January 10 2018 Edition

Snow, slides and hot chocolate at the 4th Winter Fest

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Quebecers love winter. They especially enjoy zipping down the century-old toboggan slide on Dufferin Terrace, skating and playing hockey on the many rinks throughout the city and savouring a hot chocolate after hours of being outside. 

Relic of Saint Francis Xavier draws faithful to Notre Dame Basilica

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Photo: Église catholique de Québec

Thousands of faithful Roman Catholics and other curious visitors lined up in the nave of Notre Dame Basilica in Quebec City on Jan. 3, to view the preserved right forearm of Saint Francis Xavier. After spending the day at the Basilica, it was exhibited at Église Saint-François-Xavier in Limoilou for two hours in the evening.

Is hibernation key to survival in winter nation?

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By the time you read this, the Great Cold Snap of ’17 is supposed to have relaxed its iron grip on Quebec. From Boxing Day until the week after New Year’s when the streets become littered with the corpses of Christmas trees, we, the hardy people of this land, were treated to relentless extreme cold temperatures with the only respite a day-long break for a howling blizzard.

A year of 125th anniversary celebrations at the Château Frontenac

Photo: Photo provided by the Château Frontenac
On Dec. 18, 1893, the Château Frontenac welcomed its first customer. The famous hotel is therefore presently in the midst of its 125th year of operation. The management has decided to make this entire 365-day period an opportunity for celebration.

Memorials and Things of Fame

1868 – The Morning Chronicle

The story behind Rue des Zouaves

Photo: Wikipedia Public Domain
The Zouaves were a class of light infantry regiments of the French army that served in North Africa between 1830 and 1962. Along with the indigenous Travailleurs Algériens, the Zouaves were the most decorated units of the French Army.

78th Fraser Highlanders invite you to a Burns Supper

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Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne?”

Most people will recognize the opening lines to “Auld Lang Syne” but how many know that the song was composed in 1788 by Scotland’s national poet Robert “Rabbie” Burns?

A Viennese New Year celebration at the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Quebec City music lovers filled the Grand Théâtre on the second day of 2018 to hear the Orchestre Strauss du Québec present a concert that paid homage to the magic of Viennese New Year celebrations.

Ross Cottage on the move

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Photo: Mark Lindenberg

Living in close proximity to Ross Cottage at 1244 Chemin Sainte-Foy, where it intersects Avenue Ernest-Gagnon, my wife and I couldn’t help but notice the steep-roofed, yellow-sided, red brick, arts and crafts-style house. It was dark and empty, but not quite derelict.

Who owned it? Did anybody live there? We wondered.

Americans rescued after car gets stuck in Canadian wilderness

Photo: Adam Perone
Adam Perone and his fiancé Angela Velardi of New Jersey definitely took a wrong turn while driving through Quebec in late December. After visiting Montreal and Quebec City, they decided to head towards James Bay by way of Lac Saint Jean (Mistassini) in hopes of seeing the Northern Lights. Perone explained, “We wanted to start our New Year off by escaping to the north.” 
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