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Introduction

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Montreal, the largest city in the French-speaking province of Quebec, provides a bridge between the cultures of Europe and the cultures of North America. It is a vibrant mix of French, English and immigrant cultures. Montreal is the party capital of Canada, and has the most fashionable and hip population. It also offers amazing historical and cultural sites, as well as the famous Montreal Smoked Meat sandwiches.

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Neighbourhoods

  • Downtown
  • Old Montreal - the most popular area for travellers to walk around, including the Notre-Dame Basilica, cobblestone streets and nice museums.
  • Mont Royal
  • Little Italy
  • Quartier Latin
  • The Village
  • St. Michel/Villeray
  • Little Burgandy
  • Hochelaga
  • Le Plateau Mont Royal
  • West Island

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Sights and Activities

  • Vieux-Port (Old Port) - A large waterfront green space with attractions such as Cirque du Soleil, the Montreal Science Center, the Labyrinth, the Clock Tower, and a large outdoor audio-visual stage which is the site for the Canada Day fireworks.
  • Place Jacques-Cartier - Pedestrian street filled with street artists and musicians, and there are numerous fine restaurants and private art galleries nearby. edit
  • Bonsecours Market (Marché Bonsecours)
Basilique Notre-Dame

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  • Notre-Dame Basilica (Basilique Notre-Dame) - Probably the city's most spectacular church, a gem of Victorian Gothic. Service is at 5:00pm daily and on Sunday morning. Entrance is free for worship, but donations are suggested. During service, the organ music is not to be missed. While it shouldn't have to be mentioned, tourists should be respectful during services. Note that photography is not allowed during services. Guided tours offered. Entrance fee is $5.
  • Marguerite-Bourgeoys Museum and Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel
  • Pointe-à-Callière - A modern museum built over the ruins of Montreal's first settlement, Pointe à Callière
  • Montréal Science Centre
  • Centre d'histoire de Montréal - Covering the history of Montreal from its founding in 1535.
  • Parc Jean-Drapeau - site of the 1967 World's Fair, now devoted to green spaces and a large outdoor concert venue. The Gilles Villeneuve racing circuit, home of the Montreal Formula 1 Grand Prix. An artificial beach, a huge outdoor pool complex, and the Montreal Casino are also located on or around the park.

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Events and Festivals

Montreal Jazz Festival Parade

Montreal Jazz Festival Parade

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  • The Montreal International Jazz Festival is the largest jazz festival in the world, a title it earned in 2004 according to the Guinness World Record book. The first one was in 1980 and since then it kept on growing and growing until its current proportions. It is held in the summer season, usually at the beginning of July and every year features over 3,000 artists from several dozens of countries. There are a whopping 650+ concerts and welcomes no less than 2.5 million visitors, of which about a third are tourists, some of them planning their holiday around this incredible event. The festival takes place at 10 free outdoor stages and 10 indoor concert halls. As the free outdoor shows are scattered around the city, much of the city comes to a complete stop during those days, as frequently 100,000 people attend one of the free shows, and sometimes even twice that many!
  • Montreal's Just for Laughs (Juste Pour Rire) brings comedic talent from around the world for a few weeks of hilarity in July. A number of outdoor events are held, which include live comedy, circus acts with clowns and acrobats, sideshow antics, street dancing... and so much more! Held at Place des Festivals, this comedy festival has been going for 30 years and is a majorly successful event of 3 weeks, 250 shows and 400 comedians.
  • Pointe-à-Callière's Port Symphonies (February) - Over the past 20 years, Pointe-à-Callière's Port Symphonies have become a true Montréal tradition, filling the air with the joyful sounds of this unusual outdoor concert. Each year, a composer is invited to create a piece of music from the horns of ships overwintering in the Old Port, near the Museum. Train whistles, drums and a variety of other "instruments" join in, delighting crowds of enthusiastic listeners.
  • Montreal Folk Fest on the Canal (June) - This outdoor folk festival is an arts celebration of traditional, folk, roots and blues. It's a relaxed atmosphere for beautiful music in a lovely setting. It's free admission and the schedules are packed full of prefessional-grade good times with some of Montreal's best singers and songwriters.
  • Les FrancoFolies de Montréal - This large music festival is held in downtown Montreal, and attracts over 500,000 visitors! Annually, it is held from late July to Early August. It focuses on popular music in the French language and French performers. For two weeks, anything from rock, pop, hip-hop and punk is performed and as it's been going for over 20 years now, it's considered to be the largest musical event in the French-speaking world. Address: Downtown Montreal
  • Formula One - The race weekend brings fans from near and far to Quebec for non-stop partying and celebration. Rue Ste Catherine gets jam-packed with racing fans making it great fun to be around and an exciting place to witness the Grand Prix.
  • The Fête des neiges de Montréal (Jan 19th - Feb 10th 2013) - This annual event is a big Winter festival which is great for all the family! Outdoor activities, such as, boot/ice hockey, tube slide, zip-line and skating are held. Other entertainment, for example, comedy, international film viewings, trampoline performers, acrobatics is provided at Parc Jean-Drapeau, as well as amazing snow sculptors in action.
  • Magic of Lanterns (September - November) - In the Botanical Gardens every year, 700 beautifully crafted traditional Chinese lanterns are put on display in the gardens. You can walk through the gardens and see the lit displays. Each year has a theme that's inspired by the Chinese culture. Address: Montréal Botanical Garden, 4101, rue Sherbrooke Est, Montréal (Québec)
  • Italian Week (August 7th-16th) - This ten day event celebrates and promotes the Italian-Canadian community and their passions. Sports, fashion, food, drink, music, arts, all Italian heritage is explored whch gets about 500,000 visitors a year! Address: Little Italy, Boul. St-Laurent, Montréal
Montréal skyline

