95th Meeting of the

Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Scientific Advisory Council

23 - 24 May 2019, Montréal, Canada

Please be advised that the 95th meeting of the CFHT Scientific Advisory Council will be held on 23 - 24 May 2019 at the Université de Montréal, room C-5149 in Pavillon Lionel-Groulx, in Montréal, Canada.

The following information is provided to assist participants with the practical arrangements of attending the meeting.

Point of Destination

When making travel arrangements, your destination should be Montréal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) The airport is located approximately 22 km from the hotel and conference centre, of the Double Tree.

Accommodations in Montréal

The booking information for the SAC meeting remains the same as the information for the Users' Meeting. A block of guest rooms has been set aside by the Double Tree by Hilton Montréal at a very favorable rate with rates continuing through the SAC meeting. Two room types have been chosen - King Bed with single, double and triple rates, and Two Queen Beds with single, double, triple and quad rates. The guest rooms are quoted in Canadian Dollar and exclusive of any applicable taxes, applicable service fees and/or hotel-specific fees in effect at the time of the event. The rates include complimentary wireless internet (5Mbps). The deadline to book rooms at the Double Tree for the Users' Meeting and SAC meeting is April 17.

Please note that check-in and check-out times are 4:00pm, and 11:00am respectively.

Because of the popularity of Montréal at this time of the year, it is recommended that you make hotel reservations as soon as possible.

Ground transportation

From Airport to Downtown Montréal:

  • The easiest way to go downtown is to take the 747 Aéroport P.E. - Trudeau / Centre-Ville shuttle. The 747 shuttle bus service is the most cost effective and efficient way to travel between the airport and the centre of Montréal and runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Once you leave the Customs Hall, follow the signs for the shuttle bus/navettes just outside the terminal.
  • You should take the 747 Shuttle going towards the Berri-UQAM metro station and get off at Stop #7 right by the Hyatt Regency.
  • Travel time may vary between 30 to 45 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. Wi-Fi service is available on most 747 buses.
  • The fare is CDN$10. This will also warrant you unlimited travel throughout the STM bus and metro networks for 24 consecutive hours following your fare purchase.
  • The fare card can be purchased at the airport from the automated dispensers which accept cash, debit and credit cards. If paying on-board, only COINS ARE ACCEPTED - NO BANK BILLS.

Taxi - Taxi rates are fixed at CDN$40 to downtown, one-way. It is customary to tip the driver anywhere from 10% to 20% with 15% being the average. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are often, although not always, accepted; therefore it is strongly suggested to advise the taxi dispatcher of your desired method of payment. Taxis are readily available outside hotels or can be ordered by phone.

Uber - There is a dedicated Uber pickup platform on the 2nd level of the airport (departures) near Door 6. There are signs indicating where to go once you have exited the Customs Hall.

Metro and bus - Montréal is a very walkable and safe city. However, if you need to travel larger distances, the public transportation system is very fast and convenient. The Metro (underground subway) typically operates between 5:30am to 1:00am. The bus network is also very extensive. There are a few fare options depending on how often you plan to use the metro/bus. Find out more on the STM website.

By Bike Montrealers are avid cyclists and proud of it. The city has 350 kilometres of bike paths criss-crossing its territory, including natural parks and suburbs. Use a Bixi bike to get around. This public bike sharing system can be a great way to get around the city. The cost of 24 hours is CDN$7.00. Users must be careful not to use the bike for more than 30 minutes at a time to avoid being charged extra time. For more information, visit their website at Bixi website. CFHT personnel will be in touch with you as the meeting dates approach and keep you informed about additional details of the SAC meeting and preparatory meeting documents.

Thank you,

Dr. Chris J. Willott
2018 Chair
Scientific Advisory Council

Laurie A. Dale