Arrival and Accomodation

Reimbursement form for the CIFAR Summer School

Participants are expected to arrive at the Summer School on Sunday May 4, 2014 evening. The summer school starts the next morning. Students who are only attending the Summer School are expected to depart on the evening of Wednesday May 7th. Students who are staying to attend the main meeting are expected to depart on the evening of Saturday May 10th. If you have alternate arrival and departure times, please be sure to indicate this on your registration form.

The CIFAR Summer School will be held at the Nouvel Hotel & Spa :
1740 René-Lévesque West
Montreal, Qc
H3H 1R3.

The CIFAR Main Meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Montreal :
1255 Rue Jeanne-Mance
Montréal, QC H5B 1E5

CIFAR has specific and detailed travel rules about reimbursing travel expenses, please familiarize yourself with these rules : CIFAR travel policy.

Welcome Dinner

A welcome dinner will be held on Sunday May 4th. Organizing committee will be welcoming participants at 6:00 pm, the dinner will start at 7:00 pm.

Breakfast & Lunch

Please note that breakfasts and lunches will be provided at the conference facility for the duration of the summer school and main meeting; therefore CIFAR will not reimburse for these meals.
During the main Quantum Materials meeting, students should have breakfast at the restaurant L'Entracte at the Nouvel Hotel. Each student will be given a coupon for the buffet. The restaurant opens from 7:00 am to 8:00 a.m. for breakfast.

Lectures, Coffee Breaks and Poster Sessions

Coffee & tea will be provided throughout the summer school sessions. For details regarding lectures and poster sessions, please see our Schedule and section on posters.

Social Dinner

A group dinner is being arranged on May 5th at 7:00 pm for all Summer School participants at the Bar & Boeuf Restaurant (see map below). The cost of this meal is included in the cost of the summer school. On evenings where a dinner is not scheduled, the maximum CIFAR will reimburse for a dinner is $35.00.

Main Meeting

The main meeting will take place on May 8-10th at the Hyatt Regency. The schedule is available online. Student participants are invited to attend the sessions.


Nouvel Hotel:
From airport ride bus 747 until the station René-Levesque/Guy (station number 2), the Nouvel Hotel and Spa is located 300m south west on René-Levesque.
Depuis l'aéroport prendre le 747 jusqu'à l'arrêt René-Levesque/Guy, le nouvel hotel se trouve un peu plus à l'ouest sur René-Levesque

Hyatt Regency:
From airport ride bus 747 until the station René-Levesque/Jeanne-Mance (station number 7), the Hyatt is on the left with respect to the bus direction.
Depuis l'aéroport prendre le 747 jusqu'à l'arrêt René-Levesque/Jeanne-Mance, le Hyatt se trouve sur la gauche par rapport au sens du bus

Taxi: (prefer the bus, as fast as Taxi and 4 times cheaper) should cost approximatively 40-50$ (tip included). Depending what time in the day you plane land in Montreal the bus might be a better option timewise as it has a special way on the highway and reach the city center faster than taxis in case of dense trafic

Linking the two hotels:
The bus number 150 links the two hotels on René-Levesque, estimate 11 minutes. Estimate 25min to travel on foot from one place to another.

Public transport Pass:
Montreal public transport offers passes for 3 days or 1 week (the 1 week pass has to start a monday and finish a sunday), they cost respectively 18$ and 24.5$. A ticket to/from the airport cost 10$ but is included in the two latter passes. A single ride within the city is 3$. Depending on your arrival date it might be worth to buy a pass it will save time and money.

Things to do in Montreal


If you arrive on sunday or before the movie festival Vues d'Afrique might be of interest for you, it last until May 4th. It is African and Creole movies, short, long and documentaries. For more information visit their website.

If you like electronic music you will probably enjoy the electo music festival of Montreal, it lasts until May 4th also. More information on their website.

Improvisation theatre in french:
Improvisation show by the "compagnie des Improductifs" at Café Campus. Entrance 15$/person, show starting at 20h.
57 Prince Arthur Est, Montreal QC H2X 1B4

Enjoying the city:
Walk up Mount Royal hill to get a nice overview of the city (before the sunset is a quite good time so don't need to climb up twice). There are various ways to reach the top of the hill from the city, with all kinds of slopes ranging from 0 to (almost) infinity. The smoothest way is to walk the Olmsted Way from the Cartier Monument (statue of an angel east side of Mount Royal) along Parc ave (both buses 80 and 139 drive there). Sometimes you'll see shortcuts going up faster along the Olmsted Way. For the lazy ones bus number 11 drive up the Camillen Houde St until the observatory (stop number 53747). From there the potential energy still required to reach the top is negligible.