Montréal skyline

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Weather

The coldest month of the year is January which has an average daily temperature of -10.4 °C, though because of "wind chill," it can fee much colder. The "wind chill" will be included in the weather forecast, indicating how cold it feels outside. The warmest month is July, which has an average daily high of 26.3 °C; lower night-time temperatures make the average 20.9 °C. High humidity is common in the summer. In spring and autumn, rainfall averages between 55 and 94 millimetres a month. Some snow in spring and autumn is normal. Similarly, late heat waves as well as "Indian summers" are a regular feature of the climate.

Information on weather norms in Montreal can be found at the Environment Canada website at Montreal Weather Averages.

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Getting There

By Plane

Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (airport code: YUL), formerly called Dorval Airport - a name still in use by many locals, in the City of Dorval serves all international and domestic passenger traffic. Trudeau airport is approximately 20 kilometres from downtown Montreal.

From the airport to downtown, the Montreal public transportation service provides bus service from the airport on route 204. The fare is $2.75. Take the eastbound bus to Dorval Circle, then the 211 to Lionel-Groulx Metro station. There is also bus service on route "209 Sources" Monday to Friday, and route "356 Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue" night bus. All three routes can take passengers to and from the Dorval bus terminus and train station which is within walking distance of the VIA's Dorval station. A shuttle bus runs between the airport and VIA's Dorval station. In 2010, STM introduced the 747 – Express Aéroport route which operates seven days a week all year long. The route has nine stops in each direction, including transfer stops at Lionel-Groulx metro station, Central Station, and Berri-UQAM metro station. The service runs every 10-12 minutes from 8:30am to 8:00pm, every 30 minutes from 5:30am to 8:30am and from 8:00pm to 1:00am, and every hour from 2:00am to 5:00am. Check the STM website for more route information.
To add, there are also plenty of taxis available, as well as rental cars. Several companies offer cars from about 35 Canadian dollar for the smallest car, including Hertz, Avis, Budget and Alamo/National.

For more information on the airport, check out the Airports of Montreal homepage.

By Train

Most intercity trains arrive at Gare Central (Central Station) in downtown Montreal. Services include the Via Rail service between Windsor and Quebec City, including trains from Toronto, and service from Ottawa. Amtrak provides service to and from New York: the Adirondack travels this way via Albany.

The Gare Central is connected to the Montreal Metro system, providing easy links to spots in the city.

Basilique Notre-Dame

Basilique Notre-Dame

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By Car

There are several highways connecting Montreal with other Canadian cities, like Ottawa, Quebec City and Toronto. From Toronto, take Highway 401 east. It takes about 6 hours. Ottawa is just about 2 hours away. From Quebec City, it's about 3 hours west on either Autoroute 40 or Autoroute 20. Even New York City and Boston are just about 6.5 to 7.5 hours away, depending on traffic, so easily doable in a day.

By Bus

Check Greyhound and Coach Canada for options to and from Montreal. Megabus, Adirondack Trailways and Orléans Express are other options.

