Tours and Excursions

For the first four tours, pre-registration is necessary.  Please register for these tours when you are completing your STLHE registration.

Immigration in Montreal - a guided bus tour (CANCELLED)

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The Multicultural Quilt:  From Early Immigrants to the Cultural Communities of Today

For  centuries,  Montreal  has  been  a  meeting-place  for  people  of  different  cultures.  Some (the original inhabitants) have been here for thousands of years; some came as missionaries,  settlers,  or  conquerors,  others  as  slaves;  some  came  as  immigrants.  L’Autre Montréal’s bus tour explores the history of the city as a home shared by many groups:  French  and  English,  Scottish  and  Irish,  Jewish  and  Chinese,  Afro-Canadian and  Afro-Caribbean,  Lebanese  and  Greek,  Italian  and  Portuguese,  Vietnamese  and Indo-Pakistani.   From Griffintown to Park Extension, discover the neighbourhoods that have witnessed Montreal’s cultural diversity since the nineteenth century.

L’autre Montréal’s guided tours offer a unique view on the city that is interesting to long-time residents and visitors alike. The company uses school buses, which are allowed to travel and turn on all streets, unlike other types of vehicles.

Departure and return: Centre Mont-Royal, 2200 Mansfield, Montreal.

A minimum of 20 participants is necessary for this tour, or it will be cancelled.

Date: Tuesday June 19, 2012
Time: 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: $25 CAN plus taxes


Bateau-Mouche - a boat tour

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The Bateau-Mouche is a fun introduction to the natural, historic and cultural treasures of Montreal viewed from the majestic St. Lawrence River. This air-conditioned, glass-enclosed vessel is reminiscent of those on the Seine in Paris. Thanks to the commentaries of enthusiastic guides, all will marvel at the unexpected facets of the urban and natural landscape (entrance to the Lachine Canal, Habitat 67, the Courant Ste-Marie, Mount Royal, the Clock Tower, the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, La Ronde, Chenal Lemoyne with its herons and cormorants, the Biosphere…).

Tours leave from the Jacques-Cartier Pier, opposite Place Jacques-Cartier. To reach the Pier from the conference venue, walk south two blocks and west one block to the Terminus Infotouriste (4 minutes) at the corner of rue Sainte-Catherine and rue Metcalfe. Take the 715 bus (Vieux-Montréal/Vieux-Port) east until the corner of de la Commune and Place Jacques-Cartier. Walk south (towards the river) and you will find the Jacques-Cartier Pier ahead, directly to the left of the Montréal Science Centre. See map.

A minimum of 20 participants is necessary for this tour, or it will be cancelled.

Date: Friday June 22, 2012
Time: 4:00pm
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: $25 CAN plus taxes


Montreal Underground City - a guided walk tour

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Join architect Mark Brooker for an architectural guided tour of Montreal's famous underground city. See map.

Meet outside at the north front steps of the Centre Mont-Royal at 1000 Sherbrooke Street West at 9:30am.

No minimum participants. 35 persons maximum.

Date: Saturday June 23, 2012
Time: 9:30am - 11:30am
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: $22 CAN plus taxes (including fare for a short ride on Montreal's subway)

Montreal on Wheels - a classic bike tour

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Take the pulse of Quebec's metropolis while covering, by bike, the neighborhoods at the heart of the city. A professional guide will show you the main highlights and will also let you discover more intimate locations. The itinerary, of an "easy" level, is interspersed with stops in photogenic locations and with commentaries touching on history, architecture and Montreal's neighborhood life.

Taste Montreal! During your tour, you'll have a «St- Viateur Bagel» tasting-stop to taste the world's best bagels! Since 1957, this legendary bakery is part of the city's culture and of Montrealers' everyday living. Landmarks and sites visited: Old-Port * Latin Quarter * La Fontaine Park * Le Plateau * Mont-Royal Park (just the entrance) * Business District * Old-Montreal. The company characterizes this as an easy ride. You will cover a distance of ~20km (12 miles).

Tours depart from 27 rue de la Commune Est., See map; please arrive 15-30 minutes in advance.

A minimum of 5 participants is necessary for this tour, or it will be cancelled.

Date: Saturday June 23, 2012
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Duration: 4 hours
Cost: $59 CAN plus taxes


Québec City - a guided bus tour

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For those who are interested in exploring the capital city of la Belle Province, the Gray line company offers a full-day trip to Québec City that includes round-trip transit from Montréal. STLHE is not coordinating this event, but welcomes all those interested to consult the company’s website for further information, or to purchase tickets.

Tour departs from 1001 Dorchester Square, See map.

Date: At your convenience, pre- or post-conference
Time: 8:00am departure
Duration: 12 hours including transit time
Cost: $140 CAN plus taxes; summer season (numerous sites are free; admissions costs are not included in this price)