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Visit Quebec

Follow My Visit to Quebec!

Hello from Quebec! I’m currently visiting this giant Eastern Canadian province for a few weeks. Before I visit a new place, I always try to learn a bit more about it first. So here’s what I’ve learned.

1. Quebec is Massive

Quebec is Canada’s largest province, and over twice the size of Texas! But it only has 30% of the population. The North of Quebec is primarily made up of beautiful & remote wilderness. Although for this trip, I’ll be sticking to the well-populated Saint Lawrence River area around Montreal & Quebec City.

2. The French Conquer with Love

When the New World was getting colonized with Europeans, only the French treated the indigenous people they found there with some respect. The Spanish wiped them out, the English neglected them, but the French decided to marry their daughters and make them family! :D

3. Poutine Exists

One of the most popular local dishes that’s uniquely French-Canadian is called Poutine. It’s a mass of french fries covered in brown gravy and curd-cheese. I hear it’s great comfort food for those cold Canadian winter nights. Can’t wait to try some.

4. Quebec is Covered in Forest

Québec’s forests account for 20% of the total Canadian forest and a whopping 2% of the world’s forests. In fact, dense forest covers almost half the province. Responsible logging is a very important part of the economy here.

5. I Don’t Need to Know French

One of the reasons Quebec sided with the English during the American Revolution was because they agreed to let them continue to speak French! A whopping 97% of the population speaks it. But traveling around Montreal & Quebec City is not difficult for native English speakers, because most locals in these areas speak English as well. Which is good, because the amount of French I know is zero!

Quebec Activities

While visiting the province of Quebec, I’ve got some fun activities planned. A good mix of city life & outdoor activities should give me a solid feel for the area.

Bike rides through ancient neighborhoods, beer & bagel taste testing, rappelling down waterfalls, and even surfing a river!

While much of this trip will make it on the blog, it sometimes takes a few weeks for me to organize everything to share with you.

So if you’re interested, make sure to follow along with me in real time on:

Tips & Recommendations?

Have you ever visited Quebec Province? Any tips or recommendations for me? Also, if you’re living in or visiting Montreal or Quebec City right now, I’d love to meet up while I’m in the area! Just shoot me a message. :)


*My trip to Canada was organized by Tourisme Québec. However all posts are based upon my own personal experiences & opinions. They are not influenced by any person/organization. Learn More..


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16 Comments

  1. Great to see someone enjoy my home province ! If you ever have the change to go to Canada, both the extreme East and West ends of the country are AMAZING ! Vancouver island is absolutely beautiful and full of energy.

  2. Yes, Quebec is a great province, a mix of European and American cultures. I’ve lived all my life in this beautiful province (BTW, that’s the nick name of the province), all along the St-Laurence river, but most of the time on Montreal island.

    Most people forget that we also have the oldest cities in North-America… Quebec City (which is a must to visit) was founded in 1608, Montreal was founded in 1642. Montreal is also well known worldwide… we had the World Expo in 1967 (which sprung the building of our subway), the 1976 Olympics (with the first 10 scores of Nadia Commaneci), etc Montreal was once the capital of Canada, we also still have traces of the 1812 war when the Americans tried to invade us, the 1837 rebellion, etc…

    We are well known in the culture world too… Cirque du Soleil, Celine Dion, Simple Plan are just some of the current most famous cultural icons from Quebec.

    With a small 8 million population, out of which about 6 millions have French as native language, Quebec has made a great impression on the world’s stage. On Montreal island, now a bit less than 50% of the population speaks French as native language. (to explain Laeticia’s “frog” comment: in popular language French-speaking people were dubbed “frogs” by the Anglo-Canadians). Yes, we speak French but our French is quite different than France’s French… which is polluted with English words. Often people say that our French is not French… since it’s not from France… well then how should we call the American English? :-)

    Like snowmobiles, water ski, take a subway or a railroad train, use small planes to hop from one location to another? Chances are you used or travelled on a Bombardier product… 3rd major airplane builder in the world and probably one of the most diversified transporation company in the world. Well, many regional jets are assembled right here in Montreal (in the St-Laurent area of the island).

    If you travel around the world, it’s also because you care about the world and the protection of the environment at some level in order to be able to appreciate what the world had to offer. Well, Quebec has some of the greenest electricity in the world. Here, most of our energy comes from water dams, not from coal or nuclear (yes, we do have one nuclear plant, but it’s at the end of its life and there’s a debate now to see if we should update it or not). Quebec is a great nature spot… with thousands of lakes and it’s sold to the Europeans as the nature/adventure destination… to a point that Europeans coming here often expect to see us still living in tents and using dog sleights in winter.

    Weather-wise, Montreal offers one of the greatest temperature spans in the major cities. This summer, we have great weather… but that comes with a price: humidity. On the thermometer, it can go as high as 35C (95 F) but you have to consider the humidity factor… which is major in Montreal due to surrounding geography, and that makes you feel up to 45C (113 F), In winter… thermometer goes down to -30C (-22F)… with windwhill factor cooling down to -40 C (-40F) on rare occasions.

    Photographers like the Fall season because of the colours of our trees typically from mid-September to late October… especially around one of our 10 000 lakes. Montreal also has many great vantage points for landscape and skyline photography. Speaking of lakes, I’ll go tour the largest one of them in a few weeks, by foot. I’ll walk the 200 km (125 miles) around the St-Jean lake.

    Traditional poutine (fries cooked Quebec style, cheese curds and brown gravy) is good… but we went WAY beyond that. My favorite poutine is the “Italian” one… with pasta sauce instead of brown gravy. But if you really want to treat yourself, the most famous poutine is at La Banquise… and offering almost 20 different topings with 3 or 4 different sauces (traditional gravy, pasta sauce, pepper sauce) allowing you to customize your experience.

    So, if you come by Montreal before June 2013 and want a local guide give me a shout… I’ll be happy to help you. What about after June 2013? I’ll still be able to give you hints… but I’ll hit the road to long-term travel myself.

  3. I live in Montreal. If you will have poutine you need to get it at Frites Alors! or La Banquise (which is 24/7).
    Tomorrow, the 22nd, students will take over the streets as they have been doing every 22nd for the last 6 months. Lots of them have been on strike since February… Maybe you won’t be able to understand their positions but you can always take great pictures. Old Port is nice. I think Québec is a better city for tourists.
    Even though I know my province well, I’m excited to read what you think about it!
    Enjoy yourself!
    ps: excuse my English… I am a frog!

  4. Definitely jet boating the saint lawrence- AWESOME experience! Biodome is cool too- pull a Pauly Shore and sleepover!!! Have fun!!!

  5. I live in Montreal, it’s awesome that you’re coming over here! And yes, definitely try poutine. I rarely have it but it’s always soooo good.

  6. Quebec is a wonderful part of Canada…I’ve been bouncing around Wuebec all summer and Q City is my fave city in Canada. Try to get out somewhere that French IS pretty much required…it’ll add to your adventure…I suggest whale watching in Tadoussac.

  7. Interesting info on Quebec! I had no idea it was that big. I did try poutine last year in Vancouver and it was quite tasty (but heart attack provoking!). I took French in high school and always wanted to visit this area. However, in case my elementary level French fails, glad to know they speak English. I’ve heard this area is beautiful and I can even forgive them for siding with England :)

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