The tall ship L’Espérance arrived at the Port of Quebec today after an eight-week Atlantic crossing that started in La Rochelle, France back on June 4. Its crew of 10 adventurous souls from regions across the country made the trip in the same conditions as New France’s first settlers as part of the show LA GRANDE TRAVERSÉE, which will air on ICI Radio-Canada Télé to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary.
The co-hosts for this major TV documentary, navigator Mylène Paquette and television host Francis Reddy, were on hand to greet the “settlers” and serve as masters of ceremony at an event held in their honour at Place Royale. During the ceremony, surrounded by their families and friends, the settlers presented Quebec City executive committee member Patrick Voyer with a commemorative plaque given to them by Jean-François Fountaine, Mayor of La Rochelle.
The success of this groundbreaking television event depends on the work of a seasoned creative team that hasn’t left anything to chance to showcase one of the longest and most authentically re-enacted historic tall ship voyages ever undertaken.
“The 150th anniversary of Confederation, an important milestone for our country, gives us a unique opportunity to celebrate the wealth of our history. Thanks to the documentary adventure series La grande traversée, broadcast on ICI Radio-Canada Télé, ICI RDI and ICI EXPLORA, Canadians will discover the incredible journey of the first French colonists in 17th-century New France. Ten Canadians will help us relive the historic crossing of the Atlantic. Come join us for the adventure of our past!”
– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
Directed by François Balcaen, LA GRANDE TRAVERSÉE is a coproduction of Les Productions Rivard in Winnipeg and Zone 3 in Montreal, ICI Radio-Canada Télé, ICI RDI and ICI EXPLORA.
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