So in anticipation of those chilly days ahead, I thought I’d create a list to remind myself why living in “La Belle Province” is such a privilege.
1. The four seasons
I’m the first to whine about our winters, but they’re certainly great for skiing! The change of seasons takes us out of our routine, with each season bringing its own pleasures. Besides, summer wouldn’t be as sweet if it lasted 365 days a year!
2. The safety
Having been to South America, I appreciate the fact that we can walk down our own streets without fearing for our lives. Quebec women take their safety for granted, but the same cannot be said for women in other countries.
3. The legal drinking age
Quebec is inundated with young tourists who can drink here legally. The only other provinces where the legal drinking age is 18 are Manitoba and Alberta.
4. The Nightlife
Quebecers are known for partying until the wee hours of the night. Unlike most U.S. states and Canadian provinces, our clubs are open until 3:00 am!
5. The cost of rent
People who live in Vancouver and Toronto can only envy how affordable it is to rent an apartment in Montreal. Just ask friends who live there!
6. The unique culture
There’s no place like Quebec, and the fact that it has its own language, music, and artists is a big part of its international appeal.
7. The fine dining
Where to start? Besides its famous poutine, the perfect comfort food on a bad night, Quebec offers some of the best restaurants in the world. Fun fact: Montreal has the most restaurants per capita in Canada.
8. The cost of tuition
As the debate over affordable tuition rages on, Quebec can take comfort in the fact that it ranks second in this important area after Newfoundland and Labrador.
9. The cost of healthcare
While Quebec’s healthcare system is by no means perfect, I would never trade places with our American cousins, who have to spend a fortune when an accident lands them in the emergency room, even if they’re insured.
10. It’s where you’ll find the best Canadian city to live in
This may come as surprise to many, but MoneySense named Boucherville, a suburb located on Montreal’s South Shore, the best Canadian city to live in for 2015. Keep that in mind if you’re considering a move!