Bon anniversaire! Québec City is celebrating its 400th anniversary in high style this year – with all of 2008 dedicated to festivities. And as one of North America’s oldest (and coolest) cities, Québec City has plenty of reasons to celebrate.
Founded by Samuel de Champlain in 1608, Québec City would become the hub for French in North America. Anyone who has been to Québec City understands the draw the city has. With winding narrow roads and a distinct French flare, Québec’s capital city is as close to Europe as you can get without crossing the pond. It’s no wonder Québec City is a major tourist destination.
With the 400th blowout going on now, there’s never been a better time to visit Québec City. Every effort has been made to put on a fantastic party all year long. The festivities started in January, but really peaked this summer.
In honour of the 400th milestone, Paul McCartney played a free concert in Québec City to over 250,000 adoring fans in July. He did not disappoint, playing 36 songs during his two and a half hour set – performing hits that spanned his entire career. Other highlights included free performances by Céline Dion and Charles Aznavour, fireworks, and cutting-edge art exhibits.
Sound like a party you want in on? If you hurry you can still make the grand finale on October 19th. Featuring Québec’s own Cirque du Soleil, this is one show you won’t want to miss. For more information on Québec City’s 400th anniversary, click here.
Today's guest post was written by Nic. Nic runs Instant French, a website dedicated to helping people learn French fast.
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