• Oratorical World Championships Students from around the world to compete for scholarships
  • Youth Clubs (JOOI) Join the world's most dynamic coalition of youth volunteers
  • Optimism Summits & Regional Conferences Leadership training to bring out the best in your Club
  • Official Suppliers Supplying Optimists with awards, pins, apparel and more
  • Welcome New Clubs Spreading Optimism to new communities
  • Optimist Junior Golf Building positive values in young people through golf
  • Friend of Optimists Inspire yourself and others by supporting Optimism
Oratorical World Championships1 Youth Clubs (JOOI)2 Optimism Summits & Regional Conferences3 Official Suppliers4 Welcome New Clubs5 Optimist Junior Golf6 Friend of Optimists7

Optimist International Convention: Travel Information

Passports for U.S. Citizens
For Optimist Members who are United States citizens, a passport will be required for entry into Canada. There are two types of passports: a passport card and a passport book. The passport card allows for international travel by land or sea only. The passport book allows for international travel by air, land and sea.
U.S. Passports & International Travel
Passport Cards (for travel by land or sea only)
How to Apply for a Passport
Search for a Passport Acceptance Facility
Download Application for a U.S. Passport
PLEASE NOTE: Optimist Members who are planning to attend the International Convention in Quebec City are encouraged to plan ahead as the processing time for a passport application can take up to six weeks.

Travel Discounts
Before you book your travel and housing, consider the days you want to arrive early and/or stay after the convention events. Your International Convention Committee is developing pre and post-convention events to take place on June 29 and July 3. Whether traveling by plane, train or automobile, special deals are available for Optimist members for the International Convention.

Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB), also known as Jean Lesage International Airport, was established in 1939. It is located 6.9 miles southwest of Quebec City. It is the second busiest passenger airport in Quebec after Montreal-Trudeau airport, with 1,574,699 passengers served.

Airline Discounts

Air Canada
Discount Code: C82V4MJ1. Ticketing agent fees may apply for phone reservations. Travel valid June 23-July 9, 2016.

Discount Code: NMMCW. Ticketing agent fees may apply for phone reservations. Travel valid June 27-July 5, 2016. Call (800) 328-1111 Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Discount Code: ZVP8363885. Ticketing agent fees may apply for phone reservations. Travel valid June 27-July 5, 2016.
Flight Centre Offer
Michael Michiel and the Vancouver-based Flight Centre have offered to assist Optimist International Members with their travel to the 98th Optimist International Convention. For every flight booked through Michael and his team, Optimist International will receive a donation. To book a flight through Michael, call (877) 717-1026 or send an email to michael.michiel@flightcentre.ca (Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.).

Traveling by Train
Optimist International has an exciting offer that will help you see as much of Canada as possible in route to the 98th Optimist International Convention. Running on nearly 8,000 miles (12,500 km) of track, VIA Rail operates nearly 500 trains a week traveling between every providence of Canada.
VIA Rail
Discount Code: 13175. The closest ViaRail Station to the Hilton Quebec is Gare-du-Palais Station, located .75 mile from the hotel. Travel valid June 23–July 7, 2016
Rental Car Discounts
The following rental car companies are offering discounts:
Corporate code: GE1025
Company PIN: OPT
(418) 861-8820

Discount code: 022Q7829
(418) 871-1571

Discount code: GE1025
(418) 877-9822
Taxi Transportation
All taxis are based on a flat rate of $34.25 USD to the Hilton Quebec and $35 USD from the Hilton Quebec.
Taxi Coop Quebec - (418) 525-5191
Taxi Coop Sainte-Foy-Sillery - (418) 653-7777
Taxi Laurier - (418) 651-2727
Taxi Quebec - (418) 525-8123