The Joint 88th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists and the 13th Annual Quebec Molecular Parasitology Meeting
The site for the joint 88th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists and the 13th Annual Quebec Molecular Parasitology Meeting will be the Loews Le Concorde Hotel located in the heart of the Old Quebec City (‘Vieux Quebec’). The hotel offers unobstructed views of the St. Lawrence River, Old Quebec City, Plains of Abraham within the Battlefields Park, site of the battle in which the British took Quebec from France, the Citadelle of Quebec, and the Parliament Building. Surrounded by ‘Grand Allee’ Avenue's trendy shops, restaurants, and bars, this Quebec City hotel is a five-minute walk from the ‘Vieux Quebec’. At the Loews Le Concorde, L'Astral, a traditional French dining rooftop rotating restaurant provides panoramic views of the city. The hotel includes an outdoor pool, a spa tub, two saunas, a fitness center and a children's recreation centre. Loews Hotel Le Concorde is rated one of the “Top Hotels in Canada” in the 2011 Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards.
Quebec City is one of the oldest European settlements in North America founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain. Its European background and modern North American character are set off by a heady blend of history, traditional and contemporary art, and French language culture to make Quebec City a destination like no other. The ramparts surrounding Old Quebec are the only remaining fortified city walls that still exist in the Americas north of Mexico, and were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985 as the 'Historic District of Old Quebec'. Much of the city's most notable architecture is located east of the fortification walls in Vieux-Quebec and Place Royale. This area has a distinct European feel with its stone buildings and winding streets lined with shops and restaurants. Quebec City is often referred to as North America’s fine dining capital and has more than 100 memorable restaurants and cool bistros in the historic Old City alone. Quebec City's skyline is dominated by the massive Château Frontenac Hotel, perched on top of Cap-Diamant overlooking the St. Lawrence River. The Upper Town is linked by the Escalier «casse-cou» to the Lower Town, which includes such sites as the ancient Notre-Dame-des-Victoires church, the historic Petit Champlain district, the port, and the Museum of Civilization. The Lower Town is filled with original architecture and street designs, dating back to the city's beginnings.
Quebec City offers a stellar lineup of cultural and internationally renowned festivals and events, plays, shows, museums, and concerts to enjoy. The magnificent Montmorency Falls are located at 20 km from Quebec City and many other gorgeous landscapes are few kilometers from town. Quebec City has been showered with all kinds of awards from the tourist industry. The November 2010 issue of Condé Nast Traveler ranked it second in its list of the top 10 destinations in North and South America (excluding the United States) and 10th worldwide. Meanwhile the August 2010 edition of Travel Leisure magazine placed it 8th in its list of the best cities in the United States and Canada in its World’s Best Awards 2010.
The Quebec City area is easy to get to by plane, train, or car: it's well served by an efficient highway network, and Jean Lesage International Airport is just 16 km from downtown. The Weather in Quebec City for the months of June-July is pleasant with warm days (22-25°C) (72 - 77 °F) and lows of 11-13 °C (51-56 °F).
As usual, the scientific program will be diverse, rich and stimulating. Plan to attend the 2013 meeting in Quebec City. Bring your family and plan to stay a few days prior or after the meeting to enjoy the beautiful City of Quebec and the many outdoor attractions in the Quebec area.