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Quebec Complete Travel Guide

Quebec Complete Travel Guide

Quebec City is one of the largest cities in Canada with a lot of interesting places to visit. The city thrives well on tourism that is why the city is often filled with many people from different parts of the world. 

There are also many activities which you can engage yourself in when you come to this city. One of the activities includes the famous Quebec Festival. The city is also open for business as it offers plenty of opportunities to people from different parts of the world.

Packing for Quebec City is not much different from packing for a trip to the United States. The freezing temperature may require you to pack a little extra clothing. Here is a list of everything you need for a wonderful trip to Quebec.

What to Pack for Quebec

T-shirts, shorts, dresses, and pants

Insulated boots, sandals, and hiking shoes

Warm sweaters, long underwear, and winter socks

Sunglasses, sunscreen, and hats

Warm parka, gloves, and snow pants

Portable charger and power bank

Insect repellant 

Canadian Dollars and US Dollars

There is always something that makes you want to visit this city over and over again. From places like Montreal to the untamed wilderness, Quebec offers you an experience you will not forget in a hurry. 

To get the perfect experience in Quebec, you need to pack the right items and we have written a comprehensive guide to help you pack the right and necessary things.

What to wear in Quebec

Quebec has a very cold climate. Summers in the city usually have an average temperature of 770F/240C while winter in the city is very cold with an average temperature of -0.40F/-180C

Women

Party dresses: Pack at least two party dresses because you are sure to experience some parties in the city. You may also decide to enjoy one of the many festivals celebrated by the Quebec people. 

Formal dresses: For events like dinners or business meetings, it is essential to pack some formal dresses so that you do not look casual in front of your business partners or guests.

Sandals or boots: It is very cold at most times of the year in Quebec, so pack at least a pair of comfortable boots that can keep your feet warm. The boots should be the type that can allow you to walk around freely. You can also pack a pair of portable sandals in case of warm weather or when walking around indoors.

Warm sweaters, hoods, sweatshirts, and raincoat: You will need warm sweaters and hooded jackets because you will experience cold weather during winter. The cold may become unbearable when you don’t cover your body well. You also need a raincoat on a rainy day. An umbrella can also help during such period.

Long underwear, gloves, winter sock, snow pants: As an extra measure for protecting yourself against the cold of Quebec during winter, you should pack long underwear, winter socks, and at least a pair of hand gloves. 

Hiking shoes: There are interesting activities you will definitely like to witness in the city. You can also decide to go on an adventure by exploring some parts of the city. Here, you need a pair of cute and comfortable hiking shoes.

T-shirts and shorts: These are the ideal wears you need when you are indoors or decide stroll around your environment. However, it is advisable not to wear them during winter as the cold may become unbearable.

For Men

Formal cloth: A nice packet shirt with a good trouser and a necktie is ideal for a business meeting or any formal gathering. You can also get a nicely designed suit to make you look unique and cute.

T-shirt, shorts, or jean: When indoors, you can wear a t-shirt with a short. A t-shirt with a pair of jeans is better when you want to take a short walk around your environment. Jeans is better because anywhere outside your home can be cold, especially during winter.

Sandals or sneakers: Pack a very comfortable pair of sandals which you can use to walk around the city. You can also pack a pair of sneakers which may prove to be better than sandals when you intend to go a little farther from where you are staying.

Hiking shoes and boots: Quebec is a place where adventures can be very exciting. For this purpose, packing at least a pair of hiking shoes or insulated boots is a wise choice. The boots are meant to keep your feet warm during cold.

Sweaters, jackets, and raincoat: These are important items to pack when you want to have a trip to Quebec. They help in keeping your body warm. The raincoat is important during rainy periods. 

Sun Protection

Sunglasses/sunscreen: What you are likely to experience in Quebec is more cold than sun. The weather in almost all parts of the city is always cold. It is even colder during winter. However, there are times that the sun shines bright and sometimes hot. You will need either a sunglass or sunscreen in this case as the sun can also reflect off the snow which can cause sunburns.

Hats, scarf, head tie: This is necessary if you want to enjoy any of Quebec’s abundant natural landscapes. It can help protect your face from the reflection of the sun on the ice or snow during such periods.

Bug Protection

Quebec’s forests and lakes sometimes come with some bugs, especially during the warmer months. You can then use any powerful insect repellent of your choice to fend them off. Ensure that you get the most effective one you can and also make sure that your door is always locked when you are outdoors.

Festivals in Quebec

As mentioned earlier, there are a lot of activities in Quebec you can engage in both for fun and adventure. One such activity is the winter festival.

The winter festival is the biggest winter carnival that is held annually in the world. Tourists and visitors from different parts of the world head to Quebec to partake in it. There are different activities that you can engage in during the festival period such as dog sledding, ice slides, snow sculptures, night parade, and more. 

The festival also reflects and shows the rich history of the people and it is very affordable as you only have to pay once for access to the three weeks of action and fun-filled activities. 

The official currency used in Quebec is the Canadian Dollar. You can still use the US dollars in the city as there are outlets that accept them. However, there are a few things you need to keep in mind before you take a trip to the city.

Currency 

Your money can be changed in any bank in the city but you should keep in mind that they have limited opening hours. You can also change your money in the exchange bureaus in the airports, major hotels, and other exchange points in the city. The exchange rate in the bank is usually better than in other places. 

Most of the shops, hotels, and boutiques allow their customers to pay with their credit cards. It is the safest means of payment as you do not have the need to be in possession of large amount of cash.

There are ATMs in the city where you can also use your credit card to withdraw money for your daily use. However, you may be changed some administration fees which will be taken from your account.

Budget

You should plan your budget well before you start the trip to Quebec so that you don’t overspend and get stranded in the city. Here are some tips to help you plan your budget.

Keep in mind that they use Canadian dollars and you may need to exchange your money from your own currency. So it is important to know the value of your currency in Canadian dollars.

The cost of a hotel room per night ranges from $50 to $350, depending on the type of room and how luxurious the hotel is. Note that the facilities of the hotel can also affect the cost of the room. You can make a budget for a moderate room.

You can plan about $150 for meals per day. $5 to $10 for breakfast, $10 to $20 for lunch, and $10 to $50 for dinner. The remaining amount of money will go to transport and tax. With $150, your meal for a day is settled.

The other thing you need to put into consideration is transportation which varies depending on the distance. The flat rate for a taxi ride is about $3.15 to $5. You can also budget some money for beer and other miscellaneous. 

What not to bring to Quebec

Firearms: Quebec is one of the most peaceful cities in North America. The crime rate in this area is low. Firearms are totally not allowed anywhere near the city. Ensure that you are not in the possession of anyone to avoid the risk of being deported.

Large amount of cash: There are ATMs where you can withdraw money when you need them. You should not bring too much cash into the city so that you don’t lose them.

Expensive Jewelry: It is not advisable to be wearing very expensive jewelry. This is because, as a visitor, you may fall victim to fraud or pickpocket.

Heavy electric appliance: There is a limit to the appliances you can bring into the city. Very powerful electric appliances are not allowed. You can come with your charger, power bank, etc.

Important documents you need to travel to Quebec

Your National ID

Passport with at least 6 months validity period.

Visa for citizens of other countries apart from the United States.

Health certificate to show you are physically and mentally fit

Letter of your financial status to show that you have enough funds to take care of your needs throughout your stay.

Letter from the security department of your country to show that you do not have any criminal record.

Accommodation details.

Related Questions

Do I need a travel adaptor for Quebec?

The standard voltage in Quebec and everywhere in North America is 110-120 rather than the 220 V which is used in Europe. So in order for you to be able to plug your electrical appliances, you will need a plug adapter.

Do I need a visa to travel to Quebec?

You need a valid passport to travel to Quebec, except if you are a citizen of the United States. Citizens of the United States traveling by bus or car only need to present proof of citizenship or certificate of birth. 

Citizens of other countries need to have either a visit or tourist visa. You are required to get all the necessary documents listed by the Canadian embassy in your country. 

What language is spoken in Quebec?

The official language spoken in Quebec is French. However, the receptionists of most of the hotels, restaurants, and bars speak English. You will also need to be patient with the locals so that they can understand you well and respond accordingly.

You can decide to buy a French dictionary to help you understand some basic words in French. This will help you to relate with the locals and also offer you the opportunity to learn a new language.

What is Quebec known for?

Quebec is known for many things and activities. Here are some of them

Arts

Great touristic attractions

Winter festival

Beautiful  natural landscapes

Special delicacies

Great hospitality

Is Quebec safe?

The crime rate in Quebec is low when compared with other big cities. It is safe, even at night but that does not stop you from taking precautions when you want to do anything. As a visitor, there are things you may not understand, so it is important to be safety conscience.

Are Tobacco and Alcohol allowed in Quebec?

The legal age in Quebec is 18. This means you can buy alcohol or tobacco products once you are 18 years or older.  You can buy alcohol and spirits at any bar or pub which you will find in different parts of the city. 

There is no restriction on buying alcohol or tobacco products as far as you are older than the legal age. You can enter any bar or pub to have a nice time with your friends or loved ones.






 

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