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The official language of the conference is English. All presentations must be in English. Simultaneous translation will not be available.

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Flying to Québec City

Located 16 km from the city’s centre, the Jean-Lesage International Airport is served by:

 - Air Canada (
 - Porter Airlines (
 - United Airlines (
 - WestJet (
 - American Airlines (
 - Delta (
 - Air Transat (


International flights to and from Québec, usually require a connection in Montréal, Toronto or another Canadian or American city. If you transit through the United States, make sure you have the necessary documents.

Airport Transfers

Taxis fare from the airport to the city centre is a flat Can$35.10. The RTC bus service serves the airport every 30 minutes with two bus routes for 3.50$, but it takes around 40 minutes to reach a central destination. See below information on bus schedules.

Flying to Montréal and Connecting by Bus to Québec City

It is possible to stop at Trudeau Airport in Montréal and travel by bus to Québec City. See the Orléans Express Network for the schedule from Trudeau Airport to Québec (centre-ville), the closest to the conference venue, or to Québec (Sainte-Foy), the closest to rooms at Université Laval main campus and the surrounding area.

By Train and Bus

For North Americans, it is possible to travel to Québec City by train : see Via Rail Canada for more information.  The Gare du Palais is the closest station to the conference venue.

It is also possible to travel by bus: for information, see Orléans Express Network : Québec (centre-ville) is the closest station to the conference venue and Québec (Sainte-Foy) the closest for rooms at Université Laval and the surrounding area.


The local bus network of Québec City, Réseau de transport de la capitale (RTC), is an easy way to travel in Québec City. The bus routes and schedule are available here and with the RTC Nomade Mobile App.  

    An exclusive offer for the IAPS Conference participants

    - 6 consecutive days public bus pass (RTC) for only Can$21.00


The bus pass has to be ordered and paid for when registering to the conference and will be given along the name badge at the IAPS registration desk. It will not be possible to buy it at the conference venue

When looking for accommodation and if you intend to use the bus in Québec, you must know that there are rapid bus routes served by the Metrobus with numbers in the 800. This is the fastest way to travel in the city.


The currency is the Canadian dollar. Bank debit or credit cards are the most convenient means of getting cash at the many Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) spread throughout the city : they accept cards with the Interac, Plus, and Cirrus networks.  Most businesses accept U.S. currency and traveler’s cheque, as well as major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, and American Express).


There is a 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST) in effect in Canada and a Provincial Sales Tax (PST) of 9.975% in the Province of Québec, for a combined tax rate of 14.975%. These taxes are applicable to most items and are not refundable. An additional 3,5% is also applicable on hotel accommodation.  


The electrical current is the same as in the United States: 110 volts AC at 60Hz. Adapters are required for electrical devices from other countries. You can use either a type A or a type B adapter.



Convenient locations for accommodation


There is, in Québec City, a variety of accommodations to meet all budgets. We advise you to book early, because June 24th is an important National Holiday and it marks the beginning of the summer holiday.


No matter what kind of accommodation you will be looking for, you will probably first want to select a location. Here are the areas we recommend, although the list is not exhaustive.


  • The Upper Town (Haute-Ville) and the Lower Town (Basse-Ville): they are divided by a cliff. Street and bus communication is good between the two, but if you are physically limited you will probably prefer the Upper Town.

  • The conference venue, the School of Architecture, is located in the Old Québec Upper Town. Many hotels, large and small, a few appartment-hotels and the two youth hostels are close by. One can walk everywhere in the Old Québec  and its immediate surrounding. Hotels in the Old Québec Lower Town, also known as the Old Port (Vieux-Port) have a limited number of rooms, many are of the «boutique» type and generally on the expensive side, although you can find a few with average rates. The Old Québec is the main touristic sector.

  • The Colline parlementaire is an administrative area in the Upper Town, with many of the larger hotels as well as a few small hotels in former houses. It is within walking distance from the School of Architecture (10 to 20 minutes). On the south side of this area, one finds Québec’s larger urban park, the Plaines d’Abraham, as well as the Grande Allée, one of the busiest streets for restaurants, terraces and bars. On the north side, one finds St-Jean-Baptiste neighbourhood, a former working-class suburb that over the years has been transformed by housing coop and small businesses. It is a less touristic area much loved by local people.

  • St-Roch in the Lower Town is the former commercial center of Québec City, ‘abandoned’ for years before being gradually rehabilitated into a mixed area of new and renovated housing, artists lofts, tech enterprises and commercial premises. It is within walking distance (15 to 20 minutes) from the School of Architecture, although one has to walk up the cliff. It is no great challenge for people with no physical limitations, but some could prefer to take the bus.

