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Social Program / Tours

The Congress has made arrangements with VDM Global DMC for the organization of English-language social tours and activities before, during and after URSI 2017 GASS. Note that a minimum of participants is required for each tour. If the minimum is not reached by August 14, 2017, your tour could be cancelled for lack of participation. If your tour is cancelled, VDM Global will advise you by email at the latest 7 days before your tour.

Excursions and Tours
Date Tour
August 19

Celebrate our 150th in Ottawa – Canada's Capital!

In 2017 visit Ottawa, our nation's capital, where Canadians and visitors alike will join local residents in a year of celebration. Ottawa will host 12 full months of big, bold, immersive and moving experiences that will complement national celebrations and annual events and festivals. Big Signature Events will animate the entire city, while community celebrations will enliven our neighborhoods.

Located on the Ottawa River, 200 kilometers west of Montréal, Ottawa was chosen the capital of Canada by Queen Victoria in 1858. Over the past century, this former lumber town has gracefully blossomed into a cosmopolitan city filled with neo-gothic government buildings, gardens and parks.

With the help of a professional guide, we drive along Sussex Drive, the Byward Market, and the Rideau Canal and discover the many historical and charming facets of the capital city.

You will have free time for lunch on your own in Byward Market.

Canada is a rich and dynamic country that is home to more than 34 million people and we've got a lot to be proud of. Canada is the second largest country in the world. The country has vast geography, diverse cultures and vibrant communities unlike any other nation. Since Confederation in 1867, Canada has seen a world of change. Today, we are part of a global community that is connected by technology and travel. Our provinces and territories continue to transform to reflect the diverse and evolving face of our citizens. Today, more than 20 per cent of people living in Canada were born outside the country - a proportion not seen in almost a century. Conversely, more than one million Canadians call another country home.

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Price (CAD): $95.00
Minimum # participants: 20

August 20

City Tour of Montréal and visit to the Jean-Talon Market

This 5-hour tour will start with a visit of Montréal's underground city. With its tens of kilometers in corridors and tunnels that connect shops, hotels, restaurants, theaters, universities and more, this unique network is a real town in itself. Afterwards, hop on the bus and stop in the Mile End for a bagel tasting and continue towards the Jean-Talon Market. Enjoy a tasting of local Québec products and a lunch on your own at the market. You'll make your way back to the Palais des Congrès by way of Saint-Denis Street.


  • Professional guide
  • Deluxe transportation
  • 2 tastings
  • All taxes

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Price (CAD): $55.00
Minimum # participants: 35

August 21

Orientation Session and City Tour

375 years of history steeped in a rich and unique heritage. Montréal's mixed cultural patrimony and diversity can be felt in each of its neighborhoods, driven by a Francophonie with accents from the four corners of the globe. The city's heritage also lies in its unique way of life—one coveted by citizens the world over. As Montréal gets set to mark its 375th anniversary, the city invites you to celebrate its glorious past in order to be better rooted in the present and look ahead to an even brighter future.

Orientation - City Tour description: During the Orientation Session, a guide will explain the different activities proposed for the week and suggest some visits and exhibitions to see during your stay (30 minutes).

Then, with your guide, board a coach for an exciting tour that will introduce you to various parts of the city that make Montréal what it is today. You will have the chance to see how culturally diverse Montréal is, as well as visit landmarks and new developments that are so very important in making Montréal such a unique and wonderful city. See the Plateau Mont-Royal, one of the top four "hippest" neighbourhoods in North America, known for its distinctive Montréal architecture, with its spiral staircase and finely wrought cornices. Along the way, the tour includes a stop at the summit of Mt. Royal Park for a panoramic view of the city and a visit into beautiful Notre-Dame Basilica.

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m
Price (CAD): $50.00 (but included in Accompanying Persons' Package
Minimum # participants: 35

August 22

Flavours and Aromas of Old Montreal

This walking tour will allow you to discover the cultural and historic culinary charms of the oldest district of Montréal. Specialty shops and boutiques in the area are housed in old factories and showrooms from the 19th century. As you follow the narrow and winding streets of Old Montréal, your professional tour guide will feed your hunger for knowledge with the history of Montréal and its many culinary pleasures. You will learn how the native people have influenced Canadian food habits and how the World Fair Expo 67 brought exotic food to our tables. That and much more... Come discover the flavors and aromas of Old Montréal!

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Price (CAD): $59.00
Minimum # participants: 10

August 23

Biodome, Olympic District and Botanical Garden Tour

Travel along the St. Lawrence River to the Biodôme, a unique concept of a "living" museum. Wander through five full-scale natural ecosystems of the Americas: the Tropical Rainforest, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Laurentian Maple Forest, the Labrador Coast and the Sub-Antarctic Islands, complete with landscapes, waterfalls, rivers, flora and fauna.

Next, you will visit the Olympic Tower, the world's tallest inclined tower, built for the 1976 Olympic Games. You will ride the funicular to the top and admire the exclusive view of Montréal and the river.

Your last stop is at the second largest Botanical Garden in the world, boasting 10 exhibition greenhouses, 30 gardens and more than 26,000 floral species. After a brief narration by your guide, you will have free time to explore the gardens on your own.

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Price (CAD): $92.00
Minimum # participants: 35

August 24

Progressive Dinner in Old Montreal

This evening will be led by a professional tour guide and true foodie who will entertain you through Old Montréal's cobblestone streets with anecdotes about the local history and culinary scene. Your guide will lead you through the evening and invite you to enjoy a 3-course meal which will take place in 3 different locations, each with its own atmosphere.

The tables are set!

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Price (CAD): $140.00
Minimum # participants: 10

August 26

Bicycle Tour in Montréal

Imagine a wonderful day where the water, the architecture and green spaces transport you! With your guide, you will pick up your bicycle in Old Montréal. Then, you will cross the St-Lawrence river by bike and ride on the F1 racetrack on Notre-Dame island. This experience offers you fabulous sites and underlines the historical importance of the river for the city. This unique circuit also lets you discover the architectural works that have branded Montreal and the parks that have built its reputation. You will also enjoy the Lachine Canal and the Atwater Market.

Total ride is approximately 25 kilometers.

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Price (CAD): $95.00
Minimum # participants: 20

August 27

A Day in Quebec City

Designated as an international heritage site in 1985 by UNESCO, the city of Québec, capital of the Province of Québec, is the only remaining entirely fortified city in North America. Founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, Québec was the first permanent European settlement in New France. A natural citadel, the site dominates the St. Lawrence. Renowned for its European flavor, the city offers a rich architecture.

During the tour you will see the Plains of Abraham, Notre-Dame Church, Place Royale, the National Assembly, the Citadelle, the Montmorency Falls and the famous Château Frontenac. See if you can resist the ambiance of Québec City!

There will be free time for lunch on your own.

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Price (CAD): $105.00
Minimum # participants: 20


  • Registration for the tours will begin on Monday, March 6, 2017
  • Tours take place "rain or shine". No exceptions.
  • A minimum of participants is required for each tour. If the minimum is not reached by August 14, 2017, your tour could be cancelled for lack of participation. If your tour is cancelled, VDM Global will advise you by email at the latest 7 days before your tour. You will then not be charged.
  • No exchange or reimbursement will be possible after August 14, 2017.
  • Please present yourself 10 minutes before the departure time in Hall Viger of the Palais des Congrès.
  • VDM reserves the right to modify this program (If one of the attractions or establishments mentioned is no longer available at the time that the activity will take place).


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