4–7 May 2015 : Montréal, Canada


All WICSA and CompArch 2015 sessions will take place at École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS).

ÉTS is located in the trendy and artistic Griffintown district in the southwestern downtown of Montréal. ÉTS is about 15 minutes walk from Notre Dame Basilica of Montréal, the Place des Arts, and the Old Port of Montréal.

Several bike stations (Bixi) are nearby ÉTS if you want to enjoy downtown bike paths and the Lachine Canal. The following map shows the Bixi stations closest to ÉTS (and other highlights for attendees): [Map]


The airport is Aéroport Pierre Elliot Trudeau (formerly known as “Dorval”);
IATA code: YUL.

Getting from the airport to downtown Montreal

Public transport (Bus 747)

You can take the 747 bus line to get from the Montréal-Trudeau airport to downtown Montréal (near Berri-UQAM métro station) and back again. The fare is $10 and includes 24 consecutive hours access to all buses and subway (called the “métro”) lines in Montréal.

The 747 bus line service runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Travel time may take 45 to 60 minutes depending on traffic conditions. The Hilton Montréal Bonaventure stop is just a few blocks away from ÉTS and the hotel.

More information can be found here: [Bus 747]

By Taxi

You can get a taxi on the airport’s arrivals level which is near the central exit located in front of the cloakroom. There is a dispatcher to assist you. No reservation is required.

There is a fixed fare of $40 from the airport to downtown Montréal. You must explicitly ask the taxi driver for the fixed fare. Otherwise the fare will be meter-based and will vary depending on traffic conditions.

Montréal transit system

The transit authority in Montréal is the Société de Transports de Montréal (STM). The STM transit system includes buses and a subway (“métro”). The Montréal métro is fully underground. The Bonaventure station (orange line) is a few blocks northeast of ÉTS.

To take the métro, you only need to know which line (indicated by color) and direction. The direction is indicated by the last station on each line, in each direction. The map below shows the four lines of the métro. Operating hours and other useful information can be found here: [Métro].

Note that if you leave the island of Montréal (yellow line, last three stations at the northern end of the orange line), you have to pay a different fare. If you intend to use the transit system a lot, consider buying one of the fare packages (one-day, three-days, full week). More information here: [Fares].

Montreal Metro Transit Map


120 Peel Street
Montréal (QC) H3C 0L8
1 855 823-8120

Reservations (email): reservations.montreal@althotels.ca

The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Griffintown, two blocks from ÉTS. [map]

Restaurants near ÉTS

You can find many good restaurants within an affordable budget near ÉTS. Some of these restaurants are:

You can also visit http://www.restomontreal.ca/ to search for restaurants. (Choose Griffintown from the list of neighborhoods under the NEAR search field.)

About Montréal

Located on an island in the St. Lawrence River, Montréal is a North American city with a French life style. Montréal is a cosmopolitan city with many cultural communities. It is home to multiple and diverse attractions. Montréal features vibrant neighborhoods and numerous green spaces, along with restaurants to suit every taste and budget. Every year, Montréal plays host to a large number of international festivals, cultural and sporting events. Outdoor enthusiasts can travel to the nearby countryside or mountain in order to take full advantage of all four seasons.

For more activities, visit the Tourism Montréal website: http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/What-To-Do/.

Also useful is: http://www.mtlblog.com/.

Hot spots: