French clubs in the Lakes Region offer a bridge to family and friends | Local News

LACONIA — Tourists crossing the Canadian border into Quebec are greeted with “Bienvenue,” the French word for “welcome,” and the phrase on local license plates, “Je mesouvenir,” meaning “I remember remember”.

It has been the provincial motto since 1868, when the Prime Minister of Canada added “I remember” to a coat of arms sent to the nation by Queen Victoria of England.