1 Rue  des Carrières, Quebec City, QC

(418) 692-3861

Status: Historical Hotel



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In the 1870’s the British governor general of Canada began a program to restore the city to it’s 17th century grandeur. The old city wall was reconstructed along with many of the buildings in what’s now known as the old city.

Part of the plan included reconstructing the Chateau St-Louis the residence where the French Governors used to live; it was located on the cape where the hotel now stands.

The City Council liked the idea but wanted to instead to build an upper class hotel to bring in the tourism money. However, they had problems with bringing together the finances. Businessmen from Toronto and Montreal with connections to the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) solved that problem by bringing in the railway.

The new hotel – under the direction of the CPR – became one of the first chateau hotels that the CPR would build across the Country in places like Toronto, Winnipeg, Lake Louise and Victoria. Many still stand under the CPR Hotels division’s current name: Fairmont.

During World War II the Allies – Britain, America and Canada – discussed their strategies for winning the war at the hotel during the First and Second Quebec Conferences in 1943 and 1944.

In 1953 the final scenes of Alfred Hitchcock’s I, Confess were filmed here.

In 1993 the third and last expansion was completed on the hotel.

In 2011 the hotel was sold to Ivanhoe Cambridge who immediately began a $9 million restoration of the exterior including the roof and $66 million for general renovations inside the hotel.


Paranormal Activity

There are 2 famous ghosts in the hotel

Louis de Baude de Frontenac

Frontenac was the Governor of New France from 1672 to 1682. He, obviously, gave the hotel it’s name but also – as mentioned above – the home of the New France Governor sat on the exact same sport as the hotel does now.

Frontenac died in the house and as per his instructions his heart was removed and sent to his fiancé in an ornate box. In her grief she refused his heart and it was returned to New France.

Frontenac is usually seen on the second floor at a window sill; he, generally, disappears fairly quickly after he is seen. He is also often seen is in the hotel’s ballroom.

He is easily identified by his 17th century clothing.

The Woman In White

A mysterious “woman in white” is a common ghost and seen in many different locations. Usually her identity is unknown; as is the case in this hotel’s lady.

The woman is not fixed to any room so cannot be easily found; its up to her if she wants to visit you. She is dressed in a white night dress and will generally show up just as you falling asleep just for a quick look. Those that have encountered her say a nod or a wave is the best way to acknowledge her before she fades from view.

However, she has also climbed into bed with guests as well. What you do then is up to you.