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What to Expect

Speak French at all times

You have made a commitment to yourself to learn French or improve your French while learning about Quebecois life and culture. Those of you who have accepted an Explore Bursary from the Federal Government have also made a commitment to this country. Learning or improving a second language is not easy. It requires hard and steady work, but the results are well worthwhile. Research has shown that the most successful learning occurs when you use the language as much as possible as a medium of communication. For this to occur as naturally and successfully as possible, the School requires that you show your commitment by signing a pledge to speak French at all times. As all our staff and the people in Trois-Pistoles have pledged to enforce this rule, you should not be upset with anyone who asks you to speak French.

Making the effort to speak French for the duration of the program will improve not only your language skills, but those of your fellow students. By honouring your commitment to speaking French at all times, you will help foster an environment conducive to learning French.

This rule does not mean that beginning students must never open their mouths. Occasional use of English words (or another language) in a French sentence, through lapses of attention, lack of vocabulary or language comparison is acceptable. However, you are expected to speak in French using isolated English words or expressions only when no French synonym or explanation available to you will do.

L'École de langue française de Trois-Pistoles provides an extremely rich, high quality and well-organized program, combining academic and socio-cultural, formal and informal exposure to Quebecois and French language and culture. You may find your time at Trois-Pistoles demanding but the rewards will be many, and it will be an experience you will long remember and cherish.


Trois-Pistoles is located on the south shore of the St. Lawrence and the climate is similar to that of the northern maritimes.   As such, the weather is often variable and subject to sudden change.  It is not unusual for the months of May and June to be wet and cool. In July and August, the temperature usually varies between 22 and 28 degrees Celsius.

We recommend that you bring warm clothes as well as rain clothes and walking shoes.

Climate data for Trois-Pistoles
Record high °C (°F) 31.7
Average high °C (°F) 14.3
Daily mean °C (°F) 9.3
Average low °C (°F) 4.2
Record low °C (°F) −7.2
Precipitation mm (inches) 88.3

Public Transportation

There is no public transportation in Trois-Pistoles.  Although the majority of homes are within easy walking distance to the school, most participants will rent a bicycle for the duration of their stay.  There is a bike rental and repair shop in town. 

Sports Le Basque-Ecotone
83 Notre Dame E, Trois-Pistoles, QC G0L 4K0

As well, a number of families do rent out bikes and helmets for a very reasonable price.  Your host family will be able to assist you with this once you arrive.  


In Trois-Pistoles and the surrounding region, you will find all the services necessary to make your stay a pleasant experience. Shopping malls, specialized boutiques, shops selling any number of goods, health services, stalls where artisans display their works, professional services, and banking institutions all contribute to the high quality of life available in the area.