Tours

The following tours are offered during the Congress of the World Design Summit.

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Note: all tours depart from the Hall Viger (near the information kiosk) at the Palais des Congrès

Download the provisional program (note: all guided tours are scheduled following the day's speakers)

Parc du Mont-Royal.jpegMount Royal Park in all its magnificence - $75 (regular visit) or $100 (long visit)

October 16, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

October 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Long visit: October 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In 2017, 30,000 citizens joined forces and demanded that the natural site of Mount Royal Park be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As a Montreal landmark, this major urban park is often seen as the green lung of the city. The famous American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted helped magnify its landscapes and topography, all the while protecting it from urbanization. The tours wind through an exceptional course, beginning at the Smith House Interpretation Centre, with a stop at the lookout of the Mount-Royal Park chalet for lunch. Natural paths and an access to the legendary stairs will be part of our itinerary.

complexe environnemental.jpgSaint-Michel Environmental Complex - Frederic Back Park - $125

October 20, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

A former quarry and landfill site, this 192-hectare site now houses environmental companies, cultural and sports institutions of international caliber (Cirque du Soleil, Tohu, National Circus School, TAZ, Soccer Stadium), supermarkets and a unique recreational green space in full transformation, the Frédéric-Back Park. Following a presentation on the history and mission of the site and its design intentions, you will visit TOHU, the first Gold Leed building in Canada, Taz (sports centre on wheels) and the soccer stadium, winner of many awards since its opening in 2015. You will then enter the heart of the Frédéric-Back Park where the sustainable development measures applied to create this 153-hectare park on 40 million tons of decaying waste will be yours to admire.

A Tour of Quebec City - $200 (includes a three course lunch)

October 20th, 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Quebec, the only fortified city north of Mexico, is ours to discover. From Place de la Gare through Place des Canotiers to Place Royale, the cradle of French America brings us four centuries of history. A stop on the Promenade Samuel-De Champlain, named in honour of the City’s founder, is a must. The evergreen setting of this project, in which many architects and landscape architects were instrumental, has won a whole string of awards.

The Field of Possibilities - $50

October 16, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

October 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This is a guided tour of an industrial and natural wasteland that has been protected and zoned as a natural space since 2013. Located in the heart of the dynamic Mile-End neighborhood in Montreal, the park is co-managed by the citizen organization Les Amis du Champ des Possibles and the Parks Division of the Plateau Mont-Royal borough. While visiting the site, the field crew will explain the various issues related to the development of the rehabilitation plan for the contaminated land with a view to limiting the impacts of the excavation work on the site’s rich biodiversity.

toit vert maison du développement durable.jpegGreen Roofs and Phytotechnologies - $50

October 16 , 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

October 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This promenade on the green roofs of Montreal offers a walking tour of three of the metropolis’ emblematic green roofs, i.e. that of the Sustainable Development House, the Palais des congrès and the Hilton Bonaventure hotel. In addition to having the opportunity to visit new and unprecedented locations, we will explore some of the technical and cost-benefit aspects of the different technologies.

Touring the Laurentians - $125

October 20, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

A key tourist destination in Quebec, the Laurentians treats you to a unique experience set in a colorful landscape, especially at this time of year. The visit begins in the lower Laurentians, more specifically at the Oka Abbey, a most private location. Renowned for its divine cheese, the site’s enchanting decor is a genuine haven of peace and serenity. We then continue to the majestic Château Montebello: the largest round-log hotel in the world. A luxurious buffet will await us in the main hall, which is particularly rich in history. No visit to the Laurentians would be complete without an inescapable stop in its regional heart. Saint-Sauveur and its surroundings feature a gorgeous and colorful scenery, with its hills and mountain ranges, part of the Canadian Shield, in the backdrop.

Jardin botanique.jpgThe Montreal Botanical Garden in all its Aspects - $125

October 20, 2017, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Through the tours, the convention people will discover the Montreal Botanical Garden, one of the four most beautiful gardens in the world. After a face-to-face meeting with a researcher, visitors can explore the various facets of the "Monumental Dougherty" named after the world-renowned land-art artist, as well as the “Metamorphosis" project, inspired by the principles of biophilia. Later, following a dinner at the Biodiversity Centre, a tour of the Gardens of light will provide the delegates with an outstanding experience!