Quebec Journals

The Rest of Quebec

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A March 2010 trip to Quebec by MagdaDH_AlexH

Quebec old town Photo, Quebec, Canada More Photos
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Northern Whales

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The rocks Photo, Quebec, Canada
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Area called Cote Nord (North Coast) is the second-biggest administrative region of Quebec. It has a population of less than 100,000 in the area the size of the UK. Canada is certainly not short of space - now wonder it's possible to buy a plot of land with sea views (but no electricity or water) for less than 10k here. Cote Nord stretches from Tadoussac (the oldest European settlement in Quebec) all the way to the Labrador border, along St Lawrence River. We stayed in a small (bust spread out along the highway and the coast) village of Les Escoumins.The main industries in the area are mining, logging, hydro-electricity and tourism, mostly in the summer. But there is a lot of nature here an...Read More

Musee de la Civilisation

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Musee de la Civilisation  Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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Quebec City’s Museum of Civilisation (which seems to be the general term used in Canada for museums that combine anthropology with other human interest subjects) is located in the lower town (basse ville). It’s a large museum, housed in a purpose built building, and with several permanent/long term as well as temporary exhibitions.We visited in March 2010 and spend an afternoon (about 3, maybe 3.5 hours) in the Museum. There were three permanent exhibitions at the time of our visit.The most interesting for a casual visitor (especially one who have not visited other ethnographical museums in Canada) is probably the one entitled Encounter with the First Na...Read More

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Musee de la Civilisation
85, Rue Dalhousie
Quebec City, Quebec G1K 7A6
(418) 643-2158

The French Mystery

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Typical Quebecois church with a silver roof Photo, Quebec, Canada
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It's quite astonishing how Francophone Quebec really is. When we were in Ontario, we were commonly told that they all speak English (at least to some extent). And although this might be true in Montreal, the rest of Quebec is pretty much all French speaking and a lot of people, especially outside cities, genuinely don't speak any English.I wonder if this belief of Anglophone Canadians comes because they mostly meet the Quebecois who work in the tourist trade (and who do speak English) or Montrealers; or is it perhaps a deeply-seated disbelief that there can be, in the midst of the English-speaking Canada and in fact, English speaking America, this huge (huge - three times the size of Franc...Read More

Quaint Quebec

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Quebec old town Photo, Quebec, Canada
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Quebec city is simply wonderful. It's the most normal (read: European) place we have so far visited in Canada, intensely Francophone, a little bit provincial maybe; Quebec City has a human scale and feel (in addition to a very Catholic colour - it feels like a city Cardinal Richelieu could have built). Even outside the historic, walled centre (it's the only walled city in North America and on UNESCO's World Heritage list), the buildings are not those flat, vast, low boxes placed about 5 miles from each other that you need at least a motorbike to travel between, but a somehow more approachable, walkable and altogether better than what we saw in Toronto or Montreal/Laval. ...Read More

Les Escoumins to the Halifax Train

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Waiting for the train at Riviere du Loup Photo, Quebec, Canada
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We leave Les Escoumins (where we had the most enjoyable three days including wonderfully sunny Easter weekend graced with sightings of belugas and fin back whales) on a rainy Easter Monday, by a crowded bus. Our lovely host Mannu sees us off at the bust station and persuades the bus driver to let us off at the turn for the Saint Simeon ferry rather than at the normal stops a couple of kilometres up the road. The bus is packed with people going back to Quebec and Montreal after Easter at home. In Tadoussac it gets so busy that some people need to stand. As the bus crosses he Saguenay fjord on the small car ferry, the grey skies start to clear and some blue appears in the south and over the...Read More