A tongue-in-cheek archival film documenting a day in the life of a veteran horse-drawn carriage driver. Though the tourists that flock to the historic avenues of the Old City have changed considerably, the Old World charm of Québec City is timeless.
This colourful archival record of Québec City’s Winter Carnival shows that many popular events of today—pageants, parades, boat races, folk dancing, fireworks and torchlight skiing—were also favourites 50 years ago. (Please note that this is an archival film. This film was produced in 1957 and includes mostly original footage from the 1956 Quebec City Carnaval. It is a time-capsule of a bygone era. To modern audiences, parts of the footage from the Carnaval may be perceived as offensive, as certain individuals were dressed in Indigenous garb and others wore blackface. While such practices are not condoned today, the footage illustrates tolerated practices and customs of that era.)
Two well-known Quebec artists (filmmaker Jacques Godbout and playwright René-Daniel Dubois) look at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham. Whose version of this historic event should prevail? Is history best served by documentary or fiction? We also meet Baron Georges Savarin de Marestan and Andrew Wolfe-Burroughs, direct descendants of Montcalm and Wolfe, both of whom died in the battle that would give birth to Canada and to the province of Quebec. In French with English subtitles.
An amusing view of the machine that has taken the country by winter storm: the snowmobile, revving, raring, ready to go. What the motorboat was to the summer lake, this motorized sled now is to the snow-covered fields. This film shows it all--the pull of this sit-down sport, the eagerness of the trade to keep it booming, the daring rivalry of the racing crowd, and the bemused pleasure of the family outing.
This quirky little short by Gilles Carle was filmed on the pierced rock that stands near Quebec’s Gaspé peninsula. It is perhaps the most photographed natural phenomenon on Canada’s East Coast. Shot in the 1960s, the film has a very psychedelic feel to it, with animation, special effects, and a trio of women to guide us through.
Filmed on the great Mackenzie River, this short fiction film recreates the amazing voyage of the man who gave his name to it. Following the path outlined in Mackenzie's journal, the film depicts his arduous journey by canoe all the way to the salt water of the Arctic Ocean - one of the great epics of northern exploration.
This film tells the story of the Red River settlement, now the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The pioneer venture of Thomas Douglas, Earl of Selkirk, to establish a colony brought opposition from the North West Company, the Hudson's Bay Company’s powerful rival. A fine cast of actors portrays the ensuing dispute.
Ages 11 to 14
English Language Arts - Children's Stories/Fables
Geography - Territory: Urban
other films or sources on Quebec City and make a class list of local
attractions a driver might show his clients today, and have students make a
pamphlet or commercial.
you were a "calèche" driver in your city or town, what would you show your
clients? Ask, why does the modern city of Quebec still have "calèche" drivers?
a timeline of significant events in Canada's oldest city. Students write a
parody on a daily activity, such as getting ready for school or making a meal,
in the style of the film narration.