The BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology is the world’s largest industrial biotechnology event for business leaders, investors, and policy makers in biofuels, biobased products, and renewable chemicals. This year’s World Congress will be held July 19-22, 2015 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal in Montréal, Canada.
While attending this year’s conference, we hope that you can take the opportunity to explore the great city of Montreal. Summer is a very exciting time there! For instance, the Just for Laughs Festival will take place during the BIO World Congress. Sir Patrick Stewart and Jane Lynch are just two of the eight comedians to be part of this year’s line up!
Montréal’s parks offer a wide range of sports and are a a great way to get some exercise in. With over 600 kilometers (375 miles) of bike paths, Montreal offers a public bike system (that you can enjoy with a swipe of your credit card) that is quickly becoming a pedal-pushing mecca.
After all of that walking, you will need to recharge your batteries. Montreal is commonly known for its delicious French cuisine, but that is just a small part of what the city has to offer. Here is a list of some of the best restaurants and food neighborhoods where you can grab a quick bite or enjoy a five course meal. I recommend that you really read Maddie S’s city tips which will help you with things like tipping (the customary tip at restaurants is about 15%).
While the average high in July is a sunny 24ºC / 80ºF and the average low is 16ºC / 60ºF, we recommend that you have an umbrella handy.
We hope that you will make the most out of your time at the World Congress and see why BIO viewed Montreal as the ideal location to hold this year’s conference. To finish, we hope that your experience is much like the one describe in Tourism Montreal’s “Montréal at a Glance”:
“Montréal is as romantically traditional as it is cutting-edge innovative, as cosmopolitan dynamic as it is small-town friendly…
“Take Saint-Denis Street for example. On the first warm day of spring, Montréalers flock to the outdoor terraces en masse to celebrate winter’s departure and lift their faces to the light like sunflowers.
“Or downtown during the holidays, where rosy-cheeked shoppers stop to listen to Cyrille the Spoonman as he merrily click-clacks away in front of Ogilvy’s department store…
“After spending some time here, you’ll notice that without the complex mix of flavours—ethnicity, culture, language, ideas, cuisine, you name it—warm camaraderie and sheer joie de vivre, anywhere else just seems bland.”