Imagine coming across these at night?
Okay, but imagine coming across these statues at night? Quebec City residents who visit the Parc de la Maison O'Neill between October and December are in for a surprise. Towering out of the bush are three unnaturally blue figures gathered around a giant golden apple.
Artist duo Cooke-Sasseville says their latest installation, titled Le Fruit Maudit, presents a "visual enigma" by distorting "various symbols that are easily identifiable by the public."
In a statement, they even suggested that, yes, those beings — which they call "disturbing and oversized characters echoing the comic book universe" — are supposed to be Smurfs.
"The narrative of this ephemeral work uses the codes of the detective story by relying on an intrigue where the improbable mixes with the uncomfortable, where the spectator becomes the witness of a curious activity," Pierre Sasseville explained.
Le Fruit Maudit will be in the Quebec City park (3160, boul. Wilfrid-Hamel O.) until mid-December.
Make sure to add Quebec City's German Christmas Market to your winter bucket list!
The minute it starts getting a little bit chilly in Montreal, we can't help but start thinking of holiday festivities. And what better way to break in the season than by visiting one of the many Christmas markets in Quebec once they open?
If you're in the midst of planning your winter bucket list, you can go ahead and add Quebec City's German Christmas Market to it, as the market confirmed it'll be returning in 2021.
If you've never been to this German Christmas Market, you owe it to yourself to discover it this year. It's known as one of the most spectacular in the province and makes you feel as though you've jumped into a scene of a Disney holiday movie.
The market is located in the heart of Old Quebec and it opens exactly a month before Christmas, so you have tons of time to visit.
While there, you can check out different local vendors, get some hot cocoa, admire all the beautiful lights, and so much more.
German Christmas Market In Quebec City
Cost: Free admission
When: November 25 - December 23, 2021, Thursday through Sunday
Thursday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Address: 2, rue des Jardins, Quebec City, QC
Why You Should Go: To go and immerse yourself in a completely magical Christmas universe for an evening.
In Quebec, a vaccine passport is required to access many businesses and activities deemed non-essential, including restaurants and bars.
- After an immensely successful Montreal run, Imagine Van Gogh is moving to Quebec City.
- The exhibition offers an immersive view of the artist's most famous works and inspirations.
- Get all the details, including the last Montreal dates, here.
After an extremely popular run at the Arsenal art contemporain in Montreal, Imagine Van Gogh is set to move to Quebec City. "The Centre des congrès de Québec will host a spectacular immersive exhibition devoted to the work of Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh, which will take the viewer on a journey to the heart of the artist's canvases," says a press release. "This announcement comes on the heels of the immense success of the exhibition currently on display in Montréal [...] which will have attracted more than 200,000 people."
For the exhibit, Van Gogh's works and images of his real-life inspirations are projected onto giant hanging canvases and the gallery floor.
Those unfamiliar with his life and work can learn more through a comprehensive introduction in the exhibition's atrium.
Inside, visitors are swallowed into the artist's colourful, expressive world.
The magnified view offers new perspectives on his work and the detail of his brush strokes.
The music of Saint-Saëns, Mozart, Bach, Delibes, and Satie animate the space and dramatize the timeline of the artist's work.
The highlight: a panoramic view of The Starry Night accompanied by the sound of a crescendoing orchestra.
"Imagine Van Gogh promises an unusual experience, as visitors will wander at their leisure through huge projections of Van Gogh's paintings, 30 feet high, at the Quebec City Convention Centre."
"The 25,000 square-foot venue is an ideal place to enjoy the experience at its true value. The exhibition will allow the public to immerse themselves in the artist's universe and enjoy the range of details, touches, materials and colours of the works, so as to awaken all the senses."
Its move to Quebec City will allow even more locals and tourists, alike, to experience the event.
Get all the details below.
In the meantime, you can catch Imagine Van Gogh at Montreal's Arsenal art contemporain until April 5.
Imagine Van Gogh Quebec City
When: After June 26, 2020
Where: The Centre des congrès de Québec
Cost: TBA; in Montreal, regular tickets are between CA$16 and $26
Why You Need To Go: For a new perspective on the monumental works of Vincent Van Gogh.
NOW WATCH 10 Super Fun Things To Do In Montreal This Winter
- Most Montreal locals love a quick weekend trip down to La Capitale, which is why MTL Blog made a list of nine indoor things to do in Quebec City.
- The cold of winter doesn't have to stop you from exploring!
- Find out what you can get up to in our province's capital below!
With the temperature at its very worst here in La Belle Province, it can be hard to come up with fun things to do either on a date or when you're looking for something fun to do with friends. It's especially hard to find fun things to do that aren't just wandering through countless museums, which is why we came up with this list of nine indoor things to do Quebec City.
The activities on this list are perfect a rainy day (or a freezing cold day), and they aren't just drinks and a movie.
Not that there's anything wrong with catching a flick and then hitting up a fun bar - because there are certainly a ton of places in Quebec City worth grabbing a cocktail.
But if you're looking to think outside the box a little bit and maybe have a little more fun than the staple drinks and a movie, this list is for you.
From arcades to water parks and a bunch in between (plus a museum or two, but nothing boring... this is a pretty historic city, after all) there's bound to be something on this list for everyone, whether this is your first time in La Capitale or not.
Go Back In Time At MacFly Bar Arcade
Fight the cold and the future with this retro arcade and bar that will keep you occupied (and indoors) for hours.
