Bordeaux is, and always has been, a cosmopolitan city. Through all its many overseas stories that are written here and there into its very walls, spinning threads across time and continents, Bordeaux’s links with Quebec remain strong. Following the example of the Basque whalers, the Bordelais cod fishers ventured to the Grand Banks and the Gulf of Saint Lawrence from as early as the 15th century. Many local shipowners, traders and adventurers then took part in the development of New France (1), up until François Chenard de la Giraudais- the officer in charge of an expedition that constituted France's final chance in its colonial wars against the English- set sail from Bordeaux. The fate of his frigate, le Machaut, was sealed in the Battle of Restigouche. Since 1962, Bordeaux has been Quebec City’s main twinned town, and its province is Nouvelle-aquitaine’s regional partner. Teaching, research, economic development, culture, etc: these exchanges are permanent. At the beginning of September, the two cities, “born from the marriage of the sea and the river” also shared a festival with ‘Bordeaux fête le vin à Québec'. If you want to experience some Quebecois flavours, there are two places here that proudly wear its colours: Au Nouveau Monde, an organic brewery-pub and P'tit Québec Café.
(1) From the home of the Lamaletie family- whose name adorns a lake in Kativit- at 41 rue de la Rousselle to rue Bigot- a disgraced family and the last Intendant of New France- passing by the allées de Tourny- where a fountain once stood which can now now be found in Québec's Place de l'assemblée-nationale-, find Bordeaux's links with the history of New France and its capital in the leaflet 'Bordeaux-quebec, a places of memories', available at the Bordeaux Tourist Office.
LA FONTAINE DE TOURNY Démantelée au milieu du XXE siècle pour servir à l’ornementation d’un jardin privé cette fontaine a été rachetée par la Cie Simons qui l’a fait rénover avant de l’offrir à la ville de Québec pour le 400e anniversaire de sa fondation. Elle est installée face au Parlement dans la capitale québécoise.