Cheers to Canadian beers

A well-stocked Canadian fridge will always include the following things: back bacon, maple syrup, and most important of all, beer. That’s because beer has been synonymous with Canadian heritage since early Europeans settled here in the mid-17th century. And any festive holiday party, adult birthday party or sloppy company party will prove that Canada’s [...]

The CEGEP system in Quebec

One of the most confusing elements of Quebec's education is the CEGEP system, which stands for “College of general and vocational education” (Collège d'enseignement général et professionnel, in French), and is a concept that is unique to the province. What's a CEGEP and how does it work? CEGEP (usually pronounced "See-Jep") is a public [...]

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, [...]

Travelling in Canada by bus or by train

Even though there are 3694 kms (2295 miles) from Montreal to Vancouver, you will want to travel in Canada; to discover the different regions, different environments, different accents, food and people.

Getting a driver’s licence in Québec

In Québec, like everywhere else, there are laws to follow if you want to drive. If you have just arrived in Québec from another country or province and already have a driver’s licence, you just need to exchange it at the SAAQ or pass an exam. For more information about the exchange, read our [...]

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day – National Holiday in Québec

Every year on the 24th of June, Quebecers and French Canadians across Canada celebrate Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, traditionally a Catholic celebration of the Nativity (birth) of St. John the Baptist, which was brought to Canada by French settlers. Today, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, also known as La Saint-Jean or La Fête national du Québec, is a national holiday [...]

Rising educational costs in Québec’s universities

Montréal universities, well known for their teaching quality, are some of the best places to study around the world. But depending on where you are coming from, you may not pay the same price as Québec students. So let's take a look at educational costs in Canada. Since 1978 (until 2015), French students were [...]

Health Insurance Card in Québec: RAMQ

The health insurance card in Québec, otherwise known as a RAMQ card (Régie de l'assurance maladie Québec), gives all cardholders access to a range of healthcare services covered under the Québec Healthcare Insurance Plan. The services include medical, dental, optometric and pharmaceutical services, and by presenting your RAMQ card you will not be billed [...]

Ambulance service in Québec

The ambulance service in Québec is well developed and efficient. Of course, we hope you won't need it, but you should know how it works. Firstly, there is only one phone number for different emergency services, including ambulance, police and fire service: 911. Please note that dialling 911 is for emergencies only; it is [...]

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