General Information

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.

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 CDN 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.

Safety

Québec City is a small, welcoming and safe North American city. Quebeckers 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. However, caution should still be used in order to avoid falling victims to petty crime.

Climate

Québec’s climate is humid continental. August is between the middle and the end of the Québec summer season. For more weather information, visit Environment Canada.