Why isn't this on every beach?!
The Baie de Beauport beach in Quebec City has just set an example for beaches all around the world.
The site recently unveiled a special carpet that allows wheelchair users and other individuals with reduced mobility to enjoy the beach more easily.
The carpet rolls out all the way to the water's edge, according to a Facebook post, allowing everyone to enjoy a full day at the beach.
In a June 14 Facebook post, Baie de Beauport said it has also installed adapted picnic tables and made its stores, restaurant and bar accessible, as well.
According to CBC News, Quebec City is planning even more accessible installations.
There are pretty hefty fines for some to them, too.
Let's face it, we all get so excited when summer finally rolls around that it becomes a little easier to forget about the rules. But believe it or not, laws don't go on summer vacation. That's why we looked into Quebec laws that get broken in the summer and how much fines for them could cost you.
Many of us don't even realize we break these rules — or that they're even rules at all — so consider this a little reminder to help you have an excellent Quebec summer!
Wearing headphones while cycling and driving
The law: It is against the law to ride a bicycle with headphones on. For car drivers, the law is a little more flexible, allowing only one earpiece to be worn at a time.
Possible fine: Between $80 and $100 on a bicycle and up to $200 for car drivers.
Driving with a pet on your lap (or anywhere else on you)
The law: "Driving a road vehicle in which an animal obstructs your view or interferes with the proper handling of the vehicle is prohibited," the Highway Safety Code reads. So, don't give your pets too much love while you're behind the wheel.
Possible fine: You could be fined $30 to $60 if the police catch your pet on you while you are driving.
Having an open fire when there is a forest fire hazard
The law: The Société de protection des forêts contre le feu (SOPFEU) issues news releases on preventive measures in effect in certain areas where there is a high danger of forest fires. In an area where there is a ban on open fires, you could be fined a lot of money if you decide to violate the regulations.
Possible fine: The Sustainable Forest Management Act provides for a fine of $500 to $50,000 for those who do not comply with the restrictions.
Drinking alcohol or doing drugs while driving a boat
The law: It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat while impaired. Fines are steep for those who choose to drive with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.
Possible fine: On the first offence, you could be fined $1,000. On the second offence, it is a minimum of 30 days in jail and on the third offence, it is a minimum of 120 days in jail.
Wearing the wrong helmet on an off-road vehicle
The law: If you are riding on an off-road vehicle, you must wear a helmet and safety glasses if your helmet does not have a visor. A law enforcement officer may ask you to examine your helmet to make sure it meets regulatory standards. You must also wear shoes.
Possible fine: You could be fined between $150 and $300 if you violate this regulation of the Off-Road Vehicle Act.
Going paddleboarding without the proper gear
The law: As with any water activity, a properly sized flotation jacket is mandatory. You must also bring a whistle and a waterproof flashlight if you are paddling after dark.
Possible fine: You could be fined more than $200 if you violate the rules, according to the Service de police de l'agglomération de Longueuil (SPAL).
Not riding in the designated seats in an off-road vehicle
The law: When an off-road vehicle is in motion, it is forbidden to hold on to or take a seat on any part of the vehicle that is not designed for that purpose. It is also illegal to be pulled or pushed by the vehicle.
Possible fine: You could be fined between $1,000 and $3,000 if you violate this part of the Off-Road Vehicle Act.
A public health official called the situation "concerning."
Dr. Jacques Girard, interim regional public health director, called the situation involving the local Bar Le Kirouac "concerning."
Respect the sanitary measures in place, especially when [...] in the presence of alcohol.
Dr. Jacques Girard, CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale
The situation is part of the reason why, on Tuesday, the Capitale-Nationale region surpassed Montreal in the number of newly reported cases.
The announcement came one day after Quebec Premier François Legault said that the province had seen an increase in cases in the last two weeks.
This latest uptick in cases, he said, touched regions across Quebec and isn't concentrated in Montreal.
Take a trip back to the 1600s.
