Group Visits

Walking Tour of Old Québec, World Heritage Site

Sunday July 17, 2022 – 13:30
$35 CAD /person
Minimum required: 15 participants


First a visit to the Québec Parliament and its flourishing gardens. A unique structure of architectural style inspired by the expansion of the Louvre in Paris. The tour stops onto Place d’Armes to enjoy its grandiose fountain statute. Close by, the tour continues to the Château Frontenac and its Dufferin Terrasse, a magnificent boardwalk overlooking the St. Lawrence River and offering a breathtaking view. Then is the Seminary of Québec, founded in 1663. Now occupied by the Architecture School of Laval University, this institution is a remarkable collection of buildings erected around enclosed courtyards. Following is the spectacular interior of the Notre-Dame-de-Québec Basilica-Cathedral. Then continuing to the Lower Town, finding ourselves in the middle of Place Royale where Samuel de Champlain founded Québec in 1608. Discover the restored houses of merchant families from the New France era. Let’s wander into cobblestone streets and historic houses and take a peek at the Royal Battery facing the river for the defense of the city. A ride in the Funicular will bring you back to the upper part of the city. Time to appreciate the St-Lawrence River’s panorama and a spectacular view of the lower town from a 45-degree angle.

2-hour walking tour
13:30 Departure from the Québec City Convention Centre

Commented visit of 2 research centers: COREM and INO

Date: Monday, July 18, 2022 – 17:30
$30 for registered participants
Duration: 2 hours
TBA - Departure from the Québec City Convention Centre

The Nordique Tiger! With an unemployment rate hovering around 4% annually, buoyant R&D sectors such as optics, photonics, biomedical and measurement systems technologies, highly skilled workforce in science, technology and medical sectors, Quebec City has one of the strongest, diversified and innovative economies in Canada.

Come and explore two different facets of this success by visiting two of the most dynamic research centers in Eastern Canada.

COREM (gold extraction)

COREM (Centre de Recherche en Exploitation Minérale) is a non-profit research center financed by the Government of Quebec and major gold-production companies. For the first time in a GOLD conference, attendees will have the opportunity to visit a state-of-the-art laboratory pilot plan where advanced processes for gold extraction and refining are developed for more sustainable mining and metallurgy practices.

INO (optics)

INO is the largest center of expertise in optics and photonics in Canada and is among the best technological research centres in the world. Visitors will have access to the microfabrication and materials science facilities of this solution provider and technology transfer facilitator which has had a huge impact on the development of the Optics R&D ecosystem in Canada.