Founded 400 years ago, Québec City is the cradle of French civilization in North America and the only walled city north of Mexico. It was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985.
With its European old-world charm and modern-day flair, Québec City features a wide variety of chain and boutique hotels that offer an entire spectrum of state-of-the-art facilities for today’s contemporary meetings and conferences like the renowned Québec City Congress Centre
From the region’s Ice Hotel, river cruises, museums, 18th century cellars and former religious chapels, to its observatory, aquarium and National Assembly, event planners will never be at a loss to select a unique off-site venue. In addition to being synonymous with fine dining, Québec City prides itself in being a walkable city as well as an urban oasis.
Québec City, a leading reference in Canadian business tourism, has helped countless meeting planners around the world organize some exciting off-site activities during events. To get you started, here are some avant-garde ideas for planners looking to engage and amaze event goers in Québec City.
VENUES THAT GO BEYOND THE ORDINARY IN QUÉBEC CITY
Architectural venues can be anything from a warehouse, hangar or rooftop. Churches and museums can also be enchanting places to hold an event. Québec City’s Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique francophone and Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec with its new breathtaking Pavillon Lassonde have distinct outdoor and indoor designs that can immerse participants in history and tradition. Even a more modern venue like the Québec City Convention Centre can be an exquisite, and versatile, choice.
Historical and cultural venues
Bring your attendees on a trip back in time by using a historical landmark or building. Québec City, by its very nature, is steeped in history. Historical venues abound! Québec’s National Assembly, the Morrin Centre and the National Assembly Library, for example, are excellent backdrops for sophisticated off-site events. Think black-tie dinners and gastronomical feasts.
Religious and spiritual venues
Your attendees do not need to be religious to enjoy an off-site event in one of Québec’s many religious venues. One particularly inviting idea: the Monastère des Augustines offers an unforgettable setting that promotes relaxation and personal connections among participants. The Monastery offers unprecedented packages that cater to corporate events and wellness retreats.
If tailoring your event to a destination’s seasons is more à propos, look no further than venues and accommodations that include the elements, for the ultimate cool factor. Québec’s Ice Hotel offers enchanting rooms made out of ice, along with unique activities, including ice sculpture workshops or an evening of stories and legends by the campfire.
Mother Nature’s venues
Many venues have Mother Nature to thank for putting their participants in their happy places. Cruises on main waterways can be a compelling choice if you want people to see another side of a city. With Croisières AML in Québec City, you can take your business on a river cruise on the St. Lawrence River. With gorgeous views and fine gourmet dining, events on boats never go out of style.
Botanical gardens and aquariums are great examples. At the Aquarium du Québec, forward-thinking meeting planners immerse groups among local (and exotic) fauna and flora for a new spin on “meeting the locals.”
Just remember: whether you are looking for a touch of class and history, or engrossing participants in a natural environment, it definitely pays to think outside the box!
Don’t be shy, and explore Québec City for your next event or meeting
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