It’s Friday again and thankfully you made it through to the end of the week. Hopefully you didn’t get any grey hairs in the process, but we have got some great things for you to do today to make it all a bit cooler. If you happen to be in the city of Québec or plan on visiting Canada anytime soon, then this installment of Dollars & Sense is just for you. The best part of it all is that it won’t cost you anything. Check it out below!
Visit Les Chemins Invisibles Circus
Québec’s most famous export, Cirque du Soleil,performs at the provincial capital. With adult tickets selling for as little as $55 CND, the price is good. Free, of course, is even better—and that’s what you will pay to see Cirque’s other local production: Les Chemins Invisibles. Part street theater, part staged event, “The Invisible Paths” is a free outdoor extravaganza featuring 100-odd circus performers. The 70-minute show, which plays in the Saint-Roch district exclusively, starts at 8:30pm.
Visit The Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica
Although the church itself has been rebuilt several times, the Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica has stood on the same spot in the heart of Old Québec since 1647, making it one of the oldest cathedrals in North America. The exterior may seem a bit dull, but the bold neo-Baroque interior will take your breath away. Notre-Dame de Québec is gilded in shimmering gold leaf, historic religious paintings, and treasures that date back to the French colonial period. And if you don’t mind adding a little spook to your visit, tour the crypt. This part of the facility is the resting place of more than 900 people, including archbishops, cardinals and governors.
Many recent travelers recommend visiting Notre-Dame during mass. Others recommend tagging along on a guided tour of the basilica and the crypt; visitors say that the volunteer tour guides are like fountains of information.
General admission is free, but the guided tours cost $3 CAD (around $3 USD) for adults and $2 CAD for children.
Financial Tip Of The Day
Is there anyone that lives near you who works at the same place (or near the same place) that you do? Why not ride together, alternating drivers each day? You can halve the wear and tear and gas costs for your car – and for your acquaintance as well.