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Getting Around

By Public Transit

The STM operates buses and subway (Metro) as well as commuter trains within Montreal. The subway is called the Metro, and has 68 stations and four lines, covering most of the downtown core and beyond. Cost for buses or metro is $2.75, and requires exact change, or tickets. Tickets can provide a substantial savings, as 6 tickets cost $11.75 - for a ride rate of $1.96 per ride. Weekly and monthly passes are available for $19.00 and $65.00 respectively. Weekly passes run from Monday to Sunday. Monthly passes are good from the 1st of the month until the last day.

There is also a tourist card that allows unlimited access to the bus and metro network for one day for $9.00 or three consecutive days for $17.00. The cards can be purchased in advance, and then you just scratch off the day that you want to use the card. Get more information from the Tourist card information from the STM website.

When boarding buses, board by the front door and pay your fare in cash or ticket, or show the driver your pass. When exiting, exit by any door. Travellers will enter the Metro stations and pay the fare prior to descending to the Metro station. No proof of payment is required on exiting.

If travelling by different bus routes, or moving from the bus to the Metro or Metro to bus, you will need a transfer. A transfer is a temporary transit voucher, valid for 90 minutes, entitling a passenger to board more than one STM vehicle in order to complete a trip. However, it does not allow its holder to carry out a return trip or temporarily interrupt their trip to resume it later on the same bus route. Obtain a transfer when paying your fare initially.

One of the interesting things about the STM Metro is that each station was designed by a different architect, and Montreal takes much pride in both the architecture and art within the stations. Read more about the art in the Metro at the STM Art page.

By Car

People drive on the right side of the road. Speed limits in Montreal is 50 km/h unless otherwise posted. Right turn on red lights is not allowed.
Some of the options to rent a car include the following companies:

By Foot

Walking is a great way to get around the downtown area and the narrow streets of Old Montreal, especially during the warmer months. However, beware during winter months, as sidewalks can be icy and extremely hazardous after winter snow and ice storms. Shoes with good grip are essential for the pavements that have not been cleared. Beware also of ice falling from overhanging balconies and roofs. But you can always take the stairs down to Montreal's famous "Underground City", a network of pedestrian corridors connecting Métro (subway) stations, shopping centres, and office complexes.

By Bike

Cycling is the best way to visit the City, especially its central neighbourhoods like the Plateau Mont-Royal; it is a very popular mode of transportation once the coldest winter weather is over. The city is criss-crossed by 660 kilometres of cycle paths, including some which cross the St. Lawrence onto the island of Montreal. By far the nicest path is the Lachine Canal path that stretches from Lachine, along Lac St-Louis, down to Old Montreal along the canal. You can cross over to the South Shore either on the Jacques Cartier Bridge, Île Notre-Dame, or via the Estacade ice bridge from Île des Soeurs. The Bixi system is a public bike share system and functions perfectly. For a flat $7 fee, you can use Bixi bikes as much as you like for 24 hours provided you don't use a particular bixi bike for more than 30 minutes at a time before returning it to a docking station. After returning the bike to a docking station, you can get another bike (even at the same station) after a 2 minute waiting period. There are over 400 Bixi stations with over 5,000 bikes around the city concentrated in the downtown and central neighbourhoods like the Plateau (though its expanding all the time).

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Eat

Montreal is a culinary-lover's delight. From local fares like poutine (french fries [preferrably home-cut], curd cheese, and gravy) to dining out at the Ritz, Montreal offers something for everyone's plate.

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With bars that stay open till 3:00am, Montreal's streets are filled with hungry post-partiers weekdays and weekends alike. Although many turn to traditional fast-food fare, Montreal's greasy-spoon staples often have line-ups that stretch outside - even at 4:00am. Among the favourites:

  • Schwartz's - home of the best smoked meat on the island, located on St. Laurent street. Don't be fooled by its delicatessen interior and cracked plastic stools - Schwartz's serves up mile-high sandwhiches with lots of peppery bits and a dollop of mustard. Try the strawberry cheesecake - as close to new York as you can get.
  • Le Milsa - One of Montreal's best dining experiences. If you're quiet hungry, and would enjoy a Brazilian dance show in the heart of downtown Montreal, Le Milsa is definately the place to go. Le Milsa serves 10 different cuts of meat, served on skewers, on demand. An experience not to be forgotten.
  • Montreal Pool Room - for hotdogs steamé and home-made fries, located on St. Laurent street. The floor is orignal - cracked and caked from almost a century of salt-crusted boots. A little dark and a little dingy, the Pool Room serves up what are arguably known as the best hot dogs. Go for the food and say for the pool - and still have money for the taxi ride home.
  • La Belle Province - or The Beautiful Province, more commonly called "La Belle Pro". You'll find one almost everywhere you turn, where paper-capped workers put hot dogs, poutine, fries, souvlaki, hamburgers "all dress'", pogos, and more together in an absolute frenzy. Take a quick look at the yellowed menu and get in line - your dinner will be served up on a plastic tray before you even get out your wallet.

