A little history

Café Buade is located in the heart of the Old Quebec, in a building that dates back to 1860. The original stone walls can be seen from the second floor dining room. In 1919, 31 rue de Buade becomes a café and restaurant for the very first time. A man named Franck Cladis set it up and called it the « New world café ».

In the early 60’s, New World Café adopts a french name and becomes « Café Buade » in honor of Governor Frontenac whose name was Louis de Buade. Throughout the years, Café Buade has been the choice of thousands of clients. The restaurant offers a family dining experience and its reputation is enviable.

Louis de Buade is well known in Quebec history, mainly for defending the colony against British and Iroquois attacks. In January 1690, he organized three war parties to destroy the British installations at the border. However, instead of concentrating the attack on Albany as was demanded by most, he sent his troops on 3 small installations, all distanced one from another: Schenectady in the state of New York, Salmon Falls on the coast of Maine, and Fort Loyal in the Casco bay.

The oldest restaurant in Quebec City is now a reference in family dining!

October 16, an officer of the Boston fleet landed and was taken before Frontenac surrounded by his top military and civilian personnel. He gave an ultimatum of Phips, who demanded the surrender of the colony within an hour, failing which Quebec would be taken by force of arms. What Frontenac said was this ringing phrase: "I have no answer to your general is through the mouths of my cannons and muskets." The courageous response of the heart gave back to the defenders of Quebec and slaughtered the courage troops of New England. When they learned that all the military forces of the colony awaited their attack, substantially weakened their military ardor. The people of New England landed a thousand men on the Beauport shore, opposite Quebec, on the other side of the St. Charles river, but could not mount an attack. After three days of walking and fighting against the outputs of small bands of Canadian militia, finally they went back on their ship to leave. Frontenac defended Quebec and the colony with success and had a minimum loss, simply by holding firm.

No battle had taken place and the retreat of the enemy surprised Frontenac, but it was still a decisive victory. The English colonies threw no more large-scale attack against Canada, while the remaining seven years of war they had recourse to the Iroquois to support their struggles. On the other hand, Canada does not have enough troops to invade in force the English colonies. Frontenac therefore decided to make a guerrilla war: Canadians soon became as adept as the Iroquois in war of ambushes and sneak attacks, in which the capture by Indians was the worst forms of torture could imagine Wild minds.

In fall 1698, Frontenac fell seriously sick and his health deteriorated rapidly. He died November 28, 1698. He was buried in the Récollets church Quebec.

The Château Frontenac was built where was the Château Saint-Louis, main residence of the Count when he was in New France and was named in his honor.

Louis Henri de Buade, Count Frontenac, governor of the colony of New France from 1672 to 1682 and from 1689 to 1698.