Annual Convention - Explore Montreal
Is a passport or visa required to visit Montréal?
You must have a valid passport for air travel, and in some cases, you may need a visa. To find out more, visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada: www.cic.gc.ca. If you are an American citizen, please note that there are new requirements in effect for all United States nationals returning home. For more information, consult the U.S. Department of State Web site. For details on what you are allowed to bring in your baggage (gifts, merchandise, etc.), go to: Canada Border Services Agency.
What languages are spoken in Montréal?
French is Québec’s official language but English is widely spoken in Montréal. The city has more than 120 cultural groups and over 20% of the population speaks three languages.
What is the weather like in Montréal?
The weather in Montréal varies from -8.9°C (16°F) to 22.3°C (72.1°F) depending on the season, so visitors are encouraged to check the forecast before packing. The average monthly temperature in July is 22.3°C (72.1°F).
What is the time zone?
Montréal switches to Eastern Daylight Time (summer time zone) on the second Sunday of March and returns to Eastern Standard Time (winter time zone) on the first Sunday of November. The time difference between Montréal time and Greenwich Mean Time is less than 5 hours in the winter.
What is the official currency of Canada?
Canadian currency is the dollar, which is divided into 100 cents. There are 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 dollar bills. One and two dollar bills have been replaced by coins, sometimes referred to as "Loonies" (the bird on the $1 is a loon) and "Toonies" ($2).
What documents are needed to drive a car in Québec?
Visitors may drive a car for a maximum of six consecutive months without having a Québec driver’s license. However, a valid driver’s license corresponding to the vehicle category is required. For more information, visit Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec(Québec Automobile Insurance).
- By Foot
Montrealers love to walk and getting around the city is not only a breeze, it’s also fun! From the downtown area, you can access the Montréal Underground Pedestrian Network, which is used by over 500,000 people daily. A bustling almost 20-mile network of walkways, featuring 1,700 shops, restaurants and an array of services. It also connects to performance venues, theaters, many hotels and other attractions.
- By Public Transportation or Taxi
Public transportation is a great way to see Montréal. The metro can be accessed via the Underground Pedestrian Network and two of the four main lines connect downtown to major tourism sites. For more information about public transportation, visit http://www.stm.info/en/info/advice/visitors.
If you prefer getting around by taxi, it’s easy to flag one down on the street. A trip to the airport from downtown will cost a flat rate of $38 not including tip.
Montréal’s 375th anniversary is a series of public festivities happening throughout 2017. For a list of activities taking place this summer, click here!