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This page provides general information regarding logistics, lodging, travel, and conference location to help you make your participation to ALife 2020 a smooth and exciting experience.

Dates - July 13-18, 2020
Location - Centre Mont-Royal, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Organizers - Vermont Complex Systems Center, University of Vermont
Hashtag - #ALIFE2020

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  • About Montreal
    "A striking union of European charm and North American attitude, Montréal seduces visitors with a harmonious pairing of the historic and the new, from exquisite architecture to fine dining.

    Because of its position in the St. Lawrence River, the island of Montréal was originally a diplomatic trading area for regional First Nations: the Atikamekw to the north, the Anishinaabe (Algonquin) to the west and the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk), part of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy, to the south. This strategic location and fertile soil made Montréal desirable, as archaeological evidence makes clear. Today, the First Nation communities most closely associated with Montréal are the Kanien’kehá:ka—who named the island Tiotia:ke—in the Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory on the South Shore and the Kanehsatà:ke Lands on the North Shore, near Oka.

    Once home to the First Nations people, this island gem on the magnificent St. Lawrence River in time saw travellers from far and wide land on its shores before becoming a bustling port city. The French colonists were the first to arrive, followed by the English, the Scottish and the Irish. Later, myriad peoples from around the world settled the lush swaths stretching up to Mount Royal.

    Today, 120 distinct ethnic communities are represented in its population of more than 3.6 million, making Montréal a veritable mosaic of cultures and traditions. The world’s second largest francophone city after Paris, it merits the moniker ‘international’ city, a cosmopolitan centre with proud roots in the past that enthusiastically embraces the future. A world leader in such industries as aeronautics, information technology and biotechnology, the city has also made significant innovations in medicine, multimedia, the arts and urban planning. Its avant-garde spirit has not gone unnoticed: in 2006, Montréal was named a UNESCO City of Design.

    Day and night, Montréal pulses with activity. Each season, it is host to an array of events, exhibitions and gatherings for the thousands of culture, nature and thrill seekers who come here to enjoy its diverse offerings. While Montréal’s masterful chefs continue to elevate its reputation as a gourmet destination, creative artists and artisans draw admirers in droves to the haute couture ateliers, arts galleries and charming boutiques that line the city streets.

    Getting around the city on a day-to-day basis is hassle-free. Its streets, vast parks, underground pedestrian network, and métro system are safe and easy to navigate. The best way to get to know the city is on foot, through any one of its many colourful and vibrant neighbourhoods which overflow with markets, boutiques, restaurants and local cafés—diverse expressions of the inhabitants’ joie de vivre. Montrealers are naturally charming and quite often multilingual. Their spontaneity and ability to welcome visitors have propelled Montréal to its current position of international host city, where some of the world’s most exciting events are held annually. When one considers the urban landscape and its inhabitants, this resulting passion seems only natural." - Tourism Montréal
  • Location & Maps

    Location - Centre Mont-Royal
    2200 Mansfield St, Montréal, QC H3A 3R8, Canada (

    Other useful recourses inside the conference building (below 1st floor): Food court, metro station entrance, gym, convenience store, entrance to parking garage

    Located in the heart of Montreal's business and entertainment district.

    There are several parking garages located near the conference venue and one at the conference venue. For a list of nearby parking option please reference this
    parking guide.

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  • Lodging Options
    Nearby Lodging
    • Economy Lodging Options
      Hostelling International Montreal

      Distance from Conference: 1.4km, 17 minutes walking

      This is a very affordable lodging option. HI Montreal is right downtown near shopping, Concordia University, the Museum of Fine Arts and more. Grab a bite at the hostel's café that turns into a bar at night, rent a bike to explore or join in one of the many activities on offer.

      Pub crawls, bike rides and urban walks
      The homey basement café-bistro
      Many local attractions tickets on sale at front desk

      Booking Website
      Phone Number: 1.866.843.3317
      Address: 1030, Mackay Street, Montréal, Quebec, H3G 2H1
      Evo Montreal: Evo, Student Residence in Montreal

      Distance from Conference: 1.1km, 14 minutes walking

      Evo student residences in Montreal provide the minds of tomorrow with the environment they need to become their most accomplished selves. Our fully-loaded housing, located close to Montreal’s exciting nightlife, was designed specifically for students, featuring state-of-the-art amenities in a vibrant, affordable and all-inclusive community lifestyle.

      Booking Website
      Address: 777 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 3Z7, Canada
      Phone: +1 514-395-8558
    • Moderate Lodging Options
      Hotel Omni Mont-Royal

      Distance from Conference: 200m, 3 minutes walking

      Located downtown on the elegant Sherbrooke Street West near McGill University, the luxury Hotel Omni Mont-Royal dominates the Golden Square Mile’s historical district. Sophisticated, luminous and inviting, this environment showcases an authentic and refined stay. With never more than 12 rooms per floor, the hospitality experience is enhanced by luxurious and comforting loft style guestrooms.

