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IFLA Conference

World Library and Information Congress: 74th IFLA General Conference and Council

"Libraries without borders: Navigating towards global understanding"

10-14 August 2008, Québec, Canada,

Spanish translation 

Sightseeing Tours

General Information and Cancellation Policy

Comfortable shoes and a light coat are recommended. All tours are designed to provide a memorable and comfortable visit. All participants and accompanying persons will be required to present their badge and ticket at the start of the tour.

Early booking is recommended as these special tours could be fully booked by the time of the conference. Please indicate the tours of your choice on the registration form and this should be accompanied by the correct full pre-payment. The Congress Secretariat will endeavour to book you on the tour of your choice; however, should this tour be fully booked we will refund your pre-payment to you.

Should you wish to cancel or amend a tour booking this request must be made in writing by email, fax or posted to the Congress Secretariat and received no later than June 6, 2008 by Concorde Services Ltd./Congrex UK. After June 6, 2008 no refunds can be made if you cancel your tour or special evening reservation. Tour departure points will be confirmed closer to the date of the conference but are likely to be close to the Québec City Convention Centre. The tours include, where applicable, transport in luxury air-conditioned vehicles, qualified registered guides and any entrance fees.

All information regarding tours and special evenings is correct at the time of going to print.

The Congress Secretariat reserve the right to cancel tours or special evenings in the event that minimum numbers are not reached to enable these to be viable. Should this occur, delegates will be advised in advance of cancellation and offered the option to book an alternative tour or special evening or alternatively receive a full refund of any deposits paid.

Tour and special evening prices are inclusive of Federal taxes (GST 6%) and provincial taxes (PST 7.5%) at the time of going to print. The Congress Secretariat reserves the right to amend prices should there be any alterations to these taxation rates.


Montréal and Ottawa

Date: August 6 - 9
19:00 hrs (day 1) – 16:00 hrs (day 4)
4 days / 3 nights
CAD 911 per person, Euro 583 per person (based on 2 people sharing); CAD 1,237 per person, Euro 792 per person (based on single occupancy)

Tour starts at the Montréal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and ends in Québec City.

Day 1: Welcome to delegates, 5 p.m.

Day 2: City tour by bus and visit to the Olympic Stadium Observatory. In the afternoon, visit to the Grande Bibliothèque and Frontenac Library, then travel to Ottawa via the scenic Outaouais region, with a visit to the Omega Animal Park.

Day 3: City tour of Ottawa by bus, with free time to visit the Library and Archives Canada Preservation Centre and the Library of Parliament. Visit to the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau.

Day 4: Ottawa-Québec – Travel to Québec City, including lunch at a sugar shack with traditional music entertainment.

Niagara Falls and Ottawa

Date: August 7 - 9
Time: 20:00 hrs (day 1) – 17:30 hrs (day 3)
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Price: CAD 844 per person, Euro 540 per person (based on 2 people sharing); CAD 1,089 per person, Euro 697 per person (based on single occupancy)

Tour starts at the Toronto Pearson International Airport and ends in Québec City.

Day 1: Trip to Niagara Falls

Day 2: Niagara-Ottawa – Breakfast and mini-cruise aboard the Maid of the Mist to the foot of Niagara Falls. Journey Behind the Falls (observation platform near the bottom of Horseshoe Falls) and tour of Niagara by bus. Lunch in a revolving restaurant. Departure for Ottawa in the afternoon.

Day 3: Ottawa -Québec City – visit to Ottawa and departure around 11 a.m. for Québec City. Lunch included at the Château Montebello.



Québec City Presentation

Date: Sunday 10 August
Time: Afternoon
Price: CAD 37 per person, Euro 24 per person

It all started in 1534... or maybe long before that? We invite you to learn about Québec City through our one hour presentation offered by one of Québec's foremost historians. This presentation will take place at the Quebec City Convention Centre on the afternoon of Sunday 10 August.

Espace 400E Passengers Exhibition

Date: Monday 11 or Wednesday 13 August
Time: 13th: 9.00 – 12.00
         11th: 13.00 – 16.00
Price: CAD 34 per person, Euro 22 per person

The Passengers exhibition will take the visitor through the human flow that has shaped the face of Québec City. This modern creation, inspired by the history of the settlement of the city over 400 years, will pay homage to Québec City and its inhabitants through images, testimonies, lyrics and music.

Through this extraordinary journey, the visitor, now a "passenger", will explore the stories of the flow of people who have lived, and still live, in Québec City.

