Top 5 Trade Show Venues in Montreal

Montreal has, for several years now, been the leading meeting destination in North America simply because the city offers an array of fabulous venues that perfectly suit the needs of business and incentive groups and even those from academia.

These trade venues also have the distinction of being able to offer complimentary sites within the city that enhance the visitor’s experience of soaking in Montreal’s distinct ambiance of European elegance and North American dynamism.

Palais des congrès de Montréal

The Palais des congrès de Montréal sits atop this list for the very reason that it was built precisely as a world-class convention center, as its name reflects (Montreal Convention Center). Featuring modern and sustainable facilities, it has attracted more than 20 million visitors since its opening in 1983 and has boosted Montreal’s status as a major destination for trades and conventions across North America. No wonder it has been conferred the Quality Standards gold certification by the International Association of Convention Centers and is shortlisted for the title of World’s Best Congress Center.

The Palais des Congres de Montreal boasts a total of 46,347 m2 of exhibition space that can accommodate nearly 2,000 booths all at once. There are also 33,638 m2 of meeting room spaces and another 51,280 m2 of rooms and venues – staggering numbers by any standards.

Some of the major upcoming trade fairs slated at the Palais des Congres include the Franchise Expo Montreal, the National Women’s Show Montreal, SIAL Canada, and the Montreal Worldwide Beer Festival.

Place Bonaventure

Completed in 1967, Place Bonaventure was originally conceived as an exhibition hall and international trade center and was built in the Brutalist style popular during the period. It remains one of Montreal’s distinctive landmarks even after its recent renovations. Place Bonaventure’s biggest advantage is its accessibility. Located in the heart of Montreal, it is ideal for public transport users due to its direct access to the subway system, the Central Station (for suburban and intercity trains), and the vast underground pedestrian network that connects to thousands of shops and restaurants, not to mention hotels.

Place Bonaventure also has some of the biggest trade show spaces in the city. Its main exhibition hall has an area of about 61,000 square meters and can accommodate up to 780 booths – a perfect venue for all kinds of gatherings big or small. There is, of course, the Hotel Bonaventure sitting right atop Place Bonaventure which has its distinct venue offerings as well as trade events. Flagship events at the Place Bonaventure include the International Tourism & Travel Show, the Gem and Mineral Show, and the SIDIM Design Show (for Architecture and Design). Visitor traffic to these shows exceeds one million annually.

Concordia University

While Concordia University prides itself as one of the most innovative universities in the world with its approach to experiential learning, it has also become one of the top trade show organizers in Canada due to the large number of fairs it hosts regularly. Its deeply rooted educational foundation allows Concordia University to carve a dominant niche in academic and professional conferences in Montreal that has been further strengthened by the opening of the Concordia University Conference Centre in 2017.

This venue provides multi-functional, state-of-the-art facilities to the entire Concordia community as well as to external clients that are best suited for cocktails, banquets, meetings, and conferences. Concordia’s most prominent events include the Engineering and Computer Science Fair as well as the upcoming International Academic Conference on Business & Economics, Management and Finance, and the Graduate & Professionals Schools Fair.


Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth

Like the Place de Bonaventure, the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth is connected to Montreal’s underground city. This access to more than 32 km of underground pedestrian walkways, shopping centers, entertainment venues, and attractions gives the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth a strategic advantage as a trade and exhibition venue among Montreal’s hotels. The Fairmont has nearly 26,000 m2 of meeting space and another 12,800 m2 of exhibit areas. It has 104 function halls, with the largest having an area of 2,754 m2 and a maximum capacity of 2,470 persons. The Fairmont has attracted major events like Xplor, the Annual Conference of the Pulp and Paper Industry in Canada, the Montreal Wood Convention, and the Montreal Global Summit.

The Fairmont is, of course, more popularly known as the hotel where John Lennon and Yoko Ono held their 1969 “bed-in for peace” and the suite that now bears their names has since been revamped to feature a virtual reality experience.


Olympic Stadium

The Olympic Stadium in Montreal’s Olympic Park is the largest covered amphitheater in Québec and plays host to a wide range of events from around the world other than sports such as salons and trade exhibits. Built for the 1976 Montreal Olympics, the Big O as it is known has its distinct attractions and still hosts regular athletic events as well as guided tours of the historic venue. While a bit farther from the city center, the Olympic Stadium nevertheless offers something unique: wide-open spaces that are perfect for trade events with outdoor components like truck and auto shows, as well as ample parking for more than 4,000 vehicles. The venue can be reached through the metro station’s Green Line, as well as by bus. It is also accessible through bicycle paths, with bike racks available just steps from the Olympic Center entrance.

The Olympic Stadium’s vast indoor facilities are ideal for galas, sporting matches, and trade shows, and the Stadium itself can accommodate up to 60,000 people – perfect for gatherings of such magnitude and scale.

Past and future events lined up at the Olympic Stadium include DreamHack Montreal, Montreal Home Expo, and the Montreal Electric Vehicle Show.

Trade Show Display Needs in Montreal

Are you looking for a company that can help you with your trade show display needs in Montreal from A to Z? Beaumont Exhibits can surely do that for you. We take pride in our full-service solutions that ensure you can deal with one exhibit company for your every need – from exhibit design, through to fabrication, shipping, and global installation.


Beaumont Exhibits Services

We offer a wide range of trade show services ranging from trade show display rentals, to exhibit design, custom fabrication, shipping and logistics, on-site supervision, online project and asset management, and installation and dismantle. When you partner with the Beaumont Exhibits team, we handle all the tasks for you, big or small, leaving you hassle-free!

