8 Majestic Venues You want to visit in Quebec City
Which venues should you visit in Quebec City?
If you’re like most people, whenever you plan to visit the province of Quebec. You usually think of Montreal as your desired destination. And there is a good reason behind it too! Montreal is a cultural paradise that has something for cinephiles, foodies, architecture lovers, and art enthusiasts alike. But what people don’t realize is that there’s another gem that’s just two and a half hours drive from Montreal. And this city is an equally important one that has a distinct culture of its own.
We are talking about the capital city of Quebec – Quebec City. Founded in the 1600s by French settlers, the city’s winding cobblestone streets and imposing cathedrals will give you the impression that you’re in a quaint European town. But you aren’t. You’re in Québec City – a UNESCO World Heritage site that’ll charm you for sure. The birthplace of New France will make you feel like you’re in a 17th Century European painting. And to help you with your discovery of the city’s nooks and corners, we’ve compiled a very short list of venues. These would be great additions to your itinerary.
So, without having to make you wait any further, let’s get on with the list.
1. Théâtre Capitole
Situated in a grand complex called the Capitole, Le Théâtre Capitole is a venue that has been hosting concerts, comedy shows, and other cultural events for over a century. This magnificent structure was constructed in 1903 based on designs by American architect Walter S. Painter. Being right in the heart of Quebec City, this venue boasts of having hosted some of the greatest in arts and entertainment. Le Théâtre Capitole is a magical venue with magnificent stairways, and luxurious decor.
2. Musées national des beaux arts de Québec
A highly respected art museum, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec is a complex consisting of four buildings. This expansive building was inaugurated in 1933. Its collection includes over 40,000 works from the 16th century to the present day. Their collection primarily consists of works that were produced in Quebec, or by Quebec artists. It also includes works from other areas of Canada and the world. History buffs will be enthralled by this enigmatic structure.
3. l’Antibar Bar & Spectacles
If you are looking for a more personal experience, head over to this edgy music venue that hosts indie bands and offers some great cocktails. l’Antibar Bar & Spectacles is perfect for those who plan on unwinding over a few mugs of beer with friends and discovering fresh sounds from the city. Check this place out, if you are looking for venues with live music. The perfect example of the saying: ‘Good things come in small packages.’
4. Centre Vidéotron
When you visit the second-largest stadium in Quebec and witness the colossal venue which can house more than 18,000 people. You cannot but admire the sheer scale of this magnificent structure. Primarily built for ice hockey, the engineering marvel was inspired by the extreme weather conditions of Quebec. This majestic building is a multidisciplinary amphitheatre a must-visit for sports fans, with a soft spot for hockey, but also a great venue for music fans. Take the time to visit the surrounding grounds of Expocité. Expocité hosts over 400 events of various yearly. You’ll find in this great site, Le Grand Marché. At Le Grand Marché, you can find local producers of great authentic Quebec produces and recipes. Your taste buds will thank you!
5. Théâtre Premier Acte
An intimate 80-seat theatre, this venue offers astonishing discoveries in terms of, current and meaningful subjects, crafted by talented Quebec artists. This cozy theatre will take you on spell-binding visual journeys through its plays and productions. Perfect for a night out in Quebec City, and if you’re looking for venues for small events.
6. Morrin Centre Cultural Centre
A nationally recognized heritage site, the Morrin Centre is a leading English-language cultural center located in the heart of the historically significant Old Quebec City. Built over 200 years ago, this grand, architectural marvel was one of the city’s first jails. But it now houses one of the world’s most beautiful libraries. You can browse through hundreds of books in this charming Victorian-style library. They also offer a diverse range of events that include an annual writers’ festival, multiple concerts, readings, and lectures. The Centre’s mission is to provide rich and engaging programs in the domains of cultural heritage, education, and the arts. The Centre’s history is directly linked to the intellectual development of Quebec and Canada as well.
7. Le Bal du Lézard
A small, warm, and friendly bar in the heart of Limoilou, one of Québec City’s loveliest neighborhoods, this venue is par excellence and is closely knit with the local community. Meet friends, make new ones, or just enjoy a few drinks by yourself! Here is an active player for local information of Limoilou and other neighborhoods of Quebec city.
8. Citadel Museum (La Citadelle De Québec)
The museum at La Citadelle De Québec aims to acquire, conserve, and showcase artifacts and historical documents that recount the history of the Royal 22e Régiment as well as the Citadelle of Québec. This historical gem is an important carrier of Canadian military history. Through their tours, the museum aims to educate visitors about the Regiment’s military feats and its history in Quebec, Canada, and the world over. If you want to better understand the French history of Canada, and specifically Quebec, the Citadel Museum is a great starting point.
The venues and buildings of a city store a thousand stories that are just waiting to unfold themselves to the savvy visitor. The venues mentioned in our list are but a small set of a multitude of buildings that inform you about the province and the country. Once you visit these venues, they will leave you with sweet memories, and hopefully, bring you back for more. If you want to know about other such venues. Keep following SpotEv’s blog, which will help you make well-informed travel decisions.
Cheers enjoy the visits!