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Quebec Group Travel Planner Table of Contents Welcome to Quebec . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Map of Quebec . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Quebec Festivals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Out of the Ordinary Lodging in Quebec . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Le Quebec Maritime . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Quebec City Festivals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Top Quebec City Attractions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Old Quebec . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Eastern Townships and Sherbrooke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 North Central Quebec . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Symbolic Rue Sainte-Catherine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Montreal Festivals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Religious Tourism in Montreal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Old Montreal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Four Seasons in Western Quebec . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Exploring the Laurentians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Gatineau and the Outaouais Region Awaits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Northern Quebec . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Directory of Suppliers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34

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Welcome to the

2012 Quebec Group Travel Planner The 2012 edition of the Quebec Group Travel Planner marks a change to the editorial stylings, content layout and design structure of the planner. This new format is constructed to provide readers, you the planners, with a more in depth description of experiences available in Quebec. It is our hope that this more comprehensive perspective will inspire you to explore different regions, create new itineraries, and continue to plan memorable trips and adventures for your guests. I have spent the last several months connecting with various destination marketing organizations and researching the wonderful locations of Quebec. Through this research the stories and information found throughout the Quebec Group Travel Planner have been woven together to create a guideline to the province. The experiences to be had in Quebec are virtually endless, with something available for everyone. This was made very clear to me as I read more and more about each of Quebec’s regions, making new discoveries and uncovering exciting bits of information almost every day! I am confident Quebec will provide you and your group with the same adventure.

Publisher & General Manager: Jeff Nearing Project Manager: Meaghan Ferdinand Designer: Chris Giffin Sales Manager: Henry Flowers Advertising Coordinator: Crystal Fogarty Group Publisher: Fred Fiander Transcontinental Media: President – Natalie Larivière Chairman of the Board – Remi Marcoux

I must also extend a thank you to our industry resources who are a never ending wealth of passion for and information about their cities, regions and provinces - Outaouais Tourism, Quebec City Tourism, Tourisme Laurentides, Tourisme Montreal and Tourisme Quebec. The list of why Quebec makes a fantastic group destination is immeasurable, and in producing this planner one of the most difficult tasks was deciding what to leave out. In fact, doubling the page count would not even begin to scratch the surface of the incredible experiences available in Quebec. It is here that we leave the remainder of this iconic Canadian province for you and your group to unearth together. We know you will like what you find!

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The Quebec Group Travel Planner is published annually by Transcontinental Specialty Publications, copyright 2011/2012. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any article, photograph or artwork without expressed written permission from the publisher is strictly prohibited.

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Transcontinental Specialty Publications cannot assume responsibility for any editorial material, information and/or claims set forth by advertising in this publication. While information was accurate at press time, it is subject to change without notice.

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Festivals Quebec Festivals events Canadian Tulip Festival / Gatineau/Ottawa – Western Region / May 2012 Dating back to when the Dutch sent 100,000 tulip bulbs to Canada as a thank you for sheltering one of their princesses and her daughters during the Second World War, the Capital Region is bursting with colourful tulips each spring. As one of the largest festivals of its kind in the world, the cities of Gatinau and Ottawa display over one million tulips combined. Commissioners Park has the largest display of tulips in the region with 300,000 planted there.

Plessisville Maple Syrup Festival / Plessisville - Southern / April 2012 Happening in the maple syrup capital of the world, the Plessisville Maple Syrup Festival is the second longest running festival in the province, second only to the Quebec Winter Carnival. Each year thousands gather to celebrate the maple syrup season. Activities include a sugaring off party which features delicious taffy on snow, indoor market, food and cooking demonstrations.

Festival des fromage de Warwick / Warwick – North Central / June 2012 The town of Warwick has a celebrated artisanal cheese industry, which is marked each June at the annual cheese festival. The event attracts thousands of visitors to this small community each year and is a must do for all cheese and food enthusiasts. Tastings and demonstrations are available.

Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival / Gatineau - Western Region / August 31 – September 3, 2012 The skies come alive with colour as the balloons lift off. Hundreds of shows and performances attract thousands of visitors to the area each year. Guests are welcome to participate in balloon rides and enjoy the other festival events like the night glow, fireworks, concerts, and much more.

Les Rhythmes Tremblant / Mont Tremblant – Western Region / July – August 2012 Les Rhythmes Tremblant is a summer-long series of concerts. Featuring dozens of free shows happening throughout the summer, showcasing some of Quebec’s most talented artists. This picturesque community is the ideal backdrop to enjoy wonderful music while on vacation. For information about festivals in Quebec City turn to page 13. For information about festivals in Montreal turn to page 22.

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A treehouse just for you Odd nests for odd birds. Unusual you say? Look closer, you'll see log cabins perched between the trees, with steps or ramps leading up to them. For a thoroughly out-of-theordinary stay, and maybe even the fulfillment of a childhood dream, make it a point to visit the Au Diable Vert mountain resort in Glen Sutton, where you can roost in one of two rustic treehouses. A night in a cabin 12 or 15 feet above the ground like the birds – the utimate experience.

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The Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations, a place of greeting and sharing, has an architecture and a mission all its own. The establishment, a blend of museum, hotel and gastronomic venue, comprises the HuronWendat Museum, a four-star hotel and a first-rate restaurant whose menu is inspired by the traditional fare of Québec's First Nations. Authenticity, hospitality and gastronomy at its best. Located on the outskirts of Québec City, the Hôtel-Musée is one of only a few establishments in Québec and Canada offering a true First Nations tourist experience. The design of the hotel and museum was inspired by the traditional architecture of a longhouse and its palisade. Much of the furniture and decoration was made by the Huron Wendat and other First Nation members.

The Old Prison of Trois-Rivières Looking for a prison experience but don’t care for a criminal record? Thanks to the Musée québécois de culture populaire, you can now be "Sentenced to One Night" behind bars in the Old Prison of Trois-Rivières, a unique opportunity offered by the Musée and usually reserved for groups. After being greeted by the prison warden, you will be sent to the bull pen for your "welcoming" rites to this history-laden institution. The warden will then fill out your prisoner’s file, including your picture and fingerprints, and will give you your prison garb. In the crowded wing where so many prisoners preceded you, a former inmate-guide will describe prison life as it was and as it is now. Your holiday agenda won’t be complete without a night in prison!

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Cime Aventures (eco-lodges and tepees) The water of the Bonaventure River is among the clearest in the world, which means you can easily see the bottom from a river kayak or rabaska canoe on an excursion that will prove both fascinating and enriching. Cime Aventures offers various types of lodging. Their eco-lodges on pilings are one option to consider, particularly because of their limited environmental impact. Tepees are also available so you can peacefully experience the life of the original First Nations of the Great Plains.


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After patrolling Canada's coasts and taking part in various NATO missions, the Onondaga is now Canada's only submarine open to the public. The vessel, which saw active service from 1967 to 2000, is now one of the attractions of the Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père in Rimouski. Visitors can satisfy their curiosity and gain some insight into the sophisticated workings of the submarine. To live the ultimate experience, that of a submariner, visitors can stay aboard for an evening and even an entire night. A word of caution though, the submarine has nothing in common with a five-star hotel. Thanks to an audioguide, visitors can discover the daily lives of the roughly 60 men who spent months in the 90-metre submarine's cramped quarters and learn about the vessel's complex machinery and underwater detection systems.

