Montreal information

MSI location:

The McGill Space Institute (MSI) is located at 3550 University Street, next to the Rutherford Physics Building. The front door is usually not locked from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. But the door is heavy and sticks a little, a good pull may be needed before it will open.


The following options are available for travel from the airport to the MSI:

  • the STM 747 bus is the cheapest option at a $10 fare (see A ticket can be bought at the automated STM machine inside the airport with a debit or credit card, or on the bus but changes will not be available. Two route options are available:
    • Destination Terminus Lionel-Groulx
      • A single stop
      • Travel time from 25 to 35 minutes, depending on traffic
      • Get off the bus at Lionel-Groulx, and then take the subway (metro).
    • Destination Terminus Berri-UQAM, Centre-ville (downtown)
      • 11 stops
      • Travel time from 45 to 70 minutes, depending on traffic
      • Get off the bus, and then take the subway (metro).
  • Uber is also an option for going between the Montreal Trudeau Airport and McGill ($35-40, 30-45min).
  • Train: If taking a VIA rail train into Montreal Gare Central is preferred, McGill Campus is approximately a 15min walk north.
  • Metro: McGill campus is a block away from a Montreal Metro subway stop (Metro McGill on the Green Line), which is connected to most places in the city (but not to the airport).


All attendees are expected to arrange for their own accommodations. There are many hotels in downtown Montreal near the MSI. These include the Delta Hotel, Hotel Omni Mont-Royal, Sofitel Golden-Mile, and the Best Western Ville-Marie.


Lunches will be provided on June 2nd and 3rd, and a formal dinner on June 2nd. But information about must-try food specialties in Montreal are given below in case attendees would like to explore Montreal prior and/or after the workshop:

  • Montreal-style bagels: Fairmount Bagel in Mile End and St-Viateur are the most famous. St-Viateur in some locations and Fairmount are open 24/7.
  • Montreal smoked meat sandwiches: Schwartz’s deli in the Plateau is the most famous. So famous that there is often a line. If the line is too long, the smoked meat sandwiches served right across the street at The Main deli are also just as good.
  • Poutine: the most famous is La Banquise in the Plateau. It is also open 24/7. But again a line often gathers outside. The Montreal Pool Room, Chez Claudette, and Poutineville are some other very classic spots.
  • Closer to McGill, other restaurant options for dinner: Lola Rosa (vegan), Reuben’s (American), Le Taj (Indian), Moleskine (pizza), La Capital Tacos (tacos). If uncertain, Le Central is recommended, a gourmet food court featuring: poutine, ramen, Portuguese chicken, seafood caught right here in Québec, delicious churros, and beyond.

Drinks are also served around McGill at Benelux (brewery), and Pullman (wine bar). If a longer (~30 min) walk is not a problem, Else’s is also recommended, a unique pub with a Scandinavian motif and excellent food options, from smoked salmon on potato latkes to spicy wings with a side of cold sesame noodles.