Coming up in Quebec City this May | À venir à Québec en mai

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Sous peu, nous découvrirons à nouveau l’évènement Où tu vas quand tu dors en marchant…? Chaque année le Carrefour international de Théâtre met sur place une série de tableaux en plein air qui invite les visiteurs dans une univers parallèle où le théâtre, la danse, les arts visuels rivalisent harmonieusement. Cette année, le site choisi pour l’évènement sera la Colline Parlementaire située tout près du Manoir d’Auteuil. Une petite marche ludique de fin de soirée s’impose donc les jeudi-vendredi-samedi 25-26-27 mai et 1-2-3-8-9-10 juin.

Aussi à surveiller:

Quebec City will enchant you at night this spring as you wander Parliament hill all while immersed in a fantastic parallel universe with “Où tu vas quand tu dors en marchant…?” . This annual spring event presented by the Carrefour international de Théâtre promises to intrigue all visitors with a perfect blend of outdoor performing arts. Even better, this is an absolutely free event. Discover the different scenes throughout the performances each Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening.  The confirmed dates are: May 25-26-27 , June 1-2-3 , and June 8-9-10.


Also on our to do list for May:

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Dog Sledding in Quebec!

Yes, it is cold here in Quebec, but because of that cold, Quebec really is a winter wonderland.  Activities abound in Quebec, primarily due to our beautiful and abundant snow! One of the most amazing activities to do with friends or family while visiting Quebec City, is to go dogsledding.  Of course you will want to visit the Chutes of Montmorency, which is just a 10 minute drive from Old Quebec. (The frozen falls are an incredible site to see in the winter!)  I encourage you to continue just 10 more minutes to the Isle d’Orleans where you can spend the rest of you afternoon dog sledding… absolute winter must!  I visited Le P’tit Bonheur et Expédition Mi-Loup for my day of four legged fun!IMG_0133

In the heart of the Île d’Orléans, I got to lead my pack of six dogs, mushing from my sled for about an hour, surrounded by trees and the fresh winter air blowing off the river!  What an absolutely amazing day!  The guides are wonderful, and took us through the fields and in the woods.  After the ride, visiting the kennels and discovering just how the dogs are raised is quite interesting.  I realize some winter warriors are even more thrill seekers than myself, so for those of you looking for speed, they also offer snowmobile tours.  For the more sedate, you also have the opportunity to go ice fishingIMG_0153IMG_0147






A one hour sleigh ride costs $ 65 per person, and if you want to perform the three activities, (dog sledding, snow mobiling and ice fishing) all in the same day, it will cost $ 120 per person.

For more details, please check out their website 

I have had many clients dog sled at Mont Sainte-Anne as well, all coming back to the Manoir with raving reviews.  Here is their site as well!

Either way, at the end of your day of adventure, it is really just a short drive back into Old Quebec.  Once back home, you can top off your day indulging in a dinner at one of the extraordinay restaurants lining the streets of Old Quebec.

Bonne expedition à tous !

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Winter Fun in Quebec City!

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For those of us who love winter sports and activities, Old Quebec is definitely the place to be.  As global warming has certainly had an impact on our winters, we still get the snow.  With the more moderate winters, as far as temperature is concerned, I must say we have the perfect winter weather!

I realize that for those planning a ski getaway, they usually look to stay in a condo at the base of the mountain.  I think most skiers may want to reconsider that when travelling to Stoneham or Mount Saint Anne.  With Stoneham just a 20 minute drive from the Old City, and Mount Sainte-Anne, about a 40 minute drive, Québec City offers the perfect place to stay for ski trips.  This historic gem offers all of the evening fine dining, several theaters, as well as the bars with live music that we just don’t find at the mountain.  The Plaines of Abraham are transformed into a beautiful course for cross country skiing, with no fees attached.  You can even rent the skis and snow shoes from the tourist bureau.

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At Place d’Youville, you can rent skates and romance under the starlit night as you skate hand in hand.  For you hockey fans, pack your skates and sticks, and play a game of pick up hockey just across the street from the hotel at the outdoor rink in Esplanade Park.

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For those travelling with families and children, pack a sled.  The Plaines of Abraham is the perfect spot for sledding!  Your kids will love you!  Take it a step further, and spend one day at Village Vacance Valcartier.  The whole family will love tubing down the hill on their downhill courses and rides.

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Quebec City, is truly a perfect winter destination!  Visitors can easily pack in a full week of winter fun!

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German Christmas Market- fun for the entire family!

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When staying in the Old Quebec during your Christmas visit you will definitely want to go see the German Christmas Market. At the Place de l’Hotel de Ville (City Hall), from  November 24 to  December 18, you can immerse yourself into the magical atmosphere of a small German village where the ambiance is lovely and the food is great!


Walk through and warm to the German delicacies.

Walk through and warm to the German delicacies.

