Québec City at its Best
5 Reasons to Check Out Québec City’s Largest Event Space
Content partner: ExpoCité
Just a few minutes from Old Québec in the bustling district of Limoilou lies ExpoCité—a vast, multi-facility site that hosts the city’s most popular events and attracts some two million visitors a year. Here are 5 reasons not to miss this stunning event venue during your visit to Québec City.
1 Attend the Biggest International Shows and Sporting Events
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Want a memorable night out? The Centre Vidéotron plays host to some of today’s top artists! Paul McCartney, Elton John, Justin Timberlake, and Jack White are just a few of the big names that will be drawing crowds in Québec City this fall. Like hockey? Come out and cheer on Les Remparts, Québec City’s major junior hockey team, or watch the Habs take the ice for a preseason game—while you’re waiting for a Nordiques revival, of course! Boxing matches, TKO MMA, Cirque du Soleil, Disneyon Ice—there’s something for everyone! Tickets go quick, so keep an eye on the event calendar to make sure you don’t miss anything.
2 Grab a Bite at Some of the Hottest Spots in Town
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3e Avenue, the main shopping street in Limoilou is home to some of the city’s most popular restaurants and is just a few minutes away from ExpoCité. Try some innovative local fare at La Planque, Le Cendrillon, ARVI, or Le Ket’Chose, enjoy some delicious Thai dishes or sushi at Miyagi Bistro, have a hearty bowl of soup at Soupe & Cie, or indulge in an English-style high tea at Le lièvre et la tortue.
3 Enjoy a Beautiful Public Space Decked Out with a Stunning Work of Art
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Named after the legendary Montreal Canadiens hockey player, Place Jean-Béliveau is a one-of-a-kind space where you can meet up with friends and hang out. In winter, it transforms into a beautiful skating rink so you can rent skates and get out on the ice yourself. In the middle of the space is La Rencontre, the largest bronze sculpture ever cast in Canada. This tribute to hockey is made up of a deer balancing on another deer, creating a mirror image. Fun fact: A 1984 puck from cherished hockey club Les Nordiques de Québec is hidden inside the sculpture where the deer’s heart would be.
4 Discover New Interests and Find Good Deals
ExpoCité hosts spectacular events all year round, such as the Québec Bacon Fest in June, the Grande Foire de Québec in August, and the International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament in February. And that’s not including the Centre de foires, which regularly hosts trade shows and exhibitions full of good finds. There’s a toys and games show in November (Salon du jeu et du jouet), a pet show in October (Salon national des animaux de compagnie), a bridal show in October (Salon des Mariés de Québec), the National Women’s Show in November, an arts and crafts show in December (Salon des Artisans et des Métiers d’Art de Québec), a home show in February (Expo habitat Québec), the Québec City International Auto Show in March—and that’s not even the half of it!
5 Buy and Eat Local
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The Grand Marché is expected to open in the spring of 2019. This farmer’s market will have 20 permanent vendors, 100 seasonal stalls, and 30 other commercial spaces all bursting with delicious foods. The market will be housed in a pavilion whose architecture was inspired by the most beautiful markets in the world. Featuring a large public square and central kitchen, the market has a really unique vibe. Head on over to stock up on provisions and delicious products to take home and enjoy!
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