Weatherproof Meetings: Montréal’s Underground City
During the winter months Montréal becomes a sparkling snow covered wonderland; stunningly beautiful, but a tad chilly for those from warmer climates. But what if we told you that it’s possible to spend three full days in meetings, while still experiencing the best of Montréal, without taking more than a couple steps outside?
Impossible you say? With several hotels, convention centres, landmarks, and metros all connected to RÉSO (Montréal’s extensive underground city); it is not only possible, but could be one of the most unique trips you make this year! Check out this sample three day itinerary to see the possibilities:
Day 1 in Montréal
Shuffle from airport door to taxi and right into one of the major hotels connected to the underground network: Queen Elizabeth, Hilton Bonaventure, Hyatt, Westin, or Intercontinental. Once settled in, leave your winter boots and jackets in the hotel closet and walk right to your meeting, convention, or conference by using the RESO tunnels. These tunnels have direct access to the Palais des congrès de Montréal (Convention Centre), Centre Mont-Royal, Place Bonaventure, the World Trade Centre, and dozens of other buildings in the downtown core.
After your work obligations, meander through the tunnels and check out some of the best restaurants in the city. Restaurants that are connected to RESO include Gazette, Osco, Le Montréalais, or Le Contemporain at the Montréal Contemporary Art Museum. After your meal catch a show at Place-des-Arts, or explore the underground city and see where the night takes you.
Day 2 in Montréal
Before, after, or during your meetings on Day 2, check out some of Montréal’s cultural highlights. Take the metro to the Olympic Stadium and go up the inclined Tour de Montréal for a spectacular view, then sneak a peek at the penguins in the Biodome next door.
The 1000 de la Gauchetiere skyscraper (located right next to Place Bonaventure) has a beautiful indoor skating rink in its atrium with skate rentals available. After the unique workout, head over to the interconnected malls of Saint-Catherine Street for some shopping. Make sure to leave time for the Grévin Wax Museum located on the Eaton Centre’s top floor.
Day 3 in Montréal
After two days inside you might be feeling like seeing the fresh outdoors; the brave and adventurous should experience the amazing activities Montréalers do in the snow. Consider booking a time to go Ice Fishing in the Old Port, or scheduling a snow tour from Fitz & Follwell. They offer all the equipment required to go snowshoeing on Mount Royal, or tobogganing near Beaver Lake!