Transportation & Useful Information



ARRIVAL POINT – QUEBEC CITY (Jean-Lesage Airport - YQB).
DFC is located in Saint-Irénée, 150 km east of Quebec City. 

Intercar charter bus (coach) going directly to DFC 

Monday, May 29, 2023 - departure at 3:00 p.m. from the downtown bus terminal (Brass)

Monday, June 12, 2023 - departure at 3:00 p.m. from the downtown bus terminal (Woodwinds)

Monday July 10, 2023 - departure at 3:00 p.m. from the downtown bus terminal (Strings and Conducting)

Here’s how to procede:

Ticket purchase:

Select: One way

Select departure city: de Quebec (Centre-ville) 

Select arrival city: vers Domaine Forget  

Departure Quebec (Centre-ville) -3:00 P.M. 

Arrival DFC - 4:30 P.M.

Select your departure date and when the ticket is issued click on the left of the screen where the fee is indicated ($ 37.35) to finalize your transaction.

 Note: Plan about 20 to 30 minutes to get from the Quebec City Jean-Lesage Airport (YQB) to the downtown - Gare du Palais bus terminal by taxi ($41.40). 

N.B.: Possible restrictions due to COVID-19 - Make sure to bring a face covering mask with you.

Other options

Option A - Intercar bus (coach) going to La Malbaie (Mikes restaurant)

+ 12 km taxi ride (418-665-2424) from La Malbaie to DFC (approximately $30)

Ticket purchase

Select departure city: Quebec (Sainte-Foy) or Quebec (Centre-ville)
Select arrival city: La Malbaie (Mikes)

Departure from Sainte-Foy 09:00 A.M.
Departure from Quebec (Centre-ville) 09:45 A.M.
Arrival La Malbaie (Mikes) 11:50 A.M.

Montreal area - Orléans Express: 514 395-4000 or toll free 1 888 999-3977
Sainte-Foy – Intercar: 418 650-0087 | Québec - Intercar: 418 525-3000

Option B - Taxi or Uber ($$$)

Plan $200 to $250 or more for a taxi or Uber.

Option C - Automobile

Enter DOMAINE FORGET as the destination address in your GPS system

Domaine Forget
5, rang Saint-Antoine,
Saint-Irénée, QC, G0T 1V0, Canada


A shuttle service (school bus) to Quebec City is offered by DFC on the last day of some sessions. 

Departures – 7:30 AM: (10 people minimum)

Saturday, June 10, 2023

Saturday, June 24, 2023

Saturday July 8, 2023 (to be confirmed)

Sunday July 23, 2023

Saturday August 5 (departure at 7:00 a.m.)

Saturday August 19, 2023

 7:30 A.M.: Departure from DFC (7:A.M. on August 5, 2023 / Arrival at 9:15AM at the airport)
9:45 A.M.: Arrival @ Québec City Jean-Lesage Airport (YQB)
10:00 A.M.: Arrival @ Gare du Palais Train and Bus Terminal (Downtown)

Bus leaves in front of Paul-Lafleur Pavilion (student residence) on the last day of the session.
A light breakfast is served before departure.
The bus must respect the established departure time.
Tickets may be purchased at the front desk at any time during your stay.
No refunds after departure.

COST: $45 


Need a visa?
Canada entry requirements by country
Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL)
Québec City International Airport (YQB)
Via Rail
Orléans Express (Montreal bus)
Intercar (Québec bus)
St-Siméon–Rivière-du-Loup Ferry
Université Laval student residences, Quebec City
La Malbaie Youth Hostel


Useful information


Your teachers will explain to you how private lessons work. Make sure to take note of the scheduled date, place and time of your lessons; this will avoid delays for other students.


Please bring with you all accompaniment sheet music. It is important that you place them ahead of time in the box located by your pianist’s studio. Rehearsal schedule will be determined once on site with the pianist assigned to your instrument.


