About Montreal

Montreal - Canada

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Montréal offers the excitement of one of North America oldest and most cosmopolitan cities. Montréal offers a unique mix of European and North American influences. Accompanying guests can find ample sightseeing, entertainment, shopping and dining opportunities.

Located on an island in the St. Lawrence River, Montréal is home to multiple and diverse attractions. In addition to the large Francophone population, there is also a sizable Anglophone community and many cultural communities, which gives the city a cosmopolitan flair. Boasting a human dimension in a city where everyone feels safe, Montréal features vibrant neighbourhoods and numerous green spaces, along with restaurants to suit every taste and budget. Every year, Montréal plays host to a large number of international festivals and cultural and sporting events, and outdoor enthusiasts can travel to the nearby countryside or the mountain in order to take full advantage of all four seasons. 

Only one hour from New York City by air, and approximately 100 kilometres from the United States border, Montréal is renowned for the vitality of its economic life. From engineering to telecommunications, not to mention aerospace, IT and biotechnologies, it is home to the head offices of numerous cutting-edge companies, corporations and industries.

Local time

Local time in Montréal is GMT-5 and it is subject to Daylight Saving Time. The time zone abbreviation is EDT.

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Canadian Visas and invitation letters

Most of the visitors to Canada do not require entry visas. You can check if you need a visa

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Electrical connections

Power in Canada is 110V, 60 Hz with a North American two prong or three (grounded) connectors.

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Climate

The weather in Montréal in June is very pleasant, but it can also rain. Average maximum June day temperature is approximately 20°C, low average temperature is 10°C.

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Mobile telephone technology

CDMA, TDMA, GSM

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Baking

Most banks are opened from 10:00 to 16:00 with some banks opened till 19:00 on Thursdays and Fridays. Some banks are opened on Saturdays and Sundays in the mornings.

ATM in those banks and hotels are available 24/7

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Tipping

Tipping is a custom in Canada for restaurant meals, taxis, and other services and varies from 10% to 15%  (or more) depending on your satisfaction with service you received. In Montréal, 10% is a good tip for a taxi while 15% is expected in a restaurant if the service was good. Tips are not normally added to your bills but be sure to check.

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currency

The official currency is the Canadian Dollar. The most common bank notes denomination are $5, $10, $20, $50. