including 12 new gallery areas and a living
roof boasting 90,000 plants, plus numerous
event-friendly lobby and reception spaces.
It will immediately be put to good use with
a special inaugural celebration kicking off
June 24 that will showcase 358 works of art
in the new pavilion alone.
The modern Hotel-Musee Premieres
Nations is a boutique hotel, museum and
unexpected meeting space all in one, according to Cantin.
“With its contemporary design uniting
such natural materials as acetone, leather and wood, and forming a remarkable
architectural grouping, the Hotel-Musee
offers an authentic aboriginal experience
for groups,” she says. “You can even have
a Labrador tea ceremony served each day
from 3 p.m., near the central fireplace.”
The truly one-of-a-kind lodging hosts 55
luxurious rooms suites, all of them overlooking the Akiawenrahk River, and boasts
numerous special experiences and settings
for smaller groups to consider, including
arts and crafts workshops, snowmobile
outings, “myths and legends” storytelling
programs and even an ice bar. It’s also a
surprisingly event-friendly venue, with
14 function spaces ranging from intimate
boardrooms to a ballroom hosting up to
150 banquet-style. Groups can even experience a “longhouse,” the traditional ancient
dwelling of the Huron.
There is also a buzz building around
the reconstruction of the Voltigeurs de
Quebec Armoury after a horrendous fire
in 2008. Set to relaunch in 2017, upon its
revival the reconstructed Armoury will be
a multifaceted building that will include
areas showcasing the city’s military history,
federal government offices and ample multipurpose spaces that will be able
to host events of up to 1,300
About half of the
building will be used
by the public, mainly
for events hosted in
its spacious multipurpose hall, while
the rest will comprise administrative
space such as offices.
The multipurpose hall
is expected to become a
busy events hive and will
be highlighted by top-tier audiovisual and
tech, plus thoughtful acoustics perfect for
live presentations and performances.
Other group-friendly touches include
a spacious new parking lot adjoined by a
sprawling plaza overlooking the Plains of
Not to be overlooked is an ambitious $277
million expansion taking place at Quebec
City Jean Lesage International Airport, with
a goal to further develop Quebec’s accessibility. The project, slated to wrap in 2018,
will double the terminal area (including
four new gates and expanded food courts),
among other improvements.
The upgrade will also include robust tech
upgrades such as improved check-in kiosks
and signage, in addition to debuting a large
new multilevel parking garage. The overhaul is taking place with the goal of hosting
2 million fliers annually by 2020.
For breathtaking scenery—and
heart-pounding thrills—groups should
consider a short excursion to nearby Mont-morency Falls Park. Only a few minutes’
drive from downtown, the park (a.k.a.
Parc de la Chute-Montmorency) has just
introduced a double zipline that lets two
neighboring riders fly across the cove of the
towering falls for almost a thousand feet.
The new offering and other zipline runs
are on tap from May 21 to Oct. 10 in 2016,
but the outdoor oasis truly is worth a look
any time of year.
Center of Attention
Not be overlooked is the metropolis’
main meetings mecca, the Quebec City
Convention Centre, recipient of a recent
73,000-square-foot expansion. The vital
venue now offers more than 294,000 square
feet of useable space.
New City Gas is an off-
beat site that can host
a variety of events
within its multipur-
pose spaces, which
officially opened in
May 2012. The com-
pelling and flexible
venue is primarily a
concert venue, though it
also offers four extremely
varied spaces that can be rented separately
or together. Housed in an complex build in
1859, the event hub offers a wealth of a la
carte event services to match its dramatic
spaces; everything from high-tech and dy-
namic displays to a mixology bar and even
fireworks can be arranged on-site.
Arsenal Montreal, like New City Gas, is
set in the Griffintown neighborhood and
housed in a tastefully transformed historic
structure, an 1853 shipyard warehouse.
The 2011 addition to the city boasts 50,000
square feet of exhibition space completely
dedicated to contemporary art, and is also
home to a 20,000-square-foot event room.
Smaller groups should consider TD Cultural Tuesdays, taking place about 30 times
a year, where unique artists representing
mediums from modern dance to cutting-edge technology host complimentary,
Au Sommet Place Ville Marie, a towering
architectural gem that is the brainchild of
I.M. Pei and Henry N. Cobb, just opened
The structure catches the eye with its
bold cruciform tower, the tallest of its type
in Canada at 617 feet, and visitors can also
enjoy some of the best views in the city by
ascending to the 46th floor observation
deck, which is also available as an unforgettable event space hosting up to 200.
Other function area options include a 45th
floor exhibition hall with capacity for 100
attendees, and the upscale 200-person-ca-
pacity Les Enfants Terribles restaurant.
PIERRE LASSONDE PAVILION
NEW CITY GAS
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