Tourism Geographies Conference

Program (pdf)

The International Geographical Union (IGU) Commission for the Geography of Tourism, Leisure and Global Change, the Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) Tourism and Recreation Study Group and the American Association of Gepgraphers (AAG) Recreation, Tourism and Sports Specialty Group, in cooperation with the Department of Geography, Université Laval, are happy to invite the global community of tourism geographers to Charlevoix and Quebec. 

Laurent Bourdeau, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Geography at Université Laval, and Dierter Müller, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Geography and Economic History, Umeå University, co-hosts of the event, will be happy to meet you in La Malbaie.


Please note that the conference is organized as a pre-event to the IGU Regional Conference and the Annual Conference of the CAG in Quebec City, 6-10 August 2018. For more information, please visit:

The event will take place in La Malbaie located in the beautiful Charlevoix region in the province of Québec (Canada). La Malbaie and the Charlevoix region have been and still are shaped by tourism. The name might be familiar as it will be host to the G7 Summit this coming June.

You can find the call for paper on the International Geographical Union (IGU) Commission for the Geography of Tourism, Leisure and Global Change website:

Call for paper (pdf)

Venue and cost 

Most of the sessions and activities of the conference will take place at Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu

181, rue Richelieu
La Malbaie, Charlevoix
Quebec, Canada, G5A 1X7
+ 1 418 665 3703
Map & Directions : 

Registration cost is 755 CAD $ (+tx for a total of approximately 868 CAD$). It includes participation to the sessions and conferences, lunches and coffee breaks, welcoming cocktail, gala dinner and a half day field trip. Lodging, breakfasts, dinners (except gala) and transportation are not included. Participation rate for accompanying persons is 240 CAD $ (+ tx and fees). It includes the welcoming cocktail, gala dinner and field trip.

Travel information 

Participants are responsible to organize their own transportation.

Québec City’s airport (YQB- Jean-Lesage international airport) is the closest airport. However, participants can also consider and compare plane tickets to Montreal (YUL-Trudeau airport) which are usually more affordable. Be advised that Montréal is approximately 250km from Québec City, which is another 150km away from La Malbaie. These distances are to be travelled by car, bus or train. 

For transportation to and from La Malbaie from Quebec City, Intercar is the bus company that offers the service. It costs about 40$CAD one-way or 60$CAD return. If you need to travel from Montréal, the bus company from there to Quebec City is Orleans Express. It costs about 72,50$CAD from the Trudeau Airport to Quebec City or 25$CAD-55$CAD from Montréal to Québec.

You can also try carpooling. A couple different websites exist, forn instance Allostop or

There is also a train that travels from Quebec City to La Malbaie: for 64$ each way with a shuttle from downtown to the train terminal at Chutes-Montmorency to La Malbaie.


Several types of accommodation are available, ranging from Fairmount Le Manoir Richelieu (where G7 leaders will meet) to a backpacker hostel. The same variety of choice is available for restaurants and food options go. See the DMO website (Tourisme Charlevoix). Participants are responsible for booking their own lodging. We advise to book early because it will be the peak of the season in August

Immigration documents

Visit the canadian government website to see if you need a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). For instance, French citizens will be required to have an eTA which costs 7$CAN.


The program for the event is the following:

Program (pdf)