July 1, 2008, 6:00 am

Happy Canada Day!

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Miscellaneous
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Yet another year for our big Country! Is it just another day where we don’t have to work or is it more than that? In fact, Canada Day is means a lot of different things depending in which province you are located. However, I think that the weirdest meaning is to be found in Québec: this is also our national day of moving!

 

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This is going to be a short post but I thought it would be fun for you to know about this weird habit!

 

In fact, for a reason that I can’t explain, most lease (about 80% if it’s not more) are due on July 1st. Most of us will leave their old apartment for a new one or for their first property.

 

I was reading in the metro the other day that 3 out of 5 individuals living in Montreal are projected to move this year. I am telling you, this is not a date to drive downtown! I prefer to stay quiet in my little suburbs.

 

This obviously cause a lot of traffic problems along with furniture along the street or highways (not everybody is big trucks). We always see trucks and cars packed-up till their bumper hit the road on the TV. You must remain very careful while driving on that day. Who knows, you might end-up with an oven on your hood… ok…I am exaggerating now 😉

 

I never moved on July 1st but almost every year I am helping a friend or family. However, today I am not leaving anywhere. I’ll simply spend the day by the pool with my family J

 

Happy Canada Day!

 

 

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Comments

[…] Blogger talks about the bizarre Quebec tradition of everyone moving on the same […]

I came over from Four Pillars to read this and I still have questions.

How do people who move to Montreal at other times of the year manage to find a place to live? And how do moving companies manage? They have barely any activity all year and then everybody is trying to book them for this one particular day. I don’t see how they can afford to maintain a large enough fleet to handle the demand on July 1, when they sit idle the rest of the year.

by: The Financial Blogger | July 6th, 2008 (6:59 am)

Hello Shevy,

Let just say that if you don’t have to take your car in Montreal on July 1st, then don’t do it! Every year, there are between 200,000 and 300,000 people moving at the same time.

I would say that a lot of people are moving by themselves. We see all kind of weird stuff on that day like a queen mattress on the top of a Hyundai Elentra for example :-). Most people who buy their first home will try to not move on July first in order to be able to get a moving company. There are also a lot of truck rental services.

Most of the time, companies are 110% booked on July 1st and move from 6 am till midnight. The rest of the year, they still have clients 😉