Province of Quebec Local Customs

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Province of Quebec Local Customs

  • Bilinguism

    Montreal Local Customs

    I was somewhat worried about communicating in Montreal, especially as most of the signs are in French, but I didn't have a problem at all. We didn't run into anyone who didn't speak english. Waiters/waitresses were no exception, right down to the worker at the bakery. Most menus were completly in english, and when you check out places websites...

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  • Local food and drinks

    Quebec Local Customs

    Through our trip to the provences of Quebec and New Brunswick we would stop at a restaurant and see the mysterious word "Poutine" on the menu. Finally I was brave enough to ask, "What the heck IS Poutine" and a kind waiter explained it to me. Poutine is uniquely French Canadian and is French fries with cottage cheese and gravy. What? Yep French...

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  • Français

    Montreal Local Customs

    If the red octogon isn't obvious enough, "Arrêt" is the French word for "Stop". Apparently the province of Quebec is the only place in the world where they have translated the word "Stop" on stop signs into French. That's saying something. In fact, though some may argue otherwise, I see the stop sign in Quebec as a bold political statement by...

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  • Languages (French, English)

    Quebec Local Customs

    Outside the Old City, very few people speak fluent English, but in the tourist area, most everyone speaks English. Signs, however, are often only in French (unless the English is smaller), so take caution if you are driving! It is handy to learn at least a few french phases.

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  • Tam Tam day

    Montreal Local Customs

    From late spring to early autumn, the Tam Tams happen on Sundays in Mont-Royal Park, near the monument. It's a massive drum circle where people play music and dance, but there are also vendors selling things (mostly hippie-style jewelry and clothes), people hanging out and having picnics, circus artists practicing their juggling and tight-rope...

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  • Carnaval de Quebec

    Quebec Local Customs

    Canadian winters are long and cold and so most cities have some sort of mid-winter celebration - celebrating the turning point rather than the mid-winter! Quebec's Carnaval claims to be the World's largest and certainly looks like fun. The event kicks off on either the last Friday of January or the first Friday of February and runs until the...

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  • St-Jean-Baptiste

    Montreal Local Customs

    June 24th is St-Jean-Baptiste day; a provincial holiday in Quebec! Everyone from all over the province enjoys this holiday as revellers of all ages and background take advantage of this provincial holiday for merry-making and revelry. Banks, schools, post offices, and government offices are all closed to celebrate this national holiday. The June...

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  • Saint-Jean-Baptiste (Quebec National...

    Quebec Local Customs

    The Fête nationale du Québec ("Quebec National Holiday") is the official day of Quebec, Canada. The festivities occur on June 23 and June 24 and are organized by the Comité organisateur de la fête nationale ("national holiday organizing committee"). Originally, June 24 was a holiday honouring the patron saint of French Canada, St. John the...

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  • Canada day

    Montreal Local Customs

    July 1st is CANADA'S BIRTHDAY, and Montrealers celebrate it with style and pinache!! That's because MONTREAL is Canada's cultural capital of Canada! The party begins at 11:00AM with a huge parade right in the heart of downtown Montreal - along Ste. Catherine St. And if that's not enough, don't forget to take in the free open-air concerts during...

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  • History, culture and politics

    Quebec Local Customs

    When walking through an old city you will always come across some nice brass monuments preserving the history of the district and the way of life. We found this brass monument whilst walking the old town just after 9pm and we thought how good it was and a great reminder to our generation of how life was a century ago. It is a recent piece of art...

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  • Festival

    Montreal Local Customs

    Summertime is here.. and summer in Montreal means JAZZ! Come on down to the jazz festival, which takes place the last week of June through the first week in July. There are dozens of free open air concerts in addition to slickly produced shows, and it all takes place right in the very heart of downtown Montreal, near Place des Arts. This whole...

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  • Festival d'Ete de Quebec

    Quebec Local Customs

    Quebec City may be famous for their biggest festival, the Carnaval de Quebec, but there is also a large music and entertainment festival in the summer, the Festival d'Ete (summer festival). We booked our plane tickets and then realized that we would be visiting during the festival which worked out fine as we were easily able to find a hotel room...

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  • Halloween

    Montreal Local Customs

    This was my favorite Halloween Preparation, the carving of the pumpkin! It's long, it's tedious, but when it's finished everyone is so proud of their pumpkins! Plus you get to have with the interior that you took out, pumpkin cake, pumkin seeds (baked in oil and salt), pumpkin soup, pumpkin muffins, even pumpkin coming out of your ears once you're...

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  • Road signs

    Quebec Local Customs

    Cultural Tips: Signs here are usually in French: Pont = Bridge, Rue = street,Arret = stop, etc. Speed limits are in KM/h, NOT MILES! Cops exept in school zones, usually won't stop you unless you ride 20km/h over the limit :) Also on most highways, you'll find that cops are pretty absent. In the city, you'll often see parked cars with nobody in it...

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  • MIcro-brewery

    Montreal Local Customs

    In the Québec province, we like our beer! (and drink a lot of it! Beers from Unibroue are DEFINITELY my favorite! And I'm not the only one.. Blanche de Chambly won the title of the BEST WHITE BEER IN THE WORLD at different beer tasting championships and was given GOLD medals 3 STRAIGHT YEARS by the Beverage Testing Institute of Chicago (Belgiums...

