‘Helpful’ things you should know about Canada and Charlottetown, PEI

Liability and Insurance
Neither the organisers of the Congress, ISAE nor the University of Prince Edward Island will assume any responsibility whatsoever for damage or injury to persons or property during the conference. Participants are recommended to arrange for their personal travel and health insurance.

Emergency Services

In the event of an emergency dial 911 to obtain – police, fire or ambulance.

Health services

  • Hospital and medical services are not free for visitors.
  • You will need to pay directly for the costs of any medical services.
  • Therefore, you should obtain health insurance to cover any medical costs before you come to Canada.
  • The nearest emergency hospital is the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, 60 Riverside Drive, Charlottetown.
  • There are several walk-in clinics for non-urgent care.
  • The nearest pharmacy to UPEI is in the Atlantic Superstore.

Childcare

We are not able to provide childcare at the conference. However, there are several potential options available in Charlottetown during the week of the conference. Several organisations provide supervised activities for school-age children during the summer holidays. The details of these “summer camps” are shown below. Please contact these organisations directly to make a booking with them.

List of summer camps 

Pedestrian safety

  • As many people drive everywhere rather than walk, some drivers may not be used to pedestrians and care is needed.
  • Many roads do not have a sidewalk/pavement.
  • Extreme care is required when attempting to cross a road. 
  • Whenever a pedestrian enters a crosswalk (pedestrian crossing) with a “walk” or green signal light, the pedestrian has the right-of-way over all vehicles. However, checking that vehicles appear to be stopping would be a wise precaution before attempting to cross.
  • Drivers can turn right at a red light after making a complete stop, but they are supposed to give the right-of-way to pedestrians
  • Crosswalks (pedestrian crossings) connect sidewalks on each side of the roadway indicating the path that pedestrians are to follow when crossing the street.
  • At intersections without traffic signals, drivers are supposed to stop when a pedestrian enters the crosswalk on or close to the side of the roadway that the driver is using.
  • Always cross at intersections and keep within the crosswalk. Crossing between intersections is a hazardous practice. If you must cross between intersections, first yield the right-of-way to all vehicles
  • DO NOT ASSUME that the driver can or will stop at a crosswalk (pedestrian crossing) . 
  • If you cross the street at a place other than a crosswalk, vehicles have the right of way. 

Weather

Current weather

  • Average temperature for the conference period is 18oC (14 to 23oC).
  • Average no. of days in August with humidex > 30 = 8 days
  • Average number of days in August with rainfall
    • >5mm = 5 days
    • > 10 mm = 3 days
    • > 25 mm = 1 day
    • Thunderstorms = 2 days
  • No. of days with snow = 0

Electricity

The electrical supply and electrical outlets (sockets, wall plugs) are the same as those found in the United States: 120 Volts and 60 Hertz (cycles per second).

Money and purchasing goods and services

  • The Canadian dollar is the currency used on Prince Edward Island.
  • Many operators and retailers will accept American dollars, but not always at the official exchange rate.
  • Major credit cards are accepted at most locations. Visa and MasterCard are the most popular.
  • It is recommended that you convert your national currency into Canadian dollars before travelling to PEI. There is an ATM machine in the arrivals area of Charlottetown airport.
  • Nearest ATMs to the conference location.
    • Andrew Hall, UPEI
    • RBC Royal Bank, just outside Robertson Library, UPEI
    • President’s Choice Financial, Atlantic Superstore, 465 University Avenue
    • CIBC Branch with ATM, University and Belvedere Banking Centre, 465 University Avenue
  • PEI has a Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) of up to 15% on goods and services (including snack food, but not basic groceries )
    • Most prices displayed in shops, restaurants, hotels do not include taxes.
    • The tax is added when you get to the check-out or on your final bill.
  • Shopping
    • Opening times vary. Most stores open at 8 or 9 am and close at 5 or 6 pm.
      Larger stores and grocery stores close at 9 or 10 pm (some remain open 24-h a day).
      Most stores are open Monday to Saturday.
      Some stores are open on Sundays, usually from 12:00 noon to 6 pm.
      Some convenience stores and drug stores are open 7 days a week.
  • Restaurants
    • There are a variety of restaurants and fast food outlets.
    • Please note that surprisingly some close at 8 pm.
    • Unless purchased as a ‘take-out’ or at a fast-food restaurant it is customary to provide a tip of 10-20% of the bill.
  • Alcohol
    •  Alcohol can be bought in special stores called liquor stores (nearest store is located at 84 Queen Street, Charlottetown).
    • Alcohol can also be bought in restaurants and bars, but it must be consumed there.
  • Smoking
    • Smoking is banned in workplaces and public areas.