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How to make the most of Montreal during The ONE Conference

This month, from Sept. 23 to 24, CPAs will flock to Montreal for The ONE National Conference. Here’s what to do while you’re in town.

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view of the streets and buildings of Old Montreal at duskTake a walk through Old Montreal, which showcases the city’s rich architectural and cultural heritage (iStock)

WHERE TO WORK

Inside the former Royal Bank of Canada head­quarters, the magnificent, 12,000-square-foot Crew Collective & Café—featuring ornate chandeliers, vaulted ceilings and marble floors—buzzes with the energetic hum of productivity. Desks and soundproofed meeting rooms are available for rent by the hour or day. 

WHERE TO WINE AND DINE A CLIENT

Father and son duo Richard and Jérémie Bastien’s Monarque is a standout even in a city spoiled for excellence. Seating for 175 spans three rooms—diners can choose between the elegant bar, a more casual brasserie or the formal dining room. The eclectic crowd, a mix of well-heeled locals and fashionable visitors, dines on beef tartare with sea urchin, a selection of dry-aged cuts of beef and a maple version of a kouign-amann, once described as the fattiest pastry in all of Europe.

Overhead view of a table with people and food at 'Monarque' restaurant Monarque (Alison Slattery)

WHERE TO RELAX

Floating serenely on the St. Lawrence River, Bota Bota is a sprawling spa complex that offers unparalleled views of the skyline and Habitat 67. In addition to a wide variety of traditional spa treatments, there’s a Scandinavian-inspired water circuit, steam rooms, a sauna and eucalyptus steam baths. 

Bota Bota: a floating spa complex on the St. Lawerence riverBota Bota (Marie-Reine Mattera)

WHERE TO CAFFEINATE

Dispatch, once a humble coffee truck, has grown into a local success story with multiple locations across the city. The 49-year-old Café Olimpico is a neighbourhood favourite thanks to old-school espresso, dense biscotti and a warm welcome from the regulars. And inside the Club Monaco on rue Sainte-Catherine, the much-loved Café Myriade serves up joe, as well as a curated selection of books and graphic novels. 

WHERE TO GET A CULTURE FIX

In collaboration with the British Museum, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts hosts the North American premiere of the Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives exhibit this month. At the natural history-focused Redpath Museum, highlights include the Abe Levine shell collections, as well as fossils of dinosaurs and prehistoric beasts. 

To register, visit theone.cpacanada.ca

NEIGHBOURHOOD GUIDE

Le Plateau
The city’s hippest area, just north of downtown, is a vibrant blend of picturesque residential and thriving commercial areas. Stop by the main shopping strip along Saint-Laurent.

Old Montreal
This historic waterfront neighbourhood showcases Montreal’s rich architectural and cultural heritage. Stroll along 350-year-old cobblestones on St-Paul, admire the Gothic revival glory of the Basilique Notre-Dame and watch street performers while browsing the crafts market of Place Jacques-Cartier.

Saint-Henri
Snug up against the Lachine Canal, this community is undergoing massive development. Grab a bagel and schmear at Arthurs Nosh Bar, check out the curated selection of reads at Librairie Saint-Henri Books and people-watch from the river aboard the Canal Lounge floating bar.