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In Montreal, 70,000 Households Move On the Same Day

Moving Day is a 269-year tradition in Quebec with no end in sight. It’s a most hectic experience in the province’s biggest city.
Last year, the city collected 55,000 tons of garbage on and around July 1, says city spokesman Philippe Sabourin
Last year, the city collected 55,000 tons of garbage on and around July 1, says city spokesman Philippe SabourinIván Hernández Cazorla/Wikimedia Commons (License CC-BY-SA 4.0)

Have you ever tried to haul a fridge up a rickety spiral staircase?

Thousands of Quebecers do it on a singular summer’s day, one that can be best explained as some kind of collective psychosis: Moving Day. Elsewhere in Canada, July 1 is Canada’s national holiday, an occasion marked by fireworks and a case of Molson. But for Quebecers, it is the provincial day of packing your stuff into a U-Haul and moving house.