Quest students visit Canada’s Parliament Buildings in Ottawa 

For those who didn’t know, Canadians don’t just speak English!

Canada is home to a vibrant French-language population, with some areas of Canada only speaking French and having zero knowledge of English.

French Canada, which is predominately in the province of Quebec, but also in the provinces of Ontario, New Brunswick, and Manitoba, houses some of the oldest communities in North America.

French Canada is also home to countless internationally acclaimed musicians, artists, researchers, architects, athletes, and politicians.

Thus, this summer, we were proud to show Quest students the culture and history of this culture.

Students start off in Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, which is an officially bilingual city (English and French) and home to the Parliament Buildings, the Rideau Canal (an UNESCO World Heritage Site), and the tasty Byward Market.

Next, the students head to Montreal, Canada’s second largest city and the fourth largest french speaking city in the world. In Montreal, students get to explore new neighbourhoods, try different food, and practice some conversations in French.

“Bonjour…Comment ça-va?”
Quest students smiling as they explore Montreal, Canada’s second largest city.

Then, on their last day, students embark east to Québec City, one of the oldest cities in North America.

Students love exploring the cobblestone streets and artisanal shops of Québec’s Old City, which offers tons of opportunities for amazing photos full of history.

Fun Fact: Canada’s Québec City was founded in 1608 and is the only city in Canada and North America to be surrounded by ramparts and city walls.