Montreal combines modern facilities and attractions with old world charm, against a backdrop of European history - from cobblestone streets and historic architecture in Old Montreal, to sleek office towers and shopping downtown. Set in spectacular surroundings, between Mount Royal and the mighty St. Lawrence River, the upbeat downtown area and the Old Montreal and its adjoining Old Port are alive with major international festivals and events, exquisite fine dining, high style shopping and reputed nightlife. With many open spaces, the happy mix between big city glitz and nature park settings is perfect for visitors who like to stay in shape while visiting.
There is a joie de vivre that permeates the city and gives it a leisurely atmosphere that visitors cannot resist. Being a gourmet capital, you can choose between the many restaurants, bistros and sidewalk cafés. You may want to shop in fashionable boutiques on elegant Crescent or Sherbrooke streets or in the fascinating 30 km web of the Underground City, or decide to take in some of the major venues such as the Olympic Park or history-filled Old Montreal.
Today, Montreal is home to some 3.4 million inhabitants who represent no fewer than 80 different ethnic groups and is the second-largest French-speaking city in the world. While venerating its past, Montreal also looks to the future, having earned a reputation as a world leader in leading-edge technologies such as aeronautics, information technologies and biotechnologies. Montreal is also an innovator, whether in the field of medical technology and equipment, the arts (for example, the Cirque du Soleil, modern dance and experimental theatre), information technology (software and multimedia productions) or in urban development (a unique underground city).
Facts and tips
The official currency is the Canadian Dollar, marked by the “$” or the “C$” currency sign, and denominated by the 3-letter CAD code.
The Canadian Dollar is divided into 100 Canadian cents. Paper notes are used to denominate 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 Canadian Dollars, and coins are used to denominate, 5, 10, 25, 50, Canadian cents and 1 Canadian Dollar (commonly referred to as the Looney) and a 2 Canadian Dollar coin (commonly referred to as the Twoney).
Montreal is located in the Canadian Province of Québec, which is predominantly French-speaking; Québec is the only Canadian Province to have French as its sole provincial official language although English is widely spoken.
Weather in April
Montreal has a short, mild spring, with an average maximum temperature at the end of April of approximately 13ºC - 15 ºC, and an average minimum temperature of 3ºC-5ºC.
Due to the changeable weather conditions in April, it’s advisable to bring with you:
• a light rain coat
• an umbrella
• a cardigan, pullover or jacket
• a selection of light clothing which can be layered as daytime can be warm, but evening time can quickly turn chilly
Voltage and Outlets
In Canada the electrical supply is 110 Volts and 60 Hertz, and uses plug types A and B.
• Citizens of certain countries need a visa to visit or transit Canada. Please use this link to verify if you do: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas-all.asp
• If you require a visa, please follow these guidelines when applying: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/apply-how.asp
• If you obtain a visa to enter Canada you will still require a passport to enter Canada:
CongressMed will not be responsible for any cancellations or delays caused by authorities due to a lack of Visa or other required documentation. It is the sole responsibility of each participant to determine if a Visa is necessary and to secure one.
Emergency Medical Services
9-1-1 is the emergency telephone number for the North American Numbering Plan (NANP).
In Canada, 8-1-1 is assigned for non-emergency health information and services.
Montreal is easily accessed by land, water and air. Downtown is a mere 20 minutes from the Pierre-Elliott Trudeau International Airport, which handles some 600 flights daily. Public transit is not only affordable, it’s also a great way to get around the city. Quick, safe and clean, the metro connects downtown to major tourism attractions, as well as to numerous bus stops and train stations. In addition, cycling enthusiasts enjoy 450 kilometres of bicycle paths, many of which lead to major tourist areas.
Travel from airport to city center
By 747 Shuttle Bus
The 747 shuttle bus service is the most cost effective and efficient way to travel between the airport and the centre of Montreal and runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Once you leave the customs hall, follow the signs for shuttle bus/navettes just outside the terminal.
Travel time may vary between 30 to 60 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. Wi-Fi service is available on most 747 buses.
Tickets are 10 Canadian Dollars one way, and can be purchased both, at the airport, and also on the bus (but please note that the driver will only accept the exact amount of money, and will only accept coins).
If you would like to purchase your ticket in the airport, please use the automated dispenser pay stations, identified by this logo:
These automatic dispensers allow for payment by credit card and you will be able to purchase the following tickets:
single trip travel on the day of purchase on the 747 shuttle bus
3 days ticket - $18, for unlimited use on the bus (including 747) and the metro
Monday-Sunday pass - $24,50 for unlimited use on the bus (including 747)and metro (highly recommended)
All of the above tickets can also be purchased at the Bureau de change at the airport.
For more information, please visit the official 747 Website.
Taxi rates are fixed at C$40 to downtown, one-way, and there is always a minimum charge of C$17. It is customary to tip the driver anywhere from 10% to 20%, with 15% being the average. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are often, although not always, accepted; thus it is always advisable to carry some cash with you.
For more on taxis in Montreal, visit the Taxi Office website
Please refer to following link for all tourism information: www.tourisme-montreal.org