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Airport

The Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) is one of three international airports in Québec and is located 20 minutes away from the Colloquium venue: the Québec City Convention Centre. 

When you arrive at the airport, there is an information desk inside the terminal, before the security checkpoint, where you can find more information about transportation via taxi or bus. The standard taxi fare from the airport to downtown Québec City is $34.25. Bus tickets are $3.00 (exact change) or $7.00 for a day pass.

Banks

Banks are generally open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday to Friday, except public holidays. All major credit cards are accepted and automatic teller machines (ATMs) are widely available.

Currency

Canada’s currency is the Canadian dollar (CAD). Major credit cards are accepted everywhere and Travellers Cheques can be used at hotels, banks and some retail stores. If you are importing or exporting monetary instruments equal to or greater than CAN $10,000 (or the equivalent in a foreign currency), you must report the amount to the Canadian Border Services Agency when you arrive or before you leave Canada. This applies to cash or other monetary instruments.

Customs

Please visit the following website for a list of items you may, or may not, bring into Canada.

Disabled access

The law requires new buildings to provide access for people with disabilities, but check when booking. All venues of the Colloquium will have wheelchair access. If you are unsure please visit the registration desk or email colloquium@cochrane.org.

Driving and rental cars

Traffic drives on the right side of the road in Canada. You will need to provide a valid driver’s licence (in English) from your home country or an International Driver’s Permit to rent a vehicle. Minimum rental age varies from 21 to 25.

Emergency phone number

Dial 911 in health and safety emergencies for ambulance, police or fire services.

Geography

Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean. Canada is the world's second-largest country by total area, and its common border with the United States is the world's longest land border.

Goods and Services Tax

Goods and services purchased in Canada are subject to a tax which varies by province and territory. Tax in the province of Québec is calculated from a combination of the federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the Québec Sales Tax (QST), for a total of 14.975 per cent. Please click here for a list of tax rates for the remaining provinces and territories.

Insurance and medication
We strongly advise you to take out appropriate personal, travel and health insurance.  The event organizers shall not be held liable for personal accidents, loss or damage to private property of registered participants. In the event of disruption in the program for major or unforeseen causes, organizers accept no responsibility for economic losses incurred by delegates. Please see our full disclaimer here.

Visitors bringing medication are advised to carry a doctor's certificate to avoid possible problems with Canadian Customs. Doctor's prescriptions are needed to obtain certain drugs in Canada.

Personal safety

Canada is one of the world’s safest destinations, but basic safety precautions should be taken. Canada has a relatively low crime rate, but please take sensible precautions such as keeping valuables out of sight and locking doors and vehicles, even in remote locations. Avoid walking around empty or poorly lit areas. It is advisable to carry only the money you will need for each day. You must pay attention in crowded places, such as public transport or department stores, as is expected in any major city.

Population

The 2011 Canadian census counted a total population of 33,476,688. Approximately 80 per cent of Canadians live in urban areas concentrated in the Québec City–Windsor Corridor, the British Columbia Lower Mainland, and the Calgary–Edmonton Corridor. According to the 2006 census, the country's largest self-reported ethnic origin is Canadian (accounting for 32 per cent of the population), followed by English (21 per cent), French (15.8 per cent), Scottish (15.1 per cent), Irish (13.9 per cent), German (10.2 per cent), Italian (4.6 per cent), Chinese (4.3 per cent), First Nations (4 per cent), Ukrainian (3.9 per cent), and Dutch (3.3 per cent).

Smoking

Smoking in Canada is banned in indoor public spaces and workplaces (including restaurants, bars, and casinos) and most outdoor patios, by all territories and provinces, and by the federal government. Many venues/buildings will not allow individuals to smoke near entranceways.

Time zone

Canada is quite large geographically and, therefore, has six time zones. During the Colloquium, Québec City will be following Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). EDT is four hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). More information about Canadian time zones can be found here.  

Tipping

Gratuities are seldom included in Canadian restaurants.  It is customary to tip approximately 15 per cent on the total bill before tax, 20 per cent for exceptional service.  Many restaurants may charge an automatic 15 per cent or more gratuity for larger groups.  This is up to the individual establishment but is usually applicable to groups of eight or more.

It is also a good idea to tip in hotels. Tipping in hotels does not stop with the hotel staff that brings baggage to a guest room. For example, if the valet service is used to park a car, it is customary to leave a tip. It is also appreciated when a tip is left for your hotel room attendant. One idea is to write 'Thank You' on a notepad and leave the tip there.

Tipping is also customary for other service providers such as hairdressers, manicurists, aestheticians and taxi drivers. In these cases the percentage of tip is really up to the individual, but 10 per cent minimum is common.

You can find this information and more about etiquette and behaviour in Canada on the TripAdvisor website.

Transport

Québec City is generally well served by air transport, rail and bus networks. For independence, visitors may hire a rental car when they arrive at the Jean-Lesage International Airport.

Vaccinations

No vaccination certificates are required to enter Canada.

Water

Tap (faucet) water is fresh and safe to drink throughout the country. Water taken from rivers or lakes should be boiled or treated.

Weather

The average temperature in Québec City in September is a high of 17 degrees Celsius and a low of 7 degrees. Fall may be Québec's most famous season. The spectacular changes in the foliage attract many tourists in late September — roughly from the third week of September to the second week of October.

Weight and measurement

Canadians typically discuss the weather in degrees Celsius, purchase gasoline in litres, observe speed in kilometres, and read road signs and maps displaying distances in kilometres. Canadians typically use a mix of metric and imperial measurements in their daily lives. Fahrenheit is often used for cooking, as are imperial cooking measurements. Stationery and photographic prints are also sold in sizes based on inches and the most popular paper sizes, letter and legal, are sized in imperial units. People commonly use imperial measurements for height and weight.