There are no restaurants and eateries within walking distance of the Montreal Botanical Garden where the conference is being held. PLEASE pre-purchase a lunch option from the Botanical Garden Restaurant by May 1, 2017 using this form. This is the only way to ensure that there will be food available for you during the short conference lunch break, as it is the only on-site option. (In the evenings there will be other options further afield that can be reached by public transportation).
If you plan on participating in the Student Mentor Lunch or a Lunchtime Tour, you must pre-order your meal because there will not be time to wait in line.
Participants in the Global Assessment on Friday should not order a lunch here. Use their RSVP form to request your lunch (so that you won't be charged for it).
Restaurants near or at the Montreal Botanical Garden
- The Montreal Botanical Garden Restaurant.
- Bistro Le Valois: http://www.levalois.ca/
- Bistro la Cervoise: http://www.bistrolacervoise.ca/fr-ca
- Arhoma: http://arhoma.ca/entreprise-boulangerie-fromagerie-montreal/la-boutique-...
- État-Major: http://etatmajor.ca/
- Hoogan et Beaufort (high end, award winning): http://hooganetbeaufort.com/
Night-life bites – Montreal food to experience during a night out on the town
- Montreal style bagels – much different from New York style bagels
- St-Viateur bagel: http://stviateurbagel.com/
- Fairmount bagel: http://fairmountbagel.com/
- Schwartz’s Deli – Montreal smoked meat: http://www.schwartzsdeli.com/
- Main Deli – across the street from Schwartz’s: http://www.maindelisteakhouse.com/
- La Banquise – Serves Poutine in its original form and many gourmet varieties. Open 24h: http://labanquise.com/
- Patati Patata – No website, but the Yelp reviews might just convince you to visit this address: 4177 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
- La binerie – Experience authentic and traditional French Canadian cuisine: http://www.labineriemontroyal.com/
- Resto Pho Tay Ho -- http://restaurantphotayho.com/
- Byblos Le Petit Cafe -- http://bybloslepetitcafe.ca/photos.html
Microbreweries worth a visit
- Le Dieu du Ciel: http://dieuduciel.com/en/
- Benelux: http://brasseriebenelux.com/
- List of unique bars, some of which also feature bar menus: http://www.mtlblog.com/2016/09/11-montreal-bars-you-think-are-good-but-are-actually-amazing/
For higher-end experiences
- Au Pied de Cochon - http://aupieddecochon.ca/?lang=en
- Crudessence – 100% organic, 100% gluten-free, 100% vegan: http://crudessence.com/en/
- Hotel Herman – Vegetables and seafood are the highlights here: http://www.hotelherman.com/
- Lemeac – http://restaurantlemeac.com/home/
- Restaurant Manitoba -- wild game and foods resto: http://restaurantmanitoba.com/?lang=en
- Maison Publique (award winning, local foods): http://maisonpublique.com/
- Lawrence: http://lawrencerestaurant.com/
- Santa Barbara: http://www.santabarbaramtl.ca/home.html
- Pastaga: http://www.pastaga.ca/menu
List of best Montreal restaurants: http://montreal.eater.com/maps/best-montreal-restaurants-38
Leonard Cohen’s Favorite Restaurants: The Main, and Bagel, Etc. (rue Saint-Laurent at Marianne Street)
Tipping: It is customary to tip 15% at Montreal restaurants.
Places of Interest and local attractions for Ethnobiologists
- Take a walk and discover Montreal’s “Ruelles vertes” or green alleys where one can find hidden community gardens, fruit trees and other interesting plants (i.e. plum trees, apple trees, pear trees, grape vines and hops to name a few). Montreal’s “Ruelles vertes” are community incentives whereby alleyways are greened to accommodate and privilege indigenous plants, bushes and trees. Various green alleys may contain murals, nesting boxes, and even bookshelves complete with books for passerby to grab and go. For a map of these “Ruelles vertes” visit (available in French only): https://www.eco-quartiers.org/cartes
- Montreal Biosphere: http://www.parcjeandrapeau.com/en/biosphere-environment-museum-montreal/
- The Mycoboutique is a store devoted to mushrooms! http://www.mycoboutique.com/en/
- Alchimiste en herbe is herbalist shop with a wide array of dried medicinal plants: http://alchimiste-en-herbe.com/
- La botinne aux herbes is another herbalist shop: http://www.bottineauxherbes.com/achat/default.asp
- There are beautiful and wonderful public, open-air food markets in Montreal: http://www.marchespublics-mtl.com/
- Jardin Sauvage, which has a booth at Marche Jean-Talon, and a restaurant north of the city that specializes in preparing an elegant meal entirely of wild foods: http://jardinssauvages.com/
- Musee des Beaux Arts: http://www.mbam.qc.ca/en/
- Musee D'Art Contemporain: http://www.macm.org/en/
- L'Espace Ashukan, Montreal's first Indigenous owned and run art gallery, in the Old Port: http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/Specialistes-du-voyage/Quoi-Faire/Attra...
- McCord Museum - Montreal Social History: http://www.musee-mccord.qc.ca/en/
- The Redpath Museum (Natural History and Ethnology): https://www.mcgill.ca/redpath/
- Pointe-a-Calliere, Archaeology Museum and the birthplace of the city of Montreal: https://pacmusee.qc.ca/en/
- Notre Dame Basilica: http://www.basiliquenotredame.ca/en/
- Saint Joseph's Oratory: https://www.saint-joseph.org/en
- Guests also often like to walk the winding path up Mont-Royal, the small "mountain" that is a park in the middle of the city. Frederick Law Olmstead designed the park on the mountain, and on nice days, it is joyfully crowded with people walking, biking, having picnics, drumming, walking tightropes and playing in general. It is a great attraction to visit in Montreal. On Sundays beginning at noon, there is a giant drum circle (Tamtam) with many dancers at the statue right at the base of the mountain. http://www.fredericklawolmsted.com/mount.html
- There are varied and wonderful neighbourhoods to visit, all across Montreal, that each offer their own unique flavour. Guests often like to visit the Old Port, the Plateau, Little Italy, the Mile-End, the Ville-Marie, and Little Burgundy. Montreal is a very safe city, but it is necessary that you are mindful about your belongings. Due to the large number of tourists who visit the city every year, theft is a reality.
For a weekly roundup of things to do in Montreal, see: http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/blog/
If you have a car, there are a number of places on the island of Montreal for botanizing, birding, and other nature activities. Some of the best locations in the spring are:
- Parc des Rapides: http://www.montreal.com/parks/rapides.html
- Bois-de-l'Île-Bizard Nature Park: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bois-de-l%27%C3%8Ele-Bizard_Nature_Park