From June to October every year, one of the city’s largest public art events takes place in Old Quebec. It’s a series of self-guided pathways that are flanked by various weird and wonderful installations like the eye-catching Happy Castaways by Demers-Mesnard—a replica of an island inhabited by a band of dancing, turquoise sculptures of deer, bears, kangaroo, and other wild critters (we told you it was weird). Installations change every year, so there’s reason to return, even if you’ve seen it before.
Musée de la Civilisation
85 Rue Dalhousie, Old Quebec
The permanent and rotating exhibits at this anthropology-focused museum offer insight deep into the history of Quebec, and also of other cultures. This Is Our Story examines the aboriginal communities of the province, both past and present, while other shows have included Egyptian Magic, which explored the role of mystical beliefs in ancient Egypt, and Haiti in Extremis, featuring the work of contemporary Haitian artists.
117 Rue Dalhousie, Old Quebec
The A-frame structure, the wheelbarrows transformed into light fixtures, the herb planters, and tons of natural light make this casual grab-and-go restaurant in the Old Port neighborhood feel like a greenhouse.
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