Montreal Travel Guide

Montreal Summary

Pros

  • Beautiful historic and modern architecture
  • Excellent subway system and cheap cabs
  • Hopping nightlife, upscale shopping, and great dining
  • 100% pedestrian friendly
  • Underground Montreal, with malls, restaurants and movie theaters
  • Museum of Fine Arts

Cons

  • Extremely cold winters and humid summers
  • Expensive hotels, especially during high season (May to September)
  • Some parts of downtown Montreal can feel slightly seedy at night

What It's Like

Montreal is the place where Europe and North America meet. The rich French culture, with its historic architecture and 'joie de vivre', blends perfectly with the modern, urban elements of the New World, making this one of the most vibrant towns in Canada. There’s always a lot to do and see, especially in the warmer months: Beautiful parks, wonderful historic and modern architecture, great museums (you can’t miss the Museum of Fine Arts), lovely tree-lined streets, stunning cathedrals, a vibrant nightlife, great shopping and dining…The list is long. However, the underground city -- full of shopping centers, movie theatres, restaurants and cafes -- makes life easier when the winter comes. Visitors can spend a whole day underground without having so much as to wear a coat even when it’s freezing outside.

Where To Stay

The downtown area (known as Centre Ville) is where most of the tourist attractions are, and you will find mostly luxury and chain hotels here. For cheaper properties, charming B&Bs, and beautiful boutique hotels, better to stay in Old Montreal. For a young, lively nightlife scene, the Latin Quarter is a great pick.

Tip: Lodging prices plummet during the low season, from October to April.  

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Facts

Languages:

French, English

Airports:

(YUL)

Time Zone:

Eastern Time Zone

Peak:

May - Sept.

Off-Peak:

October - Apirl

Visa:

No

Vaccines:

No

Currency:

Canadian Dollar

Electricity:

120 V, 60 Hz

Tipping:

15-20% in restaurants and cabs

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