New France Holidays in the COVID Era

After a hiatus in 2020, Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France is back in Old Quebec, but in a smaller format compared to regular holidays.

Forget the parades or demonstrations of last year’s auction. Until August 15, the main event will be a treasure hunt, organized around seven historical figures: Donnacona, Jean Talon, Condiaronc, Marie Rollet, Marie-Anne Barbel, Olivier Le Gennes, Pierre Dugua de Mons.

Participants will have to go through Old Quebec and Petit Champlain in search of clues that will help characters transported to the present, return to the past. Quests will also allow some participants to win prizes.

There will also be about fifty sets and thirty actors.

“All our characters will be there, and even a little more, because we have a lot of people who come in costumes, so there will be a good atmosphere,” says Alexis Ferland, Programming Director of the event.

Avoid meetings

Last summer, Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France were canceled due to the pandemic.

The organizers hope the new formula will help avoid crowds this year.

“This year’s treasure hunt is 100% a concept,” says Ferland. The choice to change this event was made due to the context of the pandemic, but it made us look at things differently. “

“And the concept we are presenting today is fun and educational, allowing people to walk around and discover the city, as well as take a break and go for a drink at a nearby house to stimulate local trade. ”

The Locket Decoder and Treasure Hunt Map will be on sale for $ 15. They can be purchased online or locally.

Privileged variety

For organizers, the choice of historical figures should also reflect a certain variety. “We talked about two other famous characters, white people: Jean Talon, who was the quartermaster of New France, and also about Pierre Dougois de Mons, a lesser known person, who financed the travels of Samuel de Champlain,” says Ferland.

“But also two women, Marie Rolle and Marie-Anne Barbel, who was a successful businesswoman,” he explains. The pioneer Marie Rollet was the wife of Louis Hebert.

” AND [on parle] also from Olivier Le Genes, who was the first black slave to be listed in New France. […] ; and two local chiefs, Donnacona and Condiaronque, because the native peoples are such an important part of New France. “

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