  • Further north, there is Limoilou, a very popular area. The walk to the School of Architecture in over 20 minutes, but there is a high frequency metrobus line serving the area. However, there is very little accommodation for short stays.

  • Finally, a word concerning Ste-Foy, where is located the main university campus, Université Laval. It is a typical North American suburb built from the 50’s on. Now Québec’s second centre, its core is structured along a main boulevard (Laurier) with offices, three big shopping centres and many hotels. The main advantages of this area are the hotel cheaper rates, the large availability of rooms in the university residences and the rapid and frequent Metrobus to the Old Québec.

Hotels with special rates for the IAPS Conference

Booking must be done through the official IAPS conference links to get exclusive hotel rates. Rates indicated are competitive with those you can find on major discount hotel websites. In addition, you have no deposit to make and it is possible to cancel your reservation without charge until 72 hours before the event. There is no service charge for making your reservation. Your credit card information will be asked to guarantee your room reservation, but no payment will be made on your card.

Room blocks are limited and exclusive rates are subject to availability. Therefore, book as soon as possible.

In order to book a room at one of these hotels, reserve directly with the web link indicated. If you have any problem with one of our proposed hotels, you can contact us at  OR by calling           +1 (418) 522-8182 or +1 (800) 618-8182 #0 Monday to Friday - 9h00 to 16h00 U.S. / Canadian Eastern Time.

* Unless mentioned otherwise, all prices below are for a single or double occupancy

** Prices do not include taxes

Le Capitole Hotel (5*)

10 min. walk 

Opened in September 2019, this hotel complex houses 109 brand new rooms, suites and penthouses. The reception desk located on the seventh floor offers stunning panoramic views of Old Québec and open onto The Clubby Bar with a unique cachet. 


From June 19th to June 27th 2020

  • King bed / City view : $319/night 

  • King bed / Fortifications view: $329/night

  • Executive/King bed/Mountain or City view: $339/night

  • Two Queen beds/Mountain view: $359/night

  • King bed and sofa bed/Mountain view: $369/night

Reservation link:

Toll free line : 1-800-363-4040 (North America)

Direct line : + 418-694-4040

Promotional Code is: IAPS2020 (user: IAPS)

Hotel Clarendon (4*)

5 minutes walk

Inaugurated in 1870, this hotel offers a distinctive historical experience while providing the comfort and services of a 4-star hotel.


From June 19th to June 28th 2020

  • Regular room : $181 /night 

  • Superior room, 2 queen beds : $221/night 

  • Executive room : $251/ night 

       (Add $20/person in triple or quadruple occupation)

Reservation link :

Website :

Toll free line : 1-800-554-6001 (North America)

Direct line : + 418-692-2480


Group ID Code is : IAPS 2020

Monastère des Augustines (3*) 

5 minutes walk

Live an unforgettable experience within the historic walls of Le Monastère des Augustines, site of the continent’s first hospital north of Mexico. Sensitively restored and redesigned, Le Monastère offers its guests a unique experience in holistic health, along with a rare opportunity to connect directly with the Augustinian Sisters’ remarkable heritage. We welcome people of all cultures and beliefs, and are proud to operate our facilities sustainably.

From June 20th to June 26th 2020

  • Contemporary room, private bathroom: $179/night  



Reservation link :

Toll free line : 1-844-694-1639

Group ID Code is : IAPS-0619

The Palace Royal (4*)

7 to 10 minutes walk

Close to the Old Quebec fortifications, the Palace Royal Hotel offers elegance and comfort.

From June 20th to June 26th 2020

  • Classic room: $239/night 


Reservation link :

Toll free line : 1-800-567-5276 (North America)

Direct line : + 418-694-2000

Group ID Code is : 4798330

Delta Québec (4*)

15 minutes walk

Centrally located in Québec, the hotel is steps away from the Observatoire de la Capitale, Parliament buildings, Plains of Abraham and to the Citadelle of Québec.

From June 21st to June 26th 2020

  • Regular room: $269/night 

       (Add $20/person in triple or quadruple occupation)


Reservation link :


Toll free line : 1-844-860-3756 (North America)

Direct line : + 418-647-1717

Group ID Code is : IAPS 2020


Château Laurier (4*)

15-20 minutes walk

Ideally located at the gates of Old Québec, the hotel offers a haven of comfort and tranquility.

