Gaspé, Que. doesn’t come up in conversation too often. Despite being the cradle of French culture in Canada, the point where Jacques Cartier took possession of New France in 1543, the seaside town of around 15,000 has become the sort of place known for heavy snowfalls, year-round winds and tourists who come to snap photos next to the gargantuan windmill blades manufactured nearby.
Recently, it added “home to Canada’s newest currency” – the demi – to its quirks.
The local currency, French for “half”, is the byproduct of a discussion between friends and a visitor over pints at the local microwbrewery Le Naufrageur, explains Martin Zibeau, one of the first adopters, to Macleans.
But it’s not printed with local symbols nor registered with a local currency exchange. Instead Gaspé demi adopters have taken the simple route: cut your Canadian bills in half. That’s right. All you have to do is physically cut your twenty, ten or five dollar bill in half.
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