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Imagine a lodge nestled at an altitude of 615 metres in the Chic-Choc Mountains in the ancient Appalachian range. The Auberge de montagne des Chic-Chocs lies next to two summits rising over 1000 metres, Mont Matawee and Mont Collin, and 50-metre Hélène Falls, with its remarkably crystalline waters. The modular building of the lodge was a first in Eastern Canada and successfully met a daunting construction and logistical challenge. The lodge offers 18 rooms with private bathrooms, a dining room, two outdoor terraces, a lounge with fireplace, a meeting room, a sauna, an outdoor spa and a boutique. Experienced guides are permanently available for wildlife observation.

How about sleeping underground, in a cave? Located at Val-des-Monts, on the site of Aventure Laflèche, the Laflèche cave is considered to be the largest visitor-accessible cave of the renowned Canadian Shield. Since its temperature varies between 4°C and 7°C, warm clothes and a winter-weight sleeping bag are a must for a good night's sleep. Definitely not for claustrophobics!

Why not spend a night in a yurt? This round, traditional nomadic Mongol dwelling invites you to share and relax. The many windows allow occupants to admire the starstudded night sky. Combining comfort and rustic charm, the yurt has a stove at its centre, a cooking area, futons and a hardwood floor. One of various types of lodging offered by the Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (SEPAQ), yurts have gained widespread popularity since being introduced in Québec.

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Located at the base of Mont Mégantic, this astronomy interpretation centre offers a large number of activities and a chance to sleep under the stars – an exalting experience! The park offers rustic lodging along its longer hiking trails: camping, prospector tents, and huts near water points and at the top of the mountain. The ASTROLab—a museum and astronomy centre open to the public—boasts the country's most efficient observatory and offers fascinating exhibitions, as well as films featuring a star-studded cast. Please note: some facilities may be best suited for smaller groups.

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lighthouses in Canada and learn about the volume of marine traffic that made building it such a necessity. How the light was reflected and concentrated into a powerful beam is even explained. The Empress of Ireland Pavillion shows visitors what led the RMS Empress of Ireland to capsize, killing 1,012 people. The region’s marine history is important and endlessly interesting, and is presented here with clarity and enthusiasm. The natural wonders of Manicouagan make it the perfect place to observe wildlife and beluga and fin whales, which can be seen by boat and occasionally from shore. The Centre National des Naufrages is also located in the region and showcases artifacts that have been recovered from the floor of the St. Lawrence River. Since 1994, divers and archaeologists have collected and preserved items from the shipwreck of the Elizabeth and Mary in 1609. The artifacts brought to the surface from the bottom of the river will fascinate visitors, and will show them pieces of the past. As it is one of the most ancient shipwrecks in the history of the New World, the history and importance of the event is explained in detail and in an exciting manner. Travel to the Duplessis region for a taste of the true Canadian North, where puffins and white-tailed deer abound. The Whale Route can also be found in this area and stretches for over 900km along the coast and is ideal for taking some time out for whale watching. Keep an eye out for up to a dozen different species of whale that call the shores of the St.

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Lawrence home in the summer months. Beautiful beaches, sandy dunes, and forest make the perfect backdrop along this route. View the scenery of a lagoon up close on a glass-bottomed boat with Les Excursions de la Lagune. See the diverse sea life and flora from this unique viewpoint, and hear the guide explain the details of the lagoon’s life and its ecosystem. Groups can even request to taste mussels, clams, cockles, and more. You’ll also learn how blue mussels and scallops are grown, and see grey seals resting on sand dunes. Les Excursions de la Lagune will leave you with a new understanding of the importance of sea life.

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ind peace and relaxation on the Îles-dela-Madeleine, where the lush valleys and sandy beaches of these twelve islands are ripe for exploration by sea or by land. Wildlife is abundant, with over 200 species of birds, the Island Aquarium, and wildlife sanctuaries. The Îles-de-la-Madeleine region is home to the Centre d’Interprétation du Phoque where visitors can learn about the beautiful and fascinating world of seals, like what affects their migratory habits and their behaviour. Visitors are educated about the important role seals have in the culture and history of the Magdalen Islands. Interactive activities, videos, games, and other ways to become immersed in the seals’ world will delight young and old alike, and will ensure that everyone leaves with a new appreciation for the seals and the world we share with them. Explore the coves and beaches on the Gaspé Peninsula or catch your own Atlantic salmon! Take a look into the past at the famous Percé Rock, where the fossils date back 375 million years, or at Parc national de Miguasha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is a noted area rich in fossils. The maritime region of Bas-Saint-Laurent offers hiking and cycling trails that will take you through the area’s mountains and valleys, while whale-watching excursions show off the Saguenay fjord. The Site historique Maritime de la Pointe-au-Père located in the region offers several ways to learn about the area’s history, using fascinating presentations and artifacts. Visitors can climb one of the tallest

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Loto-Quebec International Fireworks Competition / July 21 – August 8, 2012 The Montmorency Falls serve as the stunning backdrop for this annual fireworks competition. Teams from across the globe compete by putting on some of the most spectacular fireworks shows on the planet. The fireworks display is further enhanced with music, attracting thousands of spectators each year. Photo Credit: Saskatchewan Tourism

Expo Quebec / August 2012 Enjoy one of the largest agricultural events in eastern Canada complete with 2,000 animals! Horses, sheep, goats, and cattle are all groomed and showcased throughout the Expo. Other events include a parade, food, entertainment, wide variety of midway rides, and sand sculpting competition. 2012 marks the Expo’s 101st anniversary. Photo Credit: Saskatchewan Tourism

Quebec City Summer Festival / July 5 – 15, 2012 The Quebec City Summer Festival is one of the largest and most attended festivals held each year in the province. Since 1968 the festival has been attracting audiences, luring them in with hundreds of musical performances by a wide range of artists and bands, jugglers, acrobats and more. Previous performers have included the Black Eyed Peas, Sting and Paul McCartney.

Quebec City International Festival of Military Bands / August 21 – 26, 2012 The Festival of Military Bands attracts military performers from all around the globe with events taking place in historic Old Quebec. The festival also holds a tattoo as part of the celebrations, further showcasing the incredible talent of the military bands in attendance. The Quebec City International Festival of Military Bands was named an ABA Top 100 Event for 2012. Photo Credit: Saskatchewan Tourism

Quebec’s National Holiday / June 24, 2012 Each year on June 24, St. Jean Baptiste Day, the residents of Quebec celebrate the summer solstice during this province wide statutory holiday. Events like bonfires and shows are held throughout the province with a large celebration happening at the Plains of Abraham each year. Photo Credit: Saskatchewan Tourism

Quebec Winter Carnival / January 27 – February 12, 2012 Toted as the largest winter carnival in the world, the Quebec Winter Carnival continues to increase in popularity and attracts thousands of locals and visitors to events each year. Several events are held throughout the duration of the festival including parades, an ice palace, canoe race, snow sculpting competitions, and the crowning of the festival queen. The joyful and beloved festival ambassador, Bonhomme, short for bonhomme de neige, meaning snowman in French, can be seen enjoying the events alongside many of the festival goers. Donned in his red cap happily frolicking about, Bonhomme has become a symbol of winter celebration throughout Quebec and across the country. Photo Credit: Lance Thompson Photographic

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Quebec City offers an abundance of historical, cultural and entertaining attractions for visitors to enjoy Montmorency Falls Park is located along the Montmonrency River a few minutes from Old Quebec. This 83 metre high natural spectacle is an impressive one and a half times higher than Niagara Falls. There are many lookouts in the park and a cable car to make viewing and taking great photos easy.

