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Travel Information

The International LGBTQ Psychology Pre-Conference for ICAP 2018 is being held in beautiful Montreal, Canada. The conference venue, The Palais des Congrès, is located in the heart of downtown Montreal and surrounded by a wide variety of hotels. However, June is also the time of Montreal's world-famous Jazz festival, so we encourage you to book your travel and accommodations as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment! 



Preferred conference rates are available at 13 different hotels within walking distance of the Palais. Click the button below to get more information on the hotels and to access the preferred rates. We also encourage delegates to check out the available options through AirBNB. If you are interested in finding another conference attendee to share accommodations with, please click here

If you are only planning to attend the pre-conference and not the full ICAP, then use this link to book a hotel at the conference rate

AirBNB Options

Montreal also has a large selection of AirBNBs available. Below are two 'curated' lists of AirBNBs that are located within walking distance of the conference. 

University Dorm Rooms

McGill University is located very centrally in the downtown core of Montreal. Some of their modern residences are available to visitors during the summer months and are just like hotel rooms. To learn more and to make a reservation, click here

Hostels & Shared Accommodations

If you are looking for more affordable accommodation options, you may want to check out some of the local Hostels. 

Gîte du Plateau   - Beds starting at $50/night 

Gîte du Parc Lafontaine - Beds starting at $31/night

Auberge L'Apéro - Beds starting at $23/night

Auberge Bishop - Beds starting at $24/night (a bit of a longer walk from the conference - 29 minutes). 

Auberge Saint-Paul - Beds Starting at $25/night *** This is our preferred location as other conference delegates have booked here - if you book here and would like to share a room with other conference delegates, please send an email to and we will try to arrange this for you. ***

M Montreal - Rooms starting at $50/night



Montreal is serviced by the Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport. If you are travelling internationally, you'll need a passport in order to enter Canada. Delegates from some countries may require a pre-approved visa. We encourage you to apply for your visa as soon as possible, as the wait times can often be more than a month.


Montreal Jazz Festival

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal: The World's Largest Jazz festival, will be held June 28 - July 7, 2018 allowing you to take in not only some of the world's best LGBTQ Psychology research, but also some of the best Jazz Music! 


Montreal Gay Village

Every summer, a section of St. Catherine's street in Montreal is closed to vehicle traffic and turned into a pedestrian area, right in the middle of the Gay Village. Click here to see the village on a map of Montreal. The village is the largest of its kind in North America, and the streets are lined with patios for restaurants and bars. Our conference is being held during Fête Nationale, the National Holiday celebration for Quebec. This means that when you're done with the conference, you'll have no trouble finding interesting things to do in the evening, including fireworks on the evening of the 24th! To find out what businesses and services may be closed on the 22nd, 24th, or 25th, Click Here


Dear Delegates,

This communication is to provide you with information we hope you will find useful in advance of your travels to Montreal for the Pre-Congress and the ICAP.

Arrival at Pierre Elliot International Airport

The Pierre-Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL} is located approximately 20km (12.43 miles) or 25 minutes from the center of the city.  After arrival, there are a few options for attendants to travel to downtown Montreal:

  • Airport Bus 747 Express
    • The 747 bus runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, between the Montréal-Trudeau airport and downtown Montréal (corner of Berri and Sainte-Catherine - Berri-UQAM metro station).
    • Travel time may vary between 45 to 60 minutes, depending on traffic conditions
    • The fare is $10 for unlimited travel throughout the STM bus and metro network and is valid for 24 consecutive hours.
  • Taxi
    • Taxi rates from the airport to the city center are fixed at $40 and meter to other destinations with a minimum charge of $17. It is customary to tip the driver anywhere from 10% to 20%, with 15% being the average.
    • Should you wish to make use of it, there is a small taxi company providing LGBT-friendly service to and from the airport.  They can transport up to five passengers at a time for $50 for five travelers.  Make reservations in advance at  Payment in cash only is made directly to the driver.

Important Travel Notice!
June 24th is the National Holiday of Quebec. This means that many stores will be closed and there will be a number of festivities taking place, including a parade the morning of the 24th. The parade begins around 9 a.m. and may therefore disrupt travel in the downtown area. You may wish to factor this in when planning how you will arrive at the conference venue. On the bright side, there should be no shortage of activities to participate in during the evenings! For more information, you can see the website here:

Link to the Montreal village:

Pre-Congress: Preaching to the Choir, June 24 & 25

The Pre-Congress is at the Palais de congrès de Montréal, QC H2Z 1H5 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, in room 511 a-f.  Click here to view a 3D floor plan of the venue.

For the most up-to-date program, Click Here

  • Breakfasts will be on your own, so you may wish to eat at your hotel before heading over to the Palais de congrès.
  • Registration and badge pick-up is on the second floor.
  • Lunches will be provided.

IPsyNet Representatives Planning Meeting, Tuesday, June 26 from 4-6 p.m. in 510 d

Representatives to the International Psychology Network for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Issues are asked to participate in the IPsyNet Planning Meeting. This meeting is not listed in the Quick Reference Guide.  Please also note that this is a time change from the preliminary plan for the meeting to take place from 2-4 p.m.

A Note About LGBTQ-Related Programming at ICAP

The majority of the LGBTQ-related ICAP programming is scheduled for the 26th & 27th, with some spilling over to the 28th.  Please see the Quick Reference Guide accompanying this communication for a listing of ICAP LGBT programming, courtesy of IPsyNet.

  • Addresses of Note, 510 d
    • Tuesday, June 26, 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.  Keynote Address by Juan A. Nel – Applying Psychological Science to Intervene in Hate Victimization of the Sexually and Gender Diverse: the (South) African Experience
    • Wednesday, June 27, 10 – 11 a.m.  SOGII Section Chair Address by Karen Blair – When Everything is Your Topic: A Peek into a Program of Research Focused on LGBTQ2S+ Psychology
    • Wednesday, June 27, 3-4 p.m.  Section Keynote Address by Carmen Poulin – Making a Difference with Social Science Data: The Research Behind the Canadian Government’s 2017 Apology to LGBTQ2S+ Canadians in the Military, RCMP, and Public Service

IPsyNet Open Informational Meeting, Wednesday, June 27 from approx. 4:30-5 p.m. in 510 d

Open to all ICAP attendees interested in learning about the International Psychology Network for LGBTI Issues.  It will follow the SOGII Section Business Meeting, which starts at 4 p.m.

SOGII and IPsyNet Joint Reception with an Introductory Reading of the IPsyNet Position Statement and Commitment, Wednesday, June 27 from 5-6 p.m. in 518 a&b

A special SOGII Section & IPsyNet Reception that is open to everyone.  There will be a cash bar and cake to celebrate the public introduction of the IPsyNet Position Statement and Commitment.  The Statement is the first ever collective voice of a global community of organized psychology, endorsed by IPsyNet member organizations, articulating shared principles regarding LGBT mental health and human rights.

Field-Trip, Thursday, June 28, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

There will be a special field-trip outing for those who may be interested in learning more about the work being done by local LGBTQ community agencies in Montreal.

  • Space is limited, so if you are interested in the field-trip, we ask that you pre-register online by clicking here
  • The field-trip is free, although you may need to cover the cost of your public transportation there and back.