5 amazing facts about the Palais des congrès de Montréal

Everyone has seen the Palais’ colourful façade. After all, over 800,000 delegates, participants and visitors come through our venue each year. But here are some lesser-known facts about the Palais we thought we’d share with you…

  1. The Palais is built over an expressway. It actually covers it so pedestrians forget it’s even there.
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  2. The rooftop is home to an urban agriculture lab! Operated in collaboration with AU/Lab, which is affiliated with Université du Québec à Montréal, it constitutes Québec’s main showcase for experimenting with urban farming techniques and technologies, in addition to being a research centre for the Québec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
  3. It houses a forest of pink-coloured trees made of concrete. Designed by landscape architect Claude Cormier and his partners, this space is a real head-turner – a salute to the trees lining the city’s Park Avenue.
  4. It is part of Montréal’s underground city, which you can walk for 32 km without setting foot outside. No need to worry about winter weather!
  5. The Palais kitchen is Montréal’s largest institutional kitchen. It can feed events of up to 8,000 people. This is where Chef Simon Devost-Dulude, an ITHQ graduate, and his staff ply their culinary art and concoct dishes big and small that are as lively as they are flavourful.