Cannabis has been legal in Canada since October 17, 2018, but remains a controlled substance, like alcohol and tobacco.
For more on Québec City’s cannabis bylaws (in French only)
There are approximately 85 Roman Catholic parishes in the Québec City area.
1145, avenue De Salaberry, Québec
Basilique-cathédrale Notre-Dame de Québec
Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville, Québec
Place Royale, Québec
Holy Trinity Cathedral
31, rue des Jardins, Québec
Québec Baptist Church
70, Grande Allée Ouest, Québec
St. Andrew's Church
Corner of rue Sainte-Anne and rue Cook, Québec
Église Saint-Marc de Québec
2687, chemin des Quatre-Bourgeois, borough of
78, rue Sainte-Ursule, Québec
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
17, boulevard René-Lévesque Est, Québec
Congregation of Beth Israël Ohev Shalom Synagogue
1251 - 53, avenue de Mérici, Québec
(Centre culturel islamique de Québec)
794, avenue Myrand, bor. of Sainte-Foy–Sillery-Cap-Rouge
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses
8230, boulevard de l'Ormière, Québec
Centre bouddhiste Toushita
141, rue Saint-Jean, Québec
From May to October each year, more than twenty different cruise lines dock at the Port of Québec. These ships bring over 100,000 passengers and crew eager to explore Old Québec and the majestic Château Frontenac on foot. For more information, see the Cruises section.
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.
Police, fire and ambulance
To contact a nurse in case of a non-urgent health issue (7/24)
1401, 18e Rue, Québec
Côte du Palais, Vieux-Québec
Jeffery Hale Hospital
1250, chemin Sainte-Foy, Québec
Saint-François d'Assise Hospital
10, rue de l'Espinay, Québec
1050, chemin Sainte-Foy, Québec
Laval University Hospital (C.H.U.Q.)
2705, boulevard Laurier, Sainte-Foy
Tel-Aide Crisis Center
(open every day: anxiety, emotional crisis, depression)
7 days a week and statutory holidays.
Other 24 hour/day emergencies:
Police, fire and ambulance 911
Québec Provincial Police
(Sûreté du Québec)
418-623-6262 or 310-4141
(anywhere in the province of Québec)
Thanks to ZAP Québec, the Québec region has several access points throughout the city.
With very few exceptions, tips are not included in the final tabulation of restaurant bills. Tips are usually 15% of the total bill, excluding taxes. Cab drivers, bellhops and hairdressers are usually tipped at the customer's discretion.
French is the official language of Québec but English is widely spoken in tourist areas (attractions, hotels, restaurants and boutiques in tourist areas).
The legal drinking age in Québec is 18.
Bars and other licensed establishments are open Monday through Sunday until 3 am.
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.
A tax is payable on every lodging unit rented within the Québec tourist region. The tax is 3.5% per night if the visitor pays for lodging himself on site but $3.50 per night if the payment is made through a travel agency.
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.
Canadian and American dollars are not at par. American currency is accepted in most establishments at variable exchange rates.
Legal tender is the Canadian dollar, which divides into 100 cents. Bills come in the following denominations: 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollars. The coins in use are of the following denominations: 5, 10 and 25 cents, as well as one and two dollars.
On arrival, visitors should obtain Canadian currency at the official exchange rate in order to avoid problems.
Normal banking hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, with extended hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at some locations. Traveler's cheques, ideally in Canadian funds, are the safest way to carry money and are accepted by banks and major commercial establishments. There are different Canadian chartered banks with branches throughout the area along with over 100 Caisses populaires Desjardins (credit union) branches. See the local listings in the telephone directory.
Major credit cards such as American Express, MasterCard and Visa are accepted almost everywhere.
With the advent of automated teller machines, visitors can do banking through network systems like "Plus", "Circus", "Interac", etc. and enjoy excellent rates of exchange.
Here are some currency exchange offices located in Old Québec:
The Tobacco Law forbids smoking in all public buildings, including bars and restaurants.
Peak season is from May to October and in February, during the Québec Winter Carnival. Many resorts are located near the ski centres and the peak season runs from mid-December to March inclusively.
Spring break in Québec City is usually the first week of March.
Canadian postage stamps must be used to mail letters and postcards from Canada.
Post offices are open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. During their business hours, drugstores, convenience stores and the like also offer postal services including the purchase of stamps. The telephone number for postal information is 1-800-267-1177.
There is a post office and a philatelic counter in Old Québec at 5, rue du Fort, near the Château Frontenac.
Most banks, businesses and government offices are closed on the following legal holidays:
Most businesses, including shopping centres, are open as follows:
Monday to Wednesday: 9:30 am. to 5:30 pm
Thursday and Friday: 9 am to 9 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am to 5 pm
Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm (some merchants may only open at noon)
Business hours are usually longer in December and in tourist areas.
Stores are usually closed during statutory holidays, but certain merchants (supermarkets, SAQ outlets, etc.) may remain open.
As the cradle of French civilization in America, Québec City often plays host to English-speaking students who come to Québec for immersion in a predominantly French-speaking society.
To organize educational visits or student exchanges with local partners, contact Québec City Tourism for a list of schools offering such projects and for advice on how to set up exchanges.
Here is a list of supermarkets and grocery stores near downtown:
The federal tax on goods and services (GST) is 5% and applies to most goods and services in Canada. The provincial sales tax (PST) is 9.975% and is charged on the selling price not including the federal tax and applies to most goods and services purchased in Québec.
The PST visitor's rebate program is no longer in effect.
Daylight Saving Time (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.
|(Min / Max)||(Min / Max)|
|January||-18 / -8||0 / 18|
|February||-16 / -6||3 / 21|
|March||-9 / 0||16 / 32|
|April||-1 / 8||30 / 46|
|May||5 / 17||41 / 63|
|June||11 / 22||52 / 72|
|July||14 / 25||57 / 77|
|August||13 / 24||55 / 75|
|September||8 / 18||46 / 64|
|October||2 / 11||36 / 52|
|November||-4 / 3||25 / 37|
|December||-13 / -4||9 / 25|
|(cm / in)||(mm / in)|
|January||73 / 28.7||26 / 1|
|February||63 / 24.8||13 / 0.51|
|March||49 / 19.2||39 / 1.5|
|April||18 / 7.0||59 / 2.32|
|May||0 / 0.3||106 / 4.17|
|June||0 / 0||114 / 4.49|
|July||0 / 0||128 / 5.04|
|August||0 / 0||117 / 4.61|
|September||0 / 0||125 / 4.92|
|October||2 / 0.79||99 / 3.9|
|November||33 / 12.9||68 / 2.67|
|December||78 / 30.7||30 / 1.18|
Average annual snowfall: 120 inches (305 cm)
For more information about the weather, visit Meteorological Service of Canada's web site.
In spring and summer, a light sweater or coat sometimes comes in handy on cool evenings. In winter, a coat over layered warm clothing, hat, scarf, gloves however mittens are best and warm snow boots are necessary. Québec is a walking city, so comfortable footwear is a must.