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St. Mary’s Chapel celebrates 150 years on Île d’Orléans

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There is a very special little white chapel hidden away in the woods in the village of Sainte-Pétronille, just next to the 12th hole of the Orléans Golf Course, near the southern tip of the island.  

Place des Canotiers park replaces parking lot

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Photo: Peter Black

Its name recalls the days when canoes were the common mode of transport across le fleuve from Quebec to Lévis, but now the brand new Place des Canotiers public space will welcome passengers from giant cruise ships and other visitors with “a green carpet,” as one port official described it.

Fast food chain transitions from boomers to hipsters

Not too much of the corporate world of my youth has survived the years. Eaton’s and Simpson’s, for example, have disappeared, although I retain an item ordered from the famous catalogues, a bass guitar in the shape of Paul McCartney’s iconic violin-shaped Hofner instrument.

Enjoying Vivaldi (and others) by candlelight

Photo: courtesy of Michel Corbeil

The Quatuor Crema gave a most unusual concert at Église Saint-Dominique on June 10.

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle
Yesterday, being the festival of St. John the Baptist and the national anniversary of our French-Canadian fellow-citizens, was celebrated by them with more than usual éclat.

Exploring the story behind Rue Thomas-Dunn

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Photo: Bill Cox

This street is named in honour of Thomas Dunn (1729-1818), a businessman and politician, born in Durham, England, who came to Quebec in September 1760 to take advantage of the various possibilities for economic development afforded by this huge, newly-conquered territory.

Gary Lynch brings “Clara” to visit Irish Heritage Quebec

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Gary Lynch, MSc, eastern regional director of the Hudson-Essex-Terraplane Club (HET) and president of the Québec-Nouvelle-France-Canada Chapter of HET, was the guest speaker at Irish Heritage Quebec’s final meeting of the 2016-2017 season.

Passeport Vieux-Québec: a new way to discover five historical institutions

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, the Pôle culturel du Monastère des Ursulines, the Morrin Centre, the Musée du Monastère des Augustines and the Îlot des Palais, that partnered in 2016 to offer visitors a joint heritage experience, have added a guided walking tour for the summer of 2017 that connects these institutions that are part of the living history of Quebec City.

"Éphémères durables" installed in front of the Maison de la littérature

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

On June 12, the Ville de Québec inaugurated a work of art called Éphémères durables (sustainable ephemera) in front of the Maison de la littérature in Old Quebec.

New France Festival fêtes 400 years of settlement in Quebec​

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Photo: Mary McCown

Get your tricorn hat and your quilted bonnet ready. “You are invited to dive into history and live to the rhythm of lifestyles in New France!” said Benoît Bernier, president of the Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France / New France Festival. This year’s festivities will take place in Quebec City’s Quartier Petit Champlain and Place Royale from August 9 to 13.

Gander’s key role in international aviation history

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On my way from Newfoundland’s Northern Peninsula to St. John’s, I stopped in Gander. This town has a rich aviation history, filled with important key changing moments, including being a refuelling station for airplanes flying to and from Europe during the Second World War and more recently for welcoming the passengers of more than 40 flights on that fateful day – September 11, 2001.

OBITUARY: CRAIG, William 1928-2017

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It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our father, William, on June 5, 2017.

Cathedral of the Holy Trinity begins eighth "Midi en Musique" series

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Photo: Photo by Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

July marks the start of the eighth Midi en Musique series with four very special concerts.

Celebrating the Fête Nationale du Québec - Saint Jean-Baptiste

It’ll be a hot time in the Old Town on June 23 and 24, as the Capital City celebrates the 183rd Fête Nationale du Québec, also known as “Le Saint Jean-Baptiste” in honour of Quebec’s patron saint.

Musical Wednesdays begin on June 28 at Chalmers-Wesley Church

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

Musical Wednesdays, the annual summer concert series at Chalmers-Wesley United Church opens its third season on June 28 at 12:05 p.m. with music by the 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Major Alan Stairs and “lead tip” snare drummer Don Neilson.

Victory Torch at the Quebec City Naval Museum

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Photo: C.A. Nadeau

Monday, June 19, the Naval Museum at Pointe-à-Carcy officially opened its exhibit of the Victory Torch. The object symbolizes the effort of the entire population of Canada in helping Britain overcome the Nazi threat during World War II.