Where: 422 rue Caron, Québec
Visit Bora Parc
Just 30 minutes from Quebec City, this indoor water park is the perfect way to pretend we're not still suffering through winter here in La Belle Province.
Where: 860 blvd Valcartier, Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier
Drink Tea At The Chateau Frontenac
So much classier than brunch or a coffee to go, this afternoon tea is also served in one of the most beautiful buildings in Quebec City, built in 1893, it's a National Historic Site of Canada.
Where: 1 rue des Carrières, Québec
Take A Cheap Art Workshop At The Musée National Des Beaux-Arts Du Québec
For only $15 from January 22 until March 18, you can partake in this workshop for people with all levels of experience (including none). Experiment with different materials and create a masterpiece of your own making!
Where: 179 Grande Allée O, Québec
Take A Spooky Tour Of A Historic Military Barracks & Jail For Prisoners Of War
Another perfect activity for the historians out there, the Centre Morrin is a cultural hub that comprises the barracks, a library, and museum.
Where: 44 Chaussée des Écossais, Québec
Reach New Heights At The Observatoire De La Capitale
There's no better way to appreciate Quebec City from the indoors than at the Observatoire de la Capitale, where you can see the historic city it's all its wonder - from the safety of inside.
Where: 1037 rue de la Chevrotière, Québec
Explore The World Of The Creepy & Crawly At Venenum: A Poisonous World
Until April 5, 2020, this interdisciplinary exhibition "marries collections from the life and earth sciences and from the human sciences," with "visual arts, documentaries, multimedia devices and living creatures," which all come together to show the frightening and fascinating world of poison.
Where: 85 rue Dalhousie, Québec
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth At The Chocolate Museum
Perfect for those of us that appreciate a little history and a little chocolate, all in one bite!
Where: 634 rue Saint-Jean, Québec
Unleash Your Inner Child At Mega Parc
Get your adrenaline pumping, play some games, and get your shopping done all in one place!
Where: 5401 blvd des Galeries, Québec
Enjoy La Capitale and stay warm!
- Le Grand labyrinth Servlinks corn maze in Quebec claims that, this year, it has broken the world record for biggest corn maze in the world.
- At over 70 acres, it is the size of 181 hockey rinks.
Located in La Pocatière, Quebec, about a 4 hours drive from Montreal, Le Grand labyrinth Servlinks makes for one of the coolest road trips in the province.
The 287,326.8 square metre labyrinth is all done by foot, so it makes for a great workout! You are still going to want to look cute because there are a lot of Insta-worthy shots to be taken at this corn-maze.
Just make sure you bring a lot of water, comfortable shoes and snacks.
Its path to the title of largest in the world was not straightforward. Despite intial hopes to welcome thousands of people, the site attracted only 4 people on its opening night.
In the years that followed, however attendance grew — from 9,000 visitors in 2015 to a whopping 16,500 in 2017!
Before you rush to conquer the labyrinth, however, you have to be aware of a few rules.
By participating, you are agreeing that the only “ecological footprint you will leave is the footprint of your footsteps.” You are not permitted to: pull on the corn, create shortcuts or bring alcohol.
But you are allowed to bring your dog! As long as you bring bags to clean up after them, you can enjoy this adventure with your four-legged bestie.
This is a great way to dive into nature and go on an unforgettable fall adventure.
Le Grand Labyrinthe Servlinks
Where: 135 Route Jeffrey, La Pocatière, Quebec
When: From now until October 31, 2019
Ages 0-3: Free
Ages 4-11: $4
Ages 12-16: $5
17 years and up: $9
60 years and up: $8
Family package 2 adults and 3 kids (16 years old or younger): $22
*Receive 50% off at your 2nd visit.
Anywhere you go in Quebec during the summer there is bound to be a festival in the vicinity. And if you're near Quebec City at the end of August, this is the festival you don't want to miss.
For the sixth year in a row, MondoKarnaval is back! And dare we say, bigger than ever. This is the most festive festival that ever fested.
MondoKarnaval is Quebec's biggest multicultural event. I'm a huge fan. Held over three days in Quebec City, this is the place to be to get a glimpse into cultures worldwide without having to get on a plane.
Seriously, the MondoKarnaval line-up is pretty insane. There will be 800 world-renowned artists – everything from dancers to musicians to chefs – that represent over 42 countries taking part.
This year’s theme is Femme du Monde and that means the best in female artists from the four corners of the globe. Groups like Okan, big winners at the 2019 Independent Music Awards will be performing this year.
MondoKarnaval is about celebrating all the different cultures that make up Quebec, because... wouldn't we be so boring without the mix of so many different flavours?
Their website says it best, the festival aims at"...encouraging the meeting, the exchange and the sharing of knowledge at the level of music, dance, visual or traditional arts, fairy tales or products."
There will be a huge parade, outdoor and indoor music performances, dance, market World-Crafts and Catering, debates, exhibitions, animations, soccer tournament, projections...you name it, they probably have it.
Even if you hate great music and dancing, just go there to eat. Being able to sample homestyle cuisines from around the world is the best thing ever.
Did we mention that it's FREE! While you will have to pay for most of what you want to eat or drink, ALL of the performances are completely gratuit.
Check out the full 3-day program here.
Here's everything you need to know:
WHEN: Saturday, August 31st - Tuesday, September 2nd, 2019
WHERE: Cartier-Brébeuf National Historic Site, Quebec City
COST: Free entry!
Find out more on MondoKarnaval here.
Or check out their Facebook page.