History

A Page Of History

Long used as a temporary exhibition hall called Anima G, the 31st story of the Marie-Guyart Building—Québec City’s tallest—has been home to Observatoire de la Capitale since 1998.

Standing 221 m above sea level, the Observatory offers visitors unique views of Québec City and the surrounding area, stretching all the way from the Appalachian Foothills to the Laurentians and from Île d’Orléans to beyond the bridges.

The Observatory has welcomed over one million visitors since opening its doors.

Commission de la capitale nationale du Québec has managed Observatoire de la capitale since April 1st, 2008.

Marie-Guyart Building

The Marie-Guyart Building towers over the heart of Parliament Hill. It took five years to build and was completed in 1972. Originally known as “Complex G,” it was renamed “the Marie-Guyart Building” in 1989 in honor of the founder of the Ursulines School, Marie de l’Incarnation.

The building houses an imposing 31 story concrete tower, three 5 story buildings, and an underground parking lot on four levels that can accommodate 1,500 vehicles. Its four facades are made up of enormous bay windows. The building is the highest summit in Québec City. Some 4,500 provincial government employees work there.

 

Observatoire de la Capitale is an initiative of

Commission de la capitale nationale