From June 20th to June 27th 2020

  • La Classique: $199/night  *

  • L'Ultra: $214/night 

  • La Contemporaine: $229/night  *

  • La Luxueuse: $319/night 

       (* Add $20/person in triple or quadruple occupation)


Reservation by phone or email


Toll free line : 1-800-463-4453 (North America)

Direct line : + 418-522-8180


Group ID Code is : 27991

Marriott Québec (4*)

15 minutes walk

In the heart of Old Quebec with unparalleled renowned customer service, The Marriott-Quebec City Downtown is located just a few steps from Place D’Youville and the fortifications.

From June 20th to June 26th 2020

  • One king bed room: $269/night  


Reservation link :


Toll free line : 1-866-694-4004 (North America)

Direct line : + 418-694-4004

Group ID Code is : IAPS 2020

Hôtel le Concorde Québec (3*)

20 minutes walk

Located in the heart of beautiful Québec City, nearby museums, activities, attractions and major events of the region, the hotel offers a beautiful view of the fleuve Saint-Laurent, of Québec City and of its numerous parks and green spaces.

From June 21st to June 25th 2020

  • Regular room: $195/night 

       (Add $20/person in triple or quadruple occupation)


Toll free line : 1-800-463-5256 (North America)

Direct line : + 418-647-2222

Group ID Code is : IAPS 826208

Hôtel ALT Québec (3*)

40 to 45 minutes by metrobus 800 ot 801, including a 7 to 10 min. walk 

Located in the commercial core of Ste-Foy, very comfortable hotel with good services and a good bistro.


From June 19th to June 27th 2020

  • Regular room: $174/night 



Reservation link:

Toll free line : 1-800-463-5253 (North America)

Direct line : + 418-658-1224

Promotional Code is: 2006IAPS20


Summer Housing of the Services des Résidences de l’Université (3*)

35 to 40 minutes by metrobus 800 and 801, including a 7 to 10 min. walk 

The residences are located on the campus of Université Laval, with a convenient bus station for Metrobus as many other lines. *Breakfast included


From June 21st to June 26th 2020

  • Standard university room (shared bathroom), single occupancy: $60.50/night 

  • Standard university room (shared bathroom), double occupancy: $84 /night 

  • Superior university room (private bathroom): $112.50 /night 


To book, use the following form and select the proper event in the scrolling list at the end: 


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Hotel Classique (3*)

45 minutes by metrobus 800 and 801, including a 7 to 10 min. walk 

Located a few kilometers from downtown and near the Quebec and Pierre-Laporte bridges, the train and bus stations and the Jean-Lesage airport, the Hotel Classique stands out due to its strategic location. Hotel Classique is within walking distance of the city’s largest shopping mall and restaurants.


From June 20th to June 27th 2020

  • Standard room: $159/night


Reservation link:

Toll free line : 1-800-463-1885 (North America)

Promotional Code is: 649294


More blocks of rooms to come soon for the following hotels :


  • Fairmont Chateau Frontenac (5*) (5 min. walk)

Warning: Other hotel resellers may contact you offering housing options, pretending to be IAPS vendors or promise you discounted hotel reservation rates. They are not endorsed by or affiliated with the event and entering into financial agreements with such companies may have costly consequences. We cannot guarantee room rates or availability by any other company or representative.

Hotel rates

Other recommended accommodations according to location


The following lists are presented as information

A few steps away in the Old Québec-Upper Town

  • Manoir Victoria (4*), a comfortable and much liked hotel with a very good bistro.

  • Château Frontenac (5*), a sumptuous landmark with great views, also very expensive.

  • Hotel Monsieur Jean (4*), a new hotel with suites that come with a kitchenette and a king bed

  • Many small hotels in historic houses (2* or 3*), of varying quality and comfort, many quaint and charming

  • Auberge internationale de Québec, a widely appreciated youth hostel with private and shared rooms

  • Auberge de la Paix, smaller youth hostel, with a few private rooms

In the Old Quebec Lower Town (the Old port)

  • All the following are the ‘Boutique type’, therefore on the expensive side: Auberge Saint-Antoine, Le Germain-Dominion, Le Saint-Pierre and Hotel 71

  • Hôtel Port-Royal has a few suites that can accommodate 4 persons at a fair rate.

  • Many small hotels will be found through the usual booking sites.

On the Colline parlementaire (10 to 15 minutes walk)

  • A few small hotels in former houses.

  • Appartements Tour St-Jean, an appartment-hotel in the core of St-Jean-Baptiste

In Saint-Roch

  • Best Western PLUS Centre-Ville Québec (4*), standard comfortable hotel

  • Hotel PUR by Starwood (4*), standard comfortable hotel

  • Royal Williams (3*), standard comfortable hotel offering good rates

  • A few small hotels in recycled industrial buildings

  • Les Résidences de Québec de l’Université du Québec (4*) beautiful comfortable studios and appartements at a good rate.