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  • Winter sports

    Quebec Local Customs

    Ice fishing is fun! You dig a hole with a drill in the ice, put your line and wait for fish to come! St-Anne-de-la-perade has a few 10's of thousands visitors every year for ice fishing, but you can do it everywhere where Ice is thick enough! We even build temporary Ice fishing villages on Ice!

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  • Markets

    Montreal Local Customs

    Montreal has many public markets, like Atwater, Maisonneuve or Jean-talon .. I especially like Jean-talon market, it is full of ambiance especially during the summer, the atmosphere is very good, farmers come here to sell their fruits, vegetables and other home made stuff, every thing is organized in symphony of colors and there are always samples...

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  • Chinatown

    Montreal Local Customs

    Montreal has so much Culture! I know I already mentioned that but the city has a really awesome China Town, A 'Little Italy' section, Irish pubs, and so many other cultural villages. Those are definitely locations to check out if you are into the cosmopolitan flavor.

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  • The Quiet Revolution

    The 1960's were a time of great turbulence in North America. In Quebec the change was dramatic, but much more quiet. It is called the Quiet Revolution (fr. Révolution tranquille). Several major changes occured- nationalism, secularization and social change.The 1960's saw the rise of Quebecois nationalism as well as the inherent conflict between...

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  • Speaking French in Quebec

    Do you need to learn French if you plan to visit the Province? Well, you should know some French and at least try to use a few words and phrases as often as possible. French is the official language of the Province of Quebec, it is spoken as a native language by about 80% of the population. If having to speak another language strikes fear into your...

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  • Vistor Rebate Program

    All visitors may claim a refund of the goods and services tax (GST) and/or, the harmonized sales tax (HST) which they paid on eligible goods, must provide proof that they exported their goods from Canada. This is referred to as Proof of Export.Proof of Export began at Canada's nine major international airports. Non-resident visitors departing from...

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  • Quebec Brews!

    When in Quebec...Les Brasseurs du Nord is a Quebecois brewery located in Blainville, Quebec founded in 1987. They produce 6 different types of Boréale biere (beer). When in Quebec, you must try them! It's the only place you can get them!

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  • Parlez Francais?

    While almost all of those involved in the tourist industry in Quebec speak English, they really appreciate it when people speak at least a small amount of French.I would strongly recommend learning a few key phrases before a trip to the city of Quebec, not only to be polite to the fantastic Quebecers but also to help *you* out should you find...

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  • Quebec separation

    If you have friends in Quebec, you might try to discuss the topic...but if you are a visitor, better not start the discussion, unless you are very patient and want a crash-course of Quebec-Canada history form the 16th century to date.Quebec sovereignty topic has been discussed in the city and villages for more than 200 years and became a hot topic...

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  • Monument to the Fishermen

    On our trip to the Iles de la Madeleine, after disembarking from the ferry on the island of Cap-aux-Meules, if you turn left at the main highway and keep driving straight ahead for a few miles you will hit the coast again at the small village of L'Etang du Nord. Here, you will be greeted by a very impressive monument to the fishermen of the...

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  • A summer snowball fight

    During my trip to Radisson in northern Quebec, the fishing expedition organized by Hydro-Quebec took us to about 55 degrees North, near the bottom end of Hudson Bay. Although it was the middle of June, the frigid waters of Hudson Bay had barely thawed out from the winter freeze-up, cooling the land enough to enable a few pockets of snow to survive...

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  • Quebecois French

    The majority of French Canadians are very concerned with perserving their own unique culture, and don't want to let the English "take over." There's an "Académie française" which is an organization that regulates the French language by determining certain standards of acceptable grammar and vocabulary, and tries to adapt to linguistic change by...

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  • French language

    Every year, I am amazed by the number of tourists who are dismayed by the amount of French that is spoken in the province of Quebec. I make sure to tell them that French is, in fact, the only official language of Quebec. Many Quebecers will gladly make an effort to speak to you in English if they can, but language remains a sensitive issue, since...

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  • Stay out of the way of the tree...

    On my first trip to Quebec, in 1988, there was a field trip related to the conference I attended. We observed tree harvesters in action.

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  • Gannets "neck" when they greet each...

    Local customs don't just have to apply to the local people, right? The gannets of Ile de la Bonaventure have their own complex greeting rituals. Gannets mate for life and always return to their nests. How they do this, I don't know, since all gannets look the same to me! But when they do return, they do a dance that requires criss-crosssing their...

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  • French in Quebec

    While in Quebec, it is customary to speak to the locals in French. All signs are in French, and everything else is in French. But, the good news is, all you have to do is try. I got by with "Bonjour, Merci, and Ovua." You don't have to be fluent, and the French there is totally different that the French spoken in France.

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  • Lexique québécois

    Voici un lexique pour les étrangers qui ont de la difficulté à nous comprendre...Surprise, what is happening here ? - Ben coudon.I don’t belive it. - Ben wéyon don.What’s new. - Pi?Check that out. - Gâr.Look at her. - Gâr ladon.Look at him. - Gâr lédon.What? - Kossé?What? - Hein?Do you believe me. - Tu m’crétu?Do you think I care. - Quesse tuveux...

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  • Fresh-baked bread!

    This old-style oven was used by early settlers for baking bread. We saw this in September 2001 on the Beaupré coast, Québec.

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