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Located at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, Quebec City will charm you with its culture, its architecture of mixed French and British influence, and its diversified cuisine. Well known for its Old World charm combined with New World comfort, it is the only fortified city north of Mexico. Since 1985, its historical district has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

The provincial capital offers a wealth of discoveries and activities for all tastes. Whether you wish to visit one of our museums or historical sites, discover the city from an open-top bus, or participate in an outdoor activity, you will be only minutes away from most of the tourist attractions the city has on offer.

With its affordable accommodations and the legendary hospitality of its citizens, it’s not surprising that Quebec City welcomes few million  of tourists each year!
A host of other activities are available to you in the Greater Quebec City area. To find out more, go to Quebec City Offical web site, and Quebec Streets to find out privileges you can get on Quebec City attractions and restaurants during your stay. You can also find other breathtaking regions of Quebec just waiting to be discovered.

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CLIMATE

Québec's climate is humid continental. July is the middle of the Québec summer.
Temperature average is between 20° and 25° Celsius during the day.
 
Weather information: Environnent Canada www.meteo.gc.ca

PASSEPORTS AND VISAS

 
Visitors must hold a valid passport; a visa may be required in some cases. For more information about visas, please consult the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website at www.cic.gc.ca. You may also consult the nearest Canadian embassy, the consulate, a customs broker or your travel agent. Find out where is your closest visa application centre.

CURRENCY 
The legal currency is the Canadian dollar, which is divided into 100 cents. Bills are available in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollars. Coins are available in denominations of 5, 10 and 25 cents, plus 1 and 2 dollars. Canadian and US currencies are not at parity. US currency is accepted at most places with varying exchange rates. Consult the Bank of Canada Website for exchange rates. To avoid any inconvenience, we recommend that visitors obtain Canadian currency at the official exchange rate at a financial institution or travel agency when they arrive.

Photo : Guy Lessard

 INSURANCE

The fees for the Conference do not include any provisions for the insurance of participants against personal injury, sickness, theft, or property damage. This also applies to any event held during the Conference period. Participants and accompanying persons are advised to arrange for any insurance they consider necessary. Neither the Organizing Committee nor the agencies or partners involved in the organization of the Conference assume any responsibility for loss, injury or damage to persons or belongings, whatever the cause may be. Access to health care is costly for non-residents and we therefore recommend that participants arrange their own travel insurance (health and accident coverage). We also recommend that you arrange insurance for lost luggage and other incidents.

LANGUAGE

The official language of the Conference is English.


SAFETY

 
Québec City is a small, welcoming and safe North American city. Québeckers have built a stable, peaceful society through their open, tolerant culture, with 400 years of incorporating influences from France and England, and now Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa. As in all large cities, caution should still be used in order to avoid falling victims to petty crime.
 
TAXES
 
The federal goods and services tax (GST) of 5% and the Quebec sales tax (QST) of 9.975% are added to all purchases. Taxes are subject to change. For more information, visit the websites of the Canada Revenue Agency and the Ministère du Revenu du Québec.
 

TIPPING

In Canada, tips are not included on restaurant bills but are left to the customer's discretion. A tip of 15% of the total cost before taxes is recommended. We suggest you do the same for taxis.

Porters expect $1 per bag.

UNITS OF MEASURE

Canada uses the metric system.

VOLTAGE

In Canada, electricity is 110 volts, as in the rest of North America. Appliances from other countries outside North America require a power adaptor.