metres above the canyon. An experience guaranteed to take your breath away! www.chutescoulonge.qc.ca

Two places to get back to nature!

Now in its 10th year of operation, the Wakefield Mill Inn & Spa recently opened a $3‑million, 13‑room addition overlooking Gatineau Park. Thanks to skilful heritage restoration combined with energy-efficient features, the new Eco River Lodge makes the Wakefield Mill Inn & Spa the first hotel in the National Capital Region to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. www.wakefieldmill.com.

In October, BleuSpa will open in Cantley! Treat yourself to a distinctive spa experience in a beautiful natural setting. Choose from ayurvedic treatments for relaxation, energy and cleansing, and indulge your senses with massage therapy and aromatherapy. The building’s architecture is accredited by the LEED certification system (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), making BleuSpa the first LEED-certified spa in Quebec. www.bleuspa.com.

Breathe that crisp autumn air!

From September 30 to October 16, head to Gatineau Park for the 2011 edition of the Fall Rhapsody. Enjoy interpretive activities, exhibitions, and the spectacular fall colours! www.canadascapital.gc.ca

On October 2, 9, 10 and 16, enjoy a delicious brunch at the Camp Fortune main lodge, in the beautiful Gatineau Hills. And to help the digestion, what could be better than a scenic chairlift ride to admire the fall colours from above? www.campfortune.com.

On October 8 and 9, head to Mont Ste-Marie for the annual Festival of Colours, featuring chairlift and helicopter rides, artisans on display, music and entertainment for all ages. www.montstemarie.com.

Le Nordik – Nature Spa offers until December Yoga + Spa sessions each Monday and Lounge Thursdays once a month? www.lenordik.com