Restaurants & Local Attractions

Bars and Pubs:

The street north of the metro station St-Denis is crowded with bars and restaurants, the street is not too long, so it is totally possible to wander around for a while looking for the restaurant that suits your needs.

Bar Ile Noire:
That's a bar which serves more than 140 different sorts of whiskies (see website)
1649 rue St-Denis, Montréal, QC H2X 3K4

L'Amere a Boire:
Microbrewery with a nice variety of local beers, they also serve food (see website)
2049 Saint-Denis Street, Montreal, QC H2X 3K8

Randolph Pub:
If you like boardgames, that's a good place to go, their walls are covered with shelves full of game boxes. There is a cover charge of 5 dollars, the waiters are also game experts and can advise you in a very detailed way and explain any game within less than 10 minutes. They serves drinks and snacks (see website)
2041 Saint-Denis Street, Montreal, QC H2X 3K8

Place to go eat:

Bar & Boeuf: (Beefy):
That is the restaurant where the dinner organized by CIFAR Summer School is held on May 5th(see website).
500 McGill St, Montréal, QC H2Y 2H6

Aux vivres (Vegan):
They prepare delicious smoothies and veggie burgers, they have a menu than can suits people that can't eat nuts or are allergic to gluten. You can get by with typically less than 20 dollars with a meal and a drink (see website)
4631 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal, QC H2T 1R2 (north of crossing with Mont-Royal Street)

Crudessence (Vegan):
In this restaurant not only all your food will be organic, vegan and gluten free, but they will not even cook it! They use fermentation instead. It is interesting to see that with so many restrictions you can still manage to prepare food that tastes delicious! (see website)
2157 Mackay St, Montreal, QC H3G 2J2 (quite close from Novel Hotel and Spa) 105 Rachel St. West Montreal, QC H2W 1G4

Portus calle (Portuguese fine cuisine):
Set in the heart of the Portuguese neighbourhood of Montréal, Portus Calle proposes a friendly and modern ambiance thanks to warm colours evoking the Mediterranean coasts, and to an upbeat yet discreet music. Portus Calle proposes more than a simple à la carte meal, inviting guests to select and to share various petiscos (tapas). Take advantage of the special tapas menus on Monday and Tuesday evenings, an opportunity to taste all of Portugal’s flavours.(see website)
4281 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2W 2R2

Smoked Meat (Meat Lovers):
You can literally choose your side between the two restaurant's that serve smoked meat as they are located in front of each other. Depending at what time you come the long line in front of Schwartz's might influence your choice towards the Main!
Schwarz deli (see website)
3895 Saint-Laurent Blvd, Montreal, QC H2W 1X9
Main deli steak house (see website)
3864 Saint-Laurent Blvd, Montreal, QC H2W 1Y2 (open from 10am to 5am)

Poutine (Drunk people):
You might want to try it for the first time or maybe you crave for one (or you might think people die too old in your family), there are many places to eat this quebecois speciality with so many variations. We would recommend two places:
La banquise (see website)
994 Rachel East, Montreal, QC H2J 2J3
Patati Patata
4177 Saint-Laurent Blvd, Montreal, QC H2W 1Y7

Bagels (American breakfast):
You can get them straight from the oven 24-7 in two locations. You can buy all stuffing you might dream of on the spot too. There is nowhere to sit in the store but the park Jeanne-Mance and Mont-Royal are close by.
Fairmonunt Bagel (see website)
74 Fairmount West, Montreal, QC H2T 2M2
Saint Viateur Bagel (see website)
263 St-Viateur West, Montreal, QC H2V 1Y1

Chinatown (Beefy):
Chinatown in Montreal is smaller than the ones of New York or London but it still has a decent size, mainly located between Rene-Levesque Blvrd and Viger Ave (north-south) and ranging from St-Urbain St to St-Laurent St (west-east), the best thing to do is to wander around and find the place that suits you the most.

This place is perfect to enjoy a local beer with snacks that aren't the usual dry peanuts, they also serve some delicious quesadillas (see website)
1219 Crescent St, Montréal, QC H3G 2B1

Thai, Corean, Indian, Japanese Food:
Quite close to the hotel on Ste-Catherine (west) between its intersections with Saint Matthieu St and Chomedey there are a bunch of restaurant and smaller stalls where you can enjoy the aforementionned type of food

If you have questions, please write to us at

CIFAR Website

SFU Website

UBC Website