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Québec City See And Do

Musée de la Civilisation
85 Rue Dalhousie
Québec City , Québec
Canada G1K 7A6
Tel: 866 710 8031 (toll-free)
Tel: 418 643 2158
www.mcq.org

The theme of this museum—civilization—is broad to the point of vagueness. Happily, the curators have taken this as carte blanche to be wildly creative. Exhibitions are dynamic (expect holograms, videos, and ambient sounds), often interactive, and sometimes downright bizarre. Three permanent galleries share the space with seven ever-changing temporary exhibits. Of the permanent galleries, the best is "People of Québec...Then and Now," including busts and portraits, furniture, coins, and pop-culture objects.

Open Tuesday through Sunday 9:30 am to 6:30 pm late June to early September; Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 5 pm early September to late June.

Musée National des Beaux Arts de Québec
Parc des Champs-de-Bataille
Québec City , Québec
Canada G1R 5H3
Tel: 866 220 2150 (toll-free)
Tel: 418 643 2150
www.mnba.qc.ca

There are more than 27,000 works of art here, from the beginning of the colony to the present. You'll discover countless artists whose haunting sculptures and paintings will leave you wondering why they are unknown outside Canada. The museum is housed in two buildings, one of them a former prison (one cell has been preserved as an exhibit), linked by a soaring glass-roofed hall. The café-restaurant serves up artistically presented food using Québec ingredients and commands a terrific view of Battlefields Park and the St. Lawrence River.

Thursday through Tuesday 10 am to 6 pm, Wednesday 10 am to 9 pm June to August. Tuesday and Thursday through Sunday 10 am to 5 pm, Wednesday 10 am to 9 pm, September to May.

Place Royale
Québec City , Québec
Canada

This picturesque square, surrounded by restored 17th- and 18th-century buildings, is one of the oldest inhabited areas on the continent. The 1686 bust of King Louis XIV gives the Royale its name. Once the town marketplace and business center, the square is now the scene of folk dances and impromptu concerts. The Église Notre-Dame-Des-Victoires, the oldest stone church in Québec (1688), is worth a peek inside (32 Rue Sous-Le-Fort; www.patrimoine-religieux.qc.ca/ndvicque/ndvicquee.htm). The model boat suspended from the ceiling was a votive offering from early settlers who hoped to ensure safe voyages.

Open December through mid-April.

Skiing and Snowboarding
Québec City , Québec

Justifiably, the Quebec City area draws a great many snow lovers every year, as you can make the city a base to reach the three nearby mountain resorts. The easiest way to get to them is to take the Hiver Express, a daily shuttle service from most major hotels that heads to all three. It's about $25 round-trip per person (418-525-5191; www.taxicoop-quebec.com).

About 50 minutes east of Québec, Le Massif has 43 skiing runs open from December to early April and boasts an impressive 2,526-foot vertical drop. The picturesque resort is in a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, and the owners have been careful to develop the area without spoiling its natural beauty (lifts are mainly concealed by trees). The views of the ice-floe-filled St. Lawrence River are also pretty spectacular.

Mont-Sainte-Anne is 25 miles from the city and has 65 ski trails (many of them lit for night skiing) and 13 lifts, and is usually open from December to early May. This is the kinder, gentler area, ideal for beginners. It also 132 miles of groomed cross-country trails. Of the seven heated shelters along the trails, three can accommodate overnight guests—a great chance to enjoy some skiing under the stars. In summer, it also offers mountain biking, hiking trails accessible by the lifts, and golf.

The closest area, only 20 minutes north of Québec, is Stoneham. It has 32 downhill skiing trails, including 16 runs for night skiing and 3.7 miles of cross-country tracks. The terrain park for snowboarders includes a super pipe and an "extreme zone."

Le Massif
1350 Rue Principale
Petite-Rivière-Saint-François
Québec
G0A 2L0
Tel: 877 536 27774 (toll-free)
Tel: 418 632 5879
www.lemassif.com

Mont-Sante-Anne
2000 Boulevard du Beau-Pré
Beaupré
Québec
G0A 1E0
Tel: 800 463 1568 (toll-free)
Tel: 418 827 4561
www.mont-sainte-anne.com

Stoneham
1420 Chemin du Hibou
Stoneham
Québec
G0A 4P0
Tel: 800 463 6888 (toll-free)
Tel: 418 848 2411
www.ski-stoneham.com

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.