Québec and moi:

Confessions of a Québec City tour guide

The Magdalen Islands

The Magdalen Islands are a hook-shaped archipelago in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Distant from the Canadian mainland, this string of eight …
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Snow Wars

Québec City gets an average of 303.4 centimeters of snow every year. For those of you who think in feet and inches, that’s just a …
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Old Québec is, not surprisingly, known for its old architecture. 411 years of existence have left us numerous varieties of vintage buildings that make a …
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Champions 10 times over

They have done it again! On Saturday last, the Laval University football team capped off a perfect season by winning the Vanier Cup, Canada’s collegiate national …
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Old City Architecture

Laval University was founded in the 1850s by the Seminary of Québec. And for a hundred years its students lived and studied in the Old …
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Mary Ann

Mary Ann was a slave who worked in her master’s house near Québec City’s Place Royale. In August of 1777, she left his house without …
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Neighborhood Names, Part I

In the spring of 1756, the port city of Brest, France, hosted a handful of senior French army officers: Lévis, Senezergues, Bougainville, Bourlamaque, Montcalm. They …
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Cheese matters

Have you heard the news? Last month, in Madison, Wisconsin, a panel of connoisseurs at the World Championship Cheese Contest awarded the prize for the best …
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Gone to the dogs

A couple of weeks ago, I took a group of students from the Maritimes dogsledding on Québec’s south shore. The weather was perfect: warm enough to keep …
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