The Naval Museum of Quebec strives to showcase and preserve the lengthy and storied history of naval activities on the St. Lawrence River. The permanent exhibit entitled Meanders recounts the war time stories of this historic body of water including several artifacts and short video.

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Musée de la Civilisation presents many exhibits about the human history of Quebec including Territories, outlining Quebecers’ relationships with the land throughout the years; People of Quebec... Then and Now, which traces Quebec’s roots back to New France and up to present day; and Encounter with the First Nations, describing the First Nations history of the province.


Observatoire de la Capitale allows visitors to view the city from its highest vantage point. Enjoy the stunning views of the St. Lawrence River, Chateau Frontenac, Old Quebec and beyond, all while learning about the city’s history.

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Aquarium du Quebec is home to more than 10,000 marine animals. Fish, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and sea mammals are all on display for visitors to enjoy. Walruses and seals put on a show to entertain their guests with polar bears, touch tank, and Discovery Corner, featuring reptiles also available.

Village Vacances Valcartier provides an exciting outdoor experience. No matter the season there is adventure to be had. The waterpark keeps guests cool in the summer, and the winter playground lets guests skate, snow raft, and snow slide. White water rafting is also available. The Plains of Abraham is an area within Battlefields Park and provides many interactive experiences for groups including Artilleryman, which teaches about the lifestyle of soldiers stationed in the Martello Towers; The Snowshoer's Walk, which reveals sporting secrets about the city; and The Convict's Last Drink, which brings guests in to a historical investigation, amongst others.

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Formerly the Quebec City Prison, the MusĂŠe National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec houses an extensive collection of Quebec art, including Inuit art. Nearly 35,000 pieces which date back to the 17th century, by almost 4,000 artists are displayed.

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Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, Old Quebec (Vieux Quebec) is considered the segment of the city that is still “within the walls”, a reference to the 18th century walls built to protect the city from military advances. Quebec City is the only walled city in North America and many of the fortifications and historic buildings and homes are still standing today, lending to the city’s historic charm and creating an atmosphere not duplicated anywhere else. any historic and cultural attractions enhance the old time feel of this neighbourhood of the city and are “must visits” in order to get the full Old Quebec experience. The Old Port of Quebec was once considered one of the world’s top five ports in the world. Today it is noted as a popular cruise destination, welcoming visitors from all around the world. This area of the city is also home to several boutiques, cafes, art galleries, and restaurants and is considered one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the whole of North America. Place Royale is nearby the Old Port and is bordered by Rue Saint-Pierre, the Côte de la Montagne and Rue du Petit-Champlain. Several historic buildings can be found in this district including the Centre d'interprétation de Place-Royale (Place Royale Interpretation Centre) which is located

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where the first permanent settlement in North America was settled in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain. The facility is part of the museum complex managed by Musée de la civilisation and educates visitors about the early history of Quebec.

was declared a National Historic Site of Canada in 1980.

Throughout the summer months the Royal 22e Régiment, who will be celebrating 100 years in 2014, perform the Changing of the Guard and the Beating of the Retreat and gunnery, offering an authentic perspective on Quebec’s military traditions. The citadel

Nearby the citadel sits perhaps the most famous landmark in Old Quebec. The Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac towers above the Quebec City skyline and is hard to miss! This luxurious and magnificent hotel was built during the late 19th and early 20th centuries for the Canadian Pacific Railway, which was looking to attract affluent tourists to the region. Le Chateau Frontenac is part of a series of this style of hotel built across the country. The hotel has garnered multiple prestigious awards and accolades throughout the years and is a National Historic Site of Canada.

Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church and Musée de la civilisation are also both located in the area of Place Royale. Notre-Damedes-Victoires Church is a Roman Catholic Church built on Champlain’s habitation in 1688, making it the oldest church constructed from stone in North America. The church was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1988 and is open to the public every day with mass still being held there regularly. The Musée de la civilisation is home to several exhibitions and displays showcasing the human condition throughout the years. The museum’s programming for 2012 is varied and exciting with such exhibitions as Hat!, from October 12, 2011 to August 12, 2012, a tribute to the fashion and functionality of this accessory; Radio-Canada, Stay Tuned, from November 2, 2011 to September 23, 2012, telling the story of Radio-Canada through its 75 year history; Samurai: Masterworks of the Collection of Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller, from April 4, 2012 to January 27, 2013, which explores the exciting and mystical world of the Japanese Samurai. La Citadelle de Quebec was built between 1820 and 1850 and was designed to protect the city from attack by opposing forces. As the largest British fortress in North America, the citadel gives visitors a look back at this significant time in Quebec’s history.

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s p i h s n w o T n r e t s Ea e k o o r b and Sher The simple pleasures of country life await in Eastern Townships (Cantons de l’Est). Here, relaxation and natural charm blend as harmoniously as the rolling green hills and long, flowing rivers of the region. Vineyards and cider houses, art galleries, and antique shops abound in the charismatic villages that dot the countryside. If the city is more your stride, check out Sherbrooke, complete with all urban comforts one would expect, but never too far out of touch with nature and its rural surroundings. he Eastern Townships have become very well known for their spas and wellness centres. With about twenty such facilities in the region, it is not difficult to find one that can cater to your specific needs. Massages, wraps, beauty treatments, Finnish saunas, Turkish baths, whirlpools, and waterfalls are all available to ease visitors into a state of relaxation. The majority of the large scale spas and wellness centres also offer accommodations allowing visitors to extend their stay in the region. Outdoor adventures are also plentiful in the Eastern Townships. From hiking to biking, to canoeing, kayaking, and horseback riding, the scenery surrounding the region provides the ideal backdrop for outdoor activities. Whether a peaceful exploration of a lake or an exciting and challenging trail bike ride, the Eastern Townships are ideal for

