La Pocatière is a quiet, rural, agricultural centre located along the St. Lawrence River in the heart of the Kamouraska region, approximately 1 hour east of Québec City, an area rich in historical sites and cultural events. You will be charmed by the region’s scenery and its beautiful sunsets.

Arrival and departure

Participants have to be present in La Pocatière BEFORE July 5th, 2020 at 8:30 am. Please note that the accommodations will be ready by Saturday July 3rd. Our personnel will be on hand to welcome you.

If you need to contact us on your way or upon arrival, please feel free to call at any time:

(418) 292-2001. Check-in and registration will take place in the campus:

Collège de Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière

100, 4e Avenue Painchaud, La Pocatière, Québec

Main entrance


The program officially ends on Friday, July 23, 2021, at night (after the farewell dinner).


The program officially ends on Friday, August 6th, 2021 (after the banquet).


The program officially ends on Friday, June 4th, 2021 (after the banquet).

For this program, students have to be present in La Pocatière BEFORE May 17, 2021 at 8:30 am. Accomodations will be ready by Saturday May 9th. Our personnel will be on hand to welcome you.

Shuttle service

After Explore's draw, subsidy recipients will be sent an e-mail from our institution including our registration package and all necessary information regarding our shuttle service. Buses will be awaiting at both Montréal's and Québec City's airports on Saturday July 3rd to pick up the participants needing a shuttle service, and will also bring them back to the airports after the program. More details to come by e-mail.

How to get to La Pocatière by yourself?

By car

Take the exit 439 (McDonald’s exit) from Highway 20 East (Trans-Canada Highway) and come up the hill to the College.

By plane and bus

From the Montréal-Trudeau Airport, take a shuttle to the Central Bus Station (505 de Maisonneuve Est, 514-842-2281). The bus fare, from Montréal to La Pocatière, is approximately $60.00 (one way).

From the Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport, take a taxi to the Orléans Bus Station in Sainte-Foy (3001, Chemin Quatre-Bourgeois, 418-650-0087). The bus fare, from Québec City to La Pocatière, is approximately $30.00 (one way) with your student ID.

For more information:

By train

From the La Pocatière train station, you can call a cab (418-856-1705) or walk 5 minutes to arrive at the residence. (140, 4e Avenue, La Pocatière, Québec)

7.5% discount with Via Rail

The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), Official Languages Sector, has partnered with Via Rail to offer bursary recipients a 7.5% discount at the time of booking for all classes of service available.

Participants must quote code 810706 when reserving in order to receive the discount. Participants reserving online must first create a profile while those reserving by telephone at 1-888-VIA-RAIL should provide the code to the sales agent.

It is very important that participants show their letter from CMEC including their full name and the discount code to the agent when picking up their tickets at the train station. Participants who cannot produce the letter will be required to pay full fare. Please send an e-mail to in order to receive your letter.

Discounts are applicable to regular fares only and tickets are refundable without charge. Reservations can also be changed (depending on the availability of the alternative train).

Note: If your bus or train is scheduled to arrive in La Pocatière in late evening or in the middle of the night on July 3rd and 4th, monitors will be awaiting at both bus and train stations to take you safely to our residence.

For more information about transportation, please refer to our F.A.Q. document.

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