Patricia Cleveland-Peck visits the capital of French Canada which is celebrating its 400th birthday this year
Québec City is 400 years old in 2008 and is holding a birthday party which cannot fail to interest the history-lover. Hundreds of events are scheduled: tours, plays, concerts and exhibitions – including ‘Passagers/ Passengers’ which traces some of the five million people, Amerindian, French, Irish, Scottish Chinese and German, who have passed through the city. This will take place in the custom-built Espace 400e, a space somewhat reminiscent of an airport. A four-day celebration will begin on July 3rd, actual anniversary of the city’s foundation, while in the Musée de la Civilisation, an exhibition devoted to the city’s founder Samuel de Champlain runs from April to December.