Crazy over Quebec. Truly a dream place for us!
Even though it is Canada’s largest province, Québec is bursting with gorgeous scenery, world-class culture and first-rate entertainment. A melting pot of artistic forms originating in Europe and North America, Québec is alive with creative energy. The obvious Francophone cultural pride is displayed in literature, music, theatre, dance, paintings, and sculptures.
Visitors from every corner of the world flock to the numerous annual festivals, which consistently draw international praise. The calendar of cultural events and activities varies from city to city throughout the year, but one thing’s certain: they are always packed. Whether you speak French fluently or have no experience with the language, the gracious residents of Québec are happy to accommodate.
Among the most popular shows are the Festival de théâtre des Amériques, the Festival international de nouvelle danse, the Just for Laughs Festival, and the Festival d’été de Québec. Along with the Montréal Jazz Festival, the renowned film festivals in Montréal and Abitibi-Témiscamingue make one thing clear: in Québec’s cities the night-life never stops.
While travelers may come for the entertainment, many end up staying for the awe inspiring physical beauty of the province. In summer the Montréal Botanical Garden, one of the largest gardens in the world, is in full bloom for all to see.
Throughout Montréal and Québec City there are many important historical sites that have been preserved to capture the heart and soul of the French culture in North America.
Still, others come to see Québec’s 27 national parks: each one is a virtual paradise featuring extraordinary ecological surroundings. The Parc national de Miguasha, on the Gaspé’s Chaleur Bay, is featured on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This unique area is known for the incredible preservation of its plant and fish specimen, which could very well be 370 million years old.
With a remarkable combination of nature and cosmopolitan culture, Québec remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
COST OF LIVING IN QUEBEC
In Québec, the cost of living is very low compared to other similar places elsewhere in the world, as shown by various studies and statistical compilations. Its resident’s benefit from lower costs for housing, food and clothing. Health care is free and tuition fees are very affordable.
The cost of living in Québec is one of the lowest in the world among industrialized countries. Québec City is also put it at the top of the list of “best places to live with a family”. It has the lowest housing costs (relative to income), and the smallest percentage of families in need of core housing (10 percent).
Accommodations are less expensive than in most other Canadian cities, though many of the guesthouses offer just basic amenities such as shared baths because they are located in historic buildings, which makes it very expensive to upgrade the facilities.
THE WEATHER IN QUEBEC
With an inviting temperate climate, residents enjoy four distinct seasons.
However, really the best time to visit and enjoy Québec City is during the summer months. Though the nights can be cool throughout the summer, the days are usually warm and rather sunny. From June to August, daily maximum temperatures range from 68° F/20° C to 77° F/25° C. This is the time for all kinds of outdoor activities and many different festivals.
The so-called Indian summer arrives early in Québec City. It usually lasts 2-3 weeks from mid/late September to early/mid October. Nature’s beauty is very colorful in the fall and a very popular time to visit the province.
Plentiful snow, up to 10 feet in the winter, excites skiers and ice skaters. Québec City has a very humid climate with plenty of precipitation year round. The months of June, July, August, September and October are the only months that are free of any snow.
The city gets an annual snowfall of almost 14 feet (3.5 meters) and sometimes snow falls until early May. Temperatures drop well below freezing from late November to early April. The average temperature in January varies from -8° C/18° F during the day to -17° C/1° F at night, but it can drop much lower, and a strong wind chill can make the cold unbearable.
Warm winter clothing is essential if you plan to visit the city during this time of the year. Surprisingly though, one of the biggest and most popular events, the Québec Winter Carnival, takes place at the height of the cold in early February.
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