Century-old Quebec Hotel Selected to Host G7

May 9, 2018 10:00 am Last Updated: May 9, 2018 10:00 am

Jean-Jacques Etcheberrigaray, the general manager of the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu hotel, was visiting relatives in the south of France in his native Basque region about a year ago when he received a call from the federal government.

He didn’t know it at the time, but federal employees had made three incognito visits to the hotel to scope it out and determine whether it was fit to welcome seven of the most prominent heads of state in the world. “The person on the phone wanted to talk to me. He never said he was from the G7,” Etcheberrigaray said.

The news came about a month and a half later. “Of course they told me why they chose the Manoir. The reason is because we are very beautiful,” Etcheberrigaray said, standing on the grounds of the hotel as workers buzzed behind him tending to the garden on the Pointe-au-Pic cliff overlooking the St. Lawrence River.

The 405-room Manoir Richelieu in La Malbaie will host the 44th annual G7 summit on June 8-9, when the leaders of seven industrialized countries, their spouses, and other dignitaries make their way to the idyllic Charlevoix region about 150 kilometres northeast of Quebec City.