Language and Culture
The majority of Quebecers are french speaking but in the larger urban areas and vacation spots english is well represented. Quebec's language and unique culture add another dimension to a visit to this area.
Perhaps its the french heritage but Quebec has a wealth of fine restaurants. Dining out is way of life here and the variety is endless. From bistros to Brasseries you'll find something for every palate and budget.
Their is no doubt that the French influence in Quebec has had a profound effect on the culinary habits of the province. Dining out is way of life here and the variety is endless. From bistros to Brasseries you'll find something for every palate and budget. North america's finest are to be found within it's boundaries and the Laurentiens has some of the best. Have a look at the possibilies: Restaurants
Gratuities are expected in Quebec, perhaps more than in any other province. The typical amount is between ten and fifteen percent for good service.Restuarants
Quebec has a variety of accomodations from five star hotels to roadside motels but its greatest charm may lie with the small Inns and Bread and Breakfasts scattered through the country. From a more adventurous perspecive provincial and national parks offer everything a camper could ever need.
Their are a full range of accomodations to be found in the Laurentians, from hostels to parks, from resorts to the finest hotels. You'll find an extesive list using this link: Accomodations
Festivals and Events
Montreal is world famous for its Jazz and Film Festivals and the Laurentiens shares in this joyous approach to life. The Blues Festival at Tremblant along with innumerable other events make for unbroken activity in the region. Have a look at the areas events: Festivals & Events
Quebec has both a federal and provincial sales tax, the GST and PST respectively. In effect the two taxes combined contribute 15.5% (use 15% as a way to estimate the total) to your bill for most goods and services. The next best thing to the very favourable exchange rate for isits to Canada and Quebec is the Non-Resident Tax Refund. This provides a refund of the GST tax on qualified purchases. Look for the refund form in stores and boutiques as well as at tourist centers or contact the Tax Refund Service at:
To qualify the total amount must exceed $200, before taxes and can't include meals, beverages, tobacco, alcohol and most travel expenses. To know exactly what qualifies contact the Tax Refund Service.
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