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Old 10-17-2012, 07:24 PM
 
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Quebec City is my favourite city in North America. It's a wonderful place and I've only been there in the middle of summer. Maybe next fall, we'll drive up... There's a whole winter festival thing too.

Funny story: when I went, we ate at the McDonalds on Grande Allee (stayed a week right next to there, then across the river in Levis) right outside the citadel. A girl running the counter spoke no English and needed help. The only French speakers in my party spoke poor continental French, which is a bit different than Quebec-French, like Mexican Spanish is different from Spain-Spanish. The funny part is that Grande Allee right there is one of the most touristy parts of town!
I've eaten there, too! At the one near the government center/entrance to Old Quebec, and at the one on Grande Allee past the Universite de Laval, where it gets real wide. When you're bewildered as to the expensive choices in Old Quebec, McDonalds it is. I spoke French to them, but it did appear that English was definitely not their first language. If transiting between Quebec City and Montreal on the highway, it is even less likely to find American speakers in the small town fast food outlets.
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Thanks for the train info. After I (stupidly) asked about train service, I realized I could google it myself. Is Quebec really that French? No bilingual signage/menus etc.? I was able to around Paris pretty well and found lots of English speakers. Not so in Quebec? I have a good grounding in Spanish so that helps somewhat.
This could open up a huge can of worms with us Canadians.....

Double standard going on in quebec with the language thing. Students in Quebec don't need to learn english, but students everywhere else must learn French - even though more kids are going to be speaking mandarin, hindi, urdu, spanish, arabic, farsi, or tagalog as a second language.
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:39 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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This could open up a huge can of worms with us Canadians.....

Double standard going on in quebec with the language thing. Students in Quebec don't need to learn english, but students everywhere else must learn French - even though more kids are going to be speaking mandarin, hindi, urdu, spanish, arabic, farsi, or tagalog as a second language.
Bzzz! Sorry, wrong answer!

Quebec has pretty much the highest requirements for the second language (in its case - English) of any Canadian province.

English is mandatory every single year in elementary school starting in Grade 1. And you have to take English four of your five years in high school in order to get your diploma.

Source: Me. My kids are in public French schools in Quebec. Like... sitting at their desks right now as I write this.
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:41 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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This could open up a huge can of worms with us Canadians.....

Double standard going on in quebec with the language thing. Students in Quebec don't need to learn english, but students everywhere else must learn French - even though more kids are going to be speaking mandarin, hindi, urdu, spanish, arabic, farsi, or tagalog as a second language.
*******s! How many kids (whose parents are not of these ethnic origins) in Vancouver actually end up speaking any of these languages as a second language???? Gimme a break.

The number of "anglos" in Vancouver who can pronounce even the most basic phrases in any Asian language (beyong Ni Hao and M'goy) is infinitesimal.
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Old 10-26-2012, 05:56 AM
 
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Quebec City is absolutely beautiful. I used to live in New York on the border of Canada, and I visited often with my family. The Chateau Frontenac and the other architecture is stunning, I could have stared all day at the pretty buildings.

Montreal is very beautiful as well. It's bigger and there is a lot more shopping there. I loved the underground city, and it's nice to just go and see.

See both if you can do it, it's very worth it. Happy travels
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Old 11-17-2012, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Rochester Hills, Mi
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We were just in Quebec after our cruise last month. I love it! We had a car this time to drive out towards Montmorency Falls and this amazing cathredal St Anne de Beaupre! I got an awesome prepay deal for the Frontenac!!! It was so nice to just walk out of the hotel and have access to the Petit Champlain. We stayed at the Hilton last trip and the walk wasn't bad but after staying at the Frontenac I am spoiled.

We went about 5 years ago and flew into Montreal. Spent a few days then took Via Rail to QC and spent 2 nights there before returning for another few nights in Montreal before flying home. We didn't have a car for that entire trip.

We never experienced any problems and everyone was helpful and friendly. Heck if I said Bonjour too well I would get long explanations in French and then have to say "excuse me I don't speak French!" You won't be disappointed either way!
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:51 AM
 
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I agree with visiting both. They are in some ways similar and in other ways as different as night and day.

You'll find people in both cities who don't want to speak English (even though you know they can) and others who will go out of their way to be helpful.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Split the difference. Go to Trois Rivieres, a city of 150,000 midway between the two, on the St. Lawrence. Trois Rivieres was the second city in Quebec, only 15 years younger than Quebec City. It is real, genuine French Canada in every way that Quebec City is, and more so than Montreal. Tourists are rare there, and the locals will be delighted that you chose to visit their city.

Attractions and Activities | Trois-Rivieres Tourism - Quebec - Canada
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:25 PM
 
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Thanks everyone, for all the great input. Still mulling it over, but absolutely plan to visit both and maybe now even Trois Rivieres. So many wonderful choices to make. I really appreciate all the advice and input.
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Old 11-21-2012, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Thanks everyone, for all the great input. Still mulling it over, but absolutely plan to visit both and maybe now even Trois Rivieres. So many wonderful choices to make. I really appreciate all the advice and input.
Trois-Rivières is ok, but don't forsake either Quebec City or Montreal to go there. My opinion.
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