2010 International CDIO Conference
École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada
Following are descriptions of the Montréal tours offered for people accompanying Conference participants. We also suggest a few free activities that you can do by yourself.
Please note that there will need to be a minimum of participants for the tours to be held. The reservation deadline is May 14, 2010.
With your guide, walk back into the lives of Montréal’s settlers. In this historic quarter, you will stroll through a maze of narrow cobblestone lanes and old buildings, providing a perfect opportunity to discover the history and charm of Old Montréal. En route you will see Place d’Armes, Jacques Cartier Square and Montréal City Hall. One of the highlights of this tour is “Pointe-à-Callière, the Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History,” where you will learn about Montréal’s past, starting with a multimedia show in which centuries of history spin by in 18fascinating minutes. You will then explore the rest of the museum at your own pace, visiting its vibrant and colourful exhibitions. You will return to the hotel on the métro with your guide or, if you prefer, stay in Old Montréal on your own.
Includes: professional guide, admission fees, all taxes and gratuities
This guided coach tour will introduce you to diverse districts of Montréal that combine to make the city the unique metropolis it is today. Discover the dynamic downtown core, where modern skyscrapers stand next to restored 19th-century structures. Visit Plateau Mont-Royal, one of North America’s "hippest" neighbourhoods. This quarter is known for its distinctive Montréal residential architecture, with its spiral staircases and finely wrought cornices. The tour will also take you to the Latin Quarter as well as other colourful neighbourhoods including St-Laurent Boulevard, first home to many of Montréal's ethnic communities. Finally, the tour includes a stop at the summit of Mount Royal for a panoramic view of the city.
Includes: deluxe coach transportation, professional guide, admission fees to beautiful Notre-Dame Basilica, all taxes and gratuities
Visit one of the largest botanical gardens in the world, displaying some 22,000 species of flowers and plants in 30 outdoor gardens and 10 greenhouses. Of special interest: a remarkable collection of bonsai and orchids. You can choose to visit the Exhibition Greenhouses, the Japanese Garden, the Chinese Garden, the Arboretum or the Insectarium.
The next stop will bring you to the Biodôme, a unique "living" museum. Wander through four full-scale natural ecosystems of the Americas: Tropical Forest, St.Lawrence Marine, the Laurentian Forest and Arctic/Antarctic, complete with landscapes, waterfalls, rivers, birds, mammals and fish.
Includes: transportation, professional guide, admission fees, all taxes and gratuities
Île Sainte-Hélène treats you to a wealth of discoveries, including the aquatic complex, the elegant Hélène de Champlain restaurant and the impressive geodesic dome of the Biosphère. The island is also home to a wooded area dominated by the De Lévis Tower and a small pond leading to a charming waterfall. Nearby is an early 19th-century armoury, which is now home to Stewart Museum of history. During your visit, you can also admire several monumental public works of art, such as the imposing Man, sculpted in steel by artist Alexander Calder.
The multicultural flavours and sights of Jean-Talon Market have been attracting crowds to Montréal’s Little Italy neighbourhood since 1933. In addition to the ubiquitous fruit, vegetable and flower stalls is a tasty array of specialty shops featuring spices, oils, cheeses, meats, pastries and exquisite products that are specific to Québec.
Inaugurated in 1876, splendid Mount Royal Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the highly skilled landscape architect behind New York's Central Park and many other major parks in the U.S. It is an ideal site for admiring a wide variety of plants and birds or for enjoying outdoor activities. Les Amis de la montagne, a group created to protect and enhance Mount Royal through community involvement and environmental education, offers a variety of services and activities that provide wonderful opportunities to discover the beauty and wealth of resources that the park has to offer, including the permanent exhibition at the Maison Smith and an interactive map featuring audio-video clips that can be downloaded to your cellphone or any mp4 reader.
Extending over 2.5 kilometres (1.5 miles), the recreational and tourist park developed along the Quays of the Old Port offers a variety of outdoor activities to suit all tastes, including cruises, tours, exhibitions, terraces and restaurants with view on the river and many other free events. Furthermore, visitors can take part in a range of indoor activities, especially at the Montréal Science Centre.
Montréal’s “underground city” refers to the vast network of pedestrian walkways beneath the downtown core. There are 33 kilometres (20.5 miles) of connecting passageways, with the subway (métro), commuter trains and buses also converging here. The passageways also serve a more leisurely purpose, providing access to 40 entertainment venues and attractions. The concept began in 1962 with the below-ground shopping mall in Place Ville Marie. With the arrival of Expo67, Montréal’s dream of building a métro finally became reality. The underground city has through many stages of development. One of the more spectacular events was the raising of Christ Church Cathedral on pylons in order to build a shopping concourse underneath.