I'm going to CANADA. Help me plan?

posted 3 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

Hi OP !

I’m from the suburbs of the beautiful city of Québec, Québec ! My fiancé is from Montréal. French is my mother tongue. If you need any help or have any question, feel free to ask ! I’ll admit I might not know Québec from a tourist’s point of view, but still, if I can be of any help, I’ll be glad to. 🙂

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

The French spoken in the province of Quebec is not what you would call Parisian French.  Montreal is a fabulous city!  Do you want to go to a French-speaking area?   I ask because New Brunswick is simply lovely and Nova Scotia is heaven on earth – in my opinion LOL!  

 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

And by the way OP, in both Québec and Montreal services are usually bilingual, we are used to having tourists speaking English, any touristical place you’ll go will most likely have everything in both languages (those are the 2 official languages of the country).

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

@Omgbunnies:  I just had my honeymoon in Mont Tremblant and Quebec City and had an awesome time. Both are a bit expensive, but have awesome food, hotels, and lots of different things to do. I’m on my phone, but feel free to send me a message if you’re interested in those areas. I highly recommend them! Quebec City has a tourism site with lots of info. The historic part of town is pretty small, so it’s easy to get a good idea of what to do there. Mont Tremblant is a ski resort on a lake. I stayed right on the lake in July and there were plenty of both adventurous and relaxing things to do. My hotel in Quebec City was Le priori which has one suite with a two story room and private balcony with a hot tub. We stayed in the cabin on hotel quintessence in mont tremblant. Both were very cool and romantic. Favorite restaurant in Quebec City was toast! located in our hotel. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

@Astra:  New Brunswick is pretty much half and half. All along the Acadian Coastal drive, it is mostly French-speaking, but towns around Fredericton, Moncton, etc., are mostly English-speaking.

And I agree with you : Atlantic provinces truly are a small piece of paradise ! I went to NB and Prince-Edward-Island during summer vacations. <3

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

@whitums:  I’ve heard of the Toast ! By my future in-laws, I didn’t even know this restaurant in Québec. I’ll have to put this to my agenda, I looked at the menu and it looks yummy !

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Omgbunnies:   So, since you’re a city mouse  😉  you could start out with a jaunt to Montreal!   Do you have a passport?  

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

While I believe you’ll find a lot more things to do in Montreal city (shopping, restaurants, bars, museums and other urban attractions), people around here agree that Québec is quite a gem. For Old-Québec itself, it’s totally worth a trip (if you have a few days to spend in the provincial capital, I think you won’t be disappointed). 

When do you plan on visiting (which month) ?

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I would recommend Ottawa. You can’t get more Canadian than visiting our capital city! There’s a ton of stuff to do there, and a lot of it is cheap/free. If you do Ottawa/Gatineau, there’s a museum passport you can get that might be worth it if you visit most of the museums on the list.  http://www.museumspassport.ca/ Ottawa is just across the river from Gatineau, Quebec as well so you can get the ‘french’ side of things in there. If you’re really REALLY looking to immerse yourself in French, head to Quebec City or Montreal. Montreal is just a 60$ round trip 2 hour train ride away from Ottawa as well.

As for french/english, I’ve never been to Quebec, but had to deal with a lot of Quebec clients on the phone. A lot of them are very rude if they don’t think your french is “good enough” and won’t even speak to you in french, even if you ask. You’re almost better off to speak with them in English. Quebec people are weird and Quebec french is definitely not the french most people outside of Canada are taught. FI’s cousin married a frenchman and he said when he went to Quebec he had a hard time understanding most people!!!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

@futuremrste:  Just like the English we’re taught in school is not the same as British English or Australian English … I don’t understand why anyone should be offended (or even surprised) by that. As a 2nd language, you are taught ”international French”. I don’t always understand French from France either. And sometimes, I have trouble understanding Acadians in New Brunswick because their accent is different. Even my fiancé and I don’t always pronounce words the same way, because there is an accent in Montreal that is different in Québec. I don’t see what the big deal is, and it doesn’t make people from Québec ”weird” just because of that. 

But I guess the point of traveling is to open up to differences, right ?

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Omgbunnies:  hi there, be aware that March/April might not be the most attractive time to visit. Winter is not quite over yet so it’s kind of grey and dreary, there’s the potential for leftover snowstorms and its too early for spring so there’s nothing blooming or sunny days. Basically weather-wise, it’s a transition period. Montreal is a great city to visit, particularly the Old Montreal/Port area. Personally I like Ottawa better though. Lots of history and architecture, the city is great and very safe to walk around in, plenty of nice restaurants, art galleries and museums to visit. I recommend the Lord Elgin to stay at as its very central and make sure you spend lots of time at the Byward Market. Happy travels!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@Omgbunnies:  march/April are often cold In Canada.. I’m from the west coast so it’s a tad difference but all get some pretty long winters. I would plan for May/June, or late September!! Personally, I think  that early fall is the nicest, especially back east. The fall colours are stunning and the weather is usually still okay until middle October. Then winter comes until March or April and then it’s wet and spring and muddy and then it’s HOT and then you get fall again. Just one Canadian girls opinion but if travel time is not set in stone, think on it! An all this doesn’t mean you can’t have a GREAT time In march.. You’ll just want to bring some stylish and warm scarves 😉

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