Quebéc City, Quebéc
Distance from Montreal: 250KM (approximately 2.5 hours)
Distance from Fredericton: 588 KM (approximately 6 hours)
Visit Quebéc City to get a taste of France in a familiar North American setting. The walled Upper Town, with all its towers and grand buildings, is just as charming as the historic Lower Town. A funicular and the so-called L'Escalier Casse-Cou (Breakneck Stairs) connects the two parts of the heritage-listed city center.
The Musée de la Civilisation near the waterfront showcases the history of Quebéc, from the First Nations to modern times. The city sprung up around the Notre Dame basilica at Place Royale. Dufferin Terrace is a long promenade with views of the St. Lawrence River. It is overlooked by the landmark Château Frontenac. Other highlights are Battlefields Park, the Fontaine de Tourny at the Parliament Building and of course the Changing of the Guard Ceremony in La Citadelle. For dining and dancing, browse Rue St. Paul's or the Grande Allée, the "Champs Élysées of Québec".
Fortifications of Québec: Why go to China when you can walk a great wall right here! Québec is the only fortified city in North America north of Mexico, with close to 4.6 km of walls and imposing gates to explore.
Old Québec: Visitors to Old Québec soon see why UNESCO designated it a world heritage treasure! You'll love Château Frontenac (the world's most photographed hotel), the centuries-old architecture, and the historic sites.
Petit-Champlain District & Place-Royale: How about a trip back in time at Place Royale, where Samuel de Champlain founded his first “abitation” in 1608? And why not do some window shopping in the nearby Petit-Champlain District while you're at it!
St. Lawrence River & Vieux-Port de Québec: The St. Lawrence River—a massive presence cutting clean across the Québec area—cannot be overlooked. Gateway to America, it has been a part of the city’s economic landscape for over 400 years. Harbour and trade activities and the ever-growing number of cruise ships docking in the Vieux-Port de Québec testify to its importance. A public market, park, bike path and shows also bring the Vieux Port to life and help make this river-washed place truly idyllic.
Plains of Abraham: The scene of the 1759 battle between generals Wolfe and Montcalm, the Plains of Abraham are the heart and lungs of Québec City. Discover one of the world's largest and finest urban parks.
Parliament Hill: The province's Parliament Hill has never been so popular! Québec's National Assembly convenes here in the Parliament Building, a marvelous architectural treasure!
For more information about Quebec City and to learn more about the Muslim community, please click the above links.
Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec (Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec)
Islamic Cultural Centre of Québec
2877 Chemin Sainte-Foy, Québec G1V 1W3
President: Dr. Mohamed Labidi
Centre Administration: Boufeldja BenAbdallah 418-683-1329
In the winter of 1971, four Muslims met at the Maurice Parent Pavillon at Laval University to get to know and talk about Islam. This group was composed of a Professor of Mathematics from India, a guest math researcher from Pakistan, a Doctoral student in Hydrology from Bangladesh and a first-year student in Forestry from Algeria. It was this first core group of Muslims from Laval University that were the founding members and creators of the "de l’Association des Étudiants Musulmans de l’Université Laval (AEMUL)" or Association of Muslim Laval University Students in 1972. It was in this year the first Friday prayer took place in Quebec City and six people were in attendance. The creation of AEMUL was the result of the excellent relationship of understanding and mutual acceptance from our friends at the Faculty of Theology and Pastoral Care of the Université Laval that bestowed the first "mosque" in the basement of Biermans-Moraud Pavilion in 1978. With the growing number of students and immigrants from Muslim countries who speak French, "Le Centre culturel islamique de Québec" (CCIQ) or the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec was born in 1985.
The AEMUL and CCIQ participated in almost all cultural and religious events including African weeks, events from the University and colleges of the Quebec Region, meetings with members of the pastoral care of Laval University and Islamic days Quebec (2005 was the 16th edition). The Muslim community now has 5000 to 6000 people from fifteen countries (15 languages and dialects, an extraordinary cultural diversity). These are the members (ten) who introduced in Quebec in 1972 couscous and mint tea then more ingredients of North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. This is the same group that made the first barbecue in Quebec in winter 1973. Its members are now business owners, government officials in various ministries of Quebec and Canada, teaching in schools and colleges, teachers and researchers very high level (department directors, director of research Chair, Emeritus fellows, etc.).
All members contribute to the improvement of the collective wealth of the City of Quebec and its région. But, it must be said that the Muslim community today is not curled up on itself, it also participates in the community life in the greater Quebec City area contributing to volunteer in any capacity (e.g. International House, The House Aubrivière, Prison Orsainville, Centraide Québec Multiethnic Centre, Amnesty International, etc.) and economic development by its workers, engineers, doctors, etc. It is as much in tune with society and willing to help in its means (radio and television programs, meetings with school children, college and university students, debates following the dramatic current events in the world) to contribute to peace in the hearts of each and every citizen of Quebec. This is an important point to recognize in the host society (Quebec), responsibility to publicize Islam, religion of peace, justice and especially the f worship of a sole Creator, and openness to the everyone to live with patience and tolerance. With support of the Department of Pastoral Laval University and members of our two religious communities, Christian-Muslim Committee in Quebec are causing its members to reflect on our common and more friendly to people today and for generations to come.
This is briefly touches the history of the Muslim community in the region of Quebec, whose members are active citizens (workers, fathers and mothers, engineers, doctors, etc.) And accountable and open.
I arrived at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec when it was their Journees Portes Ouvertes or "Open Doors" day. The Quebec community was invited to learn more about the Centre, Islam as well as Muslims in general. What better day would there have been to see Muslims and non-Muslims interact...