We have had a few questions concerning language in Québec. Yes, French is the language spoken in Québec City! However, you will have no difficulty being served or getting directions in English! Do try using your French, it’s always appreciated. Have a look at this Youtube clip to see the differences between French as spoken in France and that spoken here in Québec: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw5Re7k1KBA.
There will be simultaneous translation for the Wednesday evening opening ceremonies and plenary session (http://www.sha2014.com/events.html#content6). What does this mean for you? You will be able to pick up a headset at the entrance to the room by leaving an identity card that will be returned to you when you give the headset back. Remember that the opening ceremony begins at 6:00 PM in the Québec Convention Centre, so please show up a few minutes early to avoid the crowd.
Want to visit museums while in town? The national museum “Les Musées de la civilisation” has a special offer for conference attendees. Show your conference name badge at any of the three satellites of the museum and get a substantial reduction on the entrance fee. Full information is printed on the back of your conference name badge. You will be able to visit the “Musée de la place Royale” and see the incredible archaeological collections from this site. The “Musée de l’Amérique francophone” is currently hosting “La colonie retrouvée”, an exhibition about the 1534-1536 Cartier-Roberval site. The “Musée de la civilisation” has several permanent and visiting world-caliber exhibitions. Learn more about the fantastic exhibitions on the “Musées” web page: http://www.mcq.org/index_en.html.
Would you like to participate in a friendly US/Canada hockey tournament? It will be on Saturday evening, January 11, from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM at the Parc de l’Esplanade outdoor rink on the rue D’Auteuil in the Old Town, just across from the “Assemblée nationale” (Parliament Buildings), but inside the fortification walls. Contact Antoine Loyer Rousselle for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The organizing committee is eagerly waiting for you. Have a safe and comfortable trip to Québec City!