What is the Palais des congrès de Montréal?

published on July 1, 2021
Montréal Partners

Since opening in 1983, the Palais des congrès de Montréal has built a reputation for hosting exceptional gatherings, welcoming several thousand events and several million visitors. Situated in the heart of downtown Montréal, the Palais — as it’s informally known— houses versatile and ultramodern facilities for conventions, conferences, meetings, galas and exhibitions. The Palais des congrès is Montréal’s convention centre.

Why is the Palais different?

Montréal’s convention centre is anything but conventional. One of the greatest things about the Palais is its location downtown, in the heart of the action. More than 16,000 hotel rooms are located within a 10-minute walk, including approximately 4,000 rooms that are directly accessible by an underground pedestrian network.

The possibilities are limitless for events. With one of Canada’s largest columnless halls and exhibition venues, the Palais is capable of large-scale gatherings, while also offering ideal spaces for smaller meetings: reception rooms, VIP and Board rooms, terraces, and private offices.

Numerous annual events are held throughout the calendar year, such as the Salon du livre de Montréal and the Montréal Comiccon. Furthermore, each year the space is used by international associations and organizations for their annual conferences. From global meetings on climate change to academic galas (and everything in between), the world convenes at Montréal’s Palais des congrès.

But don't just take our word for it! The Palace has met AIPC Gold international quality and management standards since 2015, and obtained the GBAC Star international health accreditation in 2022. 

The building by the numbers:

  • 7 floors
  • 113 rooms and venues
  • 47,265 square metres (508 756 square feet) of total rental space
  • 36,863 square metres (396 785 square feet) of exhibition space
  • 1,856 square metres (19 975 square feet) of column-less ballroom space 

Art at the heart

The Palais des congrès de Montréal is an internationally-recognized art icon. The building was included in the architectural guide, 1001 Buildings You Must See Before You Die.

From the beautiful to the unusual, the Palais des congrès de Montréal is overflowing with works of art. Its vast facade with a kaleidoscope effect – titled Translucide and signed by Jean-François Cantin, Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon – is composed of multicoloured glass panels, representing the essence of the Palace, a place where different points of view converge. The Lipstick Forest work, designed by Claude Cormier, is composed of 52 dazzling pink “tree trunks” of an impressive height.

Green events

What is beauty without brains? The Palais des congrès is much more than just a pretty face. The building is also BOMA BESt 3-certified, fully accessible and connected to a subway station. Whether you want to sensitize attendees to their ecological impact or obtain official certification for your event, the team at the Palais keeps the environment at the heart of what they offer.

Sponsorship opportunities

The Palais was one of the first convention centres in North America to place technology at the service of event planners by keeping them (and their exhibitors and attendees) connected, while offering the possibility of generating new sources of revenue for their events. Sponsorship revenue opportunities are plentiful: visibility through Wi-Fi connection, video walls, an e-commerce portal, an event mobile app and more!

OASIS Immersion

Located on the ground floor of the Palais des congrès de Montréal, OASIS immersion is a series of stunning immersive rooms. The no-contact experience features 105 laser projectors, 119 surround sound speakers, and state-of-the-art equipment that projects 360° visuals on walls and floors. The spectacular setting — which is also entirely customizable — is perfect for hybrid conferences or training events, for film shoots, or even for corporate events looking for something out of the ordinary.

Cheat Sheet

Venue: Palais des congrès de Montréal
Website: congresmtl.com
Toll-free number: 1-800-268-8122
Email: ventes@congresmtl.com


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