Eating in MontrealWhile food at breakfasts, breaks, and snacks at evening events will be provided, for the most part, you will be on your own for other meals. Montreal has a vast number of places to choose from. Check out the STOC 2017 Restaurant guide for an overview of food in Montreal and a Google Maps page with links to recommended restaurants. The direct link to the STOC 2017 Google Maps Restaurant page is here.
Things to do in MontrealMontreal has a great many attractions and events going on both during and after STOC, too many to mention here. The excellent Montreal Tourism Information Site has a listings of things to do in Montreal and links to events, attractions, and much more. 2017 is also the 375th anniversary of the founding on Montreal and there are special events associated with that anniversary. The website listing all the 375th anniversary events is here.
Fête Nationale Holiday Friday June 23 and Saturday June 24
June 24 is a major holiday in Québec, Fête Nationale. It is a big midsummer celebration and the holiday really begins on Friday June 23, the last day of STOC. There are many Fête Nationale events. The holiday is a celebration of francophone culture and of the unique history of Québec. The biggest party is the Grand Spectacle which attracts upwards of 100,000 people and kicks off in the early evening Friday June 23 in the Quartier des spectacles which includes the area of the conference hotel. On Saturday there is a large parade on Rue Saint-Denis and there are many other local events. Banks and offices will be closed on Friday. On Saturday most retail locations and large grocery stores will be closed except in tourist areas.
Public transportation fares and schedules may be found at the STM website. There are many payment options including tickets, non-rechargeable paper stored-value "Occasional" cards and more substantial rechargeable OPUS stored-value cards.
The BIXI bicycle share service can also be used to travel within Montreal.