Huzzah! Montreal, Quebec, Canada was chosen as the 2023 NPL Convention site at the 2021 business meeting. More details will be shared as the event draws nearer. In the meantime, here's the pitch from the June 2021 enigma:
Site of such international events as Expo ’67 (Canada’s centennial), the 1976 Olympics (America’s bicentennial), and the 1994 National Puzzlers’ League convention, Montréal offers an extraordinarily unique pageant of history, culture, cuisine, and live entertainment. Of particular interest to Krewe are bookstores—English, French, and bilingual—as well as jeux d’évasion (escape rooms) and walkable neighbourhoods suitable for puzzle hunts and related activities. Average mid-July temperatures of 77–81 degrees (Fahrenheit) offer temperate weather for outdoor pursuits. If you wanted to prolong your vacation, the city is also roughly 2–3 hours by car or train to Quebec City, Mont Tremblant, or the Eastern Townships (area just due north of Vermont and New Hampshire); our traditional convention time falls neatly between the Just for Laughs comedy festival, Canada Day celebrations, and the Montréal Jazz Festival.
Four hotels are under consideration for 2023, including the Hilton DoubleTree (my slight favourite among the 2022 contenders), the Bonaventure, Le Centre Sheridan, and the Marriott Chateau Champlain. All room rates for single/double occupancy are, as of this writing, roughly $199 in US dollars (quotes were lower from 2022 but the exchange rate is somewhat higher). All are located in Downtown Montréal and within walking distance to at least one Métro station.
As the coronavirus pandemic is an ongoing concern despite recent signs that it may be waning, I am in frequent communication with hotel representatives and Tourisme Montréal discussing protocols, spacing concerns, and virtual visits until I can do so in person. (The DoubleTree, which I visited in late 2019, would be an excellent choice, but some of the other proposals might translate into a lower convention fee.)
In addition to taxis and ride-sharing services, the 747 bus offers convenient service (24 hours a day) from Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport to downtown, and all hotels are no more than a couple of blocks from stops along the route. It costs C$10 and is valid for 24 hours; if you plan to use the Métro at all during your stay, a three-day pass might be more economical. Parking, should you decide to rent a car, is approximately $15–$25 per day.
Those who attended the last convention in La Belle Province in 1994 almost universally regard it as among their favourites. While I don’t know if I can replicate Wabbit’s baked goods, I will do my best to ensure a comparably memorable (and safe) experience.
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Convention Drop-in Policy
Locals can "drop-in" for a single session Thursday or Friday night without paying and we encourage local puzzlers considering membership to do so. Thursday and Friday night sessions start at 8PM. If you like what you see at the session, it may be possible for a local person to join the League and pay the con fee during con, in order to attend the rest of con. If you are interested, contact the con host, Noam.
Code of Conduct
The organizers of this convention are committed to preserving a welcoming and respectful environment for anyone who wishes to participate. We do not tolerate harassment of convention-goers or League members in any form. If you feel that any individual is speaking or acting inappropriately, either toward you or to someone else, please contact a member of the Code of Conduct Committee to mediate or intercede, as necessary. Read the full Code of Conduct here. Read how to report an incident here.