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getting outside and being active! The area is home to four provincial parks and several recreation facilities which provide activities throughout the four seasons. Golfing is also abundant in the region with several exceptional courses ready to play. The region’s history is also well preserved and documented with multiple sites and museums ready to be explored; among them, the Missisquoi Museum, located in Stanbridge East. This museum consists of a complex of three buildings, with the main collection housed in the Cornell Mill. The Missisquoi Museum has featured exhibitions on how war affected the region’s citizens and insights regarding how everyday items reflect on the citizen’s style and sensibilities. The Cornell Mill was built in 1830 and, after serving the community until 1963, was purchased to establish the Missisquoi Museum. The second building of the complex, the Hodges General Store, was built in 1841, with the Museum Annex being built in the 1930s. The Walbridge Barn, a twelve sided building, is unique in Canada and

houses many collections offering powerful insight into the lifestyles of the community’s residents and their affect on the region. The Colby-Curtis Museum, Louis S. St. Laurent National Historic Site of Canada, Maison du Granit, Musee de la Nature et des Sciences, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Sherbrooke, Musee de l’Auto Ancienne de Richmond and Uplands Cultural and Heritage Centre are also all found in the region. Sherbrooke, the region’s largest city, is ripe with attractions and activities to keep visitors entertained. One of the most popular attractions is the Orford Express Tourist Train. Visitors are welcomed aboard and invited to sit back and relax for the duration of their journey throughout the scenic countryside of the Eastern Townships. The 212 seat train and three railcars provide for a leisurely jaunt through the countryside, complemented by a delicious meal, drinks and entertainment. The Townships Trail guides visitors throughout the region of Eastern Townships. The 415 km trail highlights the impressive architectural and natural beauty and heritage of the region. Winding through 31 communities with 27 suggested stops the trail is a unique way to combine learning about the history of the area with the picturesque beauty of the region that attracts so many. The Sherbrooke and Area segment of the trail takes visitors both downtown and through one of the city’s six boroughs of Lennoxville. A trip along the trail clearly illustrates Sherbrooke as a bustling urban centre situated alongside quaint rural communities. The Eastern Townships allows for dichotomy which is often difficult to find in

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many regions. From rest and relaxation to adrenaline pumping adventures, urban and rural, bustling city streets to quiet country roads the Eastern Townships can accommodate the preferences of any group.

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c e b e u Q Situated between the regions of Western Quebec and Quebec City, North Central Quebec is ripe with picturesque scenery, history and stories. he Mauricie reigon is an unspoiled wilderness waiting to be explored. Nearly 85% of the area is untouched and with over 17,500 lakes and 700 miles of trails available, the outdoor enthusiast will find no shortage of adventure! Cycle, hike or canoe through La Mauricie National park or visit Batiscan River Park’s waterfalls. In the winter, try ice fishing in Sainte-Anne-de-laPérade. An area formed by industry, Mauricie’s history is brought into the present at the Forges du Saine Maurice, Canada’s first ironworks. Tour through the Village du Bucheron (lumberjack’s village) where life in an early 20th century logging camp is brought vividly to life. Continue to explore Quebec’s history in the Lanaudière region, home to the Sir Wilfrid Laurier National Historic Site, the birthplace of Canada’s first francophone prime minister. Exhibits by Canadian painters, historic buildings, gourmet specialties and the classical music festival, Festival International de Lanaudière, will immerse you in the unique culture of the area. Further north, explore the rural landscape with a series of hiking and cycling trails, with plenty of consideration given to skiers, snowmobilers and in-line skaters. To learn more about the area’s unique wildlife, visit the Lac Saint-Pierre Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO site. While in the region visitors also have the opportunity to travel along the King’s Road.

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Mostly located in North Central Quebec, with part of the route travelling into Quebec City and Area, this trail is the oldest roadway in Canada. Beginning in 1737 the route connected the cities of Montreal, Trois-Rivières and Quebec City. In addition to the rich history, the road is lined with quaint villages and unique architecture. Trois-Rivières, which has been officially declared “cultural capital of Canada” by Heritage Canada is also located in North Central Quebec. Trois-Rivières is the mustsee stopover when travelling in this region. Located halfway between Montreal and Quebec City, it is also the second city founded by the French in North America in 1634. Boasting over 375 years of history and a strong contemporary culture, Trois-Rivières is the boutique-city par excellence! In Berthierville visitors have the chance to learn about some Canadian motorsports history at the Musée Gilles Villeneuve. The museum, set up to pay homage to Villeneuve, features displays including a racing pit, tire barriers, steel guardrails, and racing flags. The virtual racing simulator gives guests an opportunity to try out their racing skills. The museum provides information about the Formula 1 driver’s amazing career including his wins and losses and his impressive displays of skill. Villeneuve died in an accident during the qualifications at the Zolder Grand Prix in Belgium in 1982. The museum serves as a tribute to this local hero.


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ultramodern network of galleries lead to the metro system and hundreds of shops, office towers, residential complexes, universities, restaurants, hotels and movie theatres, meaning there is never a reason to set foot outdoors! This veritable indoor city comprises an ingenious series of passages totalling some 40 km (25 mi.), all accessible from SainteCatherine. An Olympic city that's home to numerous sports venues, Montréal boasts the oldest and most-decorated team in professional hockey.

Montréalers go wild for this winter sport, having seen their beloved Habs win the fabled Stanley Cup no fewer than 24 times. Idolized by the people, the Montréal Canadiens are often feted on Rue Sainte-Catherine during large public gatherings. It is safe to say the Montréal experience is not complete without spending time on Rue Sainte-Catherine. The central location, selection of retailers, attractions and restaurants keeps this Montréal artery through the city pulsing year round.

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ue Sainte-Catherine is one of Canada's most-admired streets both for its geographic location and colourful history. Affectionately known among Francophones as "La Catherine," this street owes its popularity with Montréalers to the central role it has played in events that shaped the metropolis' history. Once a residential neighbourhood, Rue SainteCatherine is now considered Québec's trendiest street, teeming with big-name stores, boutiques, discos, cabarets and movie theatres. In fact, it is thanks to Sainte-Catherine's bustling, festive atmosphere that Lonely Planet named Montréal the second-happiest place in the world and the world's secondbest party city. With its Quartier des spectacles, Montréal is officially the liveliest place on the globe. This ultramodern entertainment district hosts the world's biggest festivals, including the Festival international de jazz de Montréal, the Francofolies and the Montréal World Film Festival. Sainte-Catherine is also near some of the city's major museums, such as the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée d’art contemporain, the McCord Museum of Canadian History and the Canadian Centre for Architecture. A fashion capital, Montréal is a shopaholic's dream! Its underground city and

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Festivals

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Montreal International Jazz Festival / June 28 – July 7, 2012 This annual celebration of jazz music brings the Montreal streets alive to kick off the summer. Each year thousands of artists gather in the city to perform hundreds of concerts for millions of spectators. The Jazz Festival is held in venues throughout the city with many outdoor concerts. Several downtown streets even get closed to accommodate this event. The Montreal International Jazz Festival is one of the largest festivals of its kind in the world. Photo Credit: © Festival International de Jazz de Montrèal, Jean-Franáois Leblanc

Crescent Street Grand Prix Festival / June 2012 Each year the merchants on Crescent Street put on some of the largest car and racing themed events in the city, including the Canadian Grand Prix Festival. Held to coincide with the Formula 1 racing event held at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, the festival takes over Crescent Street with entertainment, competitions, car displays and more. Photo Credit: Octane Management

Just for Laughs Festival / July 2012 Enjoy routines from some of the biggest names in stand-up comedy as well as talented up and comers at one of the world’s largest international comedy festivals. Events are held at a variety of venues throughout the city. Just for Laughs runs for about three weeks each July, and marks its 30th anniversary in 2012. Photo Credit: © Just For Laughs Festival

Montreal International Fireworks Festival / July 2012 Spectacular pyromusical (fireworks set to music) displays put on by teams from around the globe light up the Montreal sky each summer. International teams compete by putting on a thirty minute fireworks display. The event attracts millions of spectators each year and is considered one of the best and largest competitions of its type in the world. An event not to be missed! Photo Credit: © Tourisme Montrèal, Stèphan Poulin

Montreal International Dragon Boat Race Festival / July 2012 Over 200 teams compete for the win at the Montreal International Dragon Boat Festival. Held each July, thousands of spectators enjoy revel in the excitement of competition and cheer on their favourite teams. Martial arts demonstrations, arts and crafts, and multicultural entertainment are also available on site.