Weekly schedules are posted on bulletin boards located:

  • At the entrance of the basilaries
  • At the entrance of the Paul-Lafleur Pavilion (student residence)
  • At the cafeteria

Please check them frequently, all schedule changes and other important information will be updated regularly. Pedagogical activities take place from Monday to Saturday. Sunday is a free day and an outing will be scheduled for minors and those who are interested.

Schedules are also available and updated daily through the Team Up app. A link to download your schedule will be sent to you a few days before the start of your session.


Rehearsing in your room and in the basilaries is permitted between 8 A.M. and 9:30 P.M., but you can rehearse 24/7 in the practice huts that are located far from the accommodations.

To attend the concerts, you need to get your ticket (no charge) on the day of the concert between 10 A.M. and 5 P.M. at the Paul-Lafleur Pavillion (student residence) front desk. Concert attendance is mandatory for minors.

Important: please be at the Concert Hall at least 10 minutes before the beginning of the concert.


Music sessions

  • Concert attire – Black clothes and shoes (except Voice)

Dance sessions

For all                                   

Tights, leggings and/or comfortable exercise pants
Warm sweater and/or hoody
Cotton socks
Multiple tops
Sneakers or running shoes - essential for outdoor activities
Sun hat
Solar cream

The important thing is to dress adequately to the dance style of the class. Ex: Loose comfortable clothes for hip-hop and more fitted clothes for ballet. 

Other useful things you might need:

Yoga mat, knee pad, a reusable bottle, a towel, and a small emergency kit (band aids, muscle cream, anesthesic balm etc…) Warm clothes and a note pad with a pen.


  • Sheets*, blanket or sleeping bag for single bed (pillow, pillow cover and cover sheet are provided)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Towels and face cloths**
  • Warm clothes
  • Concert attire (all black)
  • Instrument: extra set of strings
  • Toiletries and personal hygiene kit (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush etc.)
  • Good, comfortable walking shoes (hilly terrain)
  • Rain gear and umbrella
  • Portable music stand
  • Insect repellent
  • Cash. About CAN $100 to $200/week is recommended. Please note this amount does not include transportation costs. There is one ATM (withdrawals only) located about 1 km from DFCA.

Download the checklist

*You can rent bedding on arrival (including 2 sheets, 1 pillow cover, 1 blanket) for $20.

**You can rent towels (including 1 washcloth, 1 hand towel, 1 large towel for $15; changed as needed during your stay).


  • After 2 P.M.: Check-in at Paul-Lafleur Pavilion (student residence)
  • 6 P.M.: Dinner at the cafeteria
  • 7 P.M.: Optional guided tour of DFCA, starting at the cafeteria
  • 8:30 P.M.: Information meeting. Place TBD.


Free yoga
Each Saturday from July 1 to August 26, 2023, at 8:30 A.M., free yoga classes are held outdoors in the Harmonic Sculpture Garden. In case of rain, classes will be held indoors.

Bonfires are only permitted in the designated zone near the French Garden. Please advise the front desk clerk beforehand. Please put out the fire with the garden hose before you leave.


For minor injuries, please go to the front desk. An ice dispenser is available at the cafeteria. The nearest drugstore, medical clinic and dentist are located at La Malbaie, a 20-minute drive from DFCA.

Important phone numbers:

  • Emergency: 911
  • Info-Santé: 811 (A 24/7 phone line for non-urgent health services)

Canadian students requiring medical care in a clinic or at the hospital must have their provincial health insurance card to obtain treatment.

International students must pay for all medical services with cash, credit card or debit card to obtain medical care in Canada. We strongly suggest that you buy health care insurance valid for the length of your stay to get reimbursed for any medical care you may need during your stay. For reference, a doctor’s visit costs approximately $100 CDN and a visit to the emergency room can cost between $750 and $1,000 CDN. You can request a copy of your file from the doctor or hospital for reimbursement by your insurer.


Upon arrival, a colored wristband will be given to you; be sure to wear it and to show it to the cafeteria staff.

