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Montréal Weather: How to Plan Meetings Even During the Chilliest Days

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During the winter months, Montréal becomes a sparkling, snow-covered wonderland. It’s stunningly beautiful, but a tad chilly for those more accustom to warmer climates. Did you know that it’s possible to host a meeting in Montréal without taking more than a couple steps outside?

Arrive in style

Shuffle from airport door to taxi (or the 747 bus) and head directly to one of the major hotels connected to our famous underground network: Hilton Bonaventure, Hyatt, Westin, or Intercontinental. Once settled, attendees can leave their winter boots and jackets in the hotel closet and walk right to a meeting, convention, or conference by using the RÉSO 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.

Attractions, art and more

Montréal’s underground network is more than 32 kilometres of weather-proof tunnels. For the adventurous, it’s a treasure hunt. For example, without stepping outside, visitors can take the metro to the Olympic Stadium and go up the inclined Tour de Montréal for a spectacular view across the entire city, then sneak a peek at the penguins in the Biodome next door.

While you’re transferring through the corridors, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the hundreds of public art installations.

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 carving some ice, 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.

Winter couple fun on snowshoe in Montreal

Let’s go outside

Eventually, your attendees might be ready to step into the fresh outdoors. There are a whole slew of winter activities that locals partake in during the chilly months. Consider booking a time to go Ice Fishing in the Old Port, or scheduling a tour with Fitz & Follwell. They offer all the equipment — even snow pants and gloves — to go snowshoeing on Mount Royal or tobogganing!


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