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Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal Located on the slope of Mount Royal, St. Joseph’s Oratory is one of the largest basilicas in the province of Quebec and has become one of the major attractions in the city. The Oratory was opened in 1955 and is the largest shrine devoted to Saint Joseph, the patron saint of Canada. Each year thousands of visitors and pilgrims visit the Oratory to pay tribute to Saint Joseph. Construction began on the chapel in 1904 and one hundred years later in 2004, the Oratory was designated a National Historic Site of Canada.

Montreal is considered to be one of the religious tourism hotspots in North American. The city’s historical ties to a variety of significant religious occurrences have led to a legacy of rich religious art, architecture, and music.

As the oldest chapel in Montreal, NotreDame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel was built in 1771 on top of the ruins of previous chapel. Located in Old Montreal, the chapel welcomes thousands of visitors each year and is considered one of the signature landmarks of the old city. The chapel is also home to the Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum which tells the story of the life of this Saint and takes a look back at her role as Montreal’s first teacher and in the founding of Notre-Damede-Bon-Secours Chapel.

Maison Saint-Gabriel, Museum and Historic Site This 17th century farm house is dedicated to showcasing and preserving the history and artifacts of New France. The farm on site has been maintained and in operation for over 300 years, originally being overseen by the Sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame which was founded by Marguerite Bourgeoys. Today the farmhouse is considered a National Historic Site of Canada and provides visitors with demonstrations about what life was like in the 17th century throughout the summer.

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Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal To say this Gothic Revival church is ornate is an understatement. This spectacularly decorated and constructed church is a feast for the eyes with one of the largest Casavant organs on the continent and high altar and pulpit. The artwork and detail inside the Basilica is remarkable and includes a ceiling painted with gold stars, hundreds of wooden carvings, and stunning stained glass. A sound and light show held in the evenings showcases the Basilica’s works of art, cultural influence, and history.

Mount Royal Cemetery This 165 acre cemetery, opened in 1852, is located on the northern slope of Mount Royal and is considered of the first rural cemeteries in North America. Walking through the grounds reveals a lengthy and storied history of the city. The cemetery has many monuments, obelisks and statues and is renowned for the carefully manicured landscaping throughout the property. In 2002 the cemetery was designated a National Historic Site of Canada.

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xploring Old Montreal is a must when visiting the city. This region of the Montreal dates back to the time of New France and has grown into a major attraction. Some of the buildings located in this area date back to the 17th century, making it one of the oldest urban areas on the continent. The architecture and cobblestone streets have been maintained throughout the years, providing visitors to the old city a more authentic historic experience. Today, the area is home to multiple attractions, boutiques, and cafés and restaurants, including the Old Port of Montreal, which has undergone major redevelopment in the early 90s One of the most popular attractions located in Old Montreal is the Montreal Science Centre. The museum is located along the waterfront and is home to many educational and interactive exhibits, including Science 26, which has a science display for every letter of the alphabet and a technological showcase. The museum is also home to an IMAX theatre and gift shop. The Centre d'histoire de Montréal provides visitors access to three floors of Montreal history. In addition to the museum educating visitors about the city’s past through a variety of exhibits, the museum also provides themed, guided walking tours through the city. The first floor of the museum is devoted to each of the neighbourhoods in the city, with the top two floors showcasing a variety of temporary exhibits. The Château Ramezay was built in the 18th century by Claude de Ramezay, the

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Governor of Montreal at the time. The house, which was the first building in Quebec to be designated a historic site, has been restored and welcomes visitors to step back to an earlier time and experience what life was like in the 18th century through many exhibits, artwork and library. The museum also has a spectacular French colonial garden on site. The 18th Century Public Market is held each August in Old Montreal and provides a living history of the 18th century in the city. Costumed 18th century folk provide musical entertainment and crafting demonstrations, and children have the chance to try their hand at historical games. The market also sells items that were traditional to New France during this time period. A unique and fun way to experience the city’s history! Ghost Walks of the old city are available for the brave! Gain a unique perspective on the city’s past by searching for ghosts at some of the city’s historical crime scenes. Each ghost is brought to life by an actor who shares their stories. Explore the cobblestone streets for the spirits if you dare!


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Western Quebec is famous for its picturesque landscape, diverse itinerary options and wide variety of recreational activities. Spring Like other regions in Canada, springtime in Western Quebec is a new dawn, an awakening to a fresh new season. The snow is melting, the birds are singing and the temperatures are beginning to rise. Springtime is a great time of year to plan a visit to Western Quebec and also a great time of year to visit Gatineau Park while in the area. Gatineau Park is the ideal place to hike, bike, explore heritage sites, and catch a glimpse of some wildlife. The park has many cycling, hiking and walking trails and offers guided tours of the park that teach visitors about the park’s ecosystems. The visitor’s centre on site provides meetings rooms, a boutique and permanent exhibits that educate about protecting nature. Visitors to the park can also learn of its human history by visiting some of the historical sites and ruins. The Mackenzie King Estate, owned by Canada’s 10th prime minister, carbide mill ruins, mines and farmsteads are all situated in the park.

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Summer in Western Quebec is ideal for exploring the northern portions of the region. The city of Val d’Or has an extensive mining history dating back to 1923 when gold was discovered in the area. In fact, the English translation of Val d’Or is Valley of Gold. Today visitors are welcome to explore the underground Lamaque Gold Mine and the historic Bourlamaque mining village. Visitors descend 300 feet down into an old gold mine and experience what it was like to be a miner collecting gold. While underground, visitors will see dynamiting and drilling techniques demonstrated.

The downhill skiing in Western Quebec is world famous. The area of Mont-Tremblant, consisting of three villages, Mont-Tremblant Resort, Downtown and Lac Mercier is a true destination for the winter recreationalist. Mont-Tremblant Resort is one of the most popular ski resorts in eastern North America and draws thousands to the region each year. The resort is a four season destination but especially comes to life under the blanket of snow. There are thirteen ski centres in the Laurentians, including the largest night skiing area in the world, Saint-Saveur Valley. Several cafés, restaurants, boutiques, and nightlife are also available in the area.

Fall Autumn is a particularly pleasant time to experience Western Quebec. The colourful foliage through the mountains is exceptionally beautiful and allows for several photo opportunities. A travel through the region’s countryside may also be in order during the fall harvest season. The Pomme en Fête or Farm Tourism Route, is situated in the Lower Laurentians and showcases the region’s rich harvest each autumn. Visitors are welcome to pick their own apple and pumpkins, explore vineyards, and cider and honey producers. Cheese makers, including the region’s most well known, Oka Cheese, are also situated along the Pomme en Fête.

