- Planning your Stay
Taking place June 9-11, Montreal hosts the famous annual Grand Prix, part of the Formula One World Championship since 1967. Experience the excitement generated by this major Montreal event as tourists come from around the world to watch the car races and enjoy the many Grand Prix events held throughout the city.
Cirque Du Soleil Presents: Volta
A world-renowned Canadian entertainment company, the Cirque Du Soleil is currently performing their latest show titled “Volta: Find your free”. An action-packed show of acrobatics, dance, and theatre hosted in the famous Old Port of Montreal, this show will not disappoint. Be sure to reserve your tickets in advance by ordering online.
Piknic Electronik Montreal
Taking place every Sunday of the summer, Montreal’s Piknic Electronik is a great place to enjoy electronic music in the beautiful Jean Drapeau park. Accessible by metro (Montreal’s underground public transportation system), this weekly event is geared towards those who enjoy soaking up the sun while listening to electronic dance/DJ sets. Tickets may be bought in advance online or on site.
FrancoFolies de Montréal
Taking place in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles in downtown Montréal, this Montréal festival celebrates francophone musical artists, encompassing a wide-variety of genres including the Blues, Punk/Rock, Electronica, and Soul. Taking place from June 8-18, it is a wonderful opportunity to experience Québecois culture. Do not be intimidated, you do not need to speak French to enjoy this popular event!
Museums & Exhibits
Part of Montreal’s iconic architecture, and home to the 1976 Olympic games – the Olympic stadium now hosts a variety of sports events, concerts, exhibitions, and more.
Space for Life: Biodome, Isectarium, Botanical Garden, & Planetarium
Combining four unique nature museums close to the Stadium, Space for Life features recreations of North America’s most splendid ecosystems at the Biôdome, one of the world’s largest botanical gardens, North America’s leading insect museum, and the brand-new Planetarium. All are definitely worth a visit!
Montreal Science Center – Exhibitions & IMAX Theater
The Montreal Science Center is located in the Old Port of Montreal and features permanent and temporary interactive showcases touching all areas of Science and Technology. The Center is currently showcasing its latest exhibit “Animal Inside Out: Body Worlds”, which looks at what lies beneath the skin of more than 50 animals. The IMAX theatre also shows a variety of films throughout the week. Be sure to grab a Beaver Tail treat while you’re there!
Right down the street from the Summer Institute the McCord Museum is dedicated to showcasing Montreal, Quebec, and Canada’s social history and material culture. This summer, exhibitions include Fashioning Expo 67, Illusions: The Art of Magic, Aislin: 50 Years of Cartoons and more.
Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts
Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts is the city’s largest museum, and shown to be the best-performing in Canada based on its impact on the economy and tourism. This summer, the museum will feature a variety of unique exhibitions including one entitled Revolution, which promises to “retrace the optimism, ideals and aspirations of the late 1960s as expressed in music, film, fashion and design as well as through activism.”
Montreal’s Casino is located on the site of Expo ‘67’s French Pavilion. Having expanded over the years, it is home to some exciting entertainment.
Perched on top of Mount Royal, Saint-Joseph’s Oratory offers a breathtaking view of the city. One of their popular permanent displays highlights 200 nativities from over 100 different countries.
Old Montreal & Notre Dame Basilica
Are you a Celine Dion fan? The Notre Dame Basilica is where Celine Dion got married!
Standing at the centre of the city, Mont-Royal is the perfect place to take a break from the fast-paced city life and get in touch with nature, without even leaving the city! Hosting expansive trails and breath-taking views of Montreal, our conference is located just at the base of Mont-Royal.
Hop On, Hop Off Bus
Take a tour of Montreal’s neighbourhoods and tourist attractions at your leisure with a London-style double decker bus.
Lachine Rapids Jet Boat Tours
For the more daring adventurer—what better way to immerse yourself in Montreal culture than jet-boating on the St-Lawrence river.
A Montreal park recently redesigned by the city, Jardins Gamelin is host to a variety of cultural and citizen-driven activities, including an outdoor restaurant and bar, urban agriculture, and regularly scheduled concerts and events. Open every day and night of the week, this redesign initiative was driven by a desire to integrate the large population of homeless people in the area with the wider Montreal community, and to repurpose the space as a vibrant centre of activity and community engagement. Building on the success of last year, this space has reopened for the summer and offers a wide array of activities and events to experience. Conveniently located just outside the Berri-UQAM metro station, it is an excellent example of a community sustainability project in action.
Quebec City Day Trip
Information for day trip to Quebec City with Gray Line Tours
Enjoy this magnificent tour of this 400 year old city, which was founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain on the banks of the Saint Lawrence river. Québec City had become the center of the new universe, from the Arctic to the Mississippi Delta.
Once arrived, a professional licensed tourist guide from Pro-Guide Québec will take you on a 45 minute (approx.) walking tour through Place Royale, the birthplace of French civilization in North America. Then, board the Gray Line motorcoach and make your way to Montmorency Falls for a spectacular photo opportunity!
You will return to Old Québec through the Saint John’s gate of the only fortified city in North America. Drive along Grande Allée: The “Champs Élysées” of Québec City. Discover the ambiance of the sidewalk restaurants, cafés and european architecture that attract big crowds. See famous landmarks such as the Plains of Abraham — Famous for the battle between the French and the British that took place in 1759. The Citadel, a National Historic Site, Québec Parliament, the Price building and much more!
After the comprehensive tour, immerse yourself in Petit Champlain and enjoy 3 hours (approx.) of free time where you can have lunch, shop and explore the joie de vivre the area has to offer.
Payment is due before departure. Cost is $110 (with tax) Visa, Mastercard and Cash are accepted.
- Food and Beverages
More details will be provided during the Summer Institute.
Please confirm participation my Wednesday June 14th.
Niagara Falls is about 7 hours by car from Montreal. It is a wonderful spot bordering the province of Ontario and the state of New York; however, it is quite a distance from Montreal and will require a vehicle for transportation. Feel free to contact any of the Summer Institute staff for more information.