Québec City’s New France Festival

Posted on 23 April 2014

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Québec City’s New France Festival
Québec City’s New France Festival

Photos by Dave Houser

Towering above Quebec City atop Cap-Diamant, the giant luxury hotel Fairmont Le Chateaux Frontenac is the old walled city’s most famous landmark — viewed here from the sweeping expanse of Dufferin Terrace overlooking the St. Lawrence River,  Quebec City, Canada

Crepes, while not unique to French Canada, are a traditionally popular and tasty dish — seen being prepped here at a food stall during the annual New France Festival in Quebec City, Canada.

Authentically costumed participants and spectators alike turn out in droves for the opening evening parade that kicks off the annual New France Festival in Quebec City, Canada.

Each August the 17th century comes to life in Quebec City as the New France Festival  opens with a gala evening parade featuring larger than life costumed characters depicting historic figures from the city’s early colonial days, Quebec City, Canada.

Seen here performing at the 2012 New France Festival in Quebec City, the quartet Le Vent du Nord has been described as a leading force in Quebec’s progressive folk movement.  Quebec City, Canada.

Rejean Brunet takes up the accordian while performing in concert with the Quebec progressive folk quartet Le Vent du Nord at the 2012 New France Festival in Quebec City, Canada

The customs and costumes of 17th century French Canada go public in a big way during historic Quebec City’s New France Festival.  The annual fest draws more than a quarter-million visitors for five days of non-stop music, food and performing arts events, street entertainment, parades and fireworks, Quebec City, Canada

This year’s New France Festival runs from August 6 to 10, 2014.


All images copyright Dave Houser

Story & Photos by Dave Houser

Québec City, the cradle of French civilization in North America, celebrates its 17th century heritage each August with five exiting days of parading, dancing, dining, music, theatre, arts and fireworks officially designated Les Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France — or the SAQ New France Festival.  Fittingly enough, event sponsor SAQ is the government corporation that controls the sale of alcohol in Québec.

Residents and visitors alike join in the festivities, dressing in period costumes to parade through the cobblestone streets of the historic old walled city – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a bastion of French culture and lifestyle as it has been since its founding in 1608.

Celebrations for this year’s 18th annual New France Festival get underway at 7:00 pm on August 6 with the gala Opening Night Parade of the Giants.  Featuring nearly 600 characters, including some 20 way-larger-than-life “giants,” the parade winds its way from the towering copper-topped Fairmont Le Château Frontenac hotel (clearly the festival visitor’s residence of choice) through the streets of Old Québec.  It’s a rousing start to a wonderfully authentic trip back in time to the earliest days of European settlement in the Americas.

For more information, go to www.bonjourquébec.com.

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2 Responses to “Québec City’s New France Festival”

  1. Mel Renner says:

    What a fun event. Makes me want to make a hotel rez right now for August! Everything looks interesting and quaint.

  2. Joseph Doiron says:

    love to go

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