Celebrate All Things Old, New, Fresh, and Sustainable in Quebec City

Posted March 23, 2010 by Jamie Moore

Quebec Quebec City is a modern city with a thoroughly Old World feel. Founded as a fur-trading post in 1608, this vibrant French-speaking city is celebrating its fourth centennial in style. Celebrez this grand history, and then head to St. Roch, the city's trendiest district, where you can stay at a sustainable fair-trade hotel, sip a beer at a cooperative microbrewery, or grab lunch at a French bistro featuring locally sourced ingredients.

L'Autre Jardin
: Indulge in the cozy comforts at l'Autre Jardin without an ounce of guilt. This charming boutique hotel is the first socially responsible hotel in Quebec City. It's owned and operated by Carrefour Tiers-Monde, a nonprofit organization with a mission to promote international cooperation and local development. Relax in the comfortably and tastefully furnished rooms knowing your room rate supports a good cause. Then wake up to a gratis breakfast buffet featuring fair-trade coffee, sugar, and locally made breads. Rooms start at $95 CAD.

La Barberie
: Support the local community by drinking a beer at La Barberie. This cooperatively owned microbrewery uses part of its profits to finance local projects. It has eight beers on tap and the selection changes daily. Order the carousal de 8 galopins to get five-ounce samples of each featured beer, and then order a pint of your favorite. Flavors include dark chocolate stout, white-blackberry beer, and seasonal sensations like raspberry lime pale ale.

Le Cafe du Clocher Penche
(this website in French only): This popular local cafe buzzes with a hip crowd enjoying the creations of its two artisan chefs and a wine list featuring nearly 200 wines, most of them organic. Duck confit, roasted veal, vegetarian chili, and wild boar are some of the featured French-fusion dishes. Save room to savor dessert.

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(Photo: Claudel Huot/Quebec City Tourism)

Light the Way to Discounts in Montreal

Posted March 8, 2010 by Kate Hamman

Montreal Montreal celebrates its past with a flair unlike any other, which is evident in its tours, restaurants, and architectural preservation. And during the winter, the city glows with the spirit of the season and sweet hotel discounts. Spend the day learning about Montreal's history, and then enjoy a dinner-and-show that takes you back in time.

Montreal Tourism's Sweet Deal
: Get a sweet deal on lodging, with the help of Montreal's tourism board. You can save 50 percent off the second night at participating hotels, and some include extra perks, such as breakfast buffets, room upgrades, and free Internet. For instance, rooms at the Auberge de la Fontaine cost $139 CAD (about $135 U.S.; check for current exchange rates) for the first night, and $70 CAD the second night. Though this offer is good until May 31, Montreal tends to offer similar deals throughout the year.

Stewart Museum
History buffs will rejoice in the authentic setting of the Stewart Museum, housed in original buildings of Montreal's only fort on Île Sainte-Hélène. The museum's collection of more than 30,000 man-made objects provides insight into the history of New France. Here, you will not only view artifacts from history, but walk in its footsteps, and quite possibly encounter a few costumed guides to help lead the way. Admission costs $10 CAD. (Editor's note: The museum is temporarily closed for renovations, but will reopen in May 2010)

Le Cabaret du Roy: Stepping through the doors of Le Cabaret du Roy is like stepping back in time to the 18th century. The lively, costumed entertainers add new meaning to dinner and a show, where most meals can last up to about three hours. The lively dinnersl come with the added bonus of comedy and musical acts. Each dish is prepared from native and regional produce to recreate Amerindian (Quebec's First Nation people) specialties.

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(Photo: Le Cabaret du Roy, Martine Hebert)

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