5 Things to Know About Quebec City


The presidential election is drawing closer, and with it comes the increasing fear that Donald Trump may actually end up president of the U.S. If you're afraid of Trump as president and considering your options, maybe a move to Canada is in order. Consider Quebec City, located in the French-speaking province of Quebec. Northeast of Montreal, there are plenty of things to know about Quebec City before moving there.

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You need to speak – or learn – French

While French may not be required for shorter stays in Quebec City, learning at least basic French will be required for living there. All road signs, street signs, and many other written displays (like menus!) are solely in French. Learning how to ask for directions and how to order poutine is a good start for expanding your bilingual vocabulary.


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Parts of Quebec City are UNESCO Heritage Sites

Major portions of Quebec City (specifically the Upper and Lower Towns) are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This grants them protected status, and drives lots of tourism to Quebec City – even in winter. You'll feel like you've stepped back in time when wandering the preserved streets of Old Quebec City.

There is amazing haute cuisine

Like Montreal, Quebec City has a top notch food cuisine, including a renaissance of the most traditional Canadian dish, poutine. Inspired by its European roots, you can find a wide array of delicious cuisines, as well as a chocolate museum.



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The world's most photographed hotel is in Quebec City

If you need a place to stay for a few days or weeks after relocating to Quebec City, consider the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. This massive (and pricey) hotel is the most photographed hotel in the world, and has been open since 1893.

Winter is just as fun as summer

Located on roughly the same latitude as Seattle, Quebec City enjoys longer days in summer but snowy, cold winters. This isn't a bad thing, as most of the best events and sporting activities in Quebec City occur in winter months. Whether you become an avid hockey fan or enjoy visiting the Winter Carnival (dating back to 1894), you'll have plenty to keep you entertained through the cold months.



Valerie Stimac is a roaming writer who is considering relocation to Europe should Trump win. You can find her writing on Travel + Leisure, AFAR, and Roads & Kingdoms, as well as her blog, Valerie & Valise.


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