Spouses’ Program


Spouses registered for the 2016 International Summit of Cooperatives may:

  • take part in cultural activities of the Spouses' program
  • attend the welcome cocktail

Two tourist activities (additional fees) are also proposed.

Cultural activities of the spouses' program

Exposition Xavier Dachez

Activity #1: “Desjardins—Then and Now”

Start with a tour of Maison Alphonse-Desjardins, which shows how the Desjardins Group first began in Lévis. Next, in the comfort of a bus and with a tour guide, see the Cité Desjardins de la coopération. Lastly, explore two exhibits in the Desjardins Building that trace the fascinating history of this great cooperative movement.

  • Maison Alphonse-Desjardins. This historic monument takes you back to the founding of the first caisses populaires by Alphonse Desjardins and also shows you how his wife, Dorimène Desjardins, helped create this cooperative network.
  • Desjardins Group museum and archives centre. In a completely renovated historic building, visit a permanent exhibit and a temporary exhibit on the great cooperative adventure of Desjardins Group.
  • Cité Desjardins. A heritage interpreter from Société historique Alphonse-Desjardins will take you in a bus to see Cité Desjardins de la coopération and its headquarters. The activity will end with a tour of a new 15-storey building that provides a panoramic view of Lévis and Québec City.

Date: Tuesday, October 11 and Wednesday, October 12

Time: 1:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Fee: included in the “Spouse” pass

Reservation: online, when you purchase a pass

Photo credit : Société historique Alphonse-Desjardins. Photo Xavier Dachez

Tour à pied du Vieux Québec

Activity #2 : Walking tour of Old Quebec

Québec City is perfect for a walking tour. This is also the best way to really appreciate the French culture of the city and feel its energy. Put on good walking shoes, take your camera and begin your exploration!

The tour will show you some of the highlights of the city. Based on the time allowed, the departure point and the range of interest of your group, our guide will select the best route for your group and will share his knowledge of the history of Québec City from a dynamic point of view.

The tour features highlights such (but not limited to) as:

  • The Citadelle
  • The Parliament
  • The Battlefield Parks (Plaines d’Abraham)
  • Panoramic stairs
  • Terrasse Dufferin
  • Fairmont le Château Frontenac.
  • City Hall Square
  • Place - Royale
  • Petit-Champlain

Date: Tuesday, October 11 and Wednesday, October 12

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Fee: included in the “Spouse” pass

Reservation: online, when you purchase a pass

Musée National des Beaux Arts de Québec

Activity #3 : Visit of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

Located at the heart of majestic Battlefields Park, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) overlooks the St. Lawrence River. Its sculpted ceilings, capital-topped columns, elegant spaces and other architectural features are a source of enchantment for visitors.

What’s more, with the construction of the new Pierre Lassonde pavilion, the MNBAQ will finally be able to exhibit a significant percentage of its collections. The glass building, offering transparency and bathed by natural light, will be a museum where art, architecture and nature meet. Be one of their first visitors!

Exhibits offered:

  • From Ferron to BGL – Contemporary art in Québec: This exhibition presents more than 60 key works from 1960 to today by essential figures in the history of Québec art
  • Inuit Art – Exceptional display of Inuit art, with a selection of more than 100 works from the Brousseau Inuit Art collection from the past sixty years by more than sixty artists from Nunavik, Québec and from Nunavut and the Northwest Territories
  • Pierre Bonnard – Modern Art: Retrospective of his work in exclusivity for North America
  • Decorative Arts and Design in Québec – Permanent gallery devoted to Québec design and fine crafts with some seventy-five objects (glasswork, ceramics, furniture, posters, etc.)
  • Jean-Paul Riopelle – Metamorphoses
  • Alfred Pellan – Wide awake Dreamer
  • Fernand Leduc – Painter of Light

Date: Tuesday, October 11 and Wednesday, October 12

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Fee: included in the “Spouse” pass

Reservation: online, when you purchase a pass

Monastére des Augustines

Activity #4 : Visit of the Monastère des Augustines

Benefit from a period of relaxation within the Monastery of the Augustinian Sisters of Québec known to have accommodated the first hospital in North America. The new concept for their restored and rethought spaces, concentrates from now on, on the welcoming of people sensitive about their well-being and about their personal fulfillment, while offering a living contact with the heritage of the Augustinian sisters.

