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29th Annual Conference – Local Tourist Information

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29th IADMS Annual Conference

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

 Thursday, October 24 – Sunday, October 27, 2019
* Friday, October 25, 2019 - A Day for Teachers
* Saturday October 26, 2019 - A Day for Medics


 

Visiting Montreal


THE CITY

The 29th Annual Conference will take place in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Montreal is the second most-populous city in Canada and the principal metropolis of the province of Quebec. The city of Montreal occupies about three-fourths of Montreal Island. Walk the streets of this city to admire the vestiges of its founding as a mission in 1642, and be charmed by the harmonious juxtaposition of its architecture, both old and new. In this French-speaking city of more than 4 million inhabitants and no fewer than 120 nationalities, French and English coexist alongside a myriad of other languages.

The conference venue, DoubleTree by Hilton, is located in the Place des Arts of Montreal.  Built in 1962, it is Montreal’s center for the performing arts located in Montreal’s downtown area, along rue Ste-Catherine. It is the central piece of Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles. It is the home of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (Montreal Symphony Orchestra), Les Grands Ballets Canadiens (Canada’s premier ballet company), and the Opéra de Montréal (The Montreal Opera). The Place des Arts is also the home of the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal (Montreal’s Museum of Contemporary Arts).

Many of the facilities in the area are connected to the “Underground City” in Downtown Montreal. The name refers to underground connections between a network of various buildings, offices, hotels, shopping centers, and performance venues, and the connection to the city’s underground transit system, Montreal Metro. This includes links to Complexe Desjardins, a mix-ed use office, hotel, and shopping complex which the conference venue (DoubleTree by Hilton) is directly connected to. The Place des Arts metro station is across the street.

MAP

Find an interactive map and printable maps of Montreal here.

VISITOR CENTER

Information about visiting Montreal can be found on the Tourisme Montreal website.

DINING

Montreal has the second highest number of restaurants per capita in North America, so there is will be no shortage of places to eat while visiting. The Old Montreal, Old Port, and Chinatown are all less than a 20 minute walk from the conference venue. The venue, DoubleTree by Hilton, has two on-site restaurants:

SIX Resto Lounge
Open 5:00 pm to 12:00 am every day.

Saveur
Open 6:30 am to 10:30 am weekdays, and until 11:30 am on weekends.

DRUG STORES

PJC Jean Coutu
Located in the Complexe Desjardins adjacent to the conference venue.

GROCERY STORES

IGA Louise Ménard
Located in the Complexe Desjardins adjacent to the conference venue.

REGIONAL ATTRACTIONS

Mont-Royal
Mont-Royal is a volcanic-related hill that rises 233 meters above the city and is the “green lung” near the city center. A stroll through this lovely park enables visitors to see monuments to Jacques Cartier and King George VI, to spend some time by Lac-aux-Castors, and to have a look at the cemeteries on the western slope where the city's different ethnic groups have rested in peace together for centuries. From the summit, or rather from a platform below the cross, there unfolds a magnificent panorama of the whole 51-kilometer length of the Île de Montréal and the St. Lawrence. On clear days, the view extends to the Adirondack Mountains in the United States of America. Located approximately 2 miles (3.5km) away from the conference venue.

Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)
Old Montréal is a remarkable concentration of buildings dating from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. The district has the delightful feel of a Parisian-style quarter, situated as it is between the waterfront and the business hub. Its many historic sites, streets, and landmarks are best explored on foot. Of the many things to do here, the highlights are visiting the Pointe-à-Callière Museum of Archaeology and History, the twin-towered Notre-Dame Basilica, the quays of the revitalized Old Port, and the open-air gathering space of Place Jacques-Cartier. Located approximately 1 mile (1.5km) away from the conference venue.

Jardin Botanique (Botanical Garden)
High above the city in the grounds that hosted the 1976 Summer Olympic Games, Parc Maisonneuve (Pie IX Metro) is the site of Montreal's wonderfully imaginative botanical garden. The diverse plants are grown in 30 themed gardens and 10 exhibition greenhouses, so a wide range of climates are represented. Outdoor gardens include the beautiful Japanese and Chinese gardens, as well as those devoted to alpine, aquatic, medicinal, shade, useful, and even toxic plants. The rose displays are stunning, and especially interesting is a garden devoted to those plants grown or used by First Nations peoples. Soaring greenhouses contain a tropical rainforest, ferns, orchids, bonsai, bromeliads, and penjings (miniature Chinese trees). There are also an interesting insectarium and huge arboretum on the grounds, as well as ponds supporting a variety of birds. Located approximately 4 miles (7km) away from the conference venue.

Address: 4101 Sherbrooke Street East, Montréal, Québec
Official site: http://espacepourlavie.ca/en/botanical-garden

Notre-Dame Basilica
Founded in 1656, Montréal's oldest church, Notre-Dame Basilica, stands in a far grander incarnation than the original. The twin towers of the neo-Gothic façade face Place d'Armes. The intricate and resplendent interior was designed by Victor Bourgeau. Highlights are the magnificent carved pulpit by sculptor Louis-Philippe Hébert (1850-1917), the 7,000-pipe organ by the Casavant Frères firm, and the stained-glass windows portraying scenes from the founding of Montreal. The admission charge to the basilica includes a 20-minute tour, or you can take a one-hour tour that gives more historical information and access to private areas, including the second balcony and crypt. Located approximately .5 miles (900m) away from the conference venue.

Address: 110 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, Québec
Official site: http://www.basiliquenotredame.ca/

Parc Jean Drapeau
Île Sainte-Hélène (named after the wife of Samuel de Champlain) and the artificial island of Notre-Dame were the site of Expo '67. They are now known as Parc Jean Drapeau and have many family-minded attractions. A remnant of the 1967 world fair, the Biosphere is now a museum dedicated to ecological issues. The building is designed in the shape of a sphere and is the largest such structure in the world. Other tourist attractions on the islands include the rides and games of La Ronde Amusement Park, the historic 1820 British arsenal at the Stewart Museum, Bassin Olympique (where the Olympic rowing events were held), and race course Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Located approximately 3 miles (5km) away from the conference venue.

Official site: http://www.parcjeandrapeau.com

Musée des Beaux Arts (Fine Arts Museum)
The Musée des Beaux Arts is the oldest museum in Canada and houses vast collections of painting, sculpture, and new media. Its outstanding collections of World Cultures and Mediterranean Archaeology total nearly 10,000 objects, and there are excellent collections of African, Asian, and Islamic art, as well as art from North and South America. Located approximately 1 mile (2km) away from the conference venue.

Address: 1380 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, Québec
Official site: https://www.mbam.qc.ca/en/

Chinatown

Montréal's Chinatown is centered on Rue de la Gauchetière, with Chinese gates marking the heart of the quarter. This colorful neighborhood dates from the late 1860s, when many of the Chinese laborers, who originally came to work in the mines and build the railroad, moved into the cities in search of a better life. Today's Chinatown is filled with Asian restaurants and shops, no longer exclusively Chinese, but a place where locals and tourists go to enjoy a good meal. Located approximately .5 miles (900m) away from the conference venue.

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