Archive | For 25 years, the Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France have enlivened Old Quebec

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Archives | For 25 years, the New France Festival has enlivened Old Quebec

The first edition of the Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France was held in Old Quebec from August 7 to 11, 1997.

On August 7, 1997, the Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France took place in Old Quebec. At the beginning of each August since, Quebec lives for four days to the rhythm of the beginning of the colony. Our journalists went to meet its peasants, Daughters of the King, lords and other characters of the 17th and 18th centuries.

August 7, 1997 at Téléjournal, Véronique Lessard attends the first edition of the Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France. At Place de Paris in Old Quebec, Samuel de Champlain and his wife Hélène Boullé raise their glasses and kick off the festivities.

Véronique Lessard presents a report on the first edition of the Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France which takes place in Old Quebec.

Traditional songs, music of yesteryear, typical food of the colony , the crowd is delighted by this step back in time.

“We come to experience our roots a bit and discover what was going on before.

— A participant

On site, actors personify several other important characters from the time of New France: Ursulines, Jesuits, peasants and also the Daughters of the King.

The reproduction of the scene of their arrival in 1664 attracts many onlookers, who also dressed up for the occasion. Several women wear piqué caps and aprons over their linen dresses, while the men wear tricorn hats.

Christiane Latortue presents a report on the arrival of the Filles du Roy in New France.

In her report presented on August 8, 1997 in Téléjournal, journalist Christiane Latortue explains that the King's Daughters were so nicknamed, because it is the king who paid for their passage to come to America.

The Ursulines took care of the young girls who had to find a husband in order to populate the colony. Ten years after the arrival of the Daughters of the King, the population of New France doubled and reached 6,700 people.

Since 2018, the Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France have been celebrated in the Parc from the esplanade between D'Auteuil, Saint-Louis and Dauphine streets. The event attracts more than 200,000 visitors each summer.

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