Montreal Local Customs

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  • Local Customs
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  • Local Customs
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  • 1. Bilinguism

    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....

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  • 2. Tam Tam day

    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...

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  • 3. Halloween

    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...

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  • 4. Festival

    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...

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  • 5. Français

    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...

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  • 6. Canada day

    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...

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  • 7. St-Jean-Baptiste

    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...

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  • 8. MIcro-brewery

    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...

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  • 9. Markets

    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,...

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  • 10. Chinatown

    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...

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  • 11. Tipping

    In Quebec as a whole, you tip accordingly to the service you got. Don't automatically add 15% as people in the USA do. Older people tend to tip less. In bars, keep in mind you'll have very slow...

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  • 12. Taxes

    If you buy something in Quebec, expect it to be taxed twice - once for the Goods and Services tax (GST) of 7% and then the Provincial tax (PST) of 7.5%. And for hotels, add a 3% lodging tax. (As of...

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  • 13. Security

    When young women are walking the streets down town at night, be warned of dirty Montreal guys that will say just about anything to get your attention. Don't worry, look down and keep walking. It's all...

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  • 14. Le Village

    Well, this is not really a cultural tip, but the Village area is very gay. There are also many sex shops and dance clubs there. We've been to many gay places like Provincetown or Key West, but nothing...

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  • 15. Poutine - fast food, Quebec-style

    Poutine is a major item of Quebec cuisine, and everyone needs to try it at least once when visiting Montreal. It is made with fries, cheese curds, and gravy,...

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  • 16. Street fairs in the summer

    Every summer, there are several street fairs and sidewalk sales happening. They are in different parts of the city (depending on which week/weekend), mostly...

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  • 17. Outside stairs

    There are outside stairs everywhere.A 19th-century law in an attemp to securesome greenery for the city stipulated that a greenspace be left in front of...

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  • 18. CORDE A LINGE / washing line

    La corde a linge fait partie du paysage urbain.Il faut parcourir les ruelles de certains quartiers pour y découvrir de vraies oeuvres d'art.Washing lineDon't...

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  • 19. Come to "La cabane a sucre"

    Each march, every Quebecers need sugar to help them finish the very long winter. And what better way then going to a "sugar shack" and celebrate spring arrival....

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  • 20. Ice Skating Under the Stars

    If you're looking for something to do on a cold day or evening head to the Bonsecours Basin for ice skating. You can skate to music on a surface that is one and...

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  • 21. Molson Breweries

    Canadian's drink a lot of beer and Molson Canadian is one of the more popular brands for sure brewed in Montreal.Unfortunately the Coors company now own a lot...

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  • 22. Mambo Italiano

    Long before I ever moved to Montreal there was an hilarious play here called "Mambo Italiano". It was autobiographical in nature, written about the [gay]...

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  • 23. If your interested in learning our culture...

    For those really interested in understanding the people here, I STRONGLY suggets this book: 'Une enfance Bleu-Blanc-Rouge'It's a collection of short stories...

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  • 24. NOW..this is interesting...

    NOW..this is an interesting book..;)Le Livre Noir Du Canada Anglais(Canada's black book (loose translation)Writen by Normand Lester (ex-journalist for Canada's...

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  • 25. Fly The Flag!!!

    Quebecers (Kay-beck-ers) are very proud of being from Quebec. They fly their flag with pride on special holidays: Flag Day (January 21) and Quebec Day - St....

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