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In 2008, Canada will roll out the red carpet in Québec City!

Welcome to the Government of Canada website dedicated to the 400th anniversary of the founding of Québec City.

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For the 400th anniversary of the founding of Québec City, Canada is highlighting the greatness of this continental gateway.

You are invited to celebrate the founding of Québec City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a jewel among cities. The theme for the festivities will be "The Encounter", highlighting Québec City's time-honoured role as a meeting place for peoples and cultures.

The year 1608 was a historic date for all of Canada and North America; that was the year that we really began to become what we are today.

The 400th anniversary of the founding of Québec City, which we will celebrate in 2008, is a reminder that French is the founding language of Canada.

Canada is marking this event by contributing to the celebrations, which have been launched on December 31st, 2007, and will run until December 31st, 2008.

For additional information on the events taking place in Québec, please visit the MyQuebec2008 web site. You will find the day to day calendar of activities.

All federal government departments and agencies are pooling their efforts and resources.

As the department responsible for coordinating the Government of Canada's efforts in celebrating the 400th anniversary of Québec City, Canadian Heritage is contributing $40 million in support of the commemorative programming. In addition, Canada Economic Development and Parks Canada are investing $70 million in infrastructure projects. The projects will be a federal legacy for the people of Québec City and Canada.

Canada's New Government, the City of Québec and the Government of Quebec are working together and providing funding to the Société du 400e anniversaire de Québec for the celebrations. The Société du 400e, an independent, non-profit organization, has been mandated by the city to plan, coordinate and produce some of the 2008 festivities.

Canada is proud to be a part of this event, which has historic importance, both nationally and internationally.

As you will see, this site highlights the 400 years of Québec City and Canada, and covers all aspects of the federal government's involvement in this great event.

Come discover Québec City, and follow in the footsteps of Cartier, Champlain and all the others who have been here before!

By celebrating Québec City we are also celebrating Canada and citizens of all backgrounds!

There are few cities in North America that can celebrate such a rich past. Québec City is a welcoming place and a gateway to the North American continent. That is why this historic city was the site of the first encounters between different cultures. Canada is celebrating four centuries of progress in intercultural relations—relations and exchanges that our country passionately supports and encourages. In 2008, more than ever, people from around the world will gather in this historic city. This is a unique opportunity to give them our traditional warm welcome.

First Nations have been part of Québec City's history for more than 400 years!


The First Nations welcomed the earliest visitors arriving from Europe. On the occasion of the 400th anniversary of Québec City, the Huron-Wendat Nation will act as host nation of the celebrations.

Always seeking opportunities to strengthen ties with Aboriginal nations, our long-time partners, the Government of Canada is supporting their participation in the 400th anniversary celebrations.

English, Scottish and Irish people encounter the French-speaking world.

A people's development can be traced through its encounters with others. English, Scottish and Irish people have an important place in the history of Québec City and Canada. Various cultural activities will take up this theme during the celebrations.

The foundation of Québec city also marks the foundation of the Canadian state. From Newfoundland to British Columbia, Canadians will celebrate this once in a lifetime event!