Thanks to its historical and entertaining atmosphere, its numerous activities for gourmets and its 400 shows, reenactments and lectures, the Fêtes de la NouvelleFrance festival celebrates with both pomp and humour the historical period that gave to Québec city its major role in the history of the continent. Hundreds of artists, crafters and interpreters bring life to this rich cultural heritage. Festive, historical, gastronomical are thus the three words that summarize the idea behind this festival.
At the Festival, you will be immersed in the New France era: 18thcentury soldiers stand guard as merchants do business inside the fortified tenaille of the Arsenal. There’s no better reason to savour summer every day thanks to the great barbecue and to numerous local products tasting kiosks. And why not celebrate lovely summer evenings to the sound of our music shows?
New France was founded during the age of the great European discoveries in the 16th century. On a voyage of exploration, Frenchman Jacques Cartier landed in North America and “discovered” the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The territory was already populated by indigenous peoples, who called the land “Canada.” In 1534 Cartier erected a cross at Gaspé and claimed Canada in the name of the king of France.
Samuel de Champlain, considered the founder of New France, built a habitation in what would later become Québec City, making it his base for trade and other economic ventures. French colonists began to settle in the St. Lawrence Valley and Acadia.
The early settlers played a major role in New France’s development by introducing newcomers from France to the land, climate, and the aboriginal nations who made North America their home. As European explorers ventured further and further afield, trade thrived and new towns and trading posts sprang up.
Its boundaries had expanded considerably to encompass over half of the continent, extending all the way from Hudson Bay to Louisiana, and including a goodly portion of the presentday Maritime provinces, the entire St. Lawrence Valley, the Great Lakes Basin, and the Mississippi Valley.
The British colonies, already a threat, became too populous and encircled New France. In 1713, France ceded Newfoundland, Acadia, and Hudson Bay to England under the Treaty of Utrecht.
New France was conquered in 1760 and handed over to England once and for all three years later under the Treaty of Paris. Only Louisiana remained in French hands, but it too was ultimately ceded to the United States in 1803.
Message from the mayor of Québec City
In Québec City, summer is a time of cheerfulness and celebration. In the middle of a particularly vibrant season in the capital city, the 20th Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France festival invites you to discover how the francophone accent took root in the Americas more than 400 years ago.
In the company of figures who are as colourful as they are picturesque, allow yourself a journey back into history as you stroll through the streets of the Vieux-Québec. Once again this year, hundreds of cultural activities, festive events or culinary discoveries will punctuate your excursion into the day-to- day life of the colony in the 17th and 18th centuries.
The Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France: your key to cheerfulness and enjoyment!
Mayor of Québec City
Message from the Minister of Canadian Heritage and the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Welcome to the 2016 New France Festival!
Once again this summer, Québec City will take a journey through time that’s sure to please visitors curious to know what life was like for some of the earliest European settlers in the Americas. Crafts, shows of all kinds, historical re-enactments and other activities will all help ensure the success of this festival that keeps getting more and more popular.
The Government of Canada is proud to support the presentation of the New France Festival, a gathering rich in history that helps promote Québec City within the country and abroad, boosts tourism and brings important economic benefits.
Many thanks to the organizers, artists and many volunteers who brought this year’s festivities to life.
The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Corporation des fêtes historiques de Québec was set up by the municipal authorities in fall 1996 to create a popular festival with a historical flavor. The result is the creation of a notforprofit organization and an executive committee that today boasts 10 members and governs the New France Festival.
Gisèle Bourdeau – PRÉSIDENT
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Marie-Louise Pineault – VICE-PRESIDENT
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Yanick Santoire – TREASURER
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Nathalie Gilbert – ADMINISTRATOR
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Sonia Plourde – ADMINISTRATOR
Designer – Sonia P
Yves Beauregard – ADMINISTRATOR
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Marie-Dominic Labelle – ADMINISTRATOR
Director – Société du patrimoine urbain de Québec, Centre d’interprétation de la vie urbaine
Benoît Bernier – ADMINISTRATOR
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Marie-Ève Leclerc- ADMINISTRATOR
Director and Business advisor – MebiaRH
Isabelle Longpré- ADMINISTRATOR
Philippe Morisset – ADMINISTRATOR
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Dominic Bédard – ADMINISTRATOR
Director – Cochon Dingue Champlain
Marlène Lyane Richard- ADMINISTRATOR
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