Information & Facts
Covering such a huge area the climate of Quebec has wide
temperature variations. In the south, where most of the population
lives, the weather is continental, with four seasons varying from
hot summers (June to August) to cold, snowy winters and lots of
rain. The central region has longer colder winters and shorter
cooler summers, while the far north experiences a severe Arctic
climate with a freezing winter and continuous permafrost. Winter
can vary from five months in the south to eight months in the
north, averaging between 14º and -13ºF (-10ºC and -25ºC).
The official languages are English and French
(predominantly in Quebec).
The currency used is the Canadian Dollar (CAD), which is divided
into 100 cents. One-dollar coins are also known as loonies (due to
the picture of a loon, a type of bird, on the coin), and two-dollar
coins as toonies. Banks and bureaux de change will change money and
travellers cheques, as will some hotels, but the rate will not be
as good. Major credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are
plentiful. US Dollars are largely accepted, though due to fraud,
larger notes might not be and change is usually given in Canadian
GMT -5 (GMT -4 from the second Sunday in March to the first
Sunday in November).