365 Canadian Sights | Day 332: Montreal Week – Palais des Congrés

| Image from Wikimedia/Tony Hisgett via CC BY 2.0 |

When the structure is simple other parts of a building can be more complex or interesting.

Vibrant colours are always good for photography (unless you’re shooting black and white) and the Palais des Congrés has that in spades. Bright, rainbow-coloured spades.

Montreal’s convention centre is perhaps the most colourful structure in Canada. The massive building was upgraded between 1999 and 2002, adding the 332 panes of coloured glass along with expanding the capacity.

Since the windows, unshockingly, are transparent, the atrium of the centre is filled with filtered light, leaving an almost neon patchwork across the area, which is perhaps the best part of this sight. From the outside it’s pretty good too, though, a big, colourful block sitting in a part of Old Montreal. Either way, it’s pretty eye-grabbing once you’re within sight.

On top of being a sight in its own right, it’s also a major site for a variety of things, including the city’s comic convention, which would lead to some even more entertaining pics, I figure.

A hub located in a central neighbourhood of Montreal, the Palais des Congrés is pretty accessible. The city’s metro stops nearby, transit is obviously an option and, of course, there’s parking nearby.

Taking pics from outside is free, of course. Inside it’s a little uncertain since official and commercial photographers need to confer with the centre’s administration. For tourists and travellers I’d guess there’s freedom, though I’m not promising anything. Some places can be sticklers. It’d also depend on what’s using the centre at the time.

TripAdvisor doesn’t think very much of it, ranking it 84 on the list of things to do in Montreal, but there’s a lot to do in that city and not all of them bring the rainbow to the city. Also, a bad experience at a convention can affect the score, no matter the intriguing structure.

The centre’s official site is here.

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The Palais des congrès de Montréal is a convention centre in Montreal's Quartier international. One of the most remarkable visual aspects of the Palais des congrès de Montréal is its striking multicoloured glass façade comprising 332 coloured glass panels and 58 transparent glass panels. During the daytime these panels emulate a beautiful kaleidoscope, while nighttime makes for a scene right out of a blue impressionist painting. . . . . #MTLmoment #quebecoriginal #palaisdescongres #color #quebeccite #QCAccent #quebec #canada #montreal #winter #snow #travelrepost #travelawesome #theworlshotz #backpackerstory #bluesky #weekend #city #walk #sun #architecture #travel #traveler #travelphotography #picoftheday #travelling #travel #postcardsfromtheworld #instatravel #travelgram #holidays

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Editor’s Notes —This is an updated version of the post I published last year when I took the first swing at this project.

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