Useful Information

CLIMATE
Québec City has a humid continental climate (Koppen climate classification Dfb). In June the days will be bright and warm, and the nights cool:
Average High Temperature in June is 20°C (68°F)
Average Low Temperature in June is 10°C (50°F)
Average Temperature in June is 16°C (61°F)
Average Precipitation in June is 10.8cm
 
Watch the weather forecast: Environment Canada Weather Office.
 
 
ELECTRICITY
Québec’s electrical current is 60 cycles, 110 volts. An adapter is needed for electrical appliances using another type of current, such as the 220-volt European system. Delegates are encouraged to bring their own transformers if they are required for electronic devices. Most hotels provide guests with hair dryers and clothes irons.
 
Outlets are type A (two flat) or B – North American 3-pin (two flat one round ground)
 
 
INSURANCE
Delegates and accompanying persons are strongly advised to obtain travel, medical, personal, accident and luggage insurance in their home country prior to departure. The hosts accept no liability for any injuries or losses incurred by any participants and/or accompanying persons, nor loss of, or damage to, any luggage and/or personal belongings.
 
 
LANGUAGES
The official languages of Canada are French and English. While French speaking is the day-to-day language used in Québec City, most citizens speak English. Tourist area such as Old Québec along with hotels and other popular buildings can definitely serve you in English.
 
 
LIQUOR LAWS
The legal drinking age in Québec is 18. Bars and other licensed establishments are open Monday through Sunday until 3 am.
 
Liquor and most wines are only sold in stores operated by the Société des alcools du Québec (Québec Liquor Board). However, some wines and all Canadian beers are available in grocery stores and supermarkets, from 8 am to 11 pm.
 
Certain restaurants display “apportez votre vin” signs (“bring your own wine”). This means customers may enjoy their own wine and beer during the meal.
 
 
METRIC CONVERSION
Canada uses the metric system. Visitors find weather temperature reports given in Celsius degrees, gasoline sold by the litre (milk and wine by millilitres, and litres) grocery items in grams and kilograms, and road speeds posted in kilometres per hour.
 
 
RELIGIOUS SERVICES
Click here for a list of Québec City churches.
 
 
SMOKING
The Tobacco Law forbids smoking in all public buildings, including bars and restaurants.
 
 
TAXIS
All taxis are equipped with meters and charge a base rate upon pick up, plus a per-kilometre rate. Rates and extra charges are clearly posted in all cabs. Most taxis accept credit cards.
 
 
TELECOMMUNICATIONS
The international telephone access code for Canada is +1. The outgoing code is 011 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 01144 for the United Kingdom). The outgoing code is not necessary for calls to the USA. Most hotels charge fees in addition to the applicable long-distance charges for local and long-distance calls made from guest rooms.
 
If you wish to use your mobile/cellular phone while in Canada, many providers have roaming agreements with Canadian operators. For delegates who anticipate using their phones often, or who will be spending an extended period of time in Canada it may be less expensive to buy a pay-as-you-go SIM card which is available at most convenience stores. Pre-paid long-distance cards are also readily available.
 
 
TIME ZONE
Daylight Saving Time (DST) will be in effect during the CAP-ACP/WASPaLM 2013 Congress. DST comes into effect every year on the second Sunday in March when all timepieces are advanced by one hour. Canada reverts to Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the first Sunday in November when clocks are set back one hour.
 
 
TIPPING
It is customary for patrons to tip wait staff in restaurants (service charges are not automatically added to restaurant bills, except in the case of large groups). An average tip for satisfactory service is 15% to 20% of the total bill. Hairdressers and taxi drivers are usually tipped at the same rate, while bellhops, doormen, porters and similar service providers at hotels, airports and stations are generally paid $2 CAD per item of luggage carried.
 
 
WHAT TO WEAR
In spring and summer a light sweater or coat sometimes comes in handy on cool evenings. Québec is a walking city, so comfortable shoes are a must.
 
 
WIFI
Thanks to ZAP Québec, the Québec region has several access points throughout the city.
 
 
HISTORY
Québec City is the capital of the province of Québec, located within the Capitale-Nationale region. It is the second most populous city in the province after Montréal, which is approximately 233 kilometers (145 mi) to the southwest.
 
The narrowing of the Saint Lawrence River located next to Québec City provides the name given to the city, Kébec, an Algonquin word meaning “where the river narrows”. Founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, Québec City is one of the oldest cities in North America. The ramparts surrounding Old Québec (Vieux-Québec) are the only remaining fortified city walls in the Americas north of Mexico, and were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985 as the “Historic District of Old Québec”.
 
Québec City is located in the Saint Lawrence River valley, on the north bank of the Saint Lawrence River near its meeting point with the Saint Charles River. The region is low-lying and flat. The river valley has rich, arable soil, which makes this region the most fertile in the province. The Laurentian Mountains lie to the north of the city.
 
Upper Town lies on the top of Cap Diamant (Cape Diamond) promontory. A high stone wall surrounds this portion of the city. The Plains of Abraham, a historic site of 44 hectares (108 acres), is located just outside the Citadelle of Québec and the walls of Québec City. Lower Town is located at shore level, below Cap Diamant.
 
Much of Québec City’s best architecture is located east of the fortification walls in Vieux-Québec (Old Québec) and Place Royale. This area has a distinct European feel with its stone buildings and winding streets lined with shops and restaurants. Porte Saint-Louis and Porte Saint-Jean are the main gates through the walls from the modern section of downtown. West of the walls are the Parliament Hill district and the Plains of Abraham.
 
Québec City’s skyline is dominated by the massive Château Frontenac Hotel, perched on top of Cap Diamant. The hotel is beside the Terrasse Dufferin (Dufferin Terrace), a walkway along the edge of the cliff, offering beautiful views of the Saint Lawrence River.
 
Please visit the following 2 links for more information:
Bonjour Québec
Québec City and Area