Québec Conference Celebrations in Montmorency Park

Québec Conference Celebrations in Montmorency Park

Quebec City (Quebec) October 2, 2014 – It’s been 150 years since the « Conférence de Québec » took place this year in Quebec City and there will be a special dance and light show to commemorate the occasion. Back in 1864 the Parliament of Canada was situated on what is now known as Montmorency Park, a small piece of land overlooking the majestic St. Lawrence River at the top of Côte de la Montagne (aka Bishop Mountain hill). The Quebec Conference took place in that building which has since disappeared from view due to a fire which destroyed the building shortly after the conference. Of course the Capital buildings are now in Ottawa, part of the decisions made at the conference.

To commemorate the event there will be a light display, some big screen projections from the era and some special dance presentations with costumes and music from the time. It all takes place from October 10 to 26, with the 10th,11th and 12th being the highlight weekend when the dances will take place.

At the time (1864) this was a big political happening and helped mold Canada into what it is today before the first ministers met in Charlettown to sign the official papers in 1867, the day the confederation was founded.

As some of the speeches will be outside, if the weather does not cooperate, they will be rescheduled for a later date. $500,000 has been budgeted for the celebrations which include 15,000 miniature lights to replicate the building that used to stand on the knoll.

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