Quebec - Health and Safety - The Traveller


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Friday, March 16, 2012

Quebec - Health and Safety

Health Insurance

In Canada, health care costs are very high for foreign tourists (hospital rates from 1 000 to 2 000 USD per day). Hospitals and clinics are more formal than the United States and require the submission of an insurance ID card to accept an admission. It is therefore essential to take prior to departure, travel insurance with full repatriation assistance.


- 911: toll-free number to dial 24 h/24 for all types of emergencies.
Hospital emergency rooms are often very, very congested and time to support very long.

Mosquito and Tick

By the end of winter, mosquitoes and black flies (black flies) proliferate and attack warm-blooded animals - the man in this case - with an aggressiveness that is rarely seen, even in the tropics.

Only solutions: bed nets and protective clothes, skin repellents effective. On site, in specialty stores in the camping, there are a range of products adapted to the country. But beware; they are generally unusable for 12 years. If you are traveling with children, buy more before departure (for example the range Insect Screen), or opt for clothing nets, mosquito-like mini head.

Also, ticks are very numerous in all forest areas and tree, in other words almost all of southern Canada. Ticks can transmit a dangerous infection: Lyme disease. To avoid this, when all rural residence: wrap up warm head (hat), arms, legs and feet; check yourself regularly to reduce the risk (it takes 24 hours for a tick to transmit disease) .


Low crime rate, crime virtually nonexistent, Quebec is not a dangerous destination. The cities are very safe, and Canadian society is not violent. Of course, as everywhere, do not tempt fate and take sensible precautions against theft...

In nature

- Many bears inhabit the forests of the east. Although they rarely represent a danger, we should be careful. When camping, the major precaution is to never leave food in or near your tent, or even toiletries! It is advisable to pack the stores in a nylon bag and hang them from the branch of a tree, away from your tent and trunk (which bears can climb) at least 3 m above the ground.

If still you fall face to face with a plant grade, first throw down any food you carry, put yourself into the wind so he can feel and do not approach. Do not run away either.

- In summer, the forests are infested with mosquitoes and black flies that bite ferociously. In general, the higher up north, there are more (up to at least some discretion). These insects are so numerous and sometimes painful as they push you to turn back.

If you plan to camp or walk in the parks, especially, especially, get yourself creams, avoid perfume and wear dark colors.

June is the worst month of the year it starts to calm down in July, but still ... sea
​​and wearing dark colored clothing. June is the worst month of the year it starts to calm down in July but ...

- On the road signs indicate areas populated by moose (elk) and other caribou (reindeer family). Slow down, especially at night, because the animal tends to be dazzled stop in the middle of the road.

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