Montreal has several museums, and family-friendly activities. For more information, please visit the Tourisme-Montreal website.

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Excursions on Saturday 12 August (variable costs)

  • A day in Ottawa, Canada’s Capital (8am-8pm):

Located on the Ottawa River, 200 kilometers west of Montréal, Ottawa was designated capital of Canada by Queen Victoria in 1858. Over the past century, this former lumber town has gracefully blossomed into a cosmopolitan city filled with neo-gothic government buildings, gardens and parks. With the help of a professional guide, we will drive along Sussex Drive, the Byward Market, and the Rideau Canal and discover the many historical and charming facets of our capital city. You will have free time for lunch on your own.

  • Tour to Québec City (8am-8pm):

Classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1985, the city of Québec, capital of the province of Québec, is the only remaining entirely fortified city in North America and dominates the St. Lawrence River. Founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, Québec was the first permanent European settlement in New-France. The city’s buildings and monuments are models of its rich architectural history and give Québec its renowned European flair. During the tour, you will see the Plains of Abraham, the Notre-Dame Church, Place-Royale, the National Assembly, the Citadelle and the famous Château Frontenac. See if you can resist the ambiance of Québec City! There will be some free time for lunch on your own.

  • Walking Tour of Historical Old Montreal (9am-12pm):

Discover the birthplace of our metropolis and experience a unique voyage back in time! Best explored on foot, the historic character and charm of Old Montréal comes alive as you walk the narrow cobblestone streets and alleyways, past the charming waterfront district, and explore the splendid architecture of one North America’s oldest cities.  From the foundation of Fort Ville-Marie in 1642 to today’s modern city, find out more about all the eras that shaped Montréal. This city tour will take you in the heart of Old Montréal and the Old Port and includes a visit to the Notre-Dame Basilica. In case of rain the tour will be oriented towards the beautiful interiors of Old Montréal’s buildings and their rich heritage.

All outings are to be booked and paid directly via the tour operator’s website. Please note that the cut-off date for booking is July 28th.

LACH Newcomers’ Dinner August 9th (variable cost)

Is this your first or second time at the Digital Humanities conference? Are you new to the DH community? Join a small group of newbies and DH old-timers at a local Montreal restaurant and make scholarly connections and new friendships. It’s not only for members of the ACH!

The dinners will happen the evening of Wednesday, 9 August 2017, with parties departing after the poster session. For ease of conversation, groups will be limited to six people.

Registration is already open and places are limited! Sign up at

Library Tours on Friday 11 August (no cost)

Tour: McGill Rare Books and Special Collections and Archives
When: Friday, August 11th, 12:30-1:15.Visit McGill Rare Books and Special Collections and Archives.  We will tour the premises, see some of the units’ rare and unique material and learn about some of our digitization projects. Meet in the 4th floor lobby of the McLennan Library Building. Numbers limited to 30 people, so please register to ensure a place.

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