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Excursions

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We have made a short selection of excursions for the last day of the conference, Friday 10th afternoon. Please contact the organizers directly to book a spot (first-come first serve basis). Of course, this is just a tiny selection of what Montréal has to offer; for more, see our Montréal and getaways page.

McGill Osler Library Tour - FREE

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The Osler Library of the History of Medicine at McGill University houses a collection of rare medical and scientific books donated by Sir William Osler (1849-1919), the renowned physician and McGill graduate and professor. Considered the finest of its kind in Canada, the collection initially comprised 8,000 items, but has since grown to around 100,000 works, including current books and periodicals in addition to its historic, rare materials in the history of the health sciences and related areas.

The proposed tour (60-90 minutes), animated by librarian Anna Dysert, will take place on Friday July 10th in the afternoon at 15.30. Starting with a tour and history of the collection, the visit will be followed by a presentation and discussion of a selection of rare items in the history of biology.

Note that this activity is free of charge but because of space constraints it is limited to 35 participants. If more people would like to participate, there is a possibility to offer two time slots.

To participate, please register at the following address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

Address
McIntyre Medical Building
3rd floor - 3655 Promenade Sir William Osler
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1Y6
Information: 514-398-4475 ext. 09873
To learn more about the Osler Library, please visit the library’s website.

BIODIVERSITY WALK at Université de Montréal - free

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In honor of the Congress of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology to be held in Montréal July 5-10 2015 (details at http://ishpssb2015.uqam.ca/) the Office of Sustainable Development of the Université de Montréal and the congress organizing committee are proud to offer a free public hike to explore some urban biodiversity projects on the campus of the Université de Montréal

A one-hour guided tour will allow you to discover some of the natural treasures of the north side of Mount Royal, as well as some intervention projects that were designed to enhance urban biodiversity. During this trek we will see some artifacts testifying to the site’s  geological history, as well as the location of ancient rivers, the development potential of wetlands and we will observe local salamanders. With any luck we will see some of the birds nesting in the neighboring woods. We will also examine some projects including urban agriculture, a forest planting garden, a hop garden, apiaries (to observe the comings and goings of the bees at the entrance of hives), and a bat shelter. The hike will be guided by Alexandre Beaudoin, M. Sc., Ind. Environment and sustainable development, biodiversity and advise biologist at the University of Montreal. We recommend that you wear socks and closed shoes.

WHEN: Friday, July 10
English tour at 15:30
French tour at 17:00

WHERE: Meeting point at the exit of metro station Université de Montréal
The hike is open to the public and free, but we ask an RSVP by July 7 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Montréal by bus

Classic Montreal (32,00 $/person, 3 hours)
The classic city tour incorporates all the must-see highlights of the city in just a few hours. Follow your guide to find out all about the city from the days of Fort Ville-Marie to the Montréal of today. As you discover the most important streets, landmarks and stories of the second largest French-speaking metropolis, you will experience what makes Montréal so unique!

Culinary tour (95,50 $/person, 4.00 hours)
Discover the city’s culinary diversity with the tour Flavourful Montreal, accompanied by an experienced and enthusiastic guide! Enjoy your visit by sampling some delicious local specialties and products: bagels, pâtés, chocolate, ice cider and smoked meat.

Booking and payment
To book a tour, please fill out the form and return it at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone Guidatour at +1 514-844-4021. Prices are inclusive of taxes. 

For more information, please contact Sébastien Hotte at Guidatour
360, Rue St-Xavier, bur. 400
Montreal (Québec), H2Y 2S8
Tel: 514-844-4021
Toll-free: 1-800-363-4021
http://guidatour.qc.ca/en/?

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Credit: Guidatour

Montréal by foot

Old Montreal (24,00 $/person, 2 hours)
Find out more about all the eras that shaped Montréal with this interesting walking tour, from the foundation of Fort Ville-Marie in 1642 to today’s modern city. The historic heart of the city and its adjacent Old Port will help illuminate the story of one of the greatest cities in the Americas. Your guide will lead you through a maze of narrow streets where you can find a multitude of historic buildings. Explore the birthplace of our metropolis and experience a special voyage back in time!

Flavors and Aromas of Old Montréal (59,00 $/person, 2.30 hours)
This walking tour allows you to discover the delicious cultural and historic culinary charms of the oldest district of Montréal. Your guide will feed your hunger for knowledge on the history of Montréal and its many culinary pleasures during the tour. As you follow the narrow and winding streets, taste your way through Old Montréal and discover four speciality shops and boutiques in the area that are housed in old factories and showrooms from the 19th century. Learn what the influence of the Natives was on our food habits, and how the venue of the World Expo in 1967 brought exotic food on our tables. 

Booking and payment:
To book a tour, please fill out the form and return it This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone Guidatour at +1 514-844-4021. Prices are inclusive of taxes.

For more information, please contact Sébastien Hotte at Guidatour
360, Rue St-Xavier, bur. 400
Montreal (Québec), H2Y 2S8
Tel: 514-844-4021
Toll-free: 1-800-363-4021
http://guidatour.qc.ca/en/?

Ride the Rapids at the Old Port

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Jet Boat Tours (2 hours)
A narrated white-water Rapids expedition. Quite possibly the world's greatest city boat cruise tour, this ride on the St-Lawrence River is Montreal’s most refreshing activity!

Location: Clock Tower Pier in the “Old Port of Montreal”
Please arrive 45 minutes before the departure time and bring a complete change of clothing and a towel. Suggested clothing to wear: light weight and easy to wring out. 

Participants should be in relatively good health, and not subject to heart or back problems. Pregnant women are advised not to participate.

Departure at: 14.00 and 16,00: 62.00 $ (inclusive of taxes)
Departure at: 18.00: 67.00 $ (inclusive of taxes)
To book a tour, please phone Lachine Rapids Tours Ltd at +1 514-284-9607