In keeping with ISME tradition, no scientific sessions will be scheduled on Wednesday 24 August 2016. Participants will be free to take advantage of the many leisure opportunities in and around Montreal.

Together with VDM Global DMC, we have selected a number of tours offering you an opportunity to explore Montreal on your day off. Below you will find a link that will lead you to the booking site of VDM.

To book a tour, please click here.

Please note that by clicking on the link you will leave the ISME website. Furthermore, ISME will bear no responsibility for the online reservation system, its website or the tours itself. All questions, enquiries, etc. should be directed to VDM, via, mentioning the ISME16 tour program.  

Selected tours are:

  • Kayaking in the Lachine Canal
    The Lachine Canal is a beautifully revitalized waterway, just minutes from the Old Port of Montreal, stretching 14.5 km from the Old Port to Lake Saint-Louis. This 3,5 hour tours will provide you with kayak rental, transportation to and from the activity, and an accompanying guide.
  • Jet Boating in the Lachine Rapids
    Ride through the wildest stretches of the Lachine Rapids on board a private jet boat. You’ll enjoy a spectacularly wet and wild adventure on a thrilling ride through the fast moving rapids on Canada’s foremost river, the St. Lawrence. 
  • A Culinary Walking Tour: flavours and aromas of Old Montreal
    This walking tour will allow you to discover the cultural and historic culinary charms of the oldest district of Montreal. A professional tour guide will explore the narrow and winding streets with you, discovering the speciality shops and boutiques and introducing you to the history of Montreal and its culinary pleasures. 
  • ​The Olympic District
    In this 5 hour tour, you will travel along the St. Lawrence River to the Biodôme, a unique concept of a “living” museum, with the four full scale natural ecosystems of the Americas, to the Olympic Tower and the buildings constructed for the 1976 Olympic Games, and to the second largest Botanical Garden in the world displaying 20,000 species of flowers and plants in 30 outdoor gardens and 10 greenhouses.
  • The Richelieu Valley
    The Richelieu Valley is a beautiful region surrounded by the Monteregian mountain line and due to its favorable climate has become the home to many fantastic touristic farms, mainly orchards. You´ll visit a cider house and have lunch in the village of Chambly on the banks of the Richelieu River. 
  • Full-Day Tour to Québec City
    Classified as an international heritage site in 1985 by UNESCO, the city of Québec, capital of the Province of Québec, is the only remaining entirely fortified city in North America. During the tour you will see the Plains of Abraham, Notre-Dame Church, Place Royale, the National Assembly, the Citadelle, the Montmorency Falls and the famous Château Frontenac. 
  • Full-day Tour to Ottawa, Canada´s Capital
    Located on the Ottawa River, 200 kilometers west of Montréal, Ottawa was chosen the capital of Canada by Queen Victoria in 1858. With the help of a professional guide, you´ll drive along Sussex Drive, the Byward Market, and the Rideau Canal and discover the many historical and charming facets of the capital city. 
  • A Day in Tremblant
    The Laurentians, one of the oldest mountain chains in the world, start just twenty miles north of Montreal. The region is known for its beautiful scenery, vast forests, picturesque villages, cozy valleys and crystal-clear lakes. The tour will take you to the foremost resort, Mont-Tremblant, to visit the village, and to go up the mountain.