IMS2012 is a unique opportunity for us to show you our fantastic city. Montreal is an international metropolis, the world’s second-largest French-speaking city after Paris, and home to 3.7 million people representing no fewer than 80 cultural groups. Each year, this compact and green island gem welcomes thousands of visitors who come here to enjoy its combination of old world charm and new world verve. Here are some tips to make your trip more pleasant.
Montreal lies at the confluence of several climatic regions and enjoys four distinct seasons. The summers are warm. In June, the average high temperature is 26 °C (79 °F) and the average low is 16 °C (61 °F), making it the perfect time to discover the region. Make sure to bring clothing for warm days and chilly evenings.
Montreal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL), (formerly Montreal–Dorval International Airport) is the closest airport to the Convention Center. All major U.S. and international carriers fly into YUL. The airport is located 20 kilometers from downtown Montreal, with multiple access options by car and public transportation. Taxis, adapted taxis or limousines are also available at the airport. Taxis cost CAN$38 to downtown Montreal (flat rate), not including tips.
The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) runs an express bus line (bus 747) between the airport and downtown. This is the easiest way to travel between the airport and downtown Montreal. The 747 line service runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The trip between the Airport and the Montreal bus terminal takes approximately 35 minutes outside of rush hour. The CAN$8 fare is payable in cash aboard the bus — coins only, bills are not accepted. Rental cars are also available at the airport. Parking in Montreal will cost about CAN$20 a day.
Each attendee reserving their hotel through the IMS website will receive a STM public transit pass. With its 4 metro lines and over 200 bus routes, the STM will connect you to everything Montreal has to offer. See www.stm.info  for route maps and schedules.
The Microwave Week will be held at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal, a world class venue located in the heart of Montreal. The center is easily accessible through the Montreal metro system as it is directly connected to the Place D'Armes metro station on the Orange Line. An access map for the Place D'Armes station is available on the STM website. The convention center is also walking distance to many nearby hotels.
Montreal boasts extraordinary sites to visit. Located just south of the convention center, the Old Montreal is a great place to visit. Take a walk to see the numerous historical landmarks, including the Notre-Dame Basilica and the Marché Bonsecours, or to shop in one of the artisanal boutiques. While in Montreal, make sure you visit the Chalet du Mont-Royal. The lookout in front of the chalet offers a striking view of the downtown area and the St. Lawrence River. In order to ensure that you make the most of your stay, we have developed with Tourism Montreal a dedicated website to help you plan your trip ahead: http://ieeemontreal2012.com/ .
In June, the city is host to hundreds of free shows in the Quartier des Spectacles, a square kilometer of the city packed with more than 80 cultural venues. There are four major events surrounding the Microwave Week.
- Grand Prix du Canada (6-10 June 2012): The best Formula 1 drivers meet at the demanding Gilles-Villeneuve Circuit. In addition to the race itself many related events occur in the city.
- Les FrancoFolies de Montréal (8-16 June 2012): Thousands of artists from a dozen countries meet up in North America’s largest Francophone city.
- Fête nationale du Québec (24 June 2012): The 24th of June is Quebec's national day, with family activities held throughout the city, as well as a parade and the historical Fête nationale show.
- Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (28 June to 7 July 2012): Over 650 shows, including 370 free outdoor concerts, are presented in the heart of downtown Montréal.
We hope that you can combine business with pleasure and bring all your family in an extended stay to truly discover what Montreal has to offer.
June 15, 2012