This new mission will ensure the sustainability of the Augustinian Sister's material and cultural heritage, and make it accessible to future generations.

Museum and archives: Steeped in nearly 400 years of history, the entire site at Le Monastère des Augustines contributes to your museum experience. Tracing the evolution of the spiritual and social engagement of the Augustinian Sisters of Quebec through the ages, the permanent exhibition offers a unique glimpse into the past. Discover the community’s way of life, their work caring for the sick, and how they balanced their traditional vocations for action and contemplation.

Throughout the rooms, you will find selected objects from the 40,000 artifacts drawn from the Augustinian Sisters’ 12 monastery hospitals. They form a powerful composite picture that brings the exhibition’s themes to life and that offers a provocative commentary on society’s past, present and future.

Date: Tuesday, October 11 and Wednesday, October 12

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Fee: included in the “Spouse” pass

Reservation: online, when you purchase a pass

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Tourist activities (additional fees)

Tour-dégustation dans la ville de Québec

Activity #1 : Quebec City Food Tour

Take time to discover the heart of our fortified city. All along this 2.5-hour walking tour, enjoy the pleasure of authentic Quebec products. Experience some of Quebec’s finest restaurants and even tour the premises. Greet the “Maître D” with your best "bonjour." Stop often. What’s on the menu? Samples of wine, foie gras, ice cider, game meat, gourmet cheese, beer and other savory tidbits. Your professional tour guide will make sure you are well taken care of and answer all the questions.

Following prestigious establishments will be visited during the tour:

  • Chez Boulay Bistro Boréal
  • Pain Béni
  • Les Délices de l’Érable
  • Bistro Le Sam (Fairmont Le Château Frontenac)
  • Restaurant le Saint-Amour

Date: Tuesday, October 11

Duration:​ Approx. 2.5 hours

Time: Departure from the Convention Center: 1:15 p.m.

            Arrival at the Convention Center: 4:00 p.m.

Fee: $55

Registration: online, when you purchase a pass (Please note that it is not necessary to buy a "Spouse" pass to register for this activity)

Capacity: Minimum 15, maximum 18 participants per group

Note: We recommend warm clothing and good walking shoes to enjoy the tour fully.

Visite du Château Frontenac et croisière sur le M/V Louis Jolliet

Activity #2 : Visit of the Château Frontenac and Cruise on the M/V Louis Jolliet

The excursion begins with the visit of the Château Frontenac. Built in 1892, this hotel stands witness to over 100 years of history. You will be guided by a 19th century character, who will have you discover the “world’s most photographed hotel”. Your guide will tell you the hotel’s secrets and details not many people know. Most often, it will be on tiptoe that your guide will allow you into the hotel’s intimacy, where whispers and secrets abound. 

After the visit, walk down to Place Royale for a lunch at the Côtes à Côtes Resto-Grill. Offering an enchanting view of the Château Frontenac, it’s the restaurant closest to the St. Lawrence River in this part of town; their terrace is set for you to benefit from the nice views. A real haven of tranquility in this lively section of the Old Quebec!

From 2:00 to 3:30 PM, discover the city from a whole new angle aboard the M/V Louis Jolliet.

Sail away on a captivating 1.5-hour guided cruise on the Saint-Lawrence River aboard the M/V Louis Jolliet. You will learn a little more about the Old Capitals’ history, the river and the surrounding region. Throughout the cruise, take in spectacular views of the fortifications, the Château Frontenac, the Montmorency Fall, the Orleans Island, the Beaupré Coast, and the Laurentian Mountains. A truly lovely and instructive cruise!

Date: Wednesday, October 12

Duration​: 6 hours

Time: Departure from the Convention Center: 10:00 a.m.

           Return to the Convention Center: 4:00 p.m.

Fee: $105

Registration: online, when you purchase a pass (Please note that it is not necessary to buy a "Spouse" pass to register for this activity)

Capacity: Minimum 30 participants

Including : 

  • Visit of the Château Frontenac
  • Lunch and a drink
  • 90-minute cruise
  • Cocktail on the boat: 1 ticket will be handed out while boarding the boat to each participant
  • Funicular ride ticket
  • Professional tour guide
  • Transportation

Note : Boarding: 1:40 p.m.