Time Travel to New France: Experience This Unique Event in Québec City

Published on May 29, 2024
Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France
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Québec City’s living history becomes even more vibrant during the Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France TD (New France Festival), from August 1 to 4, 2024. This event transports us back to the era of New France, offering a glimpse into the lives of Indigenous peoples and French colonists during the 17th and 18th centuries. 

Explore Old Québec’s Heritage

From the moment we arrive in the historical district of Old Québec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we feel as if we have travelled through time. Québec City is a treasure trove of historical gems and captivating attractions.  

Stroll along cobblestone streets lined with historical buildings whispering tales of the city's rich past. Soak up iconic landmarks like the Château Frontenac and discover the city's heritage in historic sites

Journey Through Time

The Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France TD takes place within Old Québec, in parc de l’Esplanade, located against the fortifications. There, we can wander through a recreated village where costumed interpreters bring history to life. It’s where we engage in interactive workshops, from playing ancient games to learning fascinating stories that shaped the continent at this pivotal period of North American history. There are other sites to discover around Old Québec City as well. 

Embrace the Festive Atmosphere

Tap your toes to the rhythm of traditional music and dance performances. Savour local eats and drinks and try period cuisine. The festival's welcoming atmosphere is an opportunity to connect with the past, celebrate the present and create memories that will last a lifetime. It’s the most immersive way to delve into ancestral French Canadian culture.

Highlights of the 2024 Program 

New France Festival workshop
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The festival promises to be exciting this year with these not to be missed moments:  

  • Corsaire Inn: The go-to place for being festive. Sing and dance every day! 
  • Knowledge Alley: A place for learning and discovering where lively discussions, demonstrations and theatrical sketches echo around the fortifications. 
  • Public Square: A place the whole family will enjoy with a market, artisans and old-fashioned games. 
  • Elders’ Forest: Dance, songs, legends and know-how of the First Nations. 
  • Boisdon’s Cabaret presented by Appalaches Distillerie: This place comes alive in the evening with dismal humor shows. Dare to venture in? 
  • TD Treasure Hunt: Wander through Old Québec’s streets with your map and Decoder-Medallion, starting July 1st.  
  • King’s Dinner: Be one of His Majesty’s subjects as you enjoy a meal in New France (reservations required). 
  • Escape Backpack: Get your backpack to the Îlot des Palais and set off in search of clues and historical facts that will lead you to points of interest and artifacts from the New France era. July 5 to October 31. 

Tips to Make the Most of Your Experience

  • Plan your visit: Check the festival's official website  for the latest schedule and plan your itinerary according to the agenda. 

  • There is no dress code: Dressing up in 17th and 18th-century costumes is not a requirement, but it is definitely one of the best ways to dive into the heart and soul of the festival.  

  • Learn a few French words: A few key phrases in French will go a long way in enhancing your interactions with locals. 

  • Buy your ticket ahead: The Decoder-Medallion is the pass to join the sites and activities. Entrance is free for 12 years old and under and it’s only $18 for 13 years old and over.  

  • Explore beyond the festival: Take advantage of your time in Old Québec to visit the many historic sites. The Decoder-Medallion includes the Historical Pass, that gives discounts on admission to 10 historic sites in Québec City. Québec City’s countryside also boasts extraordinary historical heritage sites and gorgeous landscapes. 

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