Pumpkin carving for Halloween: Tips for Beginners

In Canada, as October rolls around, you will see many people decorating for Halloween. In North America, this holiday is widely celebrated with everything from trick-or-treating, to lights and decorations covering many houses, inside and out. A favourite decoration for Halloween is most definitely the Jack-o'-Lantern, which is not only a great family craft [...]

5-à-7 in Québec

The working and social culture here in Canada may be different to what you're used to, and there are a lot of things to know about it. One cornerstone of Québec working life is the “5-à-7”, which you will be sure to want to find out more about! After a long day at work, [...]

Sports in Canada

When you think of Canada, you may think about the cultural proximity with the US, the freezing cold but also about sports. Sport is an integral part of Canadian culture. The major sports in Canada are similar to those of the US, but with a bit of a Canadian twist! Ice Hockey: The Canadian national [...]

Where to shop for specific products in Montréal, Québec

When you first arrive in Montréal, you may have some questions about what the best stores are to do your different types of shopping. You might have heard people mention SAQ, but don't know what they mean, or you may be wondering where to buy stationery. There are some shopping quirks specific to the [...]

Cocktail Canada: The Bloody Caesar

The Bloody Caesar is a cocktail invented right here in Canada, in Calgary, Alberta, and is rarely found, or heard of anywhere else in the world.Invented in 1969, by Walter Chell, at the Calgary Inn (which is now the Westin Hotel), it is said to be created mimicking the flavor of the italian dish, Spaghetti [...]

Understanding Canada’s eTA

Are you travelling to Canada for business or pleasure? Lucky you! But before you pack your bags and board the plane, there’s a Canadian travel requirement you should be aware of. As of March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals flying to or through Canada, including those who hold a work permit but are visa-exempt, [...]

International driving permit

Once you are well settled in your new home in Canada you may want to discover a little bit more of the country and the American continent. With your Québec driving license, you can drive in almost every other country but some may also ask for an international driving permit. You don't have to [...]

What to do when you get sick

Feeling sick today? If you are a newcomer in the country, you may panic a little and wonder what to do. Don’t worry, the system is really well organized, and if or when you get sick, you will be taken care of quickly. At first you have to know where to go. If you [...]

Where to find a good babysitter in Canada

When you arrive in a new city, you lose all your points of reference and need to discover everything all over again. But if you have little children it can be more difficult to get out and about to do your exploring. However, it can be difficult in a new town to find a babysitter. [...]

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