Exploring Montréal: A guide for ISTH 2023 Congress attendees

Exploring Montréal: A guide for ISTH 2023 Congress attendees

Welcome to Montréal, the vibrant and multicultural city that is hosting the ISTH 2023 Congress. As you immerse yourself in the world of thrombosis and hemostasis, take some time to explore the unique blend of history, culture and natural beauty that this Canadian gem has to offer. In this article, we'll guide you through navigating Montréal and highlight some educational and tourist activities to consider during your visit.

Getting Around:
Montréal's transportation system is efficient and well-connected, making it easy for visitors to explore the city. The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) operates an extensive network of buses and an underground metro system that covers most major attractions and neighborhoods. Purchasing a reloadable OPUS card provides convenient access to both modes of transport. Learn more here.

Educational Activities:

  • ISTH 2023 Congress: The primary reason for your visit is the ISTH Congress, and you can expect a rich scientific program with insightful presentations, workshops and networking opportunities. Make sure to plan your schedule in advance to maximize your learning experience.

  • Montréal Science Centre: Located in the Old Port, the Montréal Science Centre offers interactive exhibits that engage visitors of all ages. Dive into the world of science, discover the latest advancements and learn about medical breakthroughs in thrombosis and hemostasis. The center often hosts special exhibitions, so be sure to check their schedule for any related events.

  • Medical Museums: Montréal boasts several fascinating medical museums that provide insight into the history of healthcare. The Redpath Museum at McGill University, for example, showcases a diverse collection of anatomical specimens and medical artifacts. Additionally, the McCord Museum and the Museum of Jewish Montreal offer exhibitions on the history of medicine in the city.

Other Activities:

  • ISTH 2023 takes place during the national holiday of Quebec: Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, also known as Fête Nationale du Québec. This is a public holiday celebrated on June 24 each year. Celebrations will take place throughout the city and include vibrant performances, live music, cultural shows and fireworks. Learn more here.

  • Old Montréal: Step back in time as you wander through the cobblestone streets of Old Montréal. Marvel at the stunning architecture, visit historic landmarks like Notre-Dame Basilica, and explore art galleries, charming boutiques and cozy cafes. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride or simply soak in the atmosphere of this enchanting district.

  • Mount Royal Park: Escape the city's hustle and bustle with a visit to Mount Royal Park, a sprawling green oasis in the heart of Montréal. Enjoy a leisurely hike, rent a bike or have a picnic while taking in panoramic views of the city skyline. Don't forget to climb to the park's highest point, Kondiaronk Belvedere, for a breathtaking view.

  • Museums and Art Galleries: Montréal is renowned for its vibrant arts and culture scene. Explore the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, which houses an extensive collection of international and Canadian art, or visit the Museum of Contemporary Art for a glimpse into the world of modern art. The Phi Centre is also worth a visit for contemporary art enthusiasts.

  • Food and Culinary Delights: Indulge in Montréal's diverse culinary scene, known for its fusion of French and North American flavors. Don't miss out on trying iconic dishes such as poutine, bagels from St-Viateur Bagel Shop or Fairmount Bagel and smoked meat sandwiches from Schwartz's Deli. Exploring the city's vibrant food markets, like Jean-Talon Market or Atwater Market, is also a must for food lovers.

As you attend the ISTH 2023 Congress in Montréal, take advantage of your free time in this captivating city by immersing yourself in its rich educational and cultural offerings. From exploring the city's museums and art galleries to savoring its culinary delights, Montréal promises a memorable experience. Learn more at mtl.org.

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