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Welcome to my Kitchen

Photo: Joanne Kyvetos

One of the first activities I look into when on vacation is a food tour. Over the years, many food tours have been created to please all palates; there are day tours, happy hour tours, evening tours and so many more. In Quebec City, we are very lucky to have a panoply of food tours to choose from.

German guns displayed behind the Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

On May 12, Jean R. Rioux, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, Lieutenant-Colonel Tony Poulin of the Voltigeurs de Québec regiment and Margaret F. Delisle, chair of the National Battlefields Commission (NBC), inaugurated the German artillery guns interpretive display on the Plains of Abraham baehind the Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury.

St. Pat’s High School students walk in the Relay For Life

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
On May 25, in spite of bad weather, 60 St. Patrick’s High School students, faculty and staff raised nearly $7,800 for the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS). Teams walked in the school’s second annual Relay For Life, held on the sports field behind the school.  

Auberge Internationale a hidden gem in Vieux-Québec

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Photo: Ruby Pratka
For many of the thousands of tourists that pass through Quebec City each year, the Auberge Internationale de Québec is known for its inexpensive dorm beds and cozy downstairs bar. For many Quebec City residents, the Old Quebec hostel on a sloping stretch of Rue Sainte-Ursule between Rue Saint-Jean and Rue Dauphine isn’t even on the map.

OBITUARY: Guy L. DAVIES 1924 - 2018

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Guy L. Davies died peacefully, surrounded by his children, on May 20, 2018, at the age of 93 years and 5 months, at Hôpital Enfant-Jésus. He was the husband of the late Madeleine Gaudet, and the son of the late Léda Tremblay and the late Guy A. Davies. He lived in Quebec City.

Around the Anglosphere: Arvida

Photo: Ruby Pratka

Anne-Marie Cronkwright is using her school French more than she anticipated. The Ontario-born military spouse moved to the Saguenay several years ago when her husband was posted to CFB Bagotville. She now works at the family resource centre on the base, helping mainly English-speaking military families navigate day-to-day life in one of the country’s most solidly French-speaking areas.

Safety first in motorcycle season

Photo: Bill Cox

Now that spring is here, motorcycles and cars will once again have to share the road. Motorcycles are less stable and less visible than cars. When motorcycles crash, their riders lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle, so they’re more likely to be injured or killed.

Register now for English Immersion Summer Day Camp in Valcartier

This camp is an opportunity for young children to learn or practice their English while enjoying fun educational activities with trained professionals for two or four weeks, from July 2 to 27.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, May 30, at 12:10 p.m. – CLIC Beginners’ Guide to Social Media for Small Businesses at the Eastern Québec Learning Centre. For more information or to register, please email [email protected], call 418-681-1258 or visit

Reservoir retrofit almost finished

Photo: Peter Black

Work is in the final stages on the huge reservoir underneath the Plains of Abraham near Martello Tower No. 1. Beginning last October, workers installed a waterproof membrane on the roof of the massive underground concrete structure to prevent damage and water seepage from above. The reservoir holds up to 136 million litres of water and is 40 by 95 metres in size.

Winter Carnival announces major changes

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

One of Quebec City’s most enduring winter traditions is getting a major makeover. In a seven-page vision document released on May 23, organizers of the Quebec Winter Carnival, led by a group of experienced consultants including former Festival d’Été de Québec director Daniel Gélinas, laid out a new framework for the annual event, which will take effect in 2019.

Edward Godin still going strong at BC Lions camp

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Photo: courtesy of the B.C. Lions

Former St. Patrick’s Fighting Irish and Université Laval football player Edward Godin is still going strong at the Canadian Football League’s BC Lions training camp in Kamloops, B.C.

This is Godin’s second year at training camp with the Lions. Drafted in the fifth round of the 2017 CFL draft, Godin is the first player from St. Pat’s to be drafted by a CFL team.

Will you be watching the 2018 FIFA World Cup?

From June 14 to July 15, the biggest sporting event in the world (after the Olympics) will take place in Russia.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup of soccer (or football, as it’s called in most of the world) will be played in 11 cities in Russia, with the opening game and the final played at the famous Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Join the Friends' Foundation for a Day of Mini-golf

A "fun-raiser" activity for the whole family

Photo: Jacob Brglez
The Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s Friends’ Foundation invites you and your whole family to its first-ever Family Mini-Golf Classic.
Join us for this “fun-raising” activity on Saturday, June 9, (June 16 in case of rain) at Mini-Putt Vanier, 1170 boul. Wilfrid-Hamel, Québec, G1M 2S4. The fun begins at 10 a.m., with start times between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Quest Toastmasters club on vacation


The Quest Toastmasters club will hold the last meeting of the season Friday June 15th 2018, 7ham.