What Our Clients Say

I love working with the Beaumont Team; I know any project I work with them on is in good hands! The team is professional, knowledgeable, great at communicating every step of the way and keeping our projects on time. Their flexibility to work within our budget is always appreciated and I know on event day, things will go smoothly with their ready assistance.

Adriana Dimitri

Marketing Qinetiq Canada

James, Jamilyn and the Beaumont crew really came through for us on a last minute booth rental request. We had a show in Atlanta and they turned around the project in less than 3 weeks, handling all logistics, setting us up in a professional looking booth and responding quickly to all our questions along the way. Looking forward to working with Beaumont for future conferences.

Steve Macleod

Marketing Samdesk

James and team worked with us for months on an extensive exhibit booth trade show in multiple locations. They were always accommodating with our requests and always easy to get in touch with no matter the situation. There truly wasn’t anything they couldn’t do!

Brianna Mincieli

Producer ADM Productions, Inc.

We recently had the pleasure of working with Beaumont & Co Exhibits; this was our third time using them during the ESRI event in San Diego, and I must say, it was an outstanding experience from start to finish. James and Jamilyn from Beaumont Exhibits were the epitome of professionalism, and their dedication to supplying top-notch service truly made a significant impact on our booth rental experience.

Leia Abreu

Operations and Facilities Coordinator Ecopia

From concept to follow through, the team at Beaumont got it right! I was thrilled with the collaboration to see our vision come to life – all with the an excellent collection of support. James and Karen with great to work with and did well to keep the ball moving and ensure we made it to the finish line promptly.

Our 20FT Linear had a custom die-cut logo and digital interfaces, that deployed in Ottawa at the RIMS Canada Conference. We were a show stopper to say the least. When the time comes for another project, I know where I’ll be going!

Donny Cooze

Manager, Digital Media, Engagement & Communications ARS

We had a very positive experience working with Beaumont in the Vancouver Convention Center. The booth they created for us was designed and installed on time and with the best quality standards. Thanks to Maria and James who helped us step by step before, during and after the process.

Alexandra Ortega – Testimonial

Inter-American Development Bank

Trying to plan a trade show in Brussels while being located in the US was nerve-wracking, but finding Beaumont & Co. and Luciana, made it much easier! Luciana went above and beyond when there were shipping mishaps and made sure that we received our booth on a tight timeline. The quality of the booth was great and easy to put together. They really work to meet your needs.

Cassandra Morrison

Senior Marketing + Content Manager

Beaumont Exhibits. We love the new signage. It shows Halifax beautifully.

Cara Salci

Halifax Partnership

Just outstanding work all week guys. As always.

John Benson

Deputy Director of The Canadian Defence, Security & Aerospace Exhibition Atlantic

The Exhibit Area has been a hit all conference long, thanks to our wonderful partner Beaumont Exhibits, who has made sure our booths and signage have been on point with their top-notch work. Thank you!

Kiki Cloutier

EM Director, Marketing Communications and Events Canada Public Relation Society

“There is nothing that compares to the Beaumont Exhibits booth system; it will be in my mind or even should be the industry standard. Our booth was revered by all who came upon it. In fact, a comment I heard from a passerby was “Now that’s a booth!” comparing it to all the thousands of other booths at the Las Vegas AHR convention”

Greg Gallagher

Marketing Manager, Rosemex

“MetOcean Telematics appreciates working with Beaumont Exhibits for our trade show needs. Beaumont Exhibits understands the complex nuisances of the industries in which we do business and has played an important role in helping us present our products to clients worldwide.”

Jeff Smeltzer

Marketing and Communications Lead, Met Ocean

“Assembled the booth this morning. Looks fantastic. Next week I am taking it with me to Tampa for a trade show there.”

Angela Archibald

Manager, Business Development and Administration services, CarteNav Solutions

“Our company has used Beaumont Exhibits a few times now and each time they have delivered high-quality products in a timely manner. Highly recommended.”

Jason Giffin

Maritime Gourmet Mushrooms

“Fantastic company to work with. Their attention to detail and deadlines is second to none. Very pleased with my experience!”

Steve Collette – Beaumont Exhibits

CEO, 3rd Degree Training

“Beaumont Exhibits is great to work with, they have a wide selection of products and know the industry.”

Kaley MacDonald

Seafood Marketing Officer, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

“Beaumont Exhibits provided COVE with a fantastic booth. Now we can begin representing and growing the ocean tech industry in the region with the marketing presence to match the task.”

Callahan Murphy

Project Manager, COVE – Centre for Ocean Venture and Entrepreneurship

“The Canadian Defense, Security and Aerospace Exhibition Atlantic: DEFSEC Atlantic is Canada’s second largest defense and aerospace trade event. We cater to some of the world’s largest defense contractors in the world. We have no hesitations in recommending Beaumont & Co. to them as a provider of quality display materials. The feedback we received has been most positive and we are looking forward to a long relationship with James and Sean as they grow their business here in Atlantic Canada and beyond.”

Colin Stephenson

Executive Director, DEFSEC Atlantic

“Beaumont & Co. was great to deal with in that they incorporated all our design suggestions in a timely fashion and their superior customer service made the this process very relaxed and straightforward. The final products turned out nicely and to our satisfaction – the displays look professional and high-quality. The banner’s LED component allows us to stand out at trade shows/career fairs. They went the extra mile and set-up the display for us on two separate occasions which was very much appreciated. They have also responded to additional follow-up queries related to the products. All in all, we are quite happy with the end product and experience on a whole.”

Kyle Davis

Admiral Insurance