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NAFEMS World Congress

Quebec City Convention Centre

Congress Venue:

Quebec City Convention Centre
1000, boul. Rene-Levesque Est
Quebec (Quebec) G1R 5T8


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Quebec City

Situated on the northern bank of the Saint Lawrence River, Quebec City is Canada’s ‘La Vieille Capitale’ known for its historic charm and architecture. The city is home to the only remaining fortified city wall north of Mexico, and within these walls (which you can walk on!) lies a treasure trove of historic and visual delights.

Château Frontenac, Quebec City. ID 130648850 © Snehitdesign | Dreamstime.comStroll around the cobbled streets of the old city’s Lower Town and take in the city’s charming architecture and uniquely North American-European feel. Here you will find many boutiques and galleries and of course plenty of bistros where you can get a nice cold craft beer after a day at the Congress. Be sure not to miss the stunning murals dotted around the city, look out in particular for the impressive Fresque des Québécois on the side of Maison Soumande. History has never looked so alive! 

The character of this city is wonderfully reflected in its built environment. From the copper-roofed stone buildings of the Upper Town to the narrow winding streets and many, many stairways (bring your walking shoes!) you really do get a sense of being in a place steeped in a unique history. Of course, if the thought of walking up the 398 stairs of Escalier du Cap-Blanc makes your feet ache there’s always the funicular which takes you from the lower to the Upper Town via spectacular views over the city.

Whether on foot or gliding along on the funicular you can’t miss the imposing splendour of one of Quebec City’s finest buildings, Château Frontenac. With its Chateauesque architecture, it dominates the Upper Town’s skyline and will be sure to delight.

There’s so much crammed into this compact city you might need to take a step back to take it all in. If the strain of craning your neck gets too much, hop on a ferry across the Saint Lawrence river and you will be rewarded with the best views of this magnificent city. If you fancy staying on terra firma, head up to the 31st floor of the Marie-Guyart building and get an unobstructed view of the city from above.

But do not let the romance of the cobbled streets and olde worlde charm fool you, this is only one face of this fascinating city. Québec City is a stunning city where worlds meet and come together in perfect harmony. A forward-facing city deeply rooted in its history and environment, Quebec City has some of the most easily accessible outdoor activities of any world-class city.

Quebec Waterfalls15 minutes away from the bustle of Old Quebec you will find the incredible Parc de la Chute-Montmorency where you can either simply marvel at this stunning work of nature from the boardwalk or take a cable car across the gorge for unrivalled views of the falls. Of course, if you’re after that adrenalin rush there’s always the option to take a zip wire over the magnificent falls and truly get close and personal with this wonder of nature, now, how many other cities can boast a waterfall on their doorstep? 

And the best part? The 2019 NAFEMS World Congress venue, Quebec City Convention Centre, sits on Parliament Hill, right in the heart of the city. The convention centre counts the trendy Saint-Jean Baptiste area as one of its neighbours. This is an area where you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants and bars. Mere minutes from the Congress venue, wander down Rue-Saint Jean and you will be rewarded with an excellent selection of restaurants serving everything from classic steak frites to the chicest of Nordic cuisine.

Quebec Parliament ID 10112543 © Martinmark | Dreamstime.comA short stroll along Boulevard Honoré-Mercier, a few minutes from the convention centre will bring you to the delightful Fontaine De Tourny and the Parliament Gardens which surround the impressive Parliament building, well worth a visit. You will be pleased to know that you will have the opportunity to dine inside the Parliament Building as part of the NWC optional dinner on Tuesday, June 18th. From the Parliament complex Old Quebec and its delights are a further 10 to 15 minutes’ walk away.

Thanks to the Convention Centre’s excellent location, you will be able to take part in the Congress and enjoy the city with little effort, you need to do little more than step outside.

Quebec City is innovative, forward facing and at home in its history and environment. A place where you can go from strolling along the charming streets of Quartier Petit Champlain to walking over stunning gorges at Canyon Ste-Anne and zipping over the stunning waterfalls at  Montmorency Falls Park all in one afternoon. This is a city that truly has something for everyone.

Quebec City, not just La Vieille Capitale but also La belle Ville, La Ville Exceptionnelle and a city experience like no other. 

Come join us for NWC19 and experience it for yourself.

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