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Marguerite-Bourgeoys Museum and Notre-
Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel
©Marguerite-Bourgeoys Museum and Notre-
Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel

Parc Jean-Drapeau and downtown Montréal
©Ville de Montréal, Johanne Palasse

Montréal Architecture
©Tourisme Montréal

TLPA President Robbie Werth invites you to the "City of Saints," Montréal, in the Canadian province of Quebec, for the 2014 TLPA Mid-Year International Leadership Conference, July 16 - 19, 2014 at Le Westin Montréal.

The Destination: Montréal, Quebec

Montréal is both Continental and Canadian, old and new. It is the cultural and economic capital of Quebec and the second largest city in Canada. It is also the second-largest French-speaking city in the world, behind Paris. But French is only one of 35 or so languages you will hear on the streets of this international island city that is rich in culture and history, and has a well-deserved reputation as one of the liveliest cities in North America.

Montréal is always ready for a party. Few cities can compete with its mouthwatering mix of food, festivals and fun-centric living. TLPA meeting attendees will find irresistible patisseries, English pubs, 80-year-old Jewish delis and magnificent food markets reminiscent of Paris. There are hipster bars, innumerable cafes and fabulous restaurants that will satisfy the tastes of all. See below for Things to do in Montréal.


Marché Bonsecours
©Richard Brunet

Place Jacques-Cartier
©Tourisme Montréal, Stéphan Poulin

Old Port of Montréal
©Tourisme Montréal, Stéphan Poulin

Hotel Information

Le Westin Montréal
270 Saint-Antoine Ouest
Montréal, Quebec H2Y 0A3
Canada
Phone: (514) 380-3333
Fax: (514) 380-3332

A triumphant marriage of old-world charm and modern design, Le Westin Montréal features a sleek, 23-story tower and three beautifully restored historic buildings—a perfect reflection of their location between Old Montréal and the business district.


Appia nomadic spa community
©Appia Nomadic Spa Community

 

Palais des congrès de Montréal
(Montréal Convention Centre)
©Michel Houde

Old Montréal
©Lorraine Deslauriers

 

Le Westin Montréal opens onto the cobblestone streets of Old Montréal and is located just across the street from the Palais des Congrès, Montréal's largest convention facility. Le Westin Montréal hotel is also perfectly located near the many downtown restaurants, galleries, boutiques and historic sites that epitomize Quebec's rich history and its joie de vivre.The business district is just a short walk from the hotel, and the VIA train station can be reached within 10 minutes on foot. A five-minute walk will lead you to some of the most vibrant streets in Montréal—St. Paul, Notre Dame, De La Commune—where you will find charming art galleries, souvenir shops, and restaurants.

Those interested in shopping will find numerous stores and boutiques within a few blocks of the hotel. Two upscale department stores, Holt Renfrew and Ogilvy, are a 20-minute walk away. Art aficionados can reach the Fine Arts Museum in 20 minutes on foot. If you prefer to relax while taking in the sights, City Tours Gray Line can pick you up in front of the hotel for a tour of more than a hundred points of interest around the city.

The Olympic Park area, located in the eastern part of the city, features four incredible attractions. The Biodome boasts more than 230 live animal species and 750 plant species in four ecosystems under one roof. The Botanical garden offers flora enthusiasts 10 exhibition greenhouses and 30 outdoor gardens. The prestigious Insectarium has thousands of varieties of insects from virtually every corner of the earth. And the Olympic Tower, a striking architectural marvel, regularly hosts trade fairs, sporting matches, concerts, exhibitions and more. All four attractions are accessible by the metro (25 minutes) or by car (15 minutes).


Montréal Botanical Garden
©Montréal Botanical Garden

Olympic Park’s Tower
©Vicky Parisella

Biosphère, Environment Museum
©Tourisme Montréal

The hotel has reserved a limited number of rooms for the group until Friday, June 20, 2014 or until the block sells out. The special group rate is $219 per night. All rates are in Canadian dollars. Room rate is exclusive of applicable Lodging tax (3.5% per room, per night), Federal sales tax (5%), Provincial sales tax (9.5%). You can reserve a room in two ways:

By Phone: You can call Westin's Central Reservation office at 1-866-837-4262. Since this number goes directly to the property, the agents will be able to answer any questions you have about room choices. Please tell the agent that our group code is TLPA and the conference dates are July 16 - 19, 2014. (See tentative agenda.)

On-line Reservations: click here.

Guests can also call the Westin's center of reservations — 1-877-961-8111 — and mention the name of our group: TLPA Mid-year Conference 2014.

Check-In Time is 3:00 PM and Check-Out Time is 12:00 PM.

United States and Canada Border Crossing Information

U.S. CITIZENS ENTERING AND RETURNING TO THE UNITED STATES.

U.S. citizens returning to the United States ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE A PASSPORT OR PASSPORT CARD AT THE IMMIGRATION CHECKPOINT. If you are a U.S. citizen living in the U.S. and cross the border to Canada and attempt to re-enter the U.S. you will need one of the above listed forms of identification. Effective June 1st 2009.

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NON-U.S. CITIZENS ENTERING AND LEAVING CANADA.

NON-U.S. citizens traveling to and from Canada must contact the Canadian consulate, high commission or embassy for information before you leave your home country. Find out what documents you will need to enter Canada, as well, check to see if there are any recent changes in Canadian immigration policies. You should determine whether or not you require a temporary visa and the cost if applicable.

