Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Searching for the right off-site venue for a convention or conference is an important part of the event planning process. In fact, the venue can make or break attendees’ appreciation of a reception, cocktail or gala: nobody wants a feeling of sameness (a ballroom again this year?) and everybody wants to experience the host city’s local vibe.
There are so many exciting and unique venues in Québec City that can allow you to break the mould and provide a funky twist on off-site activity. Here are some other fresh ideas to get your creative juices flowing—and on the road to designing an event experience that delegates will remember for a long time to come.
Set sail for fun and adventure by hosting your off-site on a boat (yes, you read correctly). Croisières AML offers a wide range of event packages that cater to business groups of up to 1000 people, including urban dinner or fireworks cruises and reserving entire restaurant boats for convention goers. The AML Louis Jolliet departs from Québec City and travels along the St. Lawrence river, offering stunning and one-of-a-kind views of Old Québec and the surrounding areas.
Le Parlementaire Restaurant
Le Parlementaire Restaurant, located in Québec’s Second-Empire-style Parliament Building and right in front of the Québec City Convention Centre, is an amazing beaux-arts dining room that features a refined, yet accessible cuisine that is sure to inspire any palate. Originally, this dining area was reserved for state dinners and welcoming members of foreign governments and celebrities. Today, Le Parlementaire Restaurant is open to hosting off-site receptions for major conferences and conventions. It’s an ideal location to give delegates an insider’s look into Québec’s history and government.
La Citadelle de Québec
Did you know that Charles Dickens nicknamed Québec City the “Gibraltar of America?” That statement was Dickens impressive view of the city’s fortifications. Immerse your delegates in Québec’s rich French and English military history by organizing a gala at La Citadelle de Québec, a National Historic Site of Canada. You can work with staff members to create custom events based on your off-site’s objectives.
Salle des Promotions – Séminaire du Québec
The Salle de promotion, situated in the Seminary of Québec, is an intricately designed and exceptionally awe-inspiring banquet hall that can welcome up to 300 delegates. Bearing witness to Québec City’s educational and religious past, the Salle de promotion, also known as the Graduation Hall, is a full-service venue, complete with event planning services, high-tech audio-visual equipment, catering and event planning staff. Add a touch of splendour and ceremony to your next off-site with this luxurious hall.
Espace Dalhousie is one of Québec City’s finest and most versatile venues, operated by the Port of Québec. Nestled in the heart of Old Québec and with panoramic views of the St. Lawrence River, it can be transformed into a myriad of configurations for over 2000 people. Its modern décor is rivalled only by its backdrop: Québec’s long-standing maritime heritage.
Event planners need not look too far for remarkable venues to delight their conference or convention attendees. And while you need to remember that organizing an off-site at an out-of-the-ordinary venue means planning for atypical logistics, it’s well worth your time. Just look at your attendees faces when they arrive at the event!