What can you do in Montréal?
Aside from the Worldcon, of course. There are lots of places to discover in Montréal. You can visit our many museums, or tour the city, maybe take in a show. The Worldcon venue is right next to Vieux Montréal, the original town, with history dating back to AD 1642. Tourisme Montréal has kindly put together a Montréal page for Worldcon members.
See the city
- Old Montréal. The original settlement for the city is a thriving district with many shops and restaurants. It is right next to the Worldcon convention center.
- Mount Royal Park. The largest park in the city. Walk up to the cross at the top, or just hang out around Beaver lake.
- Montréal Restaurants. Slow loading page, but it has a large restaurant listing with maps. Sortable by neighborhood (Old Montréal and Downtown), cuisine, and price.
- Restaurants near the Palais, and here.
- Restaurant Guide Our LiveJournal community covering restaurants near the Worldcon.
Shopping, Shows, and Events
- Shows and Events calendar
- del.ici.ous Montréal with links.
- An article about the city.
- The Underground City Downtown Montréal connections map.
- The Biodome. An oasis in the heart of the city, the Montréal Biodome recreates some of the most beautiful ecosystems of the Americas.
- The Botanical Gardens. With its collection of 22,000 plant species and cultivated exhibits, ten exhibition greenhouses, and thirty thematic gardens, the Montréal Botanical Garden ranks among the world’s largest and most spectacular.
- Dow Planetarium. Visit Montréal’s own night sky simulator. See the night’s stars the way they are, the way they were and the way they will be.
- The Insectarium. The Insectarium plays a cultural and scientific role, displaying entomological collections for the public and disseminating entomological and environmental knowledge and research findings.
Art and History Museums
- McCord Museum. Founded in 1921 by David Ross McCord, the McCord Museum is a public research and teaching museum dedicated to the preservation, study, diffusion, and appreciation of Canadian history.
- Pointe-à-Callière Museum. The Montréal museum of Archeology and History features seasonal exhibits that explore and expand our knowledge of history.
James Wilson Morrice, ca 1904
- Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. Conserving Art for All to Share. The Montréal Museum of Fine Arts acquires and promotes the work of Canadian and international artists, attracting a broad and heterogeneous public, and providing access to our universal artistic heritage.
- The Montréal Museum of Contemporary Art. A major Canadian institution dedicated exclusively to contemporary art, the Musée offers a varied program ranging from its Permanent Collection to exhibitions of works by Québec, Canadian, and international artists. The Permanent Collection comprises some 7,000 works, including the largest collection of art by Paul-mile Borduas. Through Education and Documentation Department, the museum presents a host of activities to connect the general public with contemporary art. The Musée also stages multimedia events, including performance, new dance, experimental theatre, contemporary music, video, and film.
- Stewart Museum. Situated at the Fort on Île Sainte-Hélène near Montréal, the Stewart Museum tells the history of the discovery, exploration, and development of Canada, and of its relationship with the civilizations of Western Europe that gave it birth.
More sites to visit
- The Canadian Center for Architecture. An international research center and museum.
- Montréal Science Center. The Montréal Science Center highlights recent innovations and inventions of our local industries.
- The Montréal tourism board. The Montréal tourism board web site is the internet gateway to the city of Montréal. It includes links to hotels, events, and much more.
- The Canadian Tourism Commission. The Canadian Tourism Commission works to increase awareness of and interest in Canada as a premiere four-season tourism destination.