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Anytime of year It is ideal to visit Western Quebec at any time of the year. Several attractions are available year round to entertain visitors, including the Canadian Museum of Civilization/Canadian Children’s Museum, Casino Lac-Leamy, and the National gallery of Canada.

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as Quebec’s premier four-season holiday area. Travellers from around the world are charmed by the beauty of the region’s unique landscape and attractions. No matter the season, visitors are encompassed in nature and outdoor beauty. The Laurentians are a place to be rediscovered over and over again, each time being a pleasure to return to and explore. That special corner of the Laurentians, one of North America’s true natural paradises, is just waiting to be traversed! Photo Credit: © MTOQ / Hurteau, Paul ; Parent, Claude

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of its ecosystems opens up ever-new horizons, providing an outstanding natural experience to suit visitors of every ilk. The region takes its name from the chain of mountains which runs down its northern side, and is part of the great Canadian Shield, which covers most of Quebec, north of the St. Lawrence River. Its lively and quaint villages offer visitors a warm and lasting welcome. The Laurentians region attracts visitors from both near and far who come to enjoy the many attractions. The Laurentian region is also popular with recreationalists who come to practice and enjoy their favourite sporting activities all year round. Throughout the years the region has forged an enviable reputation, becoming well known

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country with a fascinating history as grand as the wide-open spaces of the Laurentians themselves, The Laurentians are a rich territory that has always been coveted. A wealthy land of a thousand different experiences, it unfolds slowly to the visitor and will conquer the heart of the most fervent city-dweller with its broad peaceful lakes set among immense forests of maple and pine. The Laurentian region is 22,000 square kilometres of beauty and excitement just north of Montreal. This Northern region of Quebec is home to 9,012 lakes, 103 rivers, 45 golf courses, 14 downhill ski centres, 10 Nordic Spas, 1,055 kilometres of cross country trails and a multiple activity playground. The great diversity

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Gatineau and the Outaouais

Region Awaits

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iscover a part of Quebec that offers a host of things to see and do! From Fort-Coulonge to Montebello, from Maniwaki to Gatineau by way of Ottawa, the Outaouais region is packed with experiences just waiting to be enjoyed. No need to dream of faraway places: the Outaouais region is closer than you think! Make the Outaouais your new destination and discover a region rich in natural beauty, history, entertainment, and warm hospitality! A region that is “Near and Dear”. Gateway to Quebec, the Outaouais region features the fourth largest city in the province, Gatineau, when combined with nearby Ottawa, makes up the country’s fourth largest agglomeration! Did you know that the National Capital Region has one of the highest concentrations of national museums in Canada? Indeed, and they’re conveniently located and easy to get to, some within easy walking distance of downtown. Don’t miss the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Canada’s most visited museum. Numerous local historic sites bring the region’s colour-

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ful past alive as well. If you’re in the mood for a fabulous evening out, try out the lifestyle of the rich and famous! The Casino du Lac-Leamy has all the services and amenities of the most prestigious resorts: live entertainment, gaming tables, a five-star hotel, water sports, Le Baccara restaurant with a highly coveted CAA AAA Five Diamond distinction! Travel back in time with a scenic and relaxing trip aboard Canada’s oldest operating steam-powered train. Thousands of visitors, rail fans, nature lovers and adventurers have enjoyed this nostalgic journey through the beautiful Gatineau Valley to the picturesque tourist village of Wakefield where art galleries, bakeries, confectionaries and a charming covered bridge welcome you! Feel like stretching your legs? Our cities are bike-friendly! Gatineau and Ottawa share more than 180 kilometres of urban cycling paths and dedicated bike lanes. On a bike, on inline skates or on foot, pick a path and explore the National Capital Region in an environmentally friendly way! No bike? No problem, affordable bike rental outlets will have you pedalling away in no time. The Outaouais region is also known for its many public and private golf courses and spectacular fairways. With 150 courses within a 100-km radius of Gatineau and Ottawa, you’re sure to find one that suits you to a tee! Winter, summer, spring and fall, there’s always something happening in the Outaouais region! From international events like the Gatineau Loppet and Winterlude to

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the Casino du Lac-Leamy’s dazzling Sound of Light fireworks competition and the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival, Gatineau and the Outaouais region are alive with colourful experiences. For more info on the Outaouais Region, visit www.outaouaisgroup.com or call 1-800-2657822, ext. 208. And don’t forget to order your free copy of the Destination Outaouais Magazine!

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is the James Bay Road. This 381km (238mi) long road is the longest service-free stretch of road in Canada and begins in Matagami. The road travels along the taiga landscape and crosses some impressive rivers. A sight not to be missed along this route are the rapids of the Rupert River. Further north, about 88km (55mi) from the village of Kangiqsujuaq is the Pingualuit Crater. This basin of water was created by a meteor 1.4 million years ago. The 3.4km (2.1mi) diameter crater rises 160m above the surrounding tundra and is 400 m deep. It contains some of the purest water in the world. In 1999 the crater was re-named “Pingualuit”, which means “where the land rises” in the local Inuit language.

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owhere is the wild, expansive wilderness of the Canadian north more impressive than in Northern Quebec. As far as the eye can see, tundra stretches on into the expanse, broken by small Inuit communities and some of the most spectacular natural wonders in the country. The wildlife reserves, thundering rivers and boreal forests of the Baie-James territory stand side by side with hydroelectric plants and gold, silver, copper and zinc mines. More than 12,000 Cree call the Baie-James area home and the village of Ouji Bougoumou is one of only 50 villages recognized by the United Nations for blending modern life and Native tradition. For those who crave a true northern experience, Nunavik’s 500,000 square kilometres is sure to challenge. Accessible only by airplane,


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Hotel Maritime Plaza

Travelodge Montreal Center

Hotel Maritime Plaza offers elegantly appointed accommodations and gracious amenities at an outstanding value in the heart of downtown Montreal. Enjoy and convenience at every turn with room features that include plush bedding and fine furnishings and hotel services that include an onsite restaurant and lounge, indoor heated swimming pool, room service and exercise room.

The hotel Travelodge Montreal Centre is well located in the heart of the city. For couples and families, whether you love the history or the entertainment our property will delight you by its geographical location!! We are conveniently between three subway stations. It is just a short ride to your activity! The Travelodge Montreal Center with its European Style rooms has been considered unique in its class. We will also do our best to ensure that your stay is a memorable one!

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Hotel Mont Gabriel Located at the summit of the mountain, Hôtel Mont Gabriel is the definitive hideaway, a place where the warm natural décor and crackling fireplaces are rivaled only by the attentiveness of our staff. Nowhere else will feel so much at home. Summer activities: tennis, volleyball and 18 hole golf,... Winter activities: skiing, skating, dogsledding and more

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Cozy Atmosphere, Historic Splendor and Artful Surroundings Château Versailles offers a seamless blend of sophistication and comfort at every turn. Our location in the historic section of downtown affectionately referred to as the Golden Square Mile affords you the opportunity to enjoy the finest attractions, shopping and dining destinations just steps from your room.

