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Why Move To Quebec? Here’s 8 Amazing Reasons!
This week our Immigration Experts at ItsCanadaTime wanted me to tell you about the fantastic Canadian Province, Quebec. It is the largest Canadian Province, by far, taking up more than three times the area of France or Texas. It was first established as a French Colony in 1763, and has surprisingly held its French-language unto today:
Mark Hachem was born and raised in Quebec. Like many Québécois, Mark speaks both English and French (Canadian). This Lebanese-Canadian was so in love with the culture, he decided to make a video that quickly won the internet.
1. Fun Culture
Quebec is a unique province due to the fact that it is the only North American region with a French-speaking majority. 95% of all residents speak French and 79% list French as their mother tongue.
Some have described the province to be a crossroads between America and Europe. You will, no doubt, enjoy the arts, nightlife and great food that make this European- American-twist fun and invigorating.
The City of Montreal, for example, has a drinking age of 18, and is home to some of the best nightclubs in the world – with bars closing at 3 in the morning.
Montreal, Quebec is also the birthplace of the famous traveling act “Cirque Du Soleil.”
2. Great Place To Raise The Little Ones
Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Quebec is rated the best place to raise your kids in Canada. The city has a national park right in its backyard, not to mention 8 FREE local day camps, paid for by the city.
This is not uncommon for Quebec, as most of the province is covered in green, with recreational parks located at every turn.
Not only is Quebec a great place to bring up your family, it is also affordable. In Saint-Bruno, unemployment sits below 3% with the average income reaching $100,000. Homes are also reasonable reaching an average of $433,000.
3. World Famous Festivals
Quebec Summer Festival – Festival d’Ete de Quebec hosts both indoor and outdoor performances for 11 days in Quebec City. More than 1 million people gather for unforgettable music performances of all genres (rock, pop, reggae, electronic, blues, folk, and classical). The festival is held every year during the first week of July.
Just For Laughs Festival – Again, no surprise, the largest stand-up comedy festival in the world. Comedians from every nation come to Montreal, Quebec in the month of July for a total of 600 comedic acts. The festival launched to stardom great names such as Ray Romano, Tim Allen, John Stewart, and Jerry Seinfeld, just to name a few.
Montreal Jazz Festival – Also known to the world as “Jazzfest,” the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal is the largest jazz festival on Earth. Some 500 concerts are played all over the city for a span of 11 days.
4. Go Habs! Great Hockey Team
If you live in Quebec, congratulations! You’ve just been entered into the most contagious and exciting fan base the world has ever seen.
The Montreal Canadiens are a professional ice hockey team, also known to their beloved followers as the “Habs,” short for “Les Habitants.”
The Canadiens have won more championships than any other team in the National Hockey league and are one of the original 6 professional hockey teams. The hockey club dates back to 1909. Wow! There’s some history for ya!
5. The Rent Is Cheap!
If you are more of a city mouse and enjoy the urban lifestyle, living in Montreal or Quebec City is very reasonable.
If you wanted your own swanky 3 bedrooms 1 bath pad in Montreal you’re looking at a cost of around $900 per month.
But you can do even better than that!
In general, the average price range for a downtown Quebec apartment could range from $300-$800. This is of course based on the neighborhood you choose and the locations relevant to transportation or famous landmarks.
Note: If you do happen to come to Canada without a car and need to get around, the cost of a Montreal Metro and Bus pass will cost as low as $82 a month.
6. Safety First!
A huge benefit of Canada immigration and living in Quebec is that you will have the complete comfort of knowing you are living in one of the safest places in the world. In 2016 Montreal was rated one of the safest cities in the world after a total of 0 murders were recorded.
In fact, the Montreal Police Force is so good they got their own cable television show called “19-2.”
7. Breathtakingly Beautiful
Tadoussac Whale Watching
The small village of Tadoussac is best known for its whale watching adventures. Because the city is located exactly where the Saint Lawrence River meets the Saguenay River – Whales have found a relaxing pit stop to come make an appearance.
A picture simply doesn’t do this Giant Castle (now a hotel) enough justice. You’ll have to go visit it in Quebec City. It was originally built in 1893 and little work has been done to keep the building looking just as it did centuries ago.
Montreal Street Art AKA graffiti
Most cities see graffiti as a violation of city code or simply put “Vandalism.”
Montreal has time and time again welcomed street artists to express themselves throughout the city. What you get is a beautiful urban environment covered in color and personality.
8. Poutine Is Everywhere!
Not to be confused with the bear wrestling, no shirt wearing, leader of Russia. But the amazing street food that Quebec calls their national dish.
Some say it was created right here in Quebec around 1950 – many restaurants in the center of Quebec claim to be the original creator but we’ll leave the fighting to the experts.
Poutine is made with French fries, cheese curds, and light brown chicken gravy. and is the #8 reason you should move to Quebec!
Poutine festivals are held year round all over Canada due to the love affair Canadians have with this comfort food. Until you try it, you’ll just have to trust us when we say it’s DE-LI-CIOUS.
- affordable rent
- Château Frontenac
- Festival d'Ete de Quebec
- Just For Laughs Festival
- Les Habitants
- Montreal Jazz Festival
- move to Quebec
- Quebec City
- Quebec Summer Festival
- Tadoussac Whale Watching