The new Observatoire de la Capitale opens its doors to 1965
Québec City, Tuesday, April 12, 2011 – Québec National Assembly President Jacques Chagnon, Member for Jean-Lesage André Drolet, Commission de la capitale nationale du Québec President and CEO Jacques Langlois, and DMR-Fujitsu Vice President, Consulting Services Jacques Dionne were in attendance tonight for the highly anticipated inauguration of the new Observatoire de la Capitale, one of Québec City’s most popular attractions.
After a complete transformation, Observatoire de la Capitale is reopening its doors to take visitors on an authentic trip back in time. High above Québec City, it now offers a new interactive tour in a remarkable environment inspired by 1965, a year that profoundly marked the provincial capital.
The new ground floor boutique will offer a full range of unique products enabling the many visitors from abroad to continue exploring Québec City after they return home.
A complete overhaul
A total of $500,000 was invested to renovate the Observatory and its ground floor reception area. Two key partners—the Québec National Assembly and DMR-Fujitsu—joined Commission de la capitale nationale du Québec in contributing $100,000 each to make the project a reality.
“In addition to enjoying the most spectacular panorama in Québec City from the 31st floor of the Marie-Guyart Building, visitors will have an opportunity to dive into the city’s rich past thanks to the wonders of today’s technology: touchscreen terminals, imaginative video clips, sound booths, and dazzling 3D imagery”, said André Drolet, Member for Jean-Lesage.
“With its spectacular views, the Observatory offers an exceptional perspective of the Parliament building. The interactive audiovisual presentations will provide visitors with a host of information on the National Assembly and its main attractions, and we hope this will entice them to visit us,” stated National Assembly President Jacques Chagnon.
“DMR-Fujitsu is delighted to contribute to the revamping of Observatoire de la Capitale by providing modern solutions to suit its needs. Tens of thousands of visitors can now discover the Québec of yesterday thanks to the technology of today,” said Jacques Dionne, Vice President, Consulting Services at DMR-Fujitsu.
Hours and rates
Observatoire de la Capitale is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors 65 and over, and will remain free for children age 12 and under accompanied by their parents.
To enjoy the best views of Québec City all year long, the Panoramic Visa is also available for $19.95.
The Observatory is also a breathtaking venue for special events of all kinds as well as a perennial favorite of school groups. For more information or a virtual visit, go to the Observatory website at www.observatoirecapitale.org.
Observatoire de la Capitale is run by Commission de la capitale nationale du Québec and has welcomed approximately 70,000 visitors a year since 1998. With its dazzling and groundbreaking makeover, the Observatory is now more than ever the city’s high point, an absolute must to see and share with others.
To develop and implement the new concept, the Commission turned to the cultural heritage and museology experts at consulting firm Bergeron Gagnon.
The Québec National Assembly
The Observatory’s east wing offers the best-known panorama featuring buildings and sites of great heritage significance. Some of them, like the Québec National Assembly, have special symbolic value. The east wing will therefore turn the spotlight on the National Assembly and the theme of democracy. For more information on the National Assembly: www.assnat.qc.ca
A member of the Fujitsu Canada family, DMR-Fujitsu is a business and information technology (IT) integration consulting firm that has been a leader in the Québec market since 1973. Combining business savvy with knowledge of the latest technologies, its multidisciplinary teams transform clients’ business objectives into tangible results. Its some 1,450 consultants are delivering success in business and IT, industry, product, and outsourcing solutions, and other fields of expertise. For more information: www.dmr.ca
La commission de la Capitale nationale du Québec
Commission de la capitale nationale du Québec pursues a threefold mission of helping develop and beautify Québec City, promoting the capital through a diverse program of discovery and commemoration activities, and advising the Québec government on how to enhance the city’s status. For more information: www.capitale.gouv.qc.ca
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