Discover the History of Québec City

Date: Monday 11 or Thursday 14 August
Time: Morning
Price: CAD 49 per person, Euro 32 per person

Relive the unique history of the only walled city in North America: Québec City! Experience its European charm. Visit the upper and lower town districts and discover the Latin Quarter, the Plains of Abraham, the Ramparts, the world-famous Château Frontenac, Québec's National Assembly, the Québec Basilica, the Citadelle and of course Place Royale, where Champlain, founder of Québec City , built his first house.

Walking Tour of Québec's Fortifications and the Québec Citadelle

Date: Tuesday 12 August
Time: Morning
Price: CAD 53 per person, Euro 34 per person

Stretching over 4.6 km, the walls and ramparts bear witness to the evolution of Québec City's defensive system from 1700 to 1900. Walking along the ramparts, you'll be impressed by the imposing thickness of the walls and the size of the ditches. Visits to the Royal 22nd Regiment Museum, located in an old French powder magazine (1750), and a former military prison (1842) are included in the tour. You'll also have the chance to see the Changing of the Guard ceremony.

Ile d'Orléans Tour

Date: Wednesday 13 August
Time: Morning
Price: CAD 67 per person, Euro 43 per person

The island is one of the earliest French settlements in North America. You are invited to discover two of the main attractions offered on the Island. The Manoir Mauvide-Genest, located in Saint-Jean-de-l'île d'Orléans, is a Québec interpretation site describing the seigniorial regime of New France. It is the only one of its kind in North America and is part of the network of historic monuments in Quebec. The building still includes the structures built at the time of Louis XV and paints a detailed picture of the lives of settlers on île d'Orléans in those days. Visitors can admire the furniture and costumes depicting life in New France through guided tours and multimedia shows. Highlights of the Domaine Steinbach include a stone ancestral home, a 4,000-tree orchard and estate grounds featuring duck and goose breeding, a vinegar factory and an interpretation centre with cooking facilities for the processing of Domaine-grown products.

Cruise on the St. Lawrence River

Date: Wednesday 13 or Friday 15 August
Time: Afternoon
Price: CAD 69 per person, Euro 44 per person

Relive Jacques Cartier's discovery of Québec by cruising on the St. Lawrence River. Enjoy a unique cruise and discover a breathtaking view of Québec, île-d'Orléans and the Montmorency Falls, the highest falls in North America.

Côte-de-Beaupré Tour

Date: Monday 11 or Thursday 14 August
Time: Afternoon

Price: CAD 51 per person, Euro 33 per person

Discover Québec's rural history and enjoy the traditional villages along the Chemin du Roy overlooking the St. Lawrence River. The main attractions during the tour are the world-renowned Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica, the Montmorency Falls (the highest in North America), as well as the Manoir Montmorency and île d'Orléans with its exceptional view of Québec City. Several other stops are planned along the way such as the Albert Gilles copper shop, the Alphonse Paré wood sculpture gallery, and Chez Marie for a traditional fresh piece of bread covered with maple butter (at your own expense).

Amerindian Traditional Tour

Date: Tuesday 12 or Friday 15 August
Time: Afternoon

Price: CAD 60 per person, Euro 38 per person

Our first stop will be in the small village of Jeune Lorette, also known as Wendake or Village Huron. Check out the local museum and the Notre-Dame-de-Lorette chapel, built in 1731 (time permitting). Visit the traditional Huron site «ONHOUA CHETEK8E» and you will discover the beliefs, customs, and way of life of the Huron people, from times past to the present. «Koey Koey Ataro» (Hello my friend!), the Huron guides call out upon your arrival. It is their way of welcoming you to their territory. The guides will pass along some of their most precious secrets, helping you to come to know the Huron nation and its rich and glorious past.


Date: Tuesday 12 or Thursday 14 August
Time: Afternoon

Price: CAD 40 per person, Euro 26 per person

Welcome to Place Laurier, the largest shopping centre in Eastern Canada. We are determined to transform your shopping trip into an unforgettable experience. Our goal is to fulfil your wishes and surpass your expectations. We offer you smiles, solutions and satisfaction. Free shopping bags and coupons for all.


Whale Watching Tour in Charlevoix

Date: Friday 15 or Saturday 16 August
Price: CAD 147 per person, Euro 95 per person

The Charlevoix region has the greatest variety of whales in America and a wide range of smaller cetaceans, such as the humpback whale and fin whale. The largest mammal that ever lived, the blue whale, feeds off the coast of Charlevoix. Departing from Tadoussac, situated approximately 200 km northeast of Québec City, we are proposing a guided tour of this important whale sanctuary. All ships used for this adventure are government inspected and approved by the Canadian Coast Guard. Whale experts will provide information on the anatomy, habits and adaptations of these marine mammals. Warm clothing is recommended, as cool temperatures can be expected on the river.


