Par le 17 May 2017
Haute-Ville has always been the seat of military, governmental and religious power in the city of Québec. From the French colonial era’s Château Saint-Louis to the Hôtel du Parlement, which houses the National Assembly, authorities have continually elected residence in Haute- Ville ever since the development of the city’s trading post. It was the meeting place of the high society that developed around Hôtel du Parlement. You should definitely visit the National Assembly headquarters where all adopted laws that furthered the rights of the LGBTQ community since 1977 have established Québec as one of the world’s most advanced nations in regard to these issues. In four decades, beginning with the admonishment of discrimination on the bases of sexual orientation in 1977, and later, in June 2002, with the adoption of the Act instituting civil unions and establishing new rules of filiation (extending adoption rights to gay and lesbian couples), Québec became one of the few nations to have adopted these legislative changes without much resistance.
Close by to the National Assembly is the Observatoire de la Capitale, offering a unique point of view (as well as the highest one) in Québec City, atop the Marie-Guyart building’s 31 stories. After your visit of the National Assembly, you might want to explore Grande Allée Street with its restaurants, terraces, hotels, pubs and clubs, including the Dagobert, a straight club which is nevertheless cherished by many gay people. A bourgeois street in former times, you will undoubtedly appreciate Grande-Allée’s charms. From here we go to the Musée national des Beaux- Arts du Québec located on the Plains of Abraham, an historic park where the fate of French America was forever sealed in 1759. Many of the world’s greatest musical talents have presented outdoor shows here. It has also been for many decades a very popular cruising spot for gays, although the scene is somewhat tamer now than it was in the past. When leaving the park, it is quite enjoyable to stroll along Cartier Street in the Montcalm neighborhood with its lovely boutiques, restaurants and cafés.