Quebec: European style living in North America

Quebec: European style living in North America

From the quaint cobbled streets of Quebec City to the architecture of historic buildings such as the Chateau Frontenac, drawn from Medieval and Renaissance European architecture, to the European style highway system and French national language, Quebec offers striking similarities in feel to Old Europe. Nicknamed “La Belle Province,” Quebec supplies a vacation experience unique in North America.   Getting in, out, and about   In order to get into Quebec, you need to provide proof of citizenship and proof of identity. Your valid passport or passport card is sufficient for these requirements. There are no entry fees or limitations on how much cash you have on hand. For an expedited entry process, consider joining the NEXUS trusted traveler program. A NEXUS card also satisfies entry requirements, but it has the added benefit of putting you in a much faster moving line at a customs or border checkpoints.   If you are a minor or you are traveling with a minor and you’re not their legal guardian, you may have to supply a notarized affidavit of consent from the minor’s legal guardians. If you are coming into Quebec via a private boat, you must present yourself to the Canadian Border Services Agency. If you drive into Quebec, you will need to have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance. You should check with your auto insurance company about getting a Canadian insurance card before you come to Quebec.   Although Canada has an excellent national health care system, and that includes Quebec, it is for Canadians. Even if you’re traveling to Quebec for a short visit, you should purchase traveler’s medical insurance. If you do have to see a doctor, be prepared to pay cash and pay in full otherwise. The Canadian health care system does not accept Medicare, Medicaid, or most US health insurance.   In addition to the common vaccinations against measles, tetanus, and whatnot, you might want to vaccinate against Hepatitis A and B and rabies, although this depends on your planned activities. Always consult with your local doctor to determine which additional vaccines are appropriate for your needs.   The traveler’s tongue   The official language of Quebec is French, although the pronunciations are much different than French as spoken in France, resembling French as spoken in the 16th and 17th Centuries more so than its European counterpart. Over 90% of the population speaks...

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