Ok these are the convenient stores in Quebec. They are called: Depanneur.
You see them all over the place. Most of them are in old, ran down houses. Privately owned and the prices are not controlled. These places sell alcohol and cigarettes. Very convenient for the drinking locals. Most of them are not open 24/7!
What to buy: I do not recommend purchasing anything in these stores prices can triple on items other than booze and cigarettes.
What to pay: NIL
These stores are more less like butiques but bigger with more selection. Example: (Target)
You can find quality clothing for womem. man and children. These stores are relatively clean and safe. Prices vary, depending on the place.
What to buy: Fashion clothing. Pants, tops, bading suits, shoes, belts, coats, etc.
What to pay: Average pricing. Watch for specials.
Here is an image of a local bank. This sign says: There is an ATM in this bank. As you see it is in French only. Once you place the bank card into the ATM, you might get greeted in English. That's if you're lucky.
What to buy: We are still talking about a country where the first language is English.
The term "Depanneur" very loosely translates as "convenience store" and here in Hull every neighbourhood has its own, rarely more than a couple of hundred metres from its furthest customer. These little stores specialise in providing the day-to-day basics at the times that the larger stores are closed as well as being agents for things such as bus tickets, the lottery and mobile phone top-ups.
What to buy: What really brings Les Depanneurs into their own though is the fact that they sell alcohol (tho' not "hard" liquor!) which none of the other provinces allow their local stores to do - for instance across the river in Ottawa if you fancy a take-away beer you could end up walking a good few miles to find the nearest state-run "Beer Store"!!
And so this is where Hull scores majorly in this commentator's book in that the nearest beer is never more than that couple of hundred metres away!
What to pay: Expect to pay a little more than supermarket prices but then the convenience is what you're paying for.
i discovered @ 151 Montcalm a small Coffee shop some 5-6 years back, with the coffee aroma drifting from a small roastery in the shop across the parking lot.
Then lo and behold,after reading about the enlarged Cafe La Brûlerie, i had no option but to vist after a short hile in the Gatineau Hills on Boxing Day, to get rid of the previous days feasting and excesses. Very visibel on the west side of 69 St Joseph opposite the Saalberry Armoury Park where in summer you can enjoy your coffee or the and cookies or sandwish
What to buy: Coffee for the road, delightful corrugated paper cups, but whilst there, discovered the notable Quebec Crafted Beers, plus other standard brands, lots of coffee even tea.
If you're an food lover of local artisan products this Coffee Roaster now expanded into a Delicatessan is the place to visit, Cheese, Bread. Processed meats, smoked fsih,Craft Beer, and so muh more,
it's a franchise from the Cusson family in Laval, this is one of 30 shops and we're fortunate to have three in Gatineau.
What to buy: Sausages, sausages and sausages with
mustards mustard and mustard plus other exotics like Olive oil, balsamic and Sauerkraut on the shelves.
When Spring arrives, then i'll be back with the kids, order our variety of sausages, some grilled and other boiled, rush 350 m south to Cafe la Brulerie, get my freshly brewed coffee, a few bottles of Quebec microbrewery beer, across the road is a park, and PICNIC
whlist others walk further down to l'Artisan Pain for croisnnats and baguette
What to pay: $18, $20 or $25 per KG of ready to heat and eat Gourmet sausages.
Or Sandwich (Hot Dog) 5.75, soup 3.95 0r fries 1.25
combo is 935 plus tax
Unlike its neighbour, Ontario, across the river the Province of Quebec allows retail sales of alcohol in supermarkets and depanneurs. However these are restricted to a maximum alcohol content of 20%.
Full strength spirits and liqueurs are still strictly regulated and can only be purchased in the provincial government-owned SAQ (Societe des alcools du Quebec) stores.
Here in Hull there are 3 SAQ outlets: Blvd de la Carriere, Blvd St Joseph and Promenades du Portage.
The St Joseph store is what as called an "Express" and has a somewhat limited range of products but the other two carry a good selection.
What to pay: Usually that bit cheaper than over the river!