Anne Marie Roy 1699 chemin du Mont Gabriel Ste-Adele, Quebec J8B 1A5 Tel: 450-227-7983 ext. 241; 1-800-668-5253 Fax: 450-229-7034 amroy@montgabriel.com www.montgabriel.com

Yanick Beaulieu 1659 Sherbrooke West Montreal, Quebec H3H 1E3 Tel: 514-933-6880 ext 2610; 1-888-933-8111 Fax: 514-933-6967 ybeaulieu@versailleshotels.com www.chateauversaillesmontreal.com

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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Montreal Whether you travel to Montréal for business or pleasure, there's always time to take in some of the many Montréal events, festivals and attractions. After a hectic day of sight-seeing or one full of meetings, spend a relaxing evening at the splendid all-suite Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Downtown MONTREAL CENTRE-VILLE. Breakfast for free in the morning is always a must! Ludmilla Teillet 155 Rene-Levesque East Boulevard Montreal, Quebec H2X 3Z8 Tel: 514-448-7107; 1-866-398-7100 Fax: 514-448-7101 sales@hiemontreal.com www.hiexpress.com

Le Meridien Versailles-Montreal is a Montreal luxury hotel in the heart of the historic Golden Square Mile neighborhood of downtown Montreal. With 108 guestrooms, we offer a boutique hotel atmosphere and personalized service. We offer four meeting rooms and modern facilities. Your attendees will appreciate our many windows offering abundant daylight and panoramic views of downtown Montreal. Sales Department 1808 Sherbrooke West Montreal, Quebec H3H 1E5 Tel: 514-933-8111; 1-866-716-8101 smoran@versailleshotels.com www.lemeridienversailleshotel.com

Le Nouvel Hotel and Spa Montreal Le Nouvel Hôtel & Spa is ideally located in the heart of downtown’s business quarter. It is minutes from the famous Bell Center and trendy Crescent and Mountain streets. We offer 126 very spacious bedrooms, 45 very well appointed studios equipped kitchen and 6 beautifully decorated loft. Enjoy innovative Continental cuisine at our restaurant l’Entracte. We offer Spa services on site and meeting space totalling over 8,000 sq. feet, all rooms with natural daylight.

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France Normand 50 boulevard Rene Levesque West Montreal, Quebec H2Z 1A2 Tel: 514-874-9090; 1-800-363-6535 Fax: 514-874-0907 france@travelodgemontreal.ca www.travelodgemontrealcentre.com • www.tidanhotels.com

QUÉBEC CITY & AREA Hotel Clarion Quebec The family atmosphere and cordial warmth of our establishment make of it a destination of choice. Advantageously located at the entrance of the marvellous historical city of Quebec in the heart of a strategic highway crossroads, the Hotel Clarion Quebec will be sure to satisfy you time and time again.

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Hôtel-Pavillons-Le Petit Manoir du Casino Located in an enchanting and unique location, the Pavillons du Petit Manoir du Casino offers luxury and comes with an exceptional view. Parking for touring buses, welcome services, easy access for persons with mobility impairments, baggage handling services, elevators, pool/whirlpools, a staircase leading to the Casino. All our room units include a kitchenette, an electric fireplace, a therapeutic bath and a private balcony. Many of the units also offer a breath-taking and unobstructed view of the St. Lawrence River and the Charlevoix Casino. 4 stars Marc Ruest 525 Chemin des Falaises La Malbaie, Quebec, G5A 2V5 Tel: 1-800-618-2122 Fax: 418-665-4092 marc.ruest@videotron.ca www.petitmanoirducasino.ca

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La Sagueneenne Hotel Escape to an environment of well-being where the ever-evolving needs of the modern traveler are satisfied. La Sagueneenne offers a tropical escape for all guests with its atrium with a salt water pool, invigorating sauna and two relaxing hot tubs. Also, enjoy a good meal at the unique restaurant "Le Tremblay". The business center as well as our fitness room will certainly make your visit an enjoyable one.

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A magnificent 300-year-old house and national historic site, Maison Saint-Gabriel presents the various aspects of rural life in the 17th century and the history of the King's Wards. Visit its farmhouse garden, recreated in the style of New France. Discover its original and captivating programming with craftspeople, musicians, performers and story-tellers. Stroll through its glade and along the poetry path. Guided tours Tuesday through Sunday. 2146, place Dublin Montréal, Quebec H3K 2A2 Tel: 514-935-8136 msgrcip@globetrotter.net www.maisonsaint-gabriel.qc.ca • www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/MontrealQC/Maison-Saint-Gabriel-musee-et-sitehistorique

Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal Spirituality, nature, culture and history come together in perfect harmony at Saint Joseph’s Oratory. Already overjoyed about the canonization, in 2010, of Brother André the founder of the shrine, the Oratory’s entire team invites visitors from far and wide to discover or rediscover the many facets of its exceptional site: organ and carillon concerts, exhibitions, gardens and guided tours adapted to your group. We look forward to meeting you ! Danielle Decelles 3800, chemin Queen Mary Montreal, Quebec H3V 1H6 Tel: 514 733-8211; 1-877-672-8647 ddecelles@osj.qc.ca www.saint-joseph.org

QUÉBEC CITY & AREA Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

Chateau Cartier Hotel

Montreal Biodôme

Château Cartier Hotel Resort- a destination unlike any other in the National Capital Region. Situated on 152 lush green acres beside the Ottawa River, Château Cartier has all the charm of a four seasons resort hotel, yet is only eight minutes from downtown Ottawa via the Champlain Bridge. Located in Gatineau, Quebec, the hotel and attached convention center offer the most beautiful 18-hole golf course, a professionally managed health club and full spa services with indoor pool.

Come immerse yourself in four ecosystems, home to over, 4,800 animals from 230 different species and 750 plant species, all under one roof. Experienced nature interpreters accompany you on your expedition through the Americas: the Tropical Forest, lush, hot and humid; the Laurentian Forest, whose colours and rhythms change with the seasons; the impressive St. Lawrence Marine ecosystem, and finally the Polar World with the Arctic and Antarctic side by side. Chin Hsia Lei 4777 Pierre-De Coubertin Montréal, Quebec H1V 1B3 Tel: 514-868-3000; Group Reservations: 514-868-3056 Fax: 514-868-3065 chin.hsia.lei@ville.montreal.qc.ca www.espacepourlavie.ca

Located at the heart of a majestic Battlefields Park, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec holds a collection of nearly 35,000 works dating from the 17th century to the present. In addition, temporary exhibitions showcase the work of Quebec and international masters. Exceptional architecture, Café Restaurant overlooking the St-Lawrence River and free admission to the permanent collection. Services Guided tours, audio guides, group cloakroom, group menu, gift shop/bookstore, room rental for private events, tour bus parking nearby. Hélène Grenier Parc des Champs de Bataille Québec, Quebec G1R 5H3 Tel: 418-643-2150; 1-866-220-2150 Fax: 418-528-0856 reservation.education@mnba.qc.ca www.mnba.qc.ca

Montreal Botanical Garden

Plains of Abraham

A popular oasis in the heart of city, the Montréal Botanical Garden is recognized as one of the world's largest and finest. Its extensive collection of 22,000 plant species and cultivars, 10 exhibition greenhouses, Tree House and some thirty thematic gardens make it an exceptionally beautiful attraction. Its cultural gardens invite visitors on a trip around the world, from China to Japan and the world of the First Nations. Don't miss also the Insectarium on the same site! Chin Hsia Lei 4101 Sherbrooke Street East Montreal, Quebec H1X 2B2 chin.hsia.lei@ville.montreal.qc.ca www.espacepourlavie.ca

