The Palais des congrès de Montréal is a convention center located in the Quartier international de Montréal at the north end of Old Montreal in Montreal's borough of Ville-Marie.The Palais was constructed above the Ville-Marie Expressway, the main underground highway of downtown Montreal. It connects to the Montreal Metro at Place-D'Armes station, and to Montreal's underground city.The Palais was inaugurated in May 1983. From 1999 to 2002, the Palais underwent an expansion enabling it to double its capacity.
Located in Montréal’s downtown core and linked to 4,000 hotel rooms by indoor walkways, the Palais des congrès de Montréal features 200,000 sq ft (19,000 m2). of exhibition surface area, 65 meeting rooms and 18 loading docks. Located only 20 kilometers from Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, the Palais is accessible by car, public transit, or on foot.
Numerous events are held over the year, such as the Montreal International Auto Show, which draws 200,000 visitors annually.From November 28 to December 9, 2005, it held the United Nations Climate Change Conference.In 2009, it was the main venue of the 67th World Science Fiction Convention.