The province of Québec is home to more than 500 festivals year-round, bringing with them cultural discoveries, heart-thumping excitement and breathtaking beauty. Winter is no exception! Be sure to check out these winter festivities to experience Québec City like a local and make the most out of your visit:
General programming for the celebratory activities of the 50th anniversary of the Québec Government Office in Paris in 2011 was unveiled on November 26 by Québec Premier Jean Charest. An overview of the programming is available at www.quebec.fr/50
As part of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of its opening, the Québec Government Office in London (DGQL) presented the first Québec Cinema Showcase during the 20th French Film Festival UK from November 2 to 4.
For the 350th anniversary of the Notre-Dame de Québec parish, visitors to the basilica of the same name will be able to pass through a Holy Door—the first such door in North America and the seventh in the world. Inaugurated on December 8, 2013, the Holy Door will attract at least 500 visitors a day until December 28, 2014, after which time it will be closed until the Pope authorizes its reopening.
Between earth and sky
More and more, outdoor enthusiasts are becoming hooked on treetop adventure courses, via ferratas and canyoning. Across Québec, in forests, gorges and escarpments, challenges big and small await you and your family or friends. You’ll encounter plenty of obstacles, true, but they sure won’t obstruct your fun!
At the close of the 62nd Farnborough International Airshow, Sam Hamad, Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, gave a positive assessment of Québec’s participation, which included some twenty businesses and organizations, in the trade mission he headed from July 8 to 12.
The 2012 edition of the Conference of Montreal, held from June 11 to 14, drew an estimated 3,000 participants from around the world, who converged on Québec’s largest city to hear renowned guest speakers explore topical issues related to globalization and the economy. Held under the theme “A Global Economy in Transition: New Strategies, New Partnerships,” this year’s Conference highlighted the broad transformations under way in countries and regions around the world and the importance of understanding the impact of these changes on the global economy. The Ministère des Relations internationales (MRI) was responsible for interdepartmental coordination of this major event.
Unique in North America, the Saguenay Fjord dazzles visitors with its northern beauty, immense rock face and dizzying capes. Discover both shores of this phenomenon by following the signs of the Fjord Route! Winding through the heart of this colossal natural amphitheatre is the Saguenay River—a waterway feeding into the St. Lawrence that constitutes a veritable sea, complete with imposing tides, salt water and some 54 species of fish and marine mammal, including the Greenland shark and the beluga.
The Québec Government Office in Chicago is an active member of the Midwest Business Community. Our Economic Affairs professionals participate in a wide range of industry events, trade shows and conferences. Please review our economic calendar for summer 2014 by clicking on the link below.
Minister Christine St-Pierre participated in her first international mission in conjunction with the executive meeting of the Council of Great Lakes Governors (CGLG) on April 25 and 26 in Chicago. At this meeting, the governors and premiers officially set the next Summit of the Council of Great Lakes Governors for 2015 in Québec.
A Sold Out Show!
From April 2nd - 4th, 2014, SIAL Canada – the International Food & Beverage Tradeshow – was held in Montréal. An annual event that alternates locations between Toronto and Montreal, SIAL Canada is by far the most important event of its kind in Canada, with 14,500+ food professionals from 61 different countries. In addition to an increase in the number of educational sessions and show floor events, this year’s SIAL Canada show was sold out despite a 15% increase in exhibit space.
More than 100 Québec food & beverage companies exhibited and participated in the VIP B2B Meetings that are organized annually at SIAL Canada by the Québec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ). Québec companies met with over 40 buyers participating in the VIP Program from around the world, 20 of which originated from the United States. Buyers participating in MAPAQ’s VIP Program also work closely with Québec Business Development Officers prior to the show to enhance their show experience through a customized match-making program.
TRANSPORTATION – TOWNSHIPS STYLE!
Orford Express – Outing by train & cycling
The Orford Express tourist train is launching a new package: a Sunday Brunch outing combining train and cycling. Boarding in Magog, at 10:00 a.m. enjoy a gourmet meal onboard the Orford Express train while traveling to Bromont’s village. Head back to Magog by cycling on one of the most beautiful scenic road of the Eastern Townships. Bicycle transportation included, reservation required.
Information : 819 575-8081 / 1 866-575-8081 ou www.orfordexpress.com
In spring, Quebecers gaze skyward, watching for the geese to arrive. These migratory birds are easily recognizable thanks to their V-shaped flight formation and the din of their cries heralding the return of warmer weather.
The Alliance Française de Chicago, in collaboration with a number of French-speaking consulates, government offices and communities, is organizing a dozen programs for the Festival de la Francophonie, Chicago’s month-long celebration of French-speaking cultures.
This year’s Taste of Canada was a hit! The largest Canadian food and beverage showcase event in the United States in 2014, Taste of Canada brought together 47 different Canadian food companies to exhibit and have individual meetings with 33 buyers from the Midwest. More than 325 B2B meetings took place, and the Canadian exhibitors showed off more than 200 new products. The event was held on February 11 in Chicago at the Marriott Hotel O’Hare.