Montreal's Largest Conference Facility Is An Architectural Feat
Montreal convention centre Palais des congrès is the largest facility of its kind in Montreal, with 113 different venues and room types -large conference rooms, exhibition halls, meeting rooms, VIP rooms, ballrooms, office space, terrace space, green rooftops- adding up to 551,520 square feet (51,280 square meters) of rental space.
One of Montreal's more stunning landmarks, click through the slideshow above to see the convention centre from every angle.
Given its status as Montreal's largest convention centre, some of Montreal's best-known annual events are held at the Palais des congrès, including job fairs, Montreal Comiccon, Montreal car show Salon de l'auto and bridal show Salon de la Mariée. Dozens of private gatherings and industry conferences are also held on the grounds every month.
It's also one of Montreal's more stunning feats of architecture and interior design, an iconic landmark inaugurated in 1983 after over five years of construction, sandwiched between Old Montreal and Chinatown. Palais des congrès also links up with Montreal's underground city and on its west side is a unique fountain of mist and fire.
Featured in the 2007 publication 1001 Buildings You Must See Before You Die: The World's Architectural Masterpieces, the Palais' most noticeable claim to fame is its facade is composed of 332 multicoloured and 58 transparent glass panels.
Palais des Congrès: Where to Stay
Several Montreal hotels are five minutes or less from the convention centre and cover a range of budgets. Some are directly connected to Palais des congrès so guests don't even have to step outside if the weather is bad.
Palais des Congrès: Where to Eat
Conference goers are generally pleased to discover a slew of restaurant options in the area that cover every price point within a five-minute stroll. For an incredibly cheap but sinfully delicious meal on the go, try Chinatown's Harmonie Bakery. Or try out one of Chinatown's many restaurants. Or if you'd rather eat at one of Canada's top 5 restaurants, head to Toqué for one of the best meals of your life. It's attached to the Palais. And for a choice izakaya experience and possibly the best selection of sake in the whole city, try Kyo. The food is divine. It's by the edge of old Montreal, but a block away from what's possibly the most beautiful church in North America.
Getting to Montreal Convention Centre Palais des congrès
159 St. Antoine West, corner of St. Urbain
Montréal, Québec H2Z 1H2
By public transit: Place d'Armes Metro
By car: map
Phone: (514) 871-8122
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Inside Montreal Convention Centre Palais des congrès
This massive, multicolored wall and Palais des congrès façade since 2002 is called TransLucide, an art piece composed of 332 multi-coloured glass panels.
According to Jean-François Cantin, the artist behind the wall, ''Translucide speaks to the Palais’ vocation as a place where people simultaneously pass through and come together, where points of view are shared and perceptions mingle.''
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