40 Years of Pulsars

Montreal skyline at night

Sights to See in Montreal

Wednesday afternoon is a free afternoon. This lists some thing you may wish to do with that time. Bring colleagues.

Must Do Things
This is a list of "must do" things in Montreal (see below for greater details). For other information see Tourism Montreal and Bonjour Quebec .
  • Walk the Old Port/Old Montreal Area.
  • Walk up Mont Royal, through the Mont-Royal Park (it's only 763 feet high).
  • Eat a smoked meat sandwich at Schwartz's.
  • Eat fresh Bagels at either St. Viatuer (also called "La Maison du Bagel") or Fairmont shops.
  • Take an early morning shopping trip to the Farmer's market at Jean-Talon ("the Jean-Talon market").
  • Eat a poutine, at La Banquise.

The Montreal Botanical Garden. Great for the kids! An enormous botanical garden, great for strolling. Arboretum . Also has an Insectarium (a small museum dedicated to insects) and, across the street, the Biodome (a small zoo, with several different habitats).

Montreal Museum for Contemporary Art . [link] 185 St. Catherine St. Ouest. Showing a Bruce Nauman retrospective through September 3.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts . [link] 1380 Sherbrooke St. Ouest. Exhibitions going on during the conference: "Sacred Africa: Ancient Art from Sub-Saharan Africa", "American Streamlined Design", and "Emily Carr: New Perspectives on a Canadian Icon".

Cruise around Montreal. [link] (514) 849-9952. Cruise company offers 1-hour tours around the island (1:30, 3pm, and 4pm daily) for $21.

The Montreal Casino. [link] .

Amphibus Tour. (514) 849-5181. [link] Meets at corner of St. Laurent Boulevard and (rue) De La Commune Street, in front of the IMAX theater. $29.50 for 1hr 15min amphibius tour of Old Montreal and St. Lawrence River. Tour is bilingual (French and English).

Self-Guided Tours

Mont-Royal Park. . Enter above McGill University Campus, and walk to the top of Mont-Royal along paved and flat foot-paths, for a commanding view of downtown and the St. Lawrence river. 3 hours.

Old Port/ Old Montreal. Begin at the foot of St. Laurent and wander Rue St. Paul and Rue de la Commune. Stop by the Notre Dame cathedral (don't forget the all-wood back altar). The the recently opened Montreal Science Center in the Old Port is fun for the kiddies for a bit, but does not yet have the engaging exhibits of more established musuems. 4 hours.

St. Denis/St. Laurent/Mont-Royal. Bars, restaurants, boutiques, nightclubs. Walk St. Laurent north from Sherbrooke to Mont-Royal, then turn east; or, St. Denis north from St. Catherine to Mont-Royal, then turn east. Boutiques are concentrated on Mont-Royal, bars+nightclubs on St. Laurent close to Sherbrooke. 3-5 hours.

St. Catherine Street.

Take a picnic to Park La Fontaine. A beautiful park for picnicing, with the heart of the Plateau shopping nearby.

Events in Montreal

These are events taking place in and around Montreal, contemporaneous with NS2007. From the Montreal Mirror.

Festiblues, Aug 9-12 The 10th edition fo this annual blues-a-thon in Ahunstic Park features, among others, Eric Lapointe, Nanette Workman, France d'Amour and Mara Tremblay. < a

International Balloon Festival of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Aug. 11-19 If you're looking for a genteel alternative to skydiving, or a slow, psychedelic mode of air-travel, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu offers hot-air balloons of all shapes and sizes. Info: www.montgolfieres.com. .

Rogers Cup, Aug 4-19. The world's top tennis players gather in Montreal for men's and women's championships at Stade Uniprix. www.rogerscup.com .

International Expo Art Festival, Aug. 9-12 Roughly 80 independent artists and 25 galleries will descend on the Old PortŐs Jacques Cartier pier for four days, exhibiting a massive collection of painting, drawing, photography and sculpture. www.expoartmontreal.com

Vans Warped Tour, Aug 12. . As I Lay Dying, Bad Religion, Coheed & Cambria, Flogging Molly, k-os, New Found Glory, Poison the Well, the Salads and the Toasters are among the acts slated for the Montreal stop of this punk-oriented roadshow. At Parc Jean-Drapeau. www.warpedtour.com .

Le Grande Rencontre, Aug 10-12 Traditional music, dance and family fun is the crux of this festival, featuring artists from Ontario, Cape Breton, PEI, the U.S., Moldavia and the Dominican Republic. At Parc Lafontaine. Info: (514) 273-0880. ww.spdtq.qc.ca .

International Flora: Montreal Garden Festival, June 29-Sept 3. [link] Numerous events and exhibits. See website for what is showing during the conference week.

Other useful links

Montreal tourism site
Information about Old Montreal
Botanical Gardens and Insectarium
Montreal Science Center
Things to do in Montreal (link to tripadvisor.com)

Talks online

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