What to Expect in Québec

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Workshops: French and English simultaneously interpreted and/or English with bilingual assistance as needed.
Field Sessions: Presented in English, translation will be provided by bilingual participants as needed.
Paper Sessions: APT Conference speakers will be presenting in their native languages—French, English or Spanish. Headsets will be provided to listen to simultaneous interpretation into your preferred language.

The official language of the province is French. Most of the hotel, bar and restaurant staff also speak English. If you are a French speaker from another country, you must keep in mind that Quebecers don’t use the same words or expressions that you do to describe the same realities. You can always buy a guide of the French spoken in Québec to make sure you understand all the typical expressions.

Guide to frenquently used words and phrases.

Weather
For a visit in the fall, Québec's rainy season, pack a rain jacket and warmer clothes, such as a jacket and boots, since late autumn sees temperatures near freezing. The month of October is characterized by very rapidly falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs decreasing from 61°F to 45°F over the course of the month. Daily low temperatures range from 32°F to 45°F.

Budget
Here are some essential tips to remember when planning your budget. Keep in mind that the currency used in Québec is the Canadian dollar. If you want to use cash, you will need to exchange your money. A local bank will have the best rates. A credit card is the simplest way to make local purchases, but you could be charged foreign transaction fees. Check with your card issuer in advance. Some carriers wave the fee. (Click Here for a Forbes list of cards that waive the fee:

Tip for Americans: You can always find your way around with American currency, but the exchange rate between those two currencies is so low it’s worth it to convert your currency. If you choose to pay with American currency, be prepared to received change in Canadian currency and have an administrative fee tacked on.

Average prices listed are in American dollars.
For the meals, you can plan about $5 to $10 for breakfast, from $10 to $15 for lunch and from $15 to $100 for dinner. In the bars and pubs, you can normally get a beer for $4 to $6 a glass. Drinks and liquors are more expensive and cost about $6 to $10.

For a taxi ride, the flat rate is now $3.15. The total price for a taxi ride varies depending on the number of kilometers and on the duration of the ride.

Taxes and Gratuities
In Québec, there are two taxes applicable on all the transformed goods and on all the services. These taxes are the GST (Goods and Services Tax) and the QST, (Provincial Sales Tax). The GST is 5% and the PST is 9.75% and is applied directly to the sales price.
 
Gratuities in Québec are not included in the prices. At the restaurant and in bars, you should tip about 15% of the bill. Most of the Quebecers normally add both taxes of the bill, which equals about 15%, to know the right amount of tip to leave. At the hotel, the bellboy and the baggage handler normally are awaiting a tip of $1 per piece of carried luggage.

Electricity
Electric current in Quebec is 110 volts and outlets cannot receive European plugs, therefore bring an adaptor if you are coming from Europe.

Smoking
Smoking was banned in the province's bars, restaurants, clubs, casinos, and some other public spaces in 2006.

For more information, visit Québec CIty and Area, UNESCO or the Québec Travel Guide.

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