Québec Region

Club Contacts

President:  Marianne Eppler – meppler785@gmail.com

Club Info

The Friendship Force of the Québec region was founded in September 1997 by Gilles Hardy, with the support of the Ottawa Friendship Force Club.  It was the first Friendship Force club in the province of Québec.  Currently, the club has about 24 members, most of them retired.  The members are francophone, although many can understand and speak English. Every month, a social activity allows members to meet and get to know one another.  The club usually hosts other clubs once a year, often in June or July.  Since its inception, the club has hosted and visited many clubs, making many new friends.

Area Info

Québec City area is the cradle of French civilization in North America; 95% of the population is francophone and proud of its French and British roots.  Founded in 1608, Québec City is home to Laval University, the first francophone university in North America.  The only fortified city in North America, Québec is a culturally rich city.  In 1985, the Old Québec historical sector was the first urban area in North America to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.  With a population of about 832,000, Québec City is the capital of a province of more than 8 million people.

Typical Journey

A stay in the Greater Québec City area is guaranteed to be an enjoyable and culturally enriching experience.  Québec City is surrounded by gorgeous landscapes extending over a vast area on the north shore and the south shore of the St. Lawrence River.  Ambassadors are greeted at the Québec City airport by their hosts.  The one-week journey often starts at the top of the tallest building in the city, the Observatoire de la Capitale, followed by a guided tour of the Parliament Building with a presentation about our parliamentary system.  A guided tour of the Citadelle de Québec and the official residence of the Governor General of Canada is considered a must, followed by a walking tour of Old Québec, Quartier Petit Champlain and Place Royale.  Ambassadors will also enjoy a tour of Côte-de-Beaupré, including the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Montmorency Falls and part of Île d’Orléans.  A typical cabane à sucre (sugar shack) dinner featuring traditional music and entertainment ends the day on a high note. 

Visitors will also enjoy exploring the Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site which commemorates the defence system developed between 1608 and 1971 and a stroll on Promenade Samuel-De Champlain.  Some rural excursions and activities, as well as free time, will round out the program before ending the journey with a farewell party. 

Our club can host a maximum of 15 ambassadors.