Location and Directions
Hilton Montréal Bonaventure
900 De La Gauchetiere West
Montréal, Québec, Canada H5A 1E4
Tel: +1 514-878-2332
Fax: +1 514-878-3881
The 11th International Conference on the Science and Application of Nanotubes will take place in the Hilton Bonaventure, Montréal, Canada from June 27 to July 2, 2010.
The Hilton Montréal Bonaventure hotel is in the heart of downtown Montréal. This unique downtown Hilton hotel offers hospitality and services suited to business travellers and vacationers alike. This large conference Hilton hotel has conference facilities specializing in large and small meetings, exhibitions, and conferences.
ARRIVING BY PLANE: Located about 20 minutes from downtown, Montréal-Trudeau Airport (YUL) serves many of the world's airlines, receiving direct flights from some 120 regular and seasonal destinations in Canada, the United States and worldwide. There are several options for making your way to the venue: car rental and limousine transportation companies are on site as well as taxis and airport shuttles.
If you are going by taxi, a trip downtown will cost you a flat rate of $38, gratuity not included. The Airbus (Aérobus) shuttle service travels between Trudeau Airport and downtown Montreal, making several stops at major hotels before stopping at the Montreal Bus Central Station downtown. Tickets can be purchased at Trudeau Airport, at the bus terminal or see your hotel concierge. Fares: $16 to or from Trudeau Airport, $26 two-way.
ARRIVING BY TRAIN: VIA Rail Canada serves more than 450 Canadian cities. If you are coming from the United States, you can travel by Amtrak train, with daily departures from several American cities to downtown Montréal. Visitors pull into Montréal’s Central Station, which is conveniently linked to the Underground Pedestrian Network, the Bonaventure Metro station as well as the conference site Hilton Montréal Bonaventure hotel.
ARRIVING BY BUS: If you are planning a trip by bus, many American and Canadian operators come to Montréal. You will arrive directly downtown at the Montréal Bus Central Station, which is also connected to the Underground Pedestrian Network via the Berri-UQAM Metro station.
ARRIVING BY CAR: If you are travelling by car from elsewhere in Canada or the United States, Montréal can be easily accessed by highway. The island of Montréal is only 75 kilometers (46 miles) from the US border, and many roads and expressways lead to the city, including the Trans-Canada Highway. Depending on your point of origin, you may take one of the major bridges—Champlain, Jacques-Cartier or Victoria, or the Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine bridge tunnel—to head downtown.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION/METRO: The subway line, called the “metro” is a convenient way to travel in Montréal. The metro is safe, clean, affordable, reliable and relatively quick. It can be accessed via the city’s Underground Pedestrian Network. Two of the four main lines connect downtown to major tourism sites as well as to numerous bus stops and train stations.
Metro operating hours are Monday to Friday and Sunday from 5:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., and Saturday from 5:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. The average wait time between trains is eight minutes and three minutes during rush hour. One-day and three-day tourist passes are available at all metro stations.
LANGUAGE: French is Québec’s official language, but English is widely spoken in Montréal. Visitors who speak English but not French will have no problem communicating in this bilingual city.
CURRENCY: Canadian currency is the dollar, which is divided into 100 cents. There are 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and 1,000 dollar bills. There are 2 dollar, 1 dollar, and 25, 10, 5 and 1 cent coins.
ELECTRICAL CURRENT: Electrical outlets in Canada provide the same current as in the United States–120 volts (60 cycles). If your appliances are designed for a different standard, you will need to bring an adaptor.
WEATHER: During June and July, based on data from Environment Canada, the daily average is 21°C (70°F) with normal daily highs of 25°C (77°F)and normal daily lows of 16°C (61°F). This time of year is usually warm and sunny in Montréal.
Montréal is the world’s second-largest French-speaking city after Paris, and home to 3.7 million people. English is very widely spoken in Montréal, and a visitors speaking only English will have no problem communicating anywhere in the city. Montréal is very multicultural, representing no fewer than 80 cultural groups. It is also one of the oldest cities in North America, combining European and North American elements. Over 150,000 students attend its four universities, and Montréal is an important tourist destination.
Montréal is well known for its fine dining, and is also famous, on the other end of the spectrum for Montréal smoked meat, as well as poutine. (Do not leave town without trying either). Shopping is plentiful from quaint boutiques on cobblestone street of old Montréal to downtown’s Underground Pedestrian Network, or lively streets, like famous Sainte-Catherine Street.
Enjoy a walk up Mount Royal, the hill at the city's centre, stroll through old Montréal and relax on a sunny terrace for a cold drink and some great people-watching, head to the biodome and botanical gardens, or perhaps catch a show of Québec's famous human-only circus, Cirque du soleil.
Montréal is renowned for its history as a centre for jazz, and the Montréal International Jazz Festival will just be starting as the conference winds down. The 31st edition of the Festival will take place June 25 to July 6, 2010.
Montréal is the cultural hub of French speaking Canada, and is also a very important centre for English language arts. Montréal has many options for nightlife.
Telephone: 1 877 Bonjour (266-5687)
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