If you suffer from a food allergy or intolerance, it is your responsibility to identify yourself to the cafeteria staff by showing your wristband color, which identifies your vegetarian option, allergy type or food intolerance.

Cafeteria schedule

  • 7:30 A.M. to 8:30 A.M.: Continental breakfast
  • 8:00 A.M. to 8:30 A.M.: Warm breakfast
  • 12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M.: Lunch (please note that service stops at 12:30 P.M.)
  • 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.: Dinner (please note that service stops at 6:30 P.M.)

Please note that you can ask for a second plate starting at 12:30 P.M. and 6:30 P.M. If you want fruits at lunch and dinner, please ask the cafeteria staff.


The menus prepared at the DFCA cafeteria are varied, wholesome and home made. Three meals are served each day with balanced portions of proteins, whole grains, fruit, vegetables, a salad bar and dessert.

Vegetarian menu
If you mentioned it when you registered, please note that we can provide vegetarian dishes and/or dishes that respect food intolerances or food allergies (gluten, celiac, fish and seafood, nuts, dairy products, etc.), but cannot accommodate certain dietary choices (keto, detox) or vegan diets (without animal products).

Minor food allergies
Minor food allergies will be handled individually by the cafeteria staff. All allergies must be declared on the application form. Students with allergies will be clearly identified via a coloured bracelet system.

Life-threatening food allergies
Unfortunately, the cafeteria staff at DFCA cannot sterilize the kitchen to accommodate victims of life-threatening food allergies. Adult students (18 years and older) with life-threatening food allergies must bring and cook their own food. Pots, pans and cooking utensils can be provided.

Minors (under 18 years old) with life-threatening food allergies must be accompanied by an adult or guardian who will take in charge of all the student’s meals. The parent or tutor must find off-campus housing.



No drugs are allowed on campus. We reserve the right to expel anyone who uses drugs or who provides alcohol to a minor. All personal alcohol is prohibited at the cafeteria, the Concert Hall and Paul-Lafleur Pavilion (student residence).


Domaine Forget de Charlevoix recognizes its responsibility to create a harmonious, healthy and safe work and study environment. To this end, the institution has implemented various policies.



Wifi is available throughout campus for email or research related to your session. Downloading content such as music or movies is not permitted for bandwidth capacity reasons. Two computers are also available to allow students to check their email. The password will be provided upon arrival.


Curfew is at 11 P.M. After this time, please remain quiet both indoors and outdoors.


Laundry rooms are located at Paul-Lafleur Pavilion (student residence) and at the Studios.

  • Washer: $1.50
  • Dryer: $1.50
  • Detergent (Tide) : $1.00


A convenience store is located in Saint-Irénée just a few minutes' walk away from DFCA. An ATM is located less than a kilometer away. It is also possible to go to the villages of La Malbaie or Les Éboulements, about 15 km away, to run errands.


You can have mail and parcels sent to you while you are staying at DFCA. Use the following sending/shipping address:

Domaine Forget de Charlevoix
A/S [Name of student]
5, rang Saint-Antoine, C.P. 672
Saint-Irénée, QC, G0T 1V0

Please note: DFCA will not pay any mail or custom fees for package delivery. Any mail received after the departure of a student will be returned to sender.


You can make photocopies at the front desk of Paul-Lafleur Pavilion (student residence).


The nearest ATM, for withdrawals only, is located just up the hill after the church, in Saint-Irénée, about 1 km from DFCA. The address is:

350, rue Principale
Saint-Irénée, QC, G0T 1V0


A free interactive map of DFCA’s Harmonic Sculpture Garden and Historic Grounds is available for download.

For desktop : download map here.
For mobile : download map here.


For all questions and requests, please go to the front desk at Paul-Lafleur Pavilion (student residence).

In case of an emergency outside of front desk business hours you can reach someone by pressing the intercom button located outside the main door of Paul-Lafleur Pavilion (student residence).

You can also reach us at 418 452-8111, ext. 1600 or

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