About Montréal

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

The 34th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will be held from June 28 to July 7, 2013. You will have the opportunity to experience the unique atmosphere of one of the world's greatest jazz festivals.
The Hyatt Regency – where the EGOS Dinner & Party takes place and where a limited block of hotel rooms is reserved for EGOS Colloquium participants – is directly in the middle of downtown's Quartier des spectacles, where the Jazz festival is held (actually, the Hyatt is the official hotel of the festival so you may get a glimpse of celebrities in the lobby!).
You can either watch free outdoor concerts or book tickets for indoor concerts (some tickets are already on sale).

Please visit the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal's website for complete concerts listing and online booking.

Old Port of Montreal

At the Old Port of Montréal, you can walk along the St-Lawrence River to catch the view. At Place Jacques-Cartier at the heart of Old Montreal, buskers entertain the crowd and street vendors sell gifts and souvenirs.

In addition to the Science Center and IMAX®TELUS Theater, the Pointe-à-Callière Montreal’s Museum of Archaeology and History, and the Clock Tower beach, there are several great restaurants, cafés, bistros, bars and pubs.

There are also many further activities along the river, such as guided fishing trips, Bota Bota spa-sur-l’eau, cruises, Amphi-Bus tours, Rodeo-style Speedboating, Maritime shuttles, Jet Boating on the Rapids, etc.

You can find detailed information about activities and events on the Quays of the Old Port.


Parc Jean-Drapeau

The Parc Jean-Drapeau includes several activities for families, active people and nature lovers.

There are plenty of attractions: beach, Aquatic Complex, Floralies Carden, Olympic Basin, exhibition of 15 public art works; please see at:

Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, Stewart museum, Biosphere Environment Museum, La Ronde theme park, Casino de Montréal ---

and activities such as cycling, rowing, dragon boats, canoe-kayak, hiking paths, trekfit training circuit, picnic area, boat rentals, stand-up paddleboard yoga & fitness classes, training, weightlifting &  ergometric rooms, segway & electric bikes, climbing wall, and managed master swimmer training sessions.

Please visit the Parc-Jean-Drapeau website for more information.


Montréal offers a great variety of museums, such as the Musée d'Art Contemporain, the Musée des Beaux-Arts, the Musée McCord, and the Canadian Center for Architecture.


You can find information about upcoming exhibitions on each museum's website or for all Montreal Museums.




St-Joseph's Oratory

St-Joseph's Oratory is a center of pilgrimage renowned for religious art and culture located near HEC Montréal.

You can visit its museum or participate in services.

You can also listen to internationnally acclaimed "Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal" and to the sound of the carillon and organs.


Mount Royal

From the mountain at the center of the city, you can see a view across the city of Montréal and the St-Lawrence River.


Mount Royal Park also offers a great variety of outdoor activities.


For example, there is a picnic area around the lake and space to organize outdoor team sports.


Olympic Stadium

The summit of the Olympic Stadium's Montréal Tower, accessed via a funicular, offers a panoramic view of 80 kilometers over Montréal.

You can also visit the gift shop and there are several outdoor activities.


The Olympic Stadium is located in the Mercier-Hochelaga de Maisonneuve neigbourhood of Montreal.


Biodome, Insectarium, Botanical Garden, Planetarium

These sites are a place of science and nature.


The Biodome offers a walk through five ecosystems.

The Insectarium is an exhibition of about 160,000 specimens of insects.

The Botanical Garden exhibits a collection of various plants species, greenhouses and thematic gardens.

The Planetarium introduces visitors to astronomy and space exploration.




Montreal International Fireworks competition

L'International des Feux Loto-Québec is the largest pyrotechnics competition in the world.

Pyrotechnic teams from different countries all over the world choreograph fireworks to music. Spectacular 30-minutes fireworks are presented at least once a week from the end of June to mid-August.

You can either watch them from La Ronde, a Six Flags theme park, from the Old Port of Montreal of, in the spirit of this year EGOS' theme, from Jacques-Cartier bridge!


For more information, please visit the L’International des Feux Loto-Québec website.