Little Italy

Located on St. Laurent just south of Jean-Talon, Little Italy is the heart and soul of Montreal's extensive Italian community. Along with the all-season Jean-Talon Market and Milano's Italian Grocery, this part of the island offers up traditional Italian fare - sometimes the only place an authentic Italian will venture to eat Italian food that isn't mama's cooking. Some prima choices:

  • Pizza Napoletana - where strangers happily share tables, on Mozart street. Reserve early or wait a long time in line for some of the most excellent pizza and pasta in the city. Bring your own wine and get to know your neighbours at a packed, one-end-of-the-room-to-the-other table. Desserts offer up Tartufo and almond cake, among other treats.
  • Casa Napoli - the godfather of St. Laurent street, on St. Laurent. Stone walls and stone-faced waiters give Casa Napoli a distinctly warm and cave-like Amalfi feel. Both the food and wine menus offer up delicious, expensive fare - well worth the price, if you're looking to indulge. The walls are lined with photos of celebs who've tasted the wares - from Stalone to Pacino and more.
  • Rugantino - affordable and incomparably delicious, on St. Laurent at St. Viateur. Daily table d'hôte menus give you a vast choice of entrées, main meals and desserts - and the chef is always ready to tweak this and switch that to suit your fancy. The affordable wine list and classic white-table-cloth décor add to the illusion that you're a big spender, but the bill will say otherwise.

Sushi

Montrealers' eclectic tastes extend to sushi of all kinds - from 5-star luxury to all-you-can eat sushi buffets. Located here and there throughout the city, sushi bars cater to everyone with menus that usually include terriyaki options for non-believers.

  • Sho-dan - where they know your name if you go twice, on Metcalf at de Maisonneuve. Along sashimi, sushi and traditional maki rolls like California and the multi-coloured and multi-layered Rainbow, Shodan has an additional menu of house specialties, including Sushi Pizza and Romeo and Juliet - made with strawberries and blueberries and covered in a creamy honey sauce. Ask about new sushis not on the menu, or saved for regulars - always a nice surprise. It's all white tablecloths and napkins, but the staff are friendly and casual.
  • Maiko - traditional sushi in trendy Outremont, on Bernard at Parc. Don't let the fish tanks fool you - the sushi here is fresh, unique and made right at the bar. Try a fried-chicken cone or one of many house specialties - or opt for the tâble d'hôte and try a little of everything. Book the knees-bent-under-the-table room with rice-paper doors to get away from the Saturday-night crowds.
  • Sushi Mou-shi - all you can eat and bring your own wine, on Decarie. Start with the miso soup and order rounds all day long. It's a popular place and you'll wait between courses on the weekends, but take your pick and keep them coming - all for one price. Nothing fancy, but very decent, fresh sushi with seaweed that's crispy. And, it bears saying again, all for the one price.
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Outremont

Bernard and Laurier streets offer up some of the trendier, more upscale restaurants around. From French to fusion to Brazilian and steak-frites, Outremont will make the extra you spend well worth the investment. Be sure to stop by Bilboquet on Bernard, if you still have room, for the best ice cream around - made in-house with real inredients (no syrups here) by the resident artisan glacier and offered in lord-knows-how-many flavours and counting.

  • Paris-Beurre - a Parisian Bistro, on Van Horne. Classic French fare served up in traditional sauces - decadent from start to finish. Sample the rabbit, duck, steak bavette, foie gras and more - and leave the tiniest bit of room for dessert. Top it all off with your pick from the wine list and le tour est joué.
  • La Croissanterie Figaro - the genuine thing, on Hutchison at Fairmont. Typical Parisian tables and chairs, like old sewing tables with classic weaved benches, fill the inside - and spill out onto the sidewalk in the summer. The decor is so Parisian you'd swear you're right there - wood panelling, posters, big brass espresso machines, an enormous oven - the whole bit. Choose a simple sandwhich or an eclectic salad - or go for their famous croissants, including the melt-on-your-plate chocolate-rum concoction. Perfect with a perfectly made cappucino or espresso.
  • Senzala - a bit of Brazil, on Bernard (also on de la Roche). With a cosy main dining room and a candle-lit terrace in the summer, Senzala offers tasty Brazilian plates with ingredients to tempt your palate and your vocabulary. Opt for the Bobo de Camarao (shrimp and manioc with coco milk) or the Feijoada (beef, pork and sausage stewed with black beans, garlic and spices) - or a meal made with traditional yucca. Weekends also feature unique breakfasts that will tide you over till supper.

