Montréal & Québec
Montréal is a major North American hub, accessible from all parts of the world, with direct flights to and from over 130 cities. The Pierre-Elliot Trudeau International Airport (YUL) is 20-30 minutes from downtown, with connections via an express bus and a taxi/limousine service.
Downtown Montréal is compact, with many hotels, restaurants, cultural and tourist activities within walking distance of the Palais des Congrès. For those who wish to travel further afield within the city to explore its diverse neighbourhoods, the city has an excellent public transit system with a bus and metro (underground) network. For the more adventurous, there is a city-wide bike-sharing system (Bixi).
VISAS AND TRAVEL DOCUMENTS
Visitors should check on the website of Citizenship and Immigration Canada to find out whether they need a visa to visit Canada. On acceptance of their conference abstract, letters of invitation will be issued to foreign nationals requiring a visa in order to facilitate the process. Please bear in mind that Canada’s visa system still requires a hard-copy document to be inserted into your passport at a visa office. The processing time varies from country to country, therefore it is recommended to begin the process as early as possible.
Foreign nationals who do not need a visa must apply for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA). This is a quick procedure, carried out on-line, with a $7 (CAD) processing fee. It is generally recommended to make the application well in advance of your travel dates.
The city of Montréal is world-renowned as a centre of culture, creativity, knowledge and innovation. In 2017 the city celebrated its 375th anniversary, along with Canada’s 150th birthday. The combination of Indigenous, North American and European influences gives this city a unique cultural and architectural flavour. It enjoys an outstanding reputation for its arts scene, including (among others) the world-renowned Jazz Festival which takes place in late June – early July each year. Montréal’s cosmopolitan character is reflected in the vibrant and diverse communities that make up the city, and its excellent international cuisine.
Montréal is easily accessible from all parts of the world, with excellent air links. The airport is 20 minutes’ journey from the downtown core. Many major attractions are within easy walking distance of the Palais des congrès and the surrounding downtown hotels; for those who wish to venture further afield, the city boasts an efficient public transit system comprising a network of bus and Metro (subway) routes.
Montréal is well known as a vibrant, safe city with an excellent track record in hosting major international events. In 2007 it was the first urban centre to sign the Geotourism charter of the National Geographic Society, and it was also the first North American city to be designated a UNESCO City of Design in 2006. The city has over 1000 parks and green spaces and 450 km of bike paths. Central to the city’s green spaces are Mont-Royal in the centre of Montréal, the parks situated on the islands of the St. Lawrence River, and Montréal’s extensive Botanic Garden.
July is the warmest and one of the driest months in Montréal, with average daytime temperatures in the mid-20s Celsius (mid- to high 70s Fahrenheit).
Palais des Congrès
The Palais des congrès de Montréal is a state-of-the-art facility located in the downtown core of the city, connecting the Business District, the International Quarter, the Entertainment District, Chinatown and Montréal’s Old Port. It is within walking distance of a large number of Montréal hotels as well as the heritage attractions of Old Montréal, the St. Lawrence River, and a great number of shops, museums, theatres, art galleries, bars and restaurants. The Palais is one of the leading technology-friendly convention centres in North America, offering comprehensive Wi-Fi service, digital screen displays and platforms for mobile apps. High-quality audiovisual service is offered in all meeting and conference rooms. Space allocation is generous and flexible, with plenty of opportunities for everything from small working-group sessions through plenary sessions to exhibits and poster presentations.
The Palais prides itself on being a “green” facility, with energy-efficient measures in place since the early 2000s. It has received awards for its environmental management efforts, which include limiting greenhouse gas emissions, eco-friendly waste management, a strong commitment to sustainable development, and a showcase rooftop vegetable garden.
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