What's the best way to experience local vibes? Sports events!
Updated: Mar 9
Personally, I appreciate getting a sense of the local culture while travelling and seeing what locals find most enjoyable. Attending a live local sporting event is one of the greatest ways to experience it! Watch the crowd clap in support of the home team while taking in the performance of the athletes. Here is a short list of sport venue and idea from your Quebec city local tour guide!
Credit: Yanick Maltais
Baseball Les Capitales de Québec
The ballpark is my favourite summertime destination! Who doesn't appreciate spending a warm day at a baseball park? Since 1999, Les Capitales de Québec have called Québec City home. This former Can-Am League team is now a member of the Frontier League, and they've racked up quite a few championships over the years. It's not uncommon to see locals proudly sporting their Capitales jerseys or caps around Saint Roch and Old Québec. Attending a game has become a summertime tradition for many fans, and the stadium itself is practically a museum, dating all the way back to 1938. Every summer, you can experience an awesome feeling in the stadium as you hear the fans chanting for the home team and clapping on their wooden benches as the score was tied.
Crédit : Sebastien Dion A baseball game is not that expensive.
Sometimes you have the option of a 5 to 7 before the game, which includes unlimited hot dogs, hamburgers, and popcorn in addition to 3 beers or other drinks, a baseball ticket, and pre game live music for less than $40. Even if you just purchase a single match ticket, prices typically range from $14 to $30. When you consider that this cost is comparable to just the parking fee at an MLB game and you will have fun as well.The team's focus is on providing a high-quality baseball experience for its fans and developing talented players who may go on to play at higher levels in the future. Be sure to check out their famous Friday night fireworks and themed events throughout the season!
Fun fact #1 I had an amazing experience when, in 2018, two players accompanied me on a walking tour, and their enjoyment prompted them to recommend me for a tour with the entire team the following year, in 2019. Witnessing the organization's dedication to promoting a sense of camaraderie and a strong connection to Quebec among its players was truly wonderful.
Its more than just baseball! Go caps go!
Credit Jonathan Roy
Hockey Les Remparts de Québec
You cannot think of Quebec without thinking of hockey.
As you are aware, hockey is Canada's primary national sport.
Did you know that the Québec Bulldogs won the Stanley Cup in 1912 and 1913?
Les Nordiques de Québec, an NHL franchise of the past, may be remembered by those who are old enough. There is a big desire among people in Quebec city to see the Nordique return.
Le Centre Videotron, a new arena, was just inaugurated in 2015.
The potential of regaining an NHL club is still something that many people are yearning for.
But why hold off on watching hockey?
Yes, there is still a chance for you to enjoy a hockey game, and in a brand-new arena no less!
Members of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)., the Québec City "Les Remparts" are a very good team. They have a dedicated fan base and is known for providing exciting, high-quality hockey games. If you're a hockey fan in Quebec City, a visit to a Les Remparts game is a must-do activity. The team has a rich history and is known for producing talented players who go on to success in the NHL!
Crédit : Les Remparts Facebook
Fun fact #1
One of the most exciting things about attending a Remparts game at Centre Vidéotron is the chance to see hockey legend Patrick Roy in action. Roy is a former NHL goaltender who played for the Montreal Canadiens and the Colorado Avalanche, and he is also the head coach and general manager of the Remparts. Roy is a true icon in the hockey world, and seeing him behind the bench is a thrill for hockey fan.
Crédit : Expocite Facebook
Fun fact #2
Just a short walk away is the Grand Marché de Québec, a massive indoor market that features everything from fresh produce to artisanal cheeses and meats. The market is home to many merchants, making it a great place to sample the flavors of the region and pick up some unique souvenirs. The area around Centre Vidéotron also features some interesting sculptures of past hockey heroes, including Jean Béliveau, Guy Lafleur, Manon Rhéaume, and the Stastny brothers, just to name a few. You can also still see from outside the old colisée where the Nordique used to play.