Plateau

The trendy place for new-generation hippies, the Plateau offers everything from tapas bars to beer restaurants to French cuisine, Portuguese restaurants, tea rooms, and more. Walk up and down St. Denis - with a stop along Mount Royal - to take in a little of this and a dash of that.

  • L'Express - look for the name in tiles on the sidewalk, on St. Denis. Arguably the place to eat in the Plateau, l'Express offers up French cuising with a twist. Try an entrée of bone marrow with coarse sea salt, then head on to ravioli maison, duck breast with chanterelles, or a simple croque monsieur. Sit at the bar and watch the room behind you in the vast mirror.
  • Bière et Compagnie - where the beer menu is bigger than the food menu, on St. Denis at Marie-Anne. Give yourself 15 minutes to get to know the beer menu, where you'll find selections from around the world on tap or bottled. Then pick one of the famous moules-frites (mussles and fries), with your choice of home-made mayo. Or opt for one of the many meals flavoured with beer from the extensive bar. Lounge music, cathedral ceilings and remnants of towering church windows give the place a gothic feel to go with the dark and delicious menu.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Alexandrie-Montréal1750 AmherstHostel89
Appartement Qualitas Hostel2146 Montgomery Street (second balcony), Montreal,HOSTEL80
Auberge de Jeunesse Maeva Montreal3990, rue St-Hubert, H2J 2X6Hostel-
Auberge L'Apero1425 Mackay Suite 2Hostel89
Bienvenue Bed and Breakfast3950 Laval AvenueGuesthouse-
Casa de Mateo440 St-Francois-xavier Address 2 :Hotel81
The Celebrities Hotel1095 St DenisHotel79
Econolodge Downtown Montreal2060 Rue St-Dominiquehotel-
Gîte Le Simone Bed and Breakfast1571 Saint-Andréguesthouse85
HI-Montréal1030 Mackay StreetHostel87
Hostel Chez Jean Montréal4136 Rue Henri JulienHostel83
Globetrotter Montreal1304 , avenue Mont-Royal Est (coin Chambord) Le Plateau right on Mont-royal avenueHostel-
Auberge De Paris Backpackers Hostel901 Rue Sherbrooke EHOSTEL-
Hotel Auberge Manoir Ville Marie3130 Ste-Catherine Esthotel-
Hotel Champ-de-Mars756, rue Berri Vieux Montreal, QCHOTEL80
Hotel Le Saint-Andre1285 rue Saint-Andr� H2L 3T1HOTEL79
Hotel le Saint-Malo1455 rue du FortHotel79
Hotel Park Avenue4544 Avenue du Parc Montreal, PQ H2V 4E3Hotel-
Hotel Ste-Catherine1674 ste catherine eastHotel80
Hotel/Hostel Inn Tourist1854 St. Catherine Street West Montreal, QuebecHostel-
Studio McGill105 rue MiltonApartment-
La Maison du Patriote169, St-Paul Est MontrealHOSTEL90
Le Cartier Bed and Breakfast1219 Rue Cartierguesthouse-
Le Gîte du Parc Lafontaine1250 Sherbrooke EastHostel83
Le Jazz St. Denis2099 St. Denis Montreal H2X 3K8HOSTEL81
Montreal Central1586 St-Hubert Montreal, QuebecHostel92
Montreal Espace Confort2050 Saint-Denis StreetHotel85
Le Gite du Plateau Mont-Royal185 Sherbrooke Street EastHostel85
Repos & Manna B & B2140 Quesnel StreetGUESTHOUSE91
Résidences universitaires UQAM303 boulevard René-Lévesque estApartment-
Résidences Universitaires UQAM Ouest2100 rue Saint-UrbainHostel-
Standard Studio 1Rue Miltonapartment-
The Alternative Hostel of Old Montreal358 rue St-Pierre MontréalHostel84
Loft Hotel -Montreal334 Terrasse Saint DenisHotel-
Beausejour Apartments - Hotel Dorval440, Roy Avenue Dorval, QCHotel-
St. Cathy's Residence1480 Ste. Catherine St. WestGuesthouse-
All Suites Deluxe Majestique Downtown Montreal366-368 Sherbrooke WestHotel-
Hotel Villa57, Sainte-Catherine East MontrealHotel80
Hotel Ambrose3422 StanleyHotel83
Econo Hostel(Second balcony) 2156 MontgomeryHOSTEL-
Club Hotel Montreal1560,Ste-Catherine Street EastHotel-
Hotel Bon Accueil1601 Saint Hubert StreetHotel78
Hotel Stay Centre Ville910 bldv Maisonneuve EstHotel-
OASIS Montreal1897 boulevard Rene-Levesque est.Montreal, QuebeGuesthouse-
Hotel Eureka1553 St-AndreHotel79
Loft Jacques-Cartier4046 CartierApartment-
Visitel Hotel Montreal1617 St hubert montreal , quebecHOTEL82
HI-Montreal St-Antoine1320, rue St-Antoine OuestHOSTEL-
Auberge de Paris Backpackers Hostel901 Rue Sherbrooke EstHostel-
Hotel Stay Mont Royal438 Av du Mont Royal East corner RivardHOTEL79
Auberge Bishop1445 rue BishopHOSTEL85
20 Dollar Backpackers Hostel543 Rue Sherbooke EastHOSTEL-
M Montreal1245 Rue St-Andre Montreal, QCHOSTEL91
Auberge de jeunesse Maeva Québec671, rue St-FrançoisGuesthouse-
$20 Hostel901 Rue Sherbrooke Est (reception in Hotel De Paris)Hostel-
Le Clic3953 rue de Bullion MontrealHOSTEL-
Hotel Lord Berri1199 rue BerriHotel-
GoodLife Studio3937 rue du MentanaAPARTMENT-
GoodLife Hostel1650 Demaisonneuve BoulevardHostel-
Hotel des Arts2060 Saint-Dominique MontrealHotel-
Hôtel Travelodge Montreal Centre50 René-Levesque WestHotel-
Super 8 Motel Montreal3200 Boul. de la Gare Trans Canadian Hwy 40 Exit 35 VaudreuilHotel-
Hotel Plateau Royale4555 Avenue du ParcHotel-
Les Studios Hotels2450 Boul. Édouard-MontpetitHOTEL82
Montreals' Discovery Center2131 Rue Saint-ChristopheHostel-
Goodlife Discovery Hostel Montreal850 Sherbrook Street EastHOSTEL-