German delicacies are available such as:  mulled wine, German Christmas cakes, gingerbread, grilled sausages, and roasted chestnuts.  The baguette with melted cheese is absolutely delicious. Also, try the delicious german crèpes filled with chocolate and a dusting of powdered sugar.  The irresistible freshly baked pretzels are sure to warm the belly during a cool winter walk.

Original gifts, decorations, local products and crafts from Germany and the Quebec region make great and original gifts to offer your loved ones!

Have I convinced you to go for a walk through the streets of Old Quebec?  Not to mention, the entrance is free and it is within a 5 minute walk from the Manoir D’Auteuil!

Light festival at German Christmas Market.

Light festival at German Christmas Market.

From November 24 to December 18 at the Place de l’Hotel de Ville and the gardens of the Hotel de Ville. The opening hours of the market:

every day from 11h to 20h
Sunday from 11h to 18h
closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Click here for the complete program.

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Le Festival de Jazz de Québec est de Retour!




screen-shot-2016-10-11-at-5-15-17-pmLes fans de jazz seront heureux d’apprendre que le Festival de Jazz de Québec est de retour pour la 10ième édition. Des artistes du Québec, des États-Unis et de la Belgique seront présents du 12 au 23 octobre pour remplir vos oreilles de merveilleuse musique jazz.

Les artistes performeront dans 4 différentes salles de spectacles, clubs et restaurants. Quelques-unes de ces endroits incluent le Théâtre du Capitole, le Théâtre du Petit-Champlain, la scène Lebourgneuf et le restaurant-cabaret l’Aviatic.


Plusieurs restaurants vont offrir des formules souper-spectacles lors du festival. Les restaurants partenaires sont :

Le Sam Bistro Évolutif


Le Scala

Le Bâton Rouge

District Saint-Joseph

-Le Jules et Jim Bar et Spectacles

Il y a plus de 20 spectacles qui seront présenté lors de cette édition du Festival de Jazz de musique. Vous pouvez cliquer sur le lien suivant pour la programmation entière :

Voici quelques-uns des artistes qui performeront au festival cette année :

& plusieurs autres! Cliquez sur le lien pour voir la brochure avec la programmation du festival : pap-flyer-fjq-2016-23


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Jazz Festival of Quebec Returns!

screen-shot-2016-10-11-at-5-15-17-pmThe jazz fans will be pleased to know that the Jazz  Festival of Québec is back for the 10th edition. Artists from Quebec, the USA and from Belgium will be present from the 12th of October through the 23rd to fill your ears with beautiful jazz music.

The artists will be performing at 4 different locactions, clubs and restaurants. Some of the various locations include le Théatre du Capitole, le Théatre Petit-Champlain, la Scène Lebourgneuf and the Aviatic restaurant-cabaret. Many other restaurants will offer a dining option during the shows. The partner restaurants include the following restaurants :

Le Sam Bistro Évolutif


La Scala

Le Bâton Rouge

District Saint-Joseph

-Le Jules et Jim Bar et Spectacles

There are over 20 shows that are scheduled for this years edition of the Jazz Festival of Québec. You can click the following link for the entire programmation :

Here are some of the artists that will be performing at this years festival :

& many others!  Click here to see the program flyer:   pap-flyer-fjq-2016-23


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Quebec City Summer Music Festival 2016

Quebec City Summer Music Festival

July 7-17, 2016


Scene Bell Plains of Abraham, photo by Andrea Olivier Lyra

Every year’s summer music festival in Quebec City seems to be a first for me.  Perhaps it is because we have been going to the festival annually since 2000, with our then little ones in tow.  In the beginning, we spent most of our days at the family site, with family skits, arts and crafts.  The kids full of smiles, never wanting to go home.  Each year, the museum set up a tent for a special wearable craft and of course, the animated face painting booth close by, which was always a favorite.  We went day after day, each day discovering something new musically, and then going back to get their faces painted yet once again.


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Today, they are young adults and teenagers.  Now, it is there turn to invite mom and dad into their world of music, as we in turn share ours.  Last year’s biggest show was the Rolling Stones in concert, and we all proudly wear our commemorative t-shirts today.  This is the only concert where I have ever subjected myself to a long days wait in line.  We started early in the morning, knowing the site could end up closed if too many concert goers arrived.  We brought snacks and played Farkle until 4 pm.  Once the gates opened, I was pushed out of the way as hard core fans shoved past me in hopes of getting one of those coveted close up spots or to the SAQ tent for a great view.  Being 10 years their junior, I was able to recover and sprint past those men who shoved me, sporting my oversized grin as I passed them by.  It took me about a half hour, however, to recover from the mild asthma attack that ensued, but in the end our great spot shared with friends and family was worth the effort!