The club will resume its meeting Friday September 7th 2018 7ham. at Pacini Quatres-Bourgeois.

St. Patrick’s High School alumni celebrate 175 years

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Some 1,200 alumni, students and staff who attended or worked at the school over the past 70 years crowded the hallways and the gymnasium of the home of the Fighting Irish on the evening of May 18. Current principal André Gosselin said he had never seen anything like it before at St. Patrick’s High School!

St. Pat’s bantam girls hoping for another rugby sevens title

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Photo: Luc Lang

The St. Patrick’s High School Fighting Irish bantam girls rugby sevens team is in a great position to add another Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) banner to the school’s already banner-filled gymnasium.

Hidden English History in the Saguenay, Part 5: Arvida

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

In front of the modernist pre-amalgamation City Hall of Arvida, in the Saguenay, the memorial to the town’s fallen Royal Canadian Air Force members takes the form of a large aluminum wheel. The vast Rio Tinto-Alcan smelter complex still leaves its ponderous handprint on the town of 12,000 people, today merged with the City of Saguenay.

To the Class of 2018: Ignore the grad speaker

It’s that time of year when many media stories begin with “It’s that time of year,” and when, all across the land, thousands of young people will be inspired, confused or amused by graduation speeches.

Jacques Choquette awarded Distinguished Service Medallion

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

During a special ceremony held on May 11 at the Valcartier Family Centre (VFC), Jacques Choquette was awarded the Medallion for Distinguished Service, the Canadian Armed Forces’ highest civilian award.

Memorials and Things of Fame

Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain
May 21, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette

The story behind Passage Anderson

Photo: Google Maps

Passage Anderson is a footpath that runs from the intersection of 1ière Avenue and 8ième Rue to the pathway along the north shore of the St. Charles River in the La Cité-Limoilou borough of Quebec City. It is located on what was part of a farm that belonged to Anthony Anderson at the end of the 18th century.

Quebec City springs into music

Photo: courtesy of Printemps de la musique

The Printemps de la musique, the third annual springtime festival of music in Quebec City, was a resounding success this past weekend.

In past years, the musical presentations were given in local libraries scattered around the city. Not surprisingly, they did not draw very large audiences.

Back to Beer … and Hockey at the Morrin Centre

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There was more than just beer on tap at the Back to Beer … and Hockey book launch held on May 16 at the Morrin Centre.

London Calling at the Musée de la civilisation

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Queen Elizabeth II, David Bowie, Twiggy, The Beatles, iconic black cabs and a Routemaster double-decker bus are in the Musée de la civilisation’s latest exhibit Ici Londres – London Calling, which will be open until March 10, 2019.

The exterior of the museum’s tower has been decorated to look like Big Ben and a London Underground sign sits at the entrance to the building.

Fourth Avenue Trio takes audience on a musical voyage

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Photo: Danielle Burns

The Fourth Avenue Trio, comprised of Emma Ahern, Kasia Borkowska and Peter Calkins, took the audience of over 60 people at the Morrin Centre’s College Hall on a musical voyage through the 17th- and 18th-century Baroque period. The musicians performed on May 15 to introduce the trio sonata compositional form.

And the winner of the third Apéros FEQ competition is …

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Throughout the winter and spring, the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) gave music enthusiasts a taste of what is to come this summer. For the third consecutive year, local bands and singers participated in the Apéros FEQ concert series, competing for a spot at the festival and a $7,000 bursary.

Patricia O’Donnell

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Patricia O’Donnell passed away in Jeffery Hale Hospital, Quebec City, after a battle with cancer on February 20, 2018, at age 79. A celebration of her life will be held at St. Patrick’s Church, 1145 Avenue de Salaberry, Quebec City, on Saturday, June 2, at 10:30 a.m. Interment in St. Patrick’s Cemetery will immediately follow the funeral.

Local Sports Briefs: Edward Godin back at the CFL Lions training camp

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Photo: courtesy of the B.C. Lions

St. Patrick’s High School graduate and former Rouge et Or player Edward Godin is back at the BC Lions training camp in Kamloops, B.C.

Godin, selected 42nd overall in the 2017 Canadian Football League draft, came back for one more season at Université Laval after getting cut at BC’s training camp last spring.

It’s lobster season in the Gaspé!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Lobster season is now underway in the Gaspé region. Lobster harvesting has been driving the economies of communities along the south shore of the Gaspé Peninsula since 1875.

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