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St. Jean Baptist Festival

by 16fletch

I cannot find information on the St Jean Baptist Festival June 23-24, 2008 in English-- any ideas? Thank you so much.

Re: St. Jean Baptist Festival

by olddude

Here is the homepage of the French. However, if you use Firefox browser (and maybe Explorer), if you right click on the page when it opens, look down until you see "page info". There should be a little tool that will translate the page (and ultimately the entire website) into English for you. If oyu are just looking for history of the celebration, that is on wikipedia in English.

Re: St. Jean Baptist Festival

by Pomerol

There is a good reason why you won't find anything about the St Jean Baptiste Festival in Montreal in English. It is organized by the Société St-Jean-Baptiste whose mission in life is to promote French in Quebec and ban and fight everything that is English. Quite honestly, it is not a celebration for Anglos to enjoy and most of them hit the summer cottage during the event.

Travel Tips for Montreal

Architectural beauty

by acemj

This is a steeple on the campus of the University of Quebec at Montreal which you'll notice when you exit the Berri-UQAM Metro stop at St-Denis Street.
St-Denis is a great place to grab bite to eat and people-watch and is far less touristy than Old Montreal. Montreal is full of churches, monuments and beautiful buildings.


by s_odyssey

Dont worry about the french/english element, most montrealers speak both.

As for those who dont you will manage using a few wrds of english and most
importantly like anywhere else where language is an issue, use your hands (it
takes time but it wrks and most people have fun doing it)

Basic french will get you by with no problems, there are always those that dont want to understand, they probably have nothing interesting to say anyways (i call them ignorant) and you will (i promise u)
find someone who does not too far away.

The trick is not to be feel silly, HAVE FUN!

The Best Time to Visit...

by vibi68

Frankly, all seasons in Quebec are great to visit depending on what you like to do and see, there really isn't a "moonson" season or a drought season! If you are an adept of snow sports, you'll really love our Winter but beware, Quebec is a very humid province due to the St-Laurent river creating "wet air", which makes winter temperatures such a -35 degrees in February, feel even colder. Summer in Quebec is great to spend up in the Laurentians which is home to over 50 000 lakes, enough to grant anyboby's nautical sports wishes! Spring is okay, but it is so short we barely notice it; plus it is not as fancy as a "cherry blossomed trees spring in Paris"; that is the only season I would pass if it weren't for the "Sugar shack" parties (see Local Customs). The cherry on the sundae is Fall, if there's a season I'd recommend to all foreighners that don't have changing colors trees... it has to be Fall. Many festivals honor it's colors and fruits in the Laurentians as well as in the Eastern Townships. Wine making, fruit picking and simple panoramic gazing are some of the many activities that take place during this majestic season. Be quick and don't miss the fiery colors of our Fall since they only last a bit more than 10 days... around the first week of October. When I was young, forts and huge mounts of dead leaves, where built under apple trees... for us to play and throw ourselves in. The crackling sound of leaves under my footsteps...

Do you speak Frenglais?

by juniperjune

Here in Montreal, there are 2 main languages. Being born and raised here, I don't pay much attention to our differences. We tend to speak in both French and English, during our conversations. We mix up both languages wothout even realizing it. If you can say a few key sentences in French, such as Merci, Bonjour, Comment ca va?.... it would help. Being such a large city, we are used to tourists. However, if they see that you are trying to make an effort, the reception will be much better.

Local dishes

by lotta29

Typical Québec-dishes might not always be the healthiest but they do taste good! These are just some of them...
First of all, there's paté chinois (which must be my favorite!). It has 3 layers: chopped meat, corn and mashed potatoes - and it's made in the oven. You mix it up on your plate and remember to put lots of ketchup on it!
Another one is hot chicken: two slices of toast, chicken in between and canned peas on top of it with french fries on the side. What makes it so good is the special gravy on it! (I even brought some to Finland with me!)
Probably the best known speciality in Quebec is poutine. Personally, I can't eat this stuff but I still think you gotta taste it atleast once! The traditional poutine's got french fries, pieces of cheese and brown gravy all mixed up in a bowl (there are variations too). As for the other 2 dishes I mentioned I don't know if you're able to get them from any diner (paté chinois from a grocery store thou) but with poutine you won't have this problem - there are tons of fast food places selling it, even McDonald's! Some say it's the best thing to have for a hang-over - you go and try... =)
If you want something sweet, try carrés aux dattes (date squares). Lots of coffee shops sell this pastry and they're soooo good!


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