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Keep connected

Internet

Internet usage is wide-spread in Canada. Wi-fi is available in many locations in larger cities, sometimes free and sometimes at a cost. You will find Wi-Fi in coffee stores, some restaurants and also hotels and motels more and more offer this service for free, but with a code usually. Internet cafes are common along major streets, and and in larger cities, charge between $3 and $4 for an hour, usually in 20-minute increments.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Canada is: 1. To make an international call from Canada, the code is: 011. Emergency services can be reached by dialling 911. This number will give you free access to Police, Fire and Ambulance services and can be used from landlines, phone booths and cell phones.

The populous areas of Canada along the border with the USA have excellent cellular and wired telecommunications, meaning that travellers are never fair from an international phone call home, a WIFI connection or an internet cafe. Depending on the mobile phone provider, coverage could be either CDMA and GSM coverage. Travellers wishing to purchase SIM cards for GSM phones should look for Rogers Wireless, Telus Mobility and Bell Mobility, which all offer nationwide availability.

Post

Postal service is provided by Canada Post, a crown corporation owned by the government but run as an independent business. Most post offices keep hours from 9:00am to 5:00pm though in bigger places longer hourse might be available.

To format the envelope of a letter sent within Canada, put the destination address on the centre of its envelope, with a stamp, postal indicia, meter label, or frank mark on the top-right corner of the envelope to acknowledge payment of postage. A return address, although it is not required, can be put on the top-left corner of the envelope in smaller type than the destination address.

The lettermail service allows the mailing of a letter. The basic rate is currently set at $0.63 for one standard letter (30 grams or less). The rates for lettermail are based or weight and size and determine whether the article falls into the aforementioned standard format, or in the oversize one. The rate is the same for a postcard. Mail sent internationally is known as letterpost. It can only contain paper documents. The rate for a standard letter is of $1.10 if sent to the United States, and $1.85 if sent to any other destination. Oversize or overweight letters may be charged a higher fee. Larger parcels can be shipped via Canada post both domestically and internationally, the rate is dependent on the weight and destination. [1]

Federal Express, TNT, UPS or DHL also provide interntional shipping from Canada and are usually very quick and reliable though might cost a little more compared to Canada Post.

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 45.545447
  • Longitude: -73.639076

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