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05-01-2012, 02:17 AM
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OT: Learning French in Quebec this Summer

I recently received a bursary to learn French in Chicoutimi. I cant wait to go because I have always wanted to visit Quebec and learn to speak French! I can now do both at the same time. I have a couple of questions regarding my summer in Quebec:

1. What is there to do in that part of the province?

2. I have taken a couple of Canadian history courses in university and understand the basics of Quebec's culture and history. What books/websites should I read/visit to get a deeper understanding of it?

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Chicoutimi is a very isolated town a long way from any big towns. You will find very few bilingual people out there.

It's a beautiful region and nature will be the most fun thing to do around there, if you're in to more lively you might want to head to Quebec city for the summer festival and their lineup of outdoor shows including:

Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, LMFAO, Skrillex, Sarah McLachlan, Johnny Hallyday, The Offspring...

and some of the best clubs and bars in the province in old Quebec.

Hope you find fun things to do in Chicoutimi but don't be surprised of the remoteness of the city and region.

As far as history you probably can read about the history of new-France, the indians, the war and the fur trade. But I'd suggest you to read about the quiet revolution, René Lévesque, expo 67, the referendums and the emergence of French-Quebec industries in the 1980's and Quebec inc.

But most importantly you should check out Conrad Black's book on ruthless and religious prime-minister Maurice Duplessis and also the impact of the catholic church on people's everyday lives before the 60's. When Quebec's families had an average of 7 child per couple and that the church had as much power as the state.

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Personally, Chicoutimi and Saguaney is my favorite region in the province of Québec. Not a lot of stuff to do for a "big city person" but the atmosphere at the people are friendly. Great place for immersion that's for sure!

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Personally, Chicoutimi and Saguaney is my favorite region in the province of Québec. Not a lot of stuff to do for a "big city person" but the atmosphere at the people are friendly. Great place for immersion that's for sure!


+ also if you go there next fall you have:

LHJMQ team: Chicoutimi and 3 collegial football team (they are not very good but at least it's football (american rules but with 12 players)

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They have very pretty women in those parts.

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+ also if you go there next fall you have:

LHJMQ team: Chicoutimi and 3 collegial football team (they are not very good but at least it's football (american rules but with 12 players)
He's canadian, he knows what canadian football is...

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Is it limited to Chicoutimi?
If so, you better like small small towns, far away.

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Lots of beautiful women, blueberries, black flies. Seriously, if you like the great outdoors, you'll like the Lac St-Jean region. Similar to northern BC.

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Thanks for the suggestions thus far.

I have decided to try out a smaller town for the simple reason that I have lived in a big city my whole life. I want to have that experience and think I need it.

I do not think I will be that bored in Chicoutimi because the school is offering many cultural activities to do after school and on the weekend. From what I am reading on this thread, many of them will be outdoors based, which I will enjoy!

Lastly, I think the fact that Chicoutimi is not bilingual is an advantage because it will force me to speak French.

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I'm from Chicoutimi and I lived there for around 10 years. I was just a kid back then but I can tell you some things about the region.

There's a lot of nature stuff such as parks and rivers that you can go kayaking on. Not many people speak English but I'm sure you'll be fine!

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5 girls for 1 guy, thats what to do there

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He's canadian, he knows what canadian football is...

Yeah I noticed that after... but college football don't play the canadians rule anyway.

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Girls will probably be all over you but be careful because there can be some rude people if you speak English. That being said, if you tell them you are here to learn French you won't have a problem.

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They have very pretty women in those parts.
Women that would make NHL players envious... Jeff Carter, Chris Pronger (and, to a lesser extent, Roman Hamrlik and both Kostitsyns; I believe Hamrlik did date a Quebecer woman during his time as an Hab IIRC) being some of those players who would just love to date Saguenay women, and more generally Quebecer women.

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I'm from Chicoutimi and I lived there for around 10 years. I was just a kid back then but I can tell you some things about the region.

There's a lot of nature stuff such as parks and rivers that you can go kayaking on. Not many people speak English but I'm sure you'll be fine!
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Girls will probably be all over you but be careful because there can be some rude people if you speak English. That being said, if you tell them you are here to learn French you won't have a problem.
Basically I will be enjoying nature of all sorts during my stay in Chicoutimi .

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One thing's for sure, is you're gonna learn french.


If you'd been to Montreal, that's another story..

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I have an house there. Beautiful place.

If you like outdoors, you will enjoy your stay. One of the prettiest, if not the prettiest, Quebec region for that alone. Else, it's like any other small cities. The summer nights are awesome, several misc festivals for beers, wines and music (you can't miss Chicoutimi's Festival International des Rythmes du Monde) and if you're lucky there's some big names in music also.

In all, you will learn french since over 90% of the population talks mainly french and knows only yes-no-toaster but do not be afraid to use english if needed. They might have an hard time but usually they can manage anyhow.

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One thing's for sure, is you're gonna learn french.


If you'd been to Montreal, that's another story..
Yeah, he could have actually had fun here


Although, 5 girls to every guy, you say? Point me to Chicoutimi!

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One thing's for sure, is you're gonna learn french.


If you'd been to Montreal, that's another story..
This. Everyone speaks English and some don't even speak French.

Strippers speak both.

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If you have a few days of vacations and want to explore Quebec's regions at their best, take a car and get on the road 170 all along the Saguenay. Turn right on road 138 and continue on road 362 in the great Charlevoix region. When you reach Baie-St-Paul, make a u-turn and drive up North, all the way along the St-Laurent river until the road ends in Natashquan.

You're gonna see a few jaw-dropping landscapes (Fjord du Saguenay, Tadoussac, view on the Isle aux Coudres from Les Éboulement, spectacular monoliths in the Mingan archipelago, white sand beaches in Havre-St-Pierre), many totally charming villages (L'Anse-St-Jean, Ste-Irénée, Port-au-Persil, Les Escoumins, Baie-Trinité, Rivière-au-Tonnerre, Natashquan), spectacular easy-to-see wildlife (bears, auks, seals, whales, foxes, beavers, porcupines, birds of prey, etc.) and most of all, extremely warm and welcoming people.
(and too many freaking mosquitos and "mouches noires" too)

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One word: POUTINE

Those rednecked Frenchies know how to make poutine good

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Certainly a good place if you want to learn French... you won't have much of a choice lol.

Enjoy the ridiculous amount of girls for guy ratio and the nature.

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