Tour Day, Tuesday May 17th

Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour of Montreal: Experience the City at Your Own Pace

Discover Montreal while being chauffered around Montreal in London style double decker busses between 9:00 and 17:30. There are 12 stops on the “red loop,” including a stop back at the McGill Athletics Complex, as well as an “Olympic Village Loop” which will bring you to the Olympic Stadium and the Science-tech rich “Espace pour la Vie”. Professional and informative tour guides will be on each of the buses to provide you with Montreal’s history and fun facts between stops.
With 12 different places to hop-on or hop-off there is no shortage of things to do and places to see. The day has been designed to allow each region to customise their experience (with your Delegate’s approval of course). The Host Team, with help from Tourism Montreal, can assist you in planning your day based on your interests.

Safety First:

Your safety is our priority. Montreal is a very safe and bilingual city and the stops along the route are the most popular destinations. Participants will be given a special wristband for anonymous identfication (we suggest that you bring your name tag, but leave it in your backpack). In addition, Team UV will be “À Votre Service” (At Your Service) throughout the day. Our network of volunteers will be placed on each of the buses, as well as at each of the stops for any questions or concerns you may have. Need additional assistance? An email, texting and phone line service will be provided by the Host Team to participants, and will be available during the day.

The Experience:

The buses will run on a continuous loop throughout the day. A bus passes by each stop every 15 minutes to half hour (a schedule, personalized for CWSF will be provided to you). For the normal route, please see the following link: http://media.tourcms.com/a/5886/2/5867.pdf The bus route, if you do not get off at any of the stops takes 2 hours.

Schedule:

Morning Departures, from the McGill Residences, will take place every 10 minutes between 9:00 and 10:30

You must ensure that you catch the last bus of the day from whatever stop you are at (check the schedule to see what time the last departure is from the stop closest to you). The Gray Line buses will ensure your return to the residences if you are on the last bus of the day. If you do not make it onto the last bus, it simply means that you will be responsible for either walking back to campus (10 minute walk if you are downtown, a 4 hour walk if you are at the Oratory or Olympic Village), or you may use the bus and metro system, or taxi (at your own cost)

A CWSF personalized map and schedule will be provided to the participants in the Welcome Kit upon arrival at campus.

What to wear?

  • Participants will need to use judgment based on the weather forecast. In the month of May, temperatures and conditions can vary greatly during the day. Just because it’s sunny in the morning, this does not guarantee that it won’t rain by the afternoon. We suggest that you dress in layers
  • Comfortable walking shoes are a must

What to put in your backpack?

  • Lunch money will be provided to your Delegate prior to departing campus
  • Sunscreen and hat if it’s a sunny day
  • An umbrella
  • Spending money for snacks and souvenirs during the day
  • The maps and pamphlets for the locations you intend to visit during the day
  • Your camera for the spectacular sights you will see
  • Your cell phone in case of emergencies

What to see and do?

Click here for just a few of the possible sites for you to visit and activities to take part in. To help you plan, we have rated the stops using our own rating scale and have indicated how much time we suggest you should plan to be there. Participants will be provided with a custom map for CWSF 2016 participants. The map will include names and addresses of museums and other highlights which will be free of charge or at a reduced rate to CWSF 2016 participants.

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