Accommodations: About the Bishop Mountain Hall (BMH) Complex:
Beautiful Mount Royal Park, Montreal’s namesake, provides the backdrop for the Bishop Mountain Hall complex, located just north of McGill's main campus at the very top of University Avenue. Often referred to as “Upper Rez”, CWSF finalists and delegates will be housed in three identical buildings: McConnell, Molson and Gardner Halls. This ideal location leaves the commotion of urban Montreal behind, providing privacy as well as spectacular views of downtown.
Nature lovers and those with athletic inclinations will love the combination of green space and easy access to the exhibition hall, a few hundred metres away. Please note that we encourage you to bring comfortable walking shoes as there is an incline between the residences and the exhibition hall.
Life in Upper Rez - What to expect:
Accommodations in the upper residences are traditional private dormitory-style rooms. The majority have one single bed, an armoire, dresser drawer, work area including a desk, and a small refrigerator. Note that the rooms are not air-conditioned but the windows open enough to allow for air circulation.
All bedrooms have close access to a shared washroom. Washrooms are gendered, shared amongst the occupants in a wing, and include multiple sinks, private toilets and shower stalls.
Each residence hall has large common spaces, though the evening student and delegate lounges will be housed in the McConnell Arena.
Something to keep in mind while packing: there are laundry facilities available in each Residence Hall.
The residences offer incredible security and peace of mind. Far from the traffic of the downtown core, the upper residences have very low vehicular traffic. The main doors of each residence are locked, and for added security purposes, a Night Steward patrols the grounds and residences daily from 22:00 to 6:00.
Finalists and delegates will be assigned to rooms based on gender. All finalists and delegates will have their own single room.
Room amenities included:
- Bed linens (pillow, sheets and blankets)
- Towels (but bring extra)
- Wireless internet access
- Each residence building has laundry facilities
- Each residence floor has a small kitchenette
What to bring with you:
- Your favourite amenities (shampoo, toothpaste, etc…)
- An extra towel
- Comfortable walking shoes (Residences are located on a hill)
- Appropriate weather gear
- Shower shoes (typically flip flop style sandals that can be worn in the showers)
Meals: Bishop Mountain Hall Cafeteria
Located at the foothills of Mount Royal, the views from Bishop Mountain Dining Hall are nothing short of spectacular. The menu includes an array of homemade items, such as soups, hot entrées and delicious desserts that have been made from scratch using fresh ingredients.
Participants will enjoy nutritious, well-balanced meals in a comfortable atmosphere. Food services will ensure that all dietary restrictions are accommodated, including vegetarian, vegan, kosher, halal, as well as allergies and other restrictions. It is very important that participants with dietary needs indicate this as part of the registration process.
McConnell, Molson and Gardner Halls (the participant residences) surround the Bishop Mountain Hall cafeteria (BMH). BMH is strategically placed at the centre of the three residences and will be the main cafeteria, for Finalists and Delegates. Breakfasts, most lunches, and a few dinners will be served at this cafeteria.
Most dinners will be integrated into the evening activities to be held in and around McConnell Arena. The McConnell Arena will be transformed into spectacular student lounges, with plenty of seating for meals. Evening themes include: Saveurs de Montréal (Flavours of Montréal), Upper Rez Block Party, Sugar Shack, as well as the Gala Dinner and MUCH video dance.
Did we mention that the McGill food services are the Guinness Book of World records for edible accomplishments such as “the World’s largest brownie” and “the World’s largest smoothie”? Chef Oliver de Volpi and his talented team look forward to welcoming you into their kitchens.