Throughout the years, my kids have introduced me to LMFAO, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and more.  We in turn have introduced them to some greats such as The Black Keys, Billy Joel, Aerosmith and Brian Adams.  And then of course, are the less well know artists that tend to play the smaller venues, coming from all over the world including Latin America, Europe and Africa.  Folk, jazz, blues, techno……no matter.  You will find a treasure trove of  live music throughout the festival.  What a bargain!  Eleven days of music, one fee for unlimited access.  If you have not yet reserved your passes, we still do have some rooms at the Manoir d’Auteuil available and we offer packages including your passes.  Click here to see this year’s calendar of concerts, with Brandi Carlile, Sting and Peter Gabriel kicking off the Festival!

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Une activité d’hiver en plein coeur de Québec : les patinoires !

Certes il fait froid à Québec, mais réjouissons-nous : les activités d’hiver arrivent enfin ! Et beaucoup d’entre elles se situent à deux pas de nôtre hôtel : saviez-vous que la patinoire de plein air située sur la Place d’Youville est ouverte depuis Octobre ? Vous pouvez patiner gratuitement en plein cœur du Vieux Quebec, à partir de 10h et ce jusqu’à 22h.

Si vous préférez le grand air, l’Anneau de Glace sur les plaines d’Abraham vous permettra de patiner dans un décor splendide, juste en face du Jardin Jeanne d’Arc, de 10h a 22h également.

Vous avez oublié vos patins ? Un service de location, ainsi que des casiers, sont à disposition aux deux endroits.

Alors couvrez vous bien, et bonne glissade !

Father daughter bonding on the ice

photo by Linda LaFollette

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Les 5 à Blues du restaurant Le Quai 19

Que faire le jeudi soir dans cette belle ville de Québec ? Je suis avec quelques amis, ce n’est pas encore la fin de semaine, on n’a donc pas forcément envie de sortir tard, mais j’ai envie de faire quelque chose de fun, comme écouter de la bonne musique en prenant un bon verre de vin par exemple …

Je n’ai pas à chercher bien longtemps : le restaurant Le Quai 19, propose tous les jeudis soirs des 5 à 7 sur le thème du Blues ! Situé dans la charmante rue Saint-Paul dans le Quartier du Vieux Port (c’est-à-dire à seulement 10 minutes à pieds du Manoir d’Auteuil), ce bistrot gastronomique a complètement changé son image et répond aux critères suivants : une atmosphère détendue dans un décors moderne, des serveurs qui connaissent leurs plats et leurs vins sur le bout des doigts, et surtout un chanteur qui met une bonne ambiance !

En plus, comme les jeudis soirs, les vins et bières sont à moitié prix, on en profite pour commander un plat de leur menu qui change selon les saisons et ce que les maraîchers ont à offrir … (on vous recommande d’ailleurs La Table de Pettigrew, une expérience enrichissante et délicieuse à la fois puisque ce sera le chef qui choisira pour vous ce que vous mangerez !)

Le Quai 19 vous accueille tous les jours, et ce dès 7h30 en semaine pour les déjeuners !


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Les Maîtres de L’Olympe : à voir au Musée de la Civilisation

Si vous n’avez pas encore visité la magnifique exposition Les Maîtres de l’Olympe au Musée de la civilisation, faites-le vite, vous avez jusqu’au 15 mars pour en profiter.

Crédits photos : Jessy Bernier, Perspective

Crédits photos : Jessy Bernier, Perspective

Je vous recommande d’emprunter un récepteur-audio afin de faire la visite par vous-même, à votre rythme, ou encore mieux de vous inscrire à une visite guidée. Personnellement, j’ai profité de la visite guidée de 45 minutes avec une guide très intéressante qui nous a dévoilé une foule d’informations en plus d’anecdotes amusantes sur les dieux et déesses mythiques de l’antiquité greco-romaine tels Zeus, Aphrodite, Athenas, Dionyos, Hermès.  Les pièces présentées – statues de marbres, céramiques, vases et bijoux – sont d’une grande beauté et proviennent des collections d’antiquités des Musées nationaux de Berlin. C’est une chance exceptionnelle que nous avons de pouvoir admirer ces oeuvres!

Dans une autre salle du musée, vous pourrez découvrir l’exposition Image X Image – Le cinéma d’animation de l’Office national du film du Canada.  Très intéressant! Les enfants (et les grands!) y ont aussi beaucoup de plaisir car ils peuvent prendre les commandes au laboratoire pour concevoir un court film animé, ou encore s’installer à différentes stations pour regarder des extraits de plus de 250 films. Lors d’une froide journée d’hiver, c’est facile d’y passer beaucoup de temps.

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Comme au cinéma!

Comme au cinéma!






L’exposition Image X Image est présentée jusqu’au 23 août.



Petit conseil à nos clients du Manoir d’Auteuil : l’entrée au musée est gratuite les mardis d’hiver, jusqu’au 31 mars !

Horaire du musée : Mardi au dimanche de 10h à 17h

Tarifs– Adultes : 10$ – Ainés : 9$ – Étudiants : 8$ – 12 à 16 ans : 3$ – 11 ans et – : 0$

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