Quebec dating culture
The Royal 22e Régiment museum (housed in a 1750 powder magazine and a military prison dating back to 1842), the summer military ceremonies (changing of the guard, firing of the cannon) and the Governor General of Canada's official residence are all worth seeing. Explore the Battlefields Park, scene of battles between the French and English forces (Montcalm-Wolfe in 1759, Lévis-Murray in 1760).The park is not only one of the world's finest city parks, it is also a lasting reminder of the site's storied past.During childhood, most parents will arrange birthday parties for their children on the special day (or the closest available weekend), a fun excuse for the birthday boy or girl to gather up all their schoolyard buddies and spend the afternoon hanging out.Since Canadian kids tend to be fairly spoiled these days, the organization and planning of children’s birthday parties can often be a rather grueling and expensive chore for many parents; parties are now often expected to include a visit somewhere entertaining, such as the bowling alley, swimming pool, or movie theatre, as well as a full meal for all the guests.Children usually take the last name of their father.If children are born to parents who aren’t married, or simply don’t use the same last name (see marriage traditions, below), they’ll sometimes be given a hyphenated last name combining the names of both parents, for example, “Martin-Jones.”Along with pointy party hats, the most common birthday tradition is giving the birthday boy or girl a special birthday cake with candles.
Gifts from friends are also usually phased out around this point, though they may continue from close family.
Through technology, you will be transported back in time to the once-bustling area that was home to Jean Talon’s brewery, the Intendant’s Palace, the King’s prisons and stores, and the Boswell brewery—with hi-tech ground mapping, projections, and 3D reconstructions that illuminate the history of the site from the 14th century to the present day. Come inside and look around this impressive building built between 17.
The National Assembly Chamber, home to Québec's parliamentarians, the Legislative Council Room, the Speakers' Gallery, and the renowned restaurant Le Parlementaire are also worth a visit.
In general, it’s the aging process, and the various “key dates” that occur as a Canadian moves from adolescence to adulthood that tend to be the most celebrated and ritualized moments in mainstream Canadian culture, with each important date home to its own rich array of customs.
Canadian traditions also tend to be closely tied to the country’s various holidays, which are discussed in more detail in that chapter.It should similarly be noted that since Canada is a country of considerable diversity born from the eclectic immigrant heritage of its people, the traditions of individual Canadian families can vary greatly based on which customs they’ve decided to import from their former homeland.