Fourth stage of the Tour de Beauce takes place in Quebec City

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Photo: Brian Black Hodes courtesy of Tour De Beauce
The international Tour de Beauce bicycle race is held in five stages. The first stage of this year’s 32nd race began in Saint-Georges-de-Beauce on June 14 and covered 185 kilometres. The second stage, held on June 15, covered 169 kilometres, was held in Lac-Mégantic and included a gruelling climb up Mont-Mégantic. 

Air Canyon zipline inaugurated at Canyon Sainte-Anne

Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Imagine soaring like an eagle high above the canyon of the raging Sainte-Anne River. Since the inauguration of the Air Canyon zipline, you too can “fly like an eagle” while safely and comfortably seated in a two-seater “pod” suspended on a very long and very strong cable. 

Neighbours Day celebrated in Old Quebec​ ​

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The sun was out and so were the neighbours and tourists in Old Quebec on June 10. La Maison de la Littérature and the Morrin Centre held a street party to get to know their neighbours better. Music and facepainting were taking place at La Maison and teddy bears were having a picnic under a tree on the lawn of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church facing the Morrin Centre.

What’s the harm in Dr. Couillard reopening Constitution?

Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

One assumes that a brain surgeon, before he or she zips open a patient’s skull, has a pretty precise idea of how to perform the procedure and, most importantly, why the operation is necessary.

The making of The Philanthropist: Part I

“Philanthropy coming full circle.”

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Curious as to how this multimedia theatre event came to be, the QCT recently met with Jeffery Hale Community Partners foundations’ director Mike Boden, who created the original work.

Memorials and Things of Fame

Photo: Jean Gagnon from Wikimedia Commons
The Morning Chronicle
The Montreal Gazette has the following: Montreal is the city of immense pretentions, proportionate emulation and its natural results, enormous taxation and excessive envy and jealousy.

What if… someone wrote a musical about writing a musical?

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

J.P. Chartier composed, wrote, composed, directed, played and performed in What if…? The Musical, which was presented at La Maison Jaune last weekend. There are four more performances scheduled for this coming weekend so I won’t give away too much of the story.

The story behind Rue du Tracel

Photo: Bill Cox
This street is named after the large train trestle (tracel in French) bridge that spans the Cap-Rouge River valley at the entrance of the Plage Jacques-Cartier. 

Library officially renamed Bibliothèque Claire Martin

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

After seven months of renovations, the library in the former St. Matthew’s Anglican Church on Rue Saint-Jean was officially reopened with a brand-new look and a new name.

Sometimes miracles do happen when researching in the QCT

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Photo: Catherine Mills-Rouleau

Several years ago Amanda Stuart’s husband Googled “Quebec City newspaper” and, lo and behold, up popped the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph!

Amanda was looking for information about her grandfather, Robert H. Nisbet, who died in Quebec in 1938. I was put on the case. Perhaps instead of being a chronicler, I should have been a detective.

Canada 150: Wilfred T. Grenfell and St. Anthony, Newfoundland

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Canada 150 is about more than celebrating this impressive milestone. It is about the people that made this country. In St. Anthony, Newfoundland, I discovered one of these people.

What’s the buzz? To honeybee or not to honeybee?

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Photo: Lise Lafond

We either love them or fear them, yet we could never live without them. Honeybees might be the most misunderstood of all creatures. The City of Quebec has embarked on a mission to bring awareness (and honey) to its inhabitants.

RDV2017: Tall Ships Regatta coming to Quebec City

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Quebec City and Levis are gearing up to receive some 40 Tall Ships that will be sailing in Canadian waters to honour the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation in 2017.

Université Laval scientist awarded $3.99 million grant to develop a vaccine against HIV/AIDS ​ ​

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Photo: Mary McCown

Dr. Gary Kobinger of Université Laval has been awarded a grant for $3.99 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to work on a vaccine to prevent HIV infection. This three-year grant will allow Dr. Kobinger and his lab to collaborate with the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) with the goal of advancing a potential vaccine to clinical testing in human volunteers.

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