My Trip to Quebec


Continuing on from Minnesota, I went to Québec for the Garage Canada conference. The Winter Carnival was also going on at the same time. I thought Minnesota was cold, but it was downright balmy compared to Québec. Despite the -40 degree weather, I found many parallels between Québec and my native states of Hawaii and California.

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Photo credit: Lesa Moore for the King Kamehameha picture.

By | 2016-10-24T14:22:36+00:00 January 30th, 2007|Categories: Cool Stuff, Events|22 Comments

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Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. Formerly, he was an advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google and chief evangelist of Apple. He is also the author of The Art of Social Media, The Art of the Start, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur, Enchantment, and nine other books. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.


  1. Thierry Bélanger Clermont January 30, 2007 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    Nice photos! I love Québec city! 🙂

  2. Eric Christopher January 30, 2007 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    Sounds like a fun trip – get any hockey in while you were there?
    No, I sent back my equipment from Minnesota. I had a flight that went Brainerd-Detroit-Quebec, and I just didn’t want to take the chance of my skates getting lost.
    Bummer. There was an outdoor rink near the hotel.

  3. julien January 30, 2007 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    that’s hilarious. i went to quebec with my texan girlfriend a few weeks ago. she freaked. 🙂 too bad i missed you though, a few other montreal people went, so it would’ve been a nice trip.

  4. Gary S. Elliott, (M.D.), M.S. PMP, NSA 4011 January 30, 2007 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    Nice to remember the old place. I studied medicine at the University of Laval in Ste. Foy (By the Big PIerre La Porte Bridge coming over the St. Lawrence River). Pierre was assassinated by FLA Separatists who were allowed to flee Quebec and who went to live in Cuba.
    Let me remember the names of the places:
    Loews Le Concorde on the Grand Allee.
    Artillery Park on the Plains of Abraham- I lived on Rue Turnbull not far from the Port St. Pierre at the end of the Grad Allee.
    Colisee Pepsi, Must be where I used to go see the Quebec Nordiques get beat by the Detroit Red Wings (on every occasion I went to see these two teams play)
    The Famous Ice Hotel!!!
    The Funiculaire, from down by the River up to the Hotel Fontanac- Great view of the River there and the tobaggan there (tobaggans are wood sleds with the wood curled up in front to keep the snow out. (for the Hawaians who don’t understand what snow is).
    Down at the Original Quebec Village (1600’s).
    Quebec is a nice place, the most European Place in North America. Except for the fact that they don’t respect the International Convention of the Hague Against Child Abduction and allow, like the Arab Countries, people to abduct children there. I know, my son was abducted from Lausanne, Switzerland to Charlesbourg, P.Q. Really Corrupt Judiciary and Government there who does not repect the International Convention of the Hague Against Child Abduction.

  5. Jean-Francois Noel January 30, 2007 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    Startup-Canada, a 3 day event with you speaking, I would have liked to see that. Too bad I learned about it just after it happened. At first I was really angry at myself for missing something that should have been obvious. But I told myself I screwed up, it must be all over the place, I just didn’t look hard enough.
    Last year I even checked out Garage Canada website to see if I should contact them for my start-up, it was certainly there. Then I realized they where no mention of the event when I checked the site. So I checked Google. How many mention of the term startup-canada : 521 and how many pages links to the official page : 0 (you can check Ok maybe it wasn’t that obvious you where around the corner last week. I guess you didn’t have much to do about that, but I missed a golden opportunity to listen to you. In part because I wasn’t listening, but mostly because some people where not talking very loud.
    Anyway, sorry I missed you.

  6. John Nguyen January 30, 2007 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    Geez, -40. I would sew you a “survivor” tag but I’m having trouble putting the thread through the loop.

  7. Taylor Moore January 30, 2007 at 11:14 pm - Reply

    great pix Guy.
    Looking forward to meeting you in Kelowna, we are putting together a great hockey game for you. See you in Napa North.

  8. Sherrilynne Starkie January 31, 2007 at 1:11 am - Reply

    Great pix. But -6 degrees is positively warm. You should come to Canada when it gets really cold! Try mid February in Ottawa. It rarely gets above – 20 degrees C.

  9. Maki Papadopoulos January 31, 2007 at 6:11 am - Reply

    I’m sure that there are at least a few dozen people like Jean-Francois who didn’t know about the Garage Canada conference and had they known they’d probably attend it (and not just comment on it on blogs).
    Isn’t it funny? We get news on the Internet from newswires, blogs, RSS feeds, Google, Yahoo!, etc. etc. and yet we still miss on vital information that may “change our world” (to use Guy’s blog title).
    Maki Papadopoulos
    P.S. Unfortunately, Canada’s Venture Capital Community didn’t “know” about the Garage Canada event announcement either… Otherwise, I wouldn’t have missed it either!

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  11. Baris Karadogan January 31, 2007 at 7:10 am - Reply

    What I love about your blog is that you not only write interesting things, but you clearly express how much fun you have writing them.

  12. Richard January 31, 2007 at 8:10 am - Reply

    Welcome to Quebec, tabarnac!

  13. Chris Neil January 31, 2007 at 8:23 am - Reply

    The cold weather keeps us focused and looking for ways to get that break through company acquired so we can spend more time in warm climates.
    Bummer that i missed the conference – did not know about it.
    Maybe you should add a speaking events section to your blog…

  14. David Dufresne January 31, 2007 at 10:42 am - Reply

    Great pics ! What software or service do you use for the montage ?
    You’re giving me ideas and I migth swing by the Carnaval this week-end. We went last year with my Californian girlfriend (her first winter here) and she’s been having hot dreams about Bonhomme Carnaval ever since. That or Ottawa for a skate on the Rideau Canal.
    If you’re ever in Montreal and up for a game of shinny, let me know.
    Will do, but I’m done for travel in Canada until March. Thawing…
    I used Comic Life plus Skitch to make these photo essays.

  15. Ryan January 31, 2007 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Wow you got to meet Patrick Roy!?!

  16. Isabelle (yeah, that Isabelle) January 31, 2007 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Nice pictures! I am sure glad you enjoyed it here…Thanks a million for your presence at Startup!

  17. Circa CFD January 31, 2007 at 1:39 pm - Reply


    Bel effort de promotion touristique from Guy. :)…

  18. Francois Marcotte January 31, 2007 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    Cool and nice pictures !

  19. TP McKenna January 31, 2007 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    when does the Garage Roadshow hit London town? It would be great to see you in the UK.

  20. brem February 1, 2007 at 9:51 am - Reply

    Too bad you aren’t in Quebec for our first blogger meeting!
    Would have been awesome to have you as a guest!
    Next time perhaps!
    Glad to see you enjoyed the cold and the snow!

  21. Sasha February 1, 2007 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    I miss the snow every time I see pictures like these.
    The text over the photos is OK, but arrows are not really easy to see. There are tools on the Web to make photo mark-up nice and easy (and I’m honestly biosed to Spresent)
    Here is the link to presentation made from these photos:
    Guy, if you want to replace photos in the blog with embedded slide show – just let me know. Background music is an option too.

  22. nakliyat February 21, 2007 at 5:59 am - Reply

    thanks for all..

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