Fun fact #3 We have also an annual hockey tournement
There are many hockey greats who have started their careers at Tournoi International de Hockey Pee-Wee de Québec in February (www.tournoipee-wee.qc.ca).
Whether you are a die-hard hockey fan or just looking for a fun night out with friends or family, attending a Remparts game is a must (while in Québec city).
Crédit : NSPW Facebook
Wrestling NSPW (North Shore Pro Wrestling)
Some consider it a sport, while others consider it more of a violent theater. Both options are correct! Wrestling was once the second most popular sport (Entertainment) in Québec City.
I recall my father telling me story about seeing les frères Baillargeon, le géant ferré (André the giant), and Vachon Brother wrestle here.
Crédit : NSPW Facebook
Lucky you,there an hidden gems in the city.
NSPW. It's one of the top Canadian indie wrestling federations, and it's right here in the Limoilou neighbourhood at Le Centre Horizon! Plus, it's only a 7-minute walk from Gare du Palais, so it's super easy to get to. If you're a wrestling fan or just looking for a fun night out you need to see it.
Credit : My personnal photo and wwe.com
Fun fact #1
Did you know that Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, two of the biggest names in WWE wrestling, actually got their start in NSPW? I actually saw them perform many time in Limoilou (in various federation including nspw) back in the day when they were just starting out. It's amazing to see how far they've come since then, but they still had that same passion and raw talent that made them stand out from the crowd.
NSPW hosts several wrestling shows throughout the year in Quebec City, featuring both best local talent and sometime international wrestling guest stars (Rhino,Paul London,Cody Rhode to name a few) . These shows provide a thrilling experience for wrestling fans of all ages, with high-flying moves, intense action, and plenty of drama.If you're a wrestling fan, I highly recommend checking out NSPW in Limoilou - you never know who you might see before they become the next big thing!
Their biggest show of the year, "Golden Opportunity," is going down on June 17th at none other than Stade Canac - yep, our very own baseball stadium. And get this - they're even bringing in an old school wrestler from the WWF era named Gangrel.
Crédit : NSPW Facebook et Ta Gueule Communications
Fun fact #2
Robert Lepage, a renowned stage director and playwright, has shown great admiration for the Quebec wrestling scene. In fact, he has even incorporated wrestling shows into the programming for the newly constructed and magnificent venue, Le Diamant, situated in the heart of Old Quebec. Take a look at the schedule, and if you're fortunate enough, you might be able to witness it live. However, it's important to note that wrestling shows at Le Diamant tend to sell out quickly. From wrestling to opera, Le Diamant offers a diverse range of entertainment options.
Fun fact #3 Loue O'Farrell, a current wrestler, possesses a unique combination of skills, as she is not only proficient in the ring but also an accomplished archaeologist.Yeah! Her expertise in both fields makes her a remarkable individual, excelling as a wrestler and as a archaeologist. She was in the excavation project at Îlot des Palais in the lower-town.
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Football Rouge et Or
Le Rouge et Or football team is one of the most exciting teams to watch in Quebec City. The team has a rich history and is known for its winning tradition. Whether you are a die-hard football fan or just looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon, attending a Le Rouge et Or football game is a must.
The team plays its home games at the Stade Telus-Université Laval, which is located on the campus of Université Laval. The stadium has a seating capacity of 12,750 and provides an intimate atmosphere that allows fans to get close to the action on the field.
What makes Le Rouge et Or football team unique is its commitment to excellence both on and off the field..It's no surprise that the team has won numerous national championships and produced several CFL players. I must admit that I am not a football expert, but I do enjoy watching a game of Le Rouge et Or and experiencing the exciting tailgate culture that surrounds it.
Attending a Le Rouge et Or football game is an experience like no other!
The chance is that if you see me wearing a capitale baseball jersey during the walking tour, that may mean that I'll be going to the ballpark afterward!
There plenty of other sport event all year long I suggest you to look at this great website for sporting events all over Quebec province.