      Booking Website
      Address: 1050 Sherbrooke St. W., Montreal, Quebec H3A 2R6, Canada
      Phone: 1 800-578-2900
      Hilton Garden Inn Montreal Centre-ville

      Distance from Conference: 650m, 8 minutes walking

      Walking distance to Bell Centre, Old Montreal and McGill University, Near Underground City, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Place des Arts, Multicultural cuisine at Circos Café-Resto-Bar; room service, Complimentary WiFi, rooftop indoor pool, sauna and fitness center

      Booking Website
      Address: 380 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, Quebec H3A 0B1, Canada
      Phone: 1 514-840-0010
    • Luxury Lodging Options
      Hotel Bonaventure Montréal

      Distance from Conference: 900m, 10 minutes walking

      With a stay at Hotel Bonaventure Montreal, you'll be centrally located in Montreal, steps from Place Bonaventure and minutes from Place Ville-Marie. This 4-star hotel is close to Notre Dame Basilica and Saint Joseph's Oratory.

      Booking Website
      Address: 900 Rue de la Gauchetière O, Montréal, QC H5A 1E4, Canada
      Phone: +1 514-878-2332
    • Other Lodging Options
      AirBnB [website]
      Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO) [website]
  • Transportation
    Getting to Montréal:
    Closest Major Airport: The closest major airport is YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport and is 20 minutes from downtown.

    By Bus: there are very affordable and regular busses that go to Montréal from Canada or the US, please check Greyhound, Megabus, or Wanderu (also has details about trains) for details about times and fares.
    Public Transportation:
    Montréal's public transit system and pedestrian-friendly streets can take you from a day at the museum to a restaurant in the Plateau. Or hop on a BIXI public bike to explore some of the city's over 750 kilometres of bike paths.
    Metro (subway) system:
    The metro operates daily from 5:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. (1:30 a.m. on Saturdays). You may consider purchasing a week pass if you plan to travel the city quite a bit during the conference.
    Bus system:
    This is a simple and inexpensive way to travel the city. The bus is very reliable and friendly.
    Bike Rental: BIXI MONTREAL
    BIXI is cycling as a real means of urban transportation. Available since 2009, BIXI is one of the best ways to enjoy nature, be active, and visit the landmarks in Montréal without any hassles and at a low cost. The system is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This service enables citizens and tourists to borrow a bike from one station and re-dock the bike at another station close to their destination. The BIXI network has 600 stations, providing 7,250 bikes in 11 Montréal boroughs and in the cities of Westmount and Longueuil.
    Taxis and Ride Share:
    Taxi and Rental Car Options:
    Want to cruise around the city or take a scenic drive? In Montréal, it’s easy to rent a car, use car-share or even treat yourself to chauffeured limousine service. If you prefer getting around by taxi, it’s easy to flag one down on the street. You’ll also find them at one of the city’s many taxi stands or in front of most major hotels.
    Ride Share Options:
  • Weather
    Montréal is typically warm and slightly humid during the month of July. For outside activities plan to pack breezy and comfortable attire. You may also want to pack a rain jacket or umbrella. Note that the conference venue will be air-conditioned so plan to pack layers when you are inside.

    Typical Temperature:

    The temperature in July is typically around 80 F (26.6 C) during the day and at nights an average low is 64 F (18 C)
  • Food
  • Things to Do in Montréal
    Montreal International Fireworks Competition - July 15, 2020 (Info)
    Just fo Laughs Comedy Festival - July 15th to July 26th , 2020 (Info)
    Fantasia International Film Festival July 16, 2020 - August 5, 2020 (Info)
    Montréal Cirque Festival July 2, 2020 - July 12, 2020 (Info)
    A taste of the Caribbean Festival July 1, 2020 - July 31, 2020 (Info)
    Montreal Jazz Festival - June 25 - July 4, 2020 (Info)
    International Digital Art Biennial May 22, 2020 - July 5, 2020 (Info)
  • Conference Anti-Harassment Policy
    Anti Harassment Policy:

    This policy is adapted from the example available from the one written and promoted by the Ada Initiative co-founders.

    ALIFE 2020 is dedicated to providing a harassment-free workshop experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any workshop venue, including presentations. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the ALIFE 2020 at the discretion of the conference organizers.Harassment includes: offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, religion; sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. We expect participants to follow these rules at all time. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference. If you are being harassed, or notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a ALIFE 2020 organizer immediately. We value your attendance.

Fun Things To Do In Montréal

  • Montreal International Fireworks Competition - July 15, 2020
  • Just fo Laughs Comedy Festival - July 15th to July 26th , 2020
  • Fantasia International Film Festival July 16, 2020 - August 5, 2020
  • Montréal Cirque Festival July 2, 2020 - July 12, 2020
  • International Digital Art Biennial May 22, 2020 - July 5, 2020
  • A taste of the Caribbean Festival July 1, 2020 - July 31, 2020
  • Biodôme
  • Montreal Jazz Festival - June 25 - July 4, 2020