Traditional Québécois Evening at a Sugar Shack

Date: Wednesday 13 or Friday 15 August
Price: CAD 69 per person, Euro 44 per person

The "sugaring-off party," features traditional Québec cuisine and folklore. When you arrive at the sugar shack on île d'Orléans, you will learn how sap is processed to make maple syrup and other products. As you enter the dining room, and throughout the meal, an accordionist will entertain you with a repertoire of traditional Québec folk songs. Before leaving, you can treat your sweet tooth to "la tire," maple taffy cooled on the snow!

Gourmet Meal at the Manoir Montmorency

Date: Thursday 14 August
Price: CAD 94 per person, Euro 60 per person

Located just beside the Montmorency Falls , which cascade 83 metres down to the river below (30 metres higher than Niagara Falls), the Manoir Montmorency is located on a historic site of natural beauty in the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency. From the terrace, you can admire the St. Lawrence River and île d'Orléans. A four-course dinner and transportation are included.

Dinner at L'Astral Restaurant

Date: Monday 11 August
Price: CAD 103 per person, Euro 66 per person

Located on the 22nd floor of the Loews Le Concorde Hotel, the dining room, which revolves 360 degrees in one and a half hours, offers you a panoramic view of the whole Québec City area. When visibility is ideal, you can see for dozens of kilometres. You can admire the Plains of Abraham, which are at the foot of the restaurant, as well as the Laurentian Mountains. It is a unique experience in all respects. A four-course dinner will be served.


Discover Charlevoix

Date: Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 August
Duration: 2 days / 1 nights
Price: CAD 906 per person, Euro 580 per person (based on 2 people sharing); CAD 1,174 per person, Euro 752 per person (based on single occupancy)

The Charlevoix region is where nature and culture exist in perfect harmony. The rivers of the Laurentian Mountains flow in cascades into the salty waters of the St. Lawrence River.

Day 1: Montmorency Falls, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica, Maison d'affinage Dufour, Baie-Saint-Paul, Papeterie Saint-Gilles, Musée maritime de Charlevoix, and dinner at the Bootlegger's house, a colourful building bristling with secret doors, hidden bars and private rooms, all linked by the narrow corridors of a surprising labyrinth.

Day 2: Tadoussac. This village enjoys a privileged location: the majesty of the St. Lawrence River and the Saguenay Fjord, the largest in the world. Leaving from Tadoussac, you take a cruise to the northern gateway of Maritime Québec, at the junction of two of Québec's most picturesque tourist regions: Charlevoix and Manicouagan. The experienced guides will show you how to spot the whales in the St. Lawrence River . Heading back to Québec City , you will be invited to enjoy Québec's best countryside restaurant, the Auberge La Camarine, located on historic Côte-de-Beaupré.

Adventure: Québec & Maritime

Date: Saturday 16 - Wednesday 20 August
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Price: CAD 2,091 per person, Euro 1,339 per person, (based on 2 people sharing); CAD 2,348 per person, Euro 1,505 per person, (based on single occupancy)

Main waterway to the interior of the continent, the St. Lawrence River has always been treacherous and a challenge for navigators. Day 1: Departure for Rivièredu-Loup, where we will take an interpretive boat trip to Île aux Lièvres. We will stay and explore the impressive 13-kilometre-long island for the next 2 days (9-km walk, 2-hour drive, and half-hour boat trip).

Day 2: We will walk the Grande Course trail. On the western tip, sea birds and white whales await. Discover the natural belvederes, explore the deserted beaches and spot a few seals basking in the sun (16 km walk).

Day 3: the trip will take us to the heights of Gaspésie National Park, where we will explore a subarctic environment, comparable to that of Québec's far north with its unique wildlife (beaver, moose, white-tailed deer and woodland caribou).

Day 4: A full day of hiking in the McGerrigle Mountains.

Day 5: Departure for Québec City and stop along the way in the charming town of Rimouski.

Cruise on the Saguenay Fjord

Date: Saturday 16 - Monday 18 August
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Price: CAD 1,214 per person, Euro 777 per person (based on 2 people sharing); CAD 1,687 per person, Euro 1,080 per person (based on single occupancy)

With walls that rise 2,000 feet above the sea, the Saguenay Fjord is one of the longest and southernmost fjords in the northern hemisphere. The krill-rich waters at its mouth are the feeding grounds for several species of whales and seals.

Day 1: Walk on the dunes and visit the Marine Mammal Interpretation Centre.

Day 2: From Tadoussac to l'Anse à la Boule: You have the option of hiking along a 10-km trail which hugs the eastern shore of the fjord and offers its breathtaking views and peaceful little coves where you'll see eagles and other birds such as the peregrine falcon.

Day 3: A leisurely mid-morning drive back to Québec City with a stopover in Baie St-Paul, where art galleries, shops and the Charlevoix Museum await you.