This is French Canada at its most impassioned so efforts to communicate in French – if only a greeting – will be expected, though nearly everyone is bilingual. If your employees demonstrate anything more than a smattering of French then their stock might well rise.
The majority of Québec City’s business hotels – the Hilton, Delta and the Chateau Laurier among them – sit outside this historic city’s famous fortifications, close to the convention centre. But if your travellers prefer something a little more authentic then there are two excellent options within the Old Town. They are the famous Fairmont Chateau Frontenac (www.fairmont.com/frontenac), which dominates the skyline, and the significantly smaller but no less charming Auberge Sainte-Antoine (www.saint-antoine.com), a very smart Relais & Chateaux hotel.
The aforementioned Auberge Sainte-Antoine hotel is home to the multi-award-wining Panache restaurant. Located in a 19th century maritime warehouse, the cosy restaurant has low ceilings, stone walls and large timbers – and, in winter, an open fire – and serves traditional French Canadian cuisine ‘with a twist’. The restaurant is open daily until 10pm.
Maurice, on the city’s Grande-Allee thoroughfare, is a three-floored bar, nightclub and restaurant (The Voodoo Grill) set in a converted mansion. It’s popular with a trendy crowd and gets very busy at weekends.
Air Canada flies twice daily from London Heathrow to Montréal with numerous onward connections to Québec City. A more leisurely option of travelling between Canada’s two largest French-speaking cities is a three-hour trip on the popular VIA Rail train route.
Taxis from Québec City Jean Lesage Airport to the city centre charge around £20 and take about 20 minutes. A bus service costs around £2).
Québec City is four or five hours behind the UK depending on the season. The currency is the Canadian Dollar (CAD). British passport holders do not require a visa to enter Canada.
Québec City, as visitors will hear numerous times, is the only walled city in the Americas north of Mexico. Its impressive fortifications are worth exploring and a wander round the quaint Old Town and Petit Champlain is a must.
“Working hours vary throughout the country.
Some small businesses close completely in July and August and government departments may work variable hours during the summer months. Fewer UK business visitors come to Canada during the winter months of December-March.”
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