Discover Canada’s first national historic park and entertaining activities for student and adult groups: over 325,000 participants in the last five years. Don’t miss: Odyssey multimedia exhibition to relive the great Quebec battles; enrol as British soldiers at Martello Tower or share the Convict’s Last Drink; discover Halloween gloomy tales by lantern light; put on arrow sashes for the Snowshoer’s Walk; watch generals Wolfe and Montcalm give their rendering of the 1759 Seven Years War battle. Joanne Laurin Discovery Pavilion of the Plains of Abraham, 835 Wilfrid-Laurier Avenue, level 0 Quebec City, Quebec G1R 2L3 Tel: 418-648-5371 Fax: 418-648-3809 information@ccbn-nbc.gc.ca www.theplainsofabraham.ca

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Lilian Belanger 1170 Aylmer Road Gatineau, Quebec J9H 7L3 Tel: 819-776-7941; 1-800-807-1088 Fax: 819-777-7161 liliane.belanger@chateaucartier.com www.chateaucartier.com

Attractions MONTRÉAL & AREA Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal Rodin/Claudel (October 2011), a full-length ballet and The Little Prince (May 2012), a poetic adaptation of St. Exupery’s book. Two powerful pieces created for the company, will share the bill in an all Stravinsky Evening (March 2012). The Nutcracker, (December 2011) will once again illuminate the holiday season, while balletlovers will not want to miss another classic, Swan Lake (March 2012). In April 2012, another mythical ballet returns: Revelations by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Jean-Philippe Alepins 4816, Rivard Street Montreal, Quebec H2J 2N6 Tel: 514-849-0269; 1-877-849-0269 Fax: 514-849-0098 jpalepins@grandsballets.com www.grandsballets.com

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Montreal Insectarium Considered the leading museum devoted to insects in North America, the Montréal Insectarium celebrates in 2010 its 20th anniversary! One of the favourite children museums is home to 160,000 living and naturalized insect specimens, an ant farm, a bumblebee hive and many other spellbinding vivariums. Learn about the amazing diversity of "Nature's Champions"! The Insectarium is located on the site of the Botanical Garden. Chin Hsia Lei 4581 rue Sherbrooke Est Montréal, Quebec H1X 2B2 chin.hsia.lei@ville.montreal.qc.ca www.espacepourlavie.ca

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SOUTHERN QUÉBEC J. Armand Bombardier Museum The J. Armand Bombardier Museum pays tribute to Joseph-Armand Bombardier, the ingenious Quebec inventor and visionary entrepreneur who changed history through his revolutionary innovations in snow transportation. On display are several dynamic temporary exhibitions and three remarkable permanent ones. Past and present mingle if you take advantage of the Museum/BRP plant tour package, a unique one in Quebec. The package applies to groups only (14 years old and up) and must be booked in advance. Marianne Dandurand 1001 J.-A.-Bombardier Avenue Valcourt, Quebec J0E 2L0 Tel: 450-532-5300 Fax: 450-532-2260 info@museebombardier.com www.bombardiermuseum.com

WESTERN QUÉBEC Canadian Museum of Civilization Explore 1,000 years of Canadian history as you travel through townscapes and life-sized environments, and meet some of the country’s most remarkable figures. Stroll along the boardwalk in a West Coast aboriginal village, and walk among the world’s largest indoor collection of totem poles. The Museum also presents international exhibitions and houses the Children’s Museum, the Postal Museum and an IMAX® Theatre, now 3D. Reduced rate when you include a visit to the Canadian War Museum. Venessa St-Louis 100 Laurier Street Gatineau, Quebec KIA 0M8 Tel: 819-776-7086; 1-800-555-5621 Fax: 819-776-7017 venessa.st-louis@civilization.ca www.civilization.ca

Canadian War Museum The Canadian War Museum takes you on an exciting journey through the personal, national and international dimensions of Canada’s military history. Moving firsthand accounts from the men, women and children who have lived through these conflicts are enhanced by the Museum’s vast collection of military vehicles, artillery, works of art and artifacts of all sizes — from medals to a CF-Voodoo jet fighter. Venessa St-Louis 1 Vimy Place Ottawa, Ontario Tel: 819-776-7086; 1-800-555-5621 Fax: 819-776-7017 venessa.st-louis@warmuseum.ca www.warmuseum.ca

Eco-Odyssée Located on an enchanting site, Eco-Odyssée is a water maze that comprises an estimated 64 intersections spread out over more than 6km. Choose the adventure that suits you and enjoy the splendor of the marsh environment from your paddle boat. Learn to identify the numerous animal and plant species that live in the marsh, concealed within the forest's greenery. You will be charmed by this journey of discovery. Michel Le Clair Eco-Odyssée 52 Chemin des Sources La Pêche (Wakefield), Quebec J0X 3G0 Tel: 819-459-2551 info@eco-odyssee.ca www.eco-odyssee.ca

Gaming Entertainment WESTERN QUÉBEC Casino du Lac-Leamy CASINO DU LAC-LEAMY WE'RE ALL PLAY Just 5 minutes from downtown Ottawa, the Casino du LacLeamy offers an incomparable selection of games for an unbeatable experience. The Casino du Lac-Leamy is open 24 hours a day and features over 1,800 slot machines and more than 60 gaming tables. Enjoy the exciting atmosphere of the casino, then unwind at the five-star Hilton Lac-Leamy. This outstanding venue promises nothing short of an unforgettable getaway. Annie Henderson 1, Boulevard du Casino Gatineau, Quebec J8Y 6W3 Tel: 514-499-5180; 1-800-665-2274 Fax: 514-982-5527 reservations-gr@casino.qc.ca www.casino-du-lac-leamy.com

Destination Marketing WESTERN QUÉBEC National Capital Commission What will your students learn today? On a field trip or in your classroom, your students will get a unique Canadian experience by exploring the national attractions, symbols, stories, monuments and natural treasures of Canada’s Capital. Call us to find out about the variety of youth programming and resources offered throughout the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Reservation Officer #202 - 40 Elgin Street Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 1C7 Tel: 613-239-5100; 1-800-461-8020 Fax: 613-239-5758 reservat@ncc-ccn.ca www.canadascapital.gc.ca/education

Outaouais Tourism Outaouais Tourism is a destination marketing organization representing over 500 members. Discover this beautiful part of Quebec, located right across the river from Canada’s Capital: Ottawa. Experience the diversity of our cultures while visiting our national museums, discover the wonders of nature, enjoy our unbeatable regional cuisine and be entertained by our many exciting activities. A one-day trip can easily turn into a weeklong adventure! We have itineraries available online! See you soon! Kim Morissette 103 Laurier Street Gatineau, Quebec J8X 3V8 Tel: 819-778-2222; 1-800-265-7822 Fax: 819-778-7758 kmorissette@tourisme-outaouais.ca www.outaouaisgroup.com • www.outaouaistourism.com

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