We all have "the list." All of those shows and movies that people say you need to watch and you simply reply, "Oh, sounds good... I'll add it to the list," until you have hundreds of things that you never actually see. But National Geographic's new show, Barskins, is one that you shouldn't just add, but should definitely watch this fall.
Barskins is a limited series that will air on the channel from the team that brings you the world-famous magazine.
It looks at New France in the 1690s and all of the drama and events that we used to learn about in school.
In particular, the show focuses on the massacre of the settlers of New France and the extreme nature of the wilds, in both the people and the physical landscape.
"Likely suspects abound — the English, the Hudson’s Bay Company and a band of Kanien’kehá:ka (Iroquois) possibly in league with the English looking to drive the French from the territory — but who or what brought these settlers to such a tragic end?" reads the announcement.
As for the cast, you'll see some familiar faces, too.
David Thewlis from Wonder Woman plays Claude Trepagny and Marcia Gay Harden from The Newsroom plays Mathilde Geffard, along with many other incredible actors from some of your favourite shows and movies.
The show is definitely a history class come to life and will absolutely transport you back in time just like Quebec City, itself. But in a much more suspenseful and entertaining way.
It should be noted that this is a dramatized version of real events, meaning historical accuracies of events, including the treatment of Indigenous Peoples, may be interpretations of what really happened.
We've confirmed that the Indigenous characters in the show are being played by Indigenous actors.
Barskins will debut with a double-episode premiere at 9 p.m. ET and 10 p.m. ET, respectively, on Sunday, September 6. The rest of the six episodes will premiere every Sunday at 9 p.m. ET starting September 13.
You can watch the trailer here:
It's definitely on my list! What about you?
Now there's a "massive" testing effort.
The Direction régionale de santé publique de la Capitale-Nationale announced Thursday "that there have recently been eight positive cases of COVID-19 among the staff" at a Quebec City Costco. All affected individuals are going into isolation.
The regional public health authority is now screening all staff members at the store, which it says is extremely popular among Quebec City-area residents.
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At Costco Lebourgneuf have tested positive for COVID-19
"The risk of contagion to customers is considered low," but anyone who visited the Costco between August 1 and August 14 may also get tested.
The designated screening clinic is in the Place Fleur-de-Lys shopping centre parking lot, 552 boulevard Wilfrid-Hamel.
Costco has taken steps to disinfect the location and is "is applying the protective measures."
Travel + Leisure just announced its 2020 World Best Awards' results. For the fifth year in a row, our beloved Quebec City was named Canada's top travel destination. No surprise there.
The New York-based publication is considered one of the largest most influential travel publications worldwide. It's from the same company that brings you other magazines, like InStyle, Martha Stewart and Food & Wine.
T+L's Instagram page calls it "all of the visual inspiration you need to kick your wanderlust into high gear."
Each year, the magazine has its World's Best Survey, where readers can weigh in on their thoughts and opinions on everything from hotels, to destinations, to spas, to resorts and more.
This year's survey opened on November 4, 2019 and closed on March 2, 2020, just before the worldwide effects of limited travel and mandatory orders to fight COVID-19.
According to the lists, "The results reflect our readers’ experiences before the pandemic, but we hope that this year’s honorees will inspire your trips to come — whenever they may be."
The city has also a World's Best Award Hall of Fame honoree, meaning it's been on the list for ten consecutive years.
"With its atmospheric cafés and classic bistros, its sweeping views of the St. Lawrence River, and its historic Old Quebec neighborhood (a UNESCO World Heritage site), the province’s capital exudes timeless romance," according to the description.
And when it comes to the readers, themselves, they love the famous European feel even when though it's outside of Europe, as well as the fact that it's a great place to visit at any time of the year.
Yes, we're talking about you, Manoir Hovey.
Montreal was also the #3 Canadian destination after Vancouver.
How lucky are we that Quebec isn't just a destination, but the place that we get to call home.
With the amazing deals from the ministry of tourism, you can see for yourself why Quebec City is Canada's top destination.
Or go back if you've been before to fall in love all over again.