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…
- The Palais is built over an expressway. It actually covers it so pedestrians forget it’s even there.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.