Cannabis has been legal in Canada since October 17, 2018, but remains a controlled substance, like alcohol and tobacco.

  • The legal age for buying, using, or possessing cannabis in Québec is 18.
  • The use of cannabis, alcohol, or any other type of recreational drug is prohibited in the streets and public areas of Québec City. Being intoxicated with such substances in a public place is also prohibited.
  • Possession of any paraphernalia associated with illicit drug use in a street or public place is illegal. Public possession of materials for using cannabis is therefore allowed.
  • Adults may have up to 30 grams of dried cannabis or equivalent on their person in public.
  • Operation of a road vehicle is subject to a “zero-tolerance” policy. Anyone who has any detectible amount of cannabis or other impairing drug in their saliva is banned from driving.
  •  Sales, distribution, and warehousing of cannabis in Québec are handled by SQDC (Société québécoise du cannabis).

For more on Québec City’s cannabis bylaws (in French only)



Roman Catholic

There are approximately 85 Roman Catholic parishes in the Québec City area.

St. Patrick's
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

Reformed (French)

Église Saint-Marc de Québec
2687, chemin des Quatre-Bourgeois, borough of


Charlmers-Wesley Church
78, rue Sainte-Ursule, Québec

Greek Orthodox

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

Jehovah's Witnesses

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

Health Infoline 811

To contact a nurse in case of a non-urgent health issue (7/24)


Enfant-Jésus Hospital
1401, 18e Rue, Québec

Hôtel-Dieu Hospital
Côte du Palais, Vieux-Québec

Jeffery Hale Hospital
1250, chemin Sainte-Foy, Québec

Saint-François d'Assise Hospital
10, rue de l'Espinay, Québec

Saint-Sacrement Hospital
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)

Civil Protection

During a disaster, stay informed on the official accounts of the City of Québec :

For information about emergency preparedness, consult the website Get Prepared of the Government of Canada

Free wireless Internet connection

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).

Liquor laws

The legal drinking age in Québec is 18.

Bars and other licensed establishments are open Monday through Sunday until 3 am.

  • Liquor and most wines are only sold in stores operated by the Société des alcools du Québec (Québec Liquor Board). Here are some stores near the city center and main commercial streets:
  • 853, rue St-Jean, G1R 1R2 (Saint-Jean-Baptiste district)
  • 1059, avenue Cartier, G1R 2S6 (Montcalm district)
  • 400, boul. Jean-Lesage - Bureau 057 - Place-Jean-Lesage, G1K 8W1 (Saint-Roch district)
  • 1185, 3e Avenue, G1L 2X5 (Limoilou district)
  • 1305, avenue Maguire, G1T 1Z2 (Sillery)

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.

Lodging tax

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.

Metric conversion

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.

Banks and caisses populaires (credit unions)

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.

Credit cards

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.

Currency exchange

Here are some currency exchange offices located in Old Québec:

  • Devises étrangères Québec: 1127 rue Saint-Jean, G1R 1S3
  • Ice International Currency Exchange: 43, rue De Buade, G1R 4A2
  • Ice International Currency Exchange: 12, rue Sainte-Anne, G1R 3X2

No smoking regulations

The Tobacco Law forbids smoking in all public buildings, including bars and restaurants.

Peak season and spring break

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.

Postal service

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.

Québec statutory holidays

Most banks, businesses and government offices are closed on the following legal holidays:

  • New Year's (January 1 and 2)
  • Good Friday (March or April)
  • Easter Monday (March or April)
  • Victoria Day (second to last Monday in May)
  • Québec National Holiday (June 24)
  • Canada Day (July 1)
  • Labour Day (first Monday in September)
  • Thanksgiving Day (second Monday in October)
  • Christmas Day (December 25 and 26)

Shopping hours

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.

Student exchanges

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.

Supermarkets and Grocery Stores

Here is a list of supermarkets and grocery stores near downtown:

  • L’intermarché, 850 rue Saint-Jean, G1R 1R3 (Saint-Jean-Baptiste district)
  • L’intermarché, 272 rue Saint-Joseph Est, G1K 3A9 (Saint-Roch district)
  • Metro Plus Mail St-Roch, 860 boulevard Charest E, G1K 8S5 (Saint-Roch district)
  • L’intermarché, 435 rue Saint-Vallier O, G1K 1K9 (Saint-Sauveur district)


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.

Time zone

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.

Weather and climate

Month °C °F
(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

Average precipitations

Month Snow Rain
(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.

What to wear

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.