In Ste-Foy

  • Summer Housing of the Services des Résidences de l’Université is mentioned above

  • Along the Boul. Laurier, there are a lot of hotels at good rates well served by the RTC bus service.

Other accommodation listings and booking sites

You will find more information and more accommodations on the usual booking plateform as well as on the following sites:



IAPS 2020 is going virtual

As the world is physically coming to a halt, our minds and determination are not. More than ever, we need to confront our research results, discuss future avenues and even celebrate. This is why, in a shared decision with IAPS board, we decided to innovate and go forward with a virtual conference.


This choice will respond to many young researchers who asked for this in consideration of the fight to climate change. It is now a response to the tightening economic situation: a virtual conference will save everyone huge costs in terms of travel and accommodation expenses. It is also a flexible response to health and fatigue considerations : people will be able to join the conference from anywhere they are connected. Finally, it will be an opportunity to reach out to a much larger audience worldwide.


Now, tight planning is needed to make a success of this change : rescheduling the program over many time zones to accommodate all of you; planning for new costs and, hopefully, new savings; testing technologies, etc. We are hopeful that by the end of March we will be able to send out detailed information on how it will proceed.


Your thoughts and feedback on this exciting venture are important to us : this is why you will be surveyed during the next few days.


As we wrote two days ago, the situation changes from hour to hour. In the province of Québec, there are still only 17 cases. However, the government announced drastic measures to limit the spread of the virus. Namely, forbidding all gatherings of 250 people or more, including of course, conferences, and closing all schools, colleges and universities for the next two weeks 

IAPS 2020 being set for the end of June, we can be hopeful that the world-wide situation will have improved by then. Being said, we are actively looking for innovative measures to facilitate the participation of all those who want join IAPS 2020, in consultation with the members of the board.



A rapidly changing situation

We are closely monitoring the situation and examining various scenarios for the conference.

At the moment, Canada remains a low risk country. We are still confident that we will be able to ensure a safe environment for conference attendees. Therefore, for now, we are going forward preparing a stimulating conference. But, as elsewhere, the situation can change rapidly and we also acknowledge the travel restrictions enforced by many universities and countries, especially in hard-hit countries. 

This is why we are exploring a variety of avenues with our university and the IAPS board. More to come soon.

Uncertainty prevailing, we will post new information every Wednesday. Stay tuned!



Frequently asked questions about Covid-19

Coronaviruses are a large family of respiratory viruses. Some cause less-severe disease, such as the common cold, and others more severe disease such Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Whilst the current outbreak of Covid-19 is still being investigated, it appears to be moderately infectious and able to be passed from human to human, primarily by droplet spread, as for other respiratory viruses. Whilst many cases will be of a mild illness, a small percentage progress to more severe illness and pneumonia. The current risk assessment for IAPS 2020 is LOW. This is because the host country has put in place a range of screening and isolation measures that despite occasional cases, are likely to be very effective in limiting the outbreak from taking hold.

Will IAPS 2020 be canceled because of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

At the moment, IAPS 2020 is proceeding as planned. The safety of attendees is our highest priority, and we will continue to monitor advice from public health authorities and provide updates as needed.

Are many people cancelling because of COVID-19?

We have not received cancellations at this time, we do not expect cancellations due to COVID-19 in the US, Canada and most European countries.

Is there a cancellation fee?

A $50 processing fee will be charged for all registration cancellations before April 15th. Cancellation requests received after April 15, 2020 will be subject to an administrative charge of 50%. If the event is officially cancelled only a 50 $ CAD administrative charge will apply. Cancellation requests must be sent to

After May 1st, no refunds will be made. Note that cancelling your meeting registration does not cancel your hotel reservation; you must cancel directly with the hotel.

Will there be hand sanitizer available?

Yes. Organizers will specifically request Facilities Management to ensure hand sanitizer is available.

Should participants get or wear masks?

No. There is no evidence that masks help well people in low risk environments, and we discourage their use at the meeting. It may even increase spread of virus because we touch/adjust it so often. In line with UN Medical Directors guidance, we will not provide masks to well participants.

Where can I find more information about COVID-19?

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for Canada. Public health risk is continually reassessed as new information becomes available.

Please consult the Government of Canada information page for current advice and situation updates. If you are traveling to IAPS 2020 from outside the US we recommend you also monitor travel advice from your national public health authorities.

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