Annual Convention - Guests
SAIA welcomes our attendees’ guests and looks forward to helping them get to know Montréal. Montréal’s unique mix of fun, lifestyle, buzz, authenticity and one-of-a-kind experiences make it the perfect city to explore!
See below for information on the two guest tours:
UPDATE: ALL TOURS ARE CURRENTLY SOLD OUT! CONTACT THE SAIA HOME OFFICE AT 816.595.4860. IF THERE IS A CANCELLATION, SOMETHING COULD OPEN UP.
Monday, July 24
Montréal Flavour Outing
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Montréal has often been dubbed the North American capital for French cuisine and is certainly considered an epicenter of gastronomy in general! You will discover the city from a different point of view, while our tour guide gives some historical background. You’ll also learn about the ethnic influences on this culinary “community”. From “Little Italy”, to “Chinatown”, and including the Greek, Portuguese and Jewish neighborhoods, guests will visit some of the most popular food stops and try some of the local specialties.
- Schwartz’ Delicatessen on Saint Laurent Street. Just like Katz in New York, this old and famous deli offers delicious smoked meat sandwiches, heritage from an ancient Jewish culinary tradition implanted in North America at the beginning of the century.
- Passing along the beautiful La Fontaine Park and charming streets of ‘Le Plateau Mont-Royal’, you will also stop at La Banquise where you will taste what is generally admitted to be the best poutine in Montreal!
- Next up, Fairmountor St – Viateur Bagel of course! For a sampling of those renowned hand-rolled Montreal-style bagels!
- Going up north, you will arrive in Little Italy, dominated by the famous Jean Talon Public Market; open since 1934, this is a heaven for fresh, local products where many of Montreal’s top chefs can be spotted collecting ingredients. After a nice walk around the market, participants will enjoy the French culinary touch with a cheese & deli tasting at Marchédes Saveurs; unique shop with veritable panoply of gourmet, hard-to-find regional products, and an ice cream cone for dessert will conclude this Jean-Talon Market tour.
- Last stop on this scrumptious foodie tour, Old Montréal, where, you will be invited to taste different kinds of maple syrups after an interesting discussion of Canada’s emblematic treat. And wander through Les Délicesd el’Erable; boutique/information center featuring organic maple products and quality maple gifts.
Tuesday, July 25
Jet Boating on St. Lawrence River
9:15 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Climb aboard the Saute-Moutons for this exhilarating ride on the St. Lawrence River and through the Lachine rapids. (“Saute-Moutons literally translates to jumping sheep). Saute-Moutons has been a popular summer activity in the Old Port for the last quarter century. The mighty rapids are turbulent and waves can reach up to 10 feet! Count on the pro ship captains to skillfully plough through them on this fully-charged thrill-ride! Guests are asked to bring a complete change of clothing (we mean COMPLETE!) down to the undergarments, because once you are aboard, there is no avoiding it–you will get soaked! A must for all thrill seekers and adventurous souls!
After a thrilling ride on the river you will enjoy a relaxing lunch in Pub Saint Paul in one of Old Montreal’s most historic buildings.