Welcome to SNOLAB

SNOLAB is an underground science laboratory specializing in neutrino and dark matter physics. Situated two km below the surface in the Vale Creighton Mine located near Sudbury Ontario Canada, SNOLAB is an expansion of the existing facilities constructed for the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) solar neutrino experiment.

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ABEC annual picnic 2014


Weekend Getaways to Montreal





Gare du Palais



Places des Arts Sculpture



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The "joie de vivre" is palpable and contagious in this vibrant, culturally diverse and cosmopolitan city of two million inhabitants. Whether sipping a cappuccino at an outdoor cafe, gambling at the huge Casino de Montreal complex or exploring historic Old Montreal, you can't escape without experiencing the excitement and energy that pervade the entire city. Montreal draws tourists year-round; even a series of cold winter days (and it does get frigid) can be avoided in the vast Underground City with its restaurants, stores, walkways and subway, or enjoyed through the broad array of winter sports. The truly international flavor here is evident in the numerous fine restaurants, with cuisine from around the world, and in the self-contained ethnic communities, like Little Italy, a lively area of espresso bars and delectable cuisine. For sizzling nightlife, check out the Rue Crescent's myriad clubs, bars and restaurants. The historical division between the French and English influence has significantly lessened, but distinctive sections still remain.




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Museum Quarter



(514) 285-1600 (Telephone)
(514) 285-4019 (Fax)



 Guy-Concordia / Peel - Metro Station


At the heart of the city's cultural life, the Museum Quarter radiates out from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The Museum Quarter's historical and architectural richness, spilling over into surrounding streets, creates a special ambiance that leaves a lasting impression on visitors. Crescent, de la Montagne and Sherbrooke Streets are the hub of the district's vibrant business life. High-end, designer fashion and decor boutiques, international shops, art galleries, jewelers and exquisite fine dining never fail to win visitors over.


Place Ville Marie


Corner of McGill College Avenue and Cathcart Stre et
H3B 2E7



(514) 861-9393 (Telephone)
(514) 861-4560 (Fax)


 Bonaventure / McGill


Monday to Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.;

Thursday and Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.;

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.;

Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.


Ideally situated at the heart of downtown and its famous underground city, the Place Ville Marie shopping centre has been offering an array of 80 elegant boutiques, restaurants and services for more than 40 years.

"The underground" They're actually referring to the vast network of pedestrian walkways spread out below the city. To put a number on it, there are 30 kilometres of connecting areas, passageways and hubs beneath the downtown.

More than 500,000 people pass through the underground city every day, on their way to work, university or to scope out bargains at the over 1,700 boutiques and businesses. The many passageways also serve a more leisurely purpose; connecting certain metro stations, the underground provides access to about 40 theatres, cinemas and other entertainment venues, as well as restaurants, tourist attractions and museums.

Construction of this daring complex began in the late 1950s, introducing modern architecture to Montreal and marking the start of the underground city. Consisting of several towers, Place Ville Marie features a cruciform design that recalls the city's religious heritage when it was originally dedicated to the Blessed Virgin. On the esplanade, take a moment to admire the view back up McGill College Avenue and McGill's University campus at the foot of Mount Royal.



"Quartier international de Montreal"



(514) 841-7766 (Telephone)
(514) 841-7755 (Fax)



 Square-Victoria/Bonaventure/Place-d'Armes - Metro Station


Linking the bustling, modern downtown to the tranquil streets of the old city, the Quartier international is host to some of Montreal's finest design, architecture and cultural activities. A pedestrian circuit allows visitors to discover the Quartier's hidden cultural treasures. Facing the newly-renovated and expanded Palais des congres is Place Jean-Paul Riopelle, a new public space created in honour of the celebrated artist. In its centre stands La Joute, one of Riopelle's creations. In accordance with the late artist's wishes, a ring of fire circles this magnificent sculpture/fountain.



Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal


3800 Queen-Mary Road
H3V 1H6


(514) 733-8211 (Telephone)
(514) 733-9735 (Fax)


 Cote-des-Neiges - Metro Station


Saint Joseph's Oratory atop Mount Royal is one of the world's most visited shrines. The basilica's huge dome reaches 97 metres and is second only in height to Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome. The sheer size of it contrasts sharply with its frail founder, Brother Andre, the humble doorkeeper who had initiated its construction in 1904. The shrine devoted to Saint Joseph consists of a primitive chapel, a votive chapel, a crypt and a basilica large enough to accommodate 10,000 worshippers. Relics of Brother Andre and many ex-voto of miraculously cured pilgrims are exhibited. The basilica's great organs and 52 bell chimes will occasionally rekindle solemn works of great composers.

A higher space of the spiritual meeting in the world

Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal is recognized as one of the great temples of the world. Like many sacred places in various countries, the Oratory attracts visitors who seek a haven of peace, a spiritual encounter, or the opportunity to visit an important tourist attraction. There are many such temples in the Christian world of the Occident. Only three are found at the heart of important cities: Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome, the Sanctuary of Montmartre in Paris and Saint Joseph's Oratory in Montreal.

The upper church seen on top of Mount-Royal is known as the Basilica. It was built between 1924 and 1967. It is a very impressive building 105 meters long, 65 meters wide in the transepts and 60 meters high inside under the dome. However, outside it rises 97 meters from the ground to the tip of the cross standing high on top of the lantern crowning the dome. The seating capacity of the Basilica is 2,200. On most Sundays, the Oratory's Boys Choir and the grand organ accompany the services. The architectural design is simple and the decoration minimal to create an atmosphere of peace conducive to prayer and reflection for all those who come to pray and undertake a spiritual journey.

Why an Oratory?

Because Brother Andre, the humble doorkeeper of a boy's college, realized his dream.



In a short time, this place of prayer became known internationally. During almost thirty years, Brother Andre received pilgrims. Thousands of people claimed that they had obtained physical, moral or spiritual favors because of his intercession. So much so, that soon, he became known in America as the miracle-worker of Mount Royal.


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