I'm an American that has lived in Quebec for the last 20 years, I thought that I would throw my 2 ¢'s in, (1 ¢ if your using USD!
First, don't worry about French too much. Most people speak a little English, the key phrase to remember is "Je suis un Américain", (Jah swee un American), "I'm an American", then most
people will try to speak to you in English, (if they think that your from a English speaking province of Canada, a lot of people will give you a hard time, no matter how good your French is).
Originally Posted by Adam Hunter
the roads are in good shape
LOL, I'm not sure where you have driven in Quebec, (or how bad the roads are where your from!) but the roads in Quebec can be really bad! Also, if you damage you vehicle due to the bad roads, it's you problem, the Province and all cities and towns are exempt from liability due to poor road maintenance or negligence.
Originally Posted by RogerRoll
Can you hear me now?
Canada ranks way up there as having the most expensive cell service in the world. You're probably better off getting an intl package from your US provider. If not, try Telus or Rogers or Bell, in that order.
I actually find that the service is cheaper here in Canada. US cell phones will work up here, check with your provider if there are roaming charges. BTW, turn off data roaming before crossing the border! US and Canadian cell service like to hammer their customers with data roaming charges.
Originally Posted by Adam Hunter
the roads are in good shape, Great spots to stop along the St. Lawrence river as you journey. Quebec has excellent rest stations that are clean and safe.
Riviere-du-Loup is a good spot to overnight before you head southeast towards New Brunswick (Edmunston). The roads are excellent but it is hilly and there are lots of deer and moose on that first part of the trip out of Quebec. Safer and better scenery to leave the next morning.
The roads near Moncton N.B. do need a facelift but they were getting resurfaced last summer, so they may be done now.
Make sure you check out Shediac N.B. and when your on PEI, goto Cavendish as well as Northumberland provincial park.
Let us know what other questions you have!
Other than "the roads are in good shape" part, I have to agree with the rest. Quebec is really beautiful, especially around the St. Lawrence River valley. Living in Montreal reminds me of living in Europe, with the conveniences of North America, (all the stores don't close at noon!
). If you planning to visit Montreal, (which I really recommend), try to find a place to park your rig off island and drive your tow into town, pm me if you need help finding a spot to park, although I see a lot of people parking in mall parking lots. Here is why you want to leave your rig off island:
This is only the road construction for the island of Montreal, not sure how bad south shore is. In Quebec we say, there are two seasons, winter and construction! Montreal is in the process of replacing all
of it's water mains, (the city was losing about 70% of it's fresh water through 100+ year old pipes), so driving a large vehicle in town can be a challenge.
Good places to visit in Montreal are the Botanical Gardins, (Jardin Botanique: Jardin botanique | Espace pour la vie
), The Biodome, (same website), the Insectarium, , (same website) and Saint Joseph's Oratory, (Saint-Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal
). Heres a link for Tourism Montreal: Traveller | Tourism Montreal
BTW, forget the snakebite, Canadian beer is much
stronger than American, some of it is 9%! If you need a list of Quebec beers, let me know, my son is a bit of a connoisseur when it comes to beer, (and scotch, and whiskey and...)!..
I hope you have a great time in the Belle Province it really is a beautiful place.