The Teratology Society’s 55th Annual Meeting will be held in the wonderfully unique Montréal, Québec this June 27-July 1, 2015.
Montréal is Canada’s most diverse and second largest metropolis. Many say that it is the plurality of cultures that really makes the city special. The official language of Québec is French; however, a majority of the population in Montréal is bilingual and speaks English as well.
In addition to the multicultural environment, what makes visitors love Montréal is that there is something for everyone! Visitors find this compact island city great for walking and can easily and safely explore its vibrant neighborhoods on foot, by use of 280 miles of bicycle paths or by using the affordable public transit. If you would like to see Montréal by bicycle, you can use Bixi, a bicycle-sharing program developed in the city. Montréal also has an “Underground City” that is a large network of pedestrian walkways below the city. There are over 18 miles of pedestrian walkways, indoor areas, and tunnels that link 200 restaurants, 1700 boutiques and shops, 10 hotels museums, theaters, and even a few universities! Montréal has more than 80 ethnic communities, which support its outstanding reputation worldwide for gourmet dining. Gourmet Magazine even had one full issue devoted to the food of Montréal!
Just steps outside the Hôtel Bonaventure Montréal, you will find some of the best attractions that Montréal has to offer. Nearby family-friendly attractions include Mount Royal Park, the Montréal Science Center and IMAX Theater, Biosphere, and the Montréal Nature Museums (the Biodome, Insectarium, Botanical Garden, and Planetarium). Within walking distance, you will find the cobblestone streets of Old Montréal and Old Port, the famous shopping district along Rue Sainte-Catherine, Chinatown, and Bell Centre (home of the Montréal Canadiens hockey team). Vibrant galleries, picturesque cathedrals, and classic French-Canadian, ethnic, and nouveau cuisine restaurants and sidewalk bistros await you throughout the city.
The last day of our conference, July 1, is a national holiday for Canada: Canada Day. A majority of the festivities will be taking place on the streets of Old Montréal and Old Port, which are just steps outside the hotel. There will be festivities throughout the day and evening, so be sure to check everything out between scientific sessions and venture out after the Banquet.
Make plans to arrive early or extend your stay to take part in the world’s largest jazz festival, ranked by Guinness World Records. The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal has been celebrating a passion for music for over three decades. Every year, North America’s French-speaking metropolis welcomes global music fans to 10 days of jazz, where fans of all types of jazz-related music rub shoulders with aficionados of the genre in its purest form. The Festival hosts some 30 countries and 3,000 musicians and public entertainers. The festival takes place in 15 concert halls and on 8 outdoor stages from noon until midnight!
We hope you are excited for the Teratology Society's 55th Annual Meeting à la Montréal!