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Learned a little Canadian history and maybe the inspiration for a Ford product.


I had a chance to pop over to Quebec City for a day or so and found out there is lots of history here. Checked out the plains of Abraham and a real cool building in the Frontenac Hotel. Find this hard to believe but in their info they say they built most of this in 2 years. We couldnt do that now with all the equipment and technology we have. Many nice old buildings which next to cars peaks my interest. 

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Out of curiosity, I found this on line. "The Frontenac was named after a late 17th century governor of New France. The name had been used previously, from 1931 to 1933, on a car assembled in Toronto by Dominion Motors. . . the Frontenac was not part of the Ford or Mercury lines. It was its own marque, and was marketed as such."

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Out of curiosity, I found this on line. "The Frontenac was named after a late 17th century governor of New France. The name had been used previously, from 1931 to 1933, on a car assembled in Toronto by Dominion Motors. . . the Frontenac was not part of the Ford or Mercury lines. It was its own marque, and was marketed as such."


Well good research there, Brian, obviously my assumption wasnt quite right. My first car was a Falcon and then later I  saw a couple Frontenacs so the name sort of stuck in my mind. Thanks for telling us the rest of the story! 



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One of the first cars I ever drove (before having a license) was a Rideau. Another great Canadian-inspired name.

Acadian, Laurentian ... the list goes on.



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We've stayed in Quebec City a couple of times - love the architecture and old stone buildings in "Vieux Quebec".  IIRC the Chateau Frontenac was one of the Canadian Pacific hotels... beautiful inside and out.

http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/static/Canada/Frontenac/index.html

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I remember staying in that grand hotel for a few days for a company convention back in 1989. I remember the massive fireplaces and how folks in that city were not very friendly back then. 


Both times I was in Quebec City, I found the people to be extremely friendly.  I was surprised, actually, as I hadn't spent much time in Quebec previously and had heard that Quebecois weren't friendly with anglophones.  Nothing could have been further from the truth - had a great time there, met some nice people and wouldn't hesitate to go back again.  Last time I went was late 2000s... so maybe things had changed from the '80s?

Had a similar experience in Montreal last summer.  Beautiful cities with lots to do, and nice people.  Will go back again...



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I remember staying in that grand hotel for a few days for a company convention back in 1989. I remember the massive fireplaces and how folks in that city were not very friendly back then. 


Both times I was in Quebec City, I found the people to be extremely friendly.  I was surprised, actually, as I hadn't spent much time in Quebec previously and had heard that Quebecois weren't friendly with anglophones.  Nothing could have been further from the truth - had a great time there, met some nice people and wouldn't hesitate to go back again.  Last time I went was late 2000s... so maybe things had changed from the '80s?

Had a similar experience in Montreal last summer.  Beautiful cities with lots to do, and nice people.  Will go back again...


I've never had any problems in Quebec, and I've been there hundreds of times (was born in Montreal and lived my first 7 years there). By the way, I do not speak French.

Now, Toronto is another topic. Lived there 25 years. At first it was a great city, but slowly through the years the city turned to crap.



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Our family stayed in the Chateau Frontenac back in 2008 for Quebec's 400th anniversary. I was sort of expecting a subtle cold shoulder from the French but my experience was all positive. The people were nice and the food nearby was very good so it was fortunate there were some steep hills to walk.

 

I do remember a '60 Frontenac in Ancaster as late as the early 1970s, plus there was a '61 Monarch we used to pass daily in our neighborhood back in the sixties. I remembered asking my dad as to the make of car that had a crown in the grille. With that memory secure, I recently picked up a '61 Monarch brochure through Kijiji from the collection of someone's late grandfather.

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I left there this afternoon after filling up for $1.16 which is even less than I paid in Alberta a couple weeks ago. I had heard a couple people voicing that Quebec City wasn't nearly as friendly as Montreal but our experience was completely positive. I'm sure they now realize how big tourism is for them and they sure have embraced it. Place was just buzzing mid week and this early in the summer. Totally friendly people from waiters to clerks and so on. Almost a glimpse of Europe with many of their buildings being constructed back in the seventeenth century. Would definitely recommend it.

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The Chevrolet Brothers made and sold a line of speed equipment for Fords under the Frontenac name.

 

Many were nicknamed Fronty Fords but actual Fronetac cars, not Fronty Fords, won the 1920-21 Indy 500

 

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