Transportation to Montréal


Montréal — Pierre-Elliott Trudeau International Airport (Exterior)
©Aéroports de Montréal

Montréal — Pierre-Elliott Trudeau International Airport (Interior)
©Aéroports de Montréal

Montréal — Pierre-Elliott Trudeau International Airport (Gates)
©Aéroports de Montréal

By Plane:
Montréal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport (YUL) is west of the city centre on Expressway (Autoroute) 20. The airport is served by all major Canadian and U.S. airlines and is a major hub for Air Canada, Air Transat, and WestJet.

There are multiple daily trans-Atlantic flights to and from London, Amsterdam, Paris, Geneva, Zurich, Athens, Doha, Frankfurt, Rome, Madrid, Lisbon, Munich, and Casablanca.
By Car:
From Toronto, take Highway 401 east about 5 h until it becomes Autoroute (Expressway) 20 on the Quebec side of the border. It will then take about an hour to get to downtown. Be alert for frequent speed-limit changes along this road. To reach downtown follow the Centre-Ville signs and take Autoroute 720 (Autoroute 20 continues over the Pont Champlain bridge to the South Shore).

From New York City, take Interstate Highway 87 north through Albany and the eastern half of New York State for about six hours. After the border crossing near Plattsburgh, the freeway becomes Autoroute 15, which leads directly into downtown Montréal over the Pont Champlain, the most beautiful approach to the city. The drive time from Plattsburgh to downtown Montréal is approximately one hour.

From Boston, take Interstate Highway 93 to Highway 89 after you cross into New Hampshire. Follow Interstate 89 North to and through Vermont to the border crossing, where it turns into Highway 133. This secondary road continues to Autoroute 10, which leads directly into downtown Montréal. The whole trip takes about 5 hours. Once you cross the border it is about an hour to Montréal.

Transportation to the Hotel


Métro de Montréal
©Ron Stern

 

McGill College Avenue at
night / Downtown
©Tourisme Montréal, Stéphan Poulin

Museum Quarter
©Tourisme Montréal, Mario Melillo

 

From Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, it will take 25 to 45 minutes to get to the hotel by bus, taxi, or private car. Amtrak trains from New York and VIA Rail trains from throughout Canada arrive at Central Station, which is only a few blocks away from the hotel. Arriving by car is also quite easy, as the hotel is centrally located at the junction of Old Montréal and downtown.

A taxi ride to the hotel will cost you a flat fee of $40 CAD. You will easily find a taxi waiting outside the airport.

The Weather

Summer brings very nice weather to Montréal. July, the sunniest month, features pleasantly warm days when the highs are around 25 degrees C (75 degrees F), and overnight lows are around 14 degrees C (57 degrees F).

Things to Do in Montréal


Biodôme de Montréal
©MTTQ / Linda Turgeon

Shopping
©Canadian Tourism Commission

Complexe les Ailes
©Tourisme Montréal, Stéphan Poulin

Montréal Botanical GardensThe Montréal Botanical Garden is a large botanical garden in Montréal, Quebec, Canada comprising 190 acres of thematic gardens and greenhouses. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2008 as it is considered to be one of the most important botanical gardens in the world due to the extent of its collections and facilities.

McCord Museum
The McCord Museum is a public research and teaching museum dedicated to the preservation, study, diffusion, and appreciation of Canadian history.

Notre-Dame Basilica
Notre-Dame Basilica is a basilica in the historic district of Old Montréal. The church's Gothic Revival architecture is among the most dramatic in the world; its interior is grand and colorful, its ceiling is colored deep blue and decorated with golden stars, and the rest of the sanctuary is a polychrome of blues, azures, reds, purples, silver, and gold. It is filled with hundreds of intricate wooden carvings and several religious statues. Unusual for a church, the stained glass windows along the walls of the sanctuary do not depict biblical scenes, but rather scenes from the religious history of Montréal. It also has a Casavant Frères pipe organ, dated 1891, which comprises four keyboards, 92 stops using electropneumatic action and an adjustable combination system, 7000 individual pipes and a pedal board.

The Montréal Museum of Fine Arts
The Montréal Museum of Fine Arts is Montréal's largest museum and is amongst the most prominent in Canada. The Montréal Museum of Fine Arts is a member of the International Group of Organizers of Large-scale Exhibitions, also known as the Bizot Group, a forum which allows the leaders of the largest museums in the world to exchange works and exhibitions.

The Montréal Clock Tower
Get up close and personal to this heritage treasure honoring men of the Merchant Navy lost at sea during the First World War. Built between 1919 and 1922, the Clock Tower’s elegant Fine-Art architecture and four clock faces make it unique. The clock’s mechanism is an exact replica of London's Big Ben. Today, the Clock Tower proudly faces the St Lawrence River; beckoning visitors to climb its 192 step observatory and enjoy a magnificent view of the river, city and quays.

Just For Laughs
People like to laugh when they are a little stressed, and at times of global recession, there is certainly no better antidote than healthy uninhibited laughter. Every July, Montreal is all about comedy, as the Just for Laughs Festival, the world's largest and most prestigious comedy event offers over 2,000 outdoor shows, performed by nearly 2,000 artists from July 9 through July 29, 2014.

International Circus Arts Festival
Let your imagination do the walking when you enter the world of MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CIRQUE. This dazzling spectacle presents more than 100 circus artists from Canada, Belgium, Germany, Spain, and Wales. Indoor and outdoor performances instantly transport you to places you might have never known existed before.


Notre-Dame Basilica
©Tourisme Montréal, Stéphan Poulin

The Clock Tower
©Lorraine Deslauriers

7e Ciel tm at cirque du Soleil
Credit: © Cirque du Soleil





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