It could be difficult to breathe in parts of Quebec on July 11 as smog alerts and special air quality advisories have been issued for 10 areas.
A total of four areas are under smog alert — Abitibi, Témiscamingue, Lac-Saint-Jean and Saguenay — as "high concentrations of fine particulate matter are expected" and "smoke from forest fires in Ontario will cause poor air quality today," according to Environment Canada.
"Smog is most likely to affect children with asthma and people with respiratory or heart conditions. It is therefore recommended that they avoid strenuous outdoor activity until the smog warning is lifted. [...] Unusual coughing, throat irritation, headaches and shortness of breath are among the possible symptoms."
Six other areas have special air quality advisories: in Baie-Comeau, La Tuque, Les Escoumins - Forestville, Parent - Gouin Reservoir, at the Verendrye Wildlife Reserve, and the Manicouagan River.
If you don't have an air conditioner at home, it is recommended to make sure that "the interior temperature is not too excessive" when you close your doors and "windows to prevent smoke from entering" because "exposure to excessive heat can also trigger health problems."
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According to The Weather Network, western Canada's active forest fires caused thick smoke to travel across the country, even reaching Newfoundland.
Did you catch the hazy Sun last night or this morning? 🔴 Sadly, this is due to the smoke particles from the wildfir… https://t.co/DCBLR8ibeL
— Canadian Space Agency (@Canadian Space Agency)1626791249.0
Lingering smoke from forest fires in Ontario and Manitoba was one of the principal causes of poor air quality in several areas of Quebec on Monday evening, including Laval, Gatineau, Shawinigan and Montreal, according to Environment Canada.
However, the smog was not expected to last more than 36 hours.
In a July 20 tweet, the Canadian Space Agency explained that particles from the Canadian wildfires caused the sunlight's longer-wavelength colours, like red and orange, to shine through while blocking the shorter wavelengths of yellow, blue and green.
Many Quebecers took to the Internet to create a digital record of the limited-time meteorological phenomenon.
Expedia also shared data on Canadians' interest in visiting Quebec destinations. After Quebec City and Mont-Tremblant, Canadians seem to want to travel to La Malbaie, Tadoussac, Montreal and Gaspésie — in that order.
The results were based on searches for trips that would take place between July 7 and September 30.
At a press conference on Thursday, Premier François Legault, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and several other government representatives announced huge new investments into Canada's aerospace industry. These investments are set to create "more than 1,000" high-paying jobs in Quebec and the rest of Canada.
"The projects announced today are tangible platforms for creating exciting jobs," Aéro Montréal explained in a press release.
Ca Lem's owner, Stephanie Le, told MTL Blog that clients just need to download the TikTok app and show their account to the cashier in order to receive free pancake cereal sundaes — which are, of course, topped with maple syrup.
"We encourage users to take video and pictures of their visit to Ca Lem and post on Instagram, Facebook & TikTok platforms," she said.
There are limited quantities each day but the offer is valid at two of Ca Lem's locations — in NDG and the Plateau — so you can double your chances of getting a free sundae.
Free Pancake Cereal Ice Cream Sundaes
When: July 16, 17 and 18
Address: NDG - 6926, rue Sherbrooke O, Montreal, QC; Plateau–Mont-Royal - 4223, rue Saint-Dominique, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: It's free ice cream, that's why!