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10 Stunning Historical Venues In Montreal
Montréal is North America's leading host city for a multitude of reasons: convenient location, cosmopolitan setting, vibrant culture, easy transport, friendly locals and affordability. But let's not forget that Montréal is also home to a rich French colonial history that continues to make the city one of the most distinctive destinations in North America.

As a planner, you can put Montréal's heritage front and centre by choosing one of the city's historical venues for your group's events. From regal to rustic, there is something for every organization and every type of meeting. So, without further ado, here are 10 wonderfully historical venues in Montréal.

  • AN INTELLECTUAL OPTION.   Founded in 1907 as a meeting place for university graduates, the University Club of Montréal is an exclusive downtown venue that breathes simple sophistication with immense windows, dark wood trim and prized Canadian artwork. It offers 14 different meeting rooms for business lunches, meetings or cocktail receptions for groups of 10 to 250.

  • A RUSTIC MILIEU.   Step away from the city centre and turn back the clock to 1727 by holding a meeting or private reception at Cité Historia's Maison du Meunier . The intimate space features the original beams and fieldstone walls while offering modern amenities such as climate control, multimedia projections and Wi-Fi. Enhance the historical aspect of your visit your event with a visit to the adjacent museum or nature park. Accommodates groups of up to 45.

  • A REGAL CHOICE.   How often do you get the chance to host an event in a castle? In Montréal, you can!   The Dufresne-Nincheri Museum is a former residence so sumptuous it is referred to as a château, no less. There are five distinctly regal meeting rooms, each with its own exceptional esthetics, from a neo-gothic vaulted ceiling to a series of paintings depicting the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice. For meetings of up to 75 people or receptions of up to 150.

  • A TURN-OF THE-CENTURY FIREHALL.   Built in 1903, this grandiose building is now home to the Centre d'histore de Montréal , a museum in the heart of the city's historic district. The unique site features a renovated interior that can accommodate up to 150 guests and is fully accessible for people in wheelchairs.

  • A TRADITIONAL MARKETPLACE.   This stately building in Montréal's Old Port was erected in 1844 and has been a bustling business centre ever since. Today, it figures among Canada's top 10 heritage buildings and houses 15 Quebec craft boutiques. And, of course, it is a premier spot for meetings! The vast halls of Bonsecours Market are perfect for groups of 100 to nearly 1,000.

  • A BIT OF EVERYTHING.   The McCord Museum is ideal for groups who want it all in a single venue: an intimate lounge, a multimedia theatre, an expansive atrium and a variety of exhibitions. With so many options under one roof, you can easily host presentations and a cocktail reception without having to travel from one site to another. Plus, your group will get to spend the day in one of Montréal's most notable buildings, designed by the renowned architect Percy E. Nobbs.  

  • A SPICY CHOICE.   Looking for a venue with a sizzling personality? The Cabaret Lion d'Or is a sumptuous Art Deco cabaret-style hall that will definitely turn the heat up on your event. Get your group in the mood for an unforgettable experience - whether a team-building activity, a presentation or a reception. Accommodates up to 100 guests.  

  • A MODERN TAKE ON HISTORY.   Built directly on the birthplace of modern Montréal, the Pointe-à-Callière museum comprises a number of buildings and showcases local history dating back 1,000 years. Visitors will love the modern esthetic of the updated Mariner's House and how it contrasts with the dank archaeological crypt below. Meeting planners will love the plethora of venue options: from an outdoor patio at L'Arrivage restaurant with breathtaking views of the port to the architecturally stunning Éperon building. In all, there are 11 meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 500 people. 

  • A FABULOUSLY FRENCH LOCALE.   Prestige meets pomp in this former hotel. Le Windsor offers two lavish ballrooms - the Victorian-style Salon Windsor and the French Renaissance-inspired Salon Versailles - in addition to the flamboyantly elegant Peacock Alley. This first-class venue will appeal to guests who will only settle for the crème de la crème. Maximum capacity of 1,100 very refined people.

  • A PIRATE'S DEN, IF YOU DARE! Not all meetings have to be serious, right? The Cabaret du Roy is a feisty restaurant that celebrates the history of 18th piracy! Bring a few mates or your entire rowdy crew (up to 250) for a mighty fine Caribbean meal and a whole lot of sea-faring ambience. Why learn about history when you can re-enact it?
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