You Know You’re a 90s Quebec Kid If…


Everyone has special memories of growing up, but if you grew up in Quebec, your childhood would have been extra unique. After all, there are some things you can only get in Quebec!

How many of these did you experience growing up in Quebec in the 90s?

Passe-Partout taught you everything you needed to know

From brushing your teeth to getting along with friends, you could always count on Passe-Partout. Whether you loved the people or the puppets, there was always something fun going on in Passe-Partout!

Babar was the king of cartoons!

Of course Babar the Elephant books had been around since the 1930s, but it wasn’t until 1989 that the Canadian animated show came out and kept us all glued to our sofas on weekend mornings!

You snuck into the TV room to watch Piment Fort

This one-of-a-kind show of comedians, games, jokes, and stories could never be duplicated. Nothing was as funny as the pranks on this crazy program!

You and your friends seriously fought about who made the best bagels.

Bagel St-Viateur or Fairmount Bagel Bakery? Fairmount was founded in 1949, and St-Viateur opened its doors eight years later, in 1957. So we’d say they have equal history and street cred. Yet everyone has their die-hard favourite! Either way, everyone goes for a hot bagel fresh from the oven! Which bagel did your crew stand by?

The arrival of spring obviously meant a trip to the sugar shack!

What would spring be without tapping the maple trees, eating syrup on snow, watching the sap being boiled down to delicious maple syrup that you’d pour right onto hot pancakes in the sugar shack? Ah, it’s good to be Canadian!

Every New Year’s Eve was a Bye Bye Party!

Who needed the New Year’s Rockin’ Eve when you had Bye Byesketch comedy from Radio-Canada to look forward to every year? The original show ran for 30 uninterrupted years, from 1968 to 1998. So you could always rely on a good-humoured satire of the year’s news stories before the customary countdown began!

You’ll never forget the Expos 1994 players strike

With five all-star players and a huge season record of 74-40, the team walked out that day because of a failed collective bargaining agreement that eventually resulted in the cancellation of the remainder of the season. But you didn’t understand that part – all you knew was that summer wasn’t gonna be the same!

Watching hockey games on TV while listening to the same ones on the radio – at the same time!

If the Canadiens were playing, there was a good chance the TV broadcast would be in French. Even though you could get along just fine, you’d turn off the sound and turn up the radio to catch the same game being broadcast in English!

What do you think? How many of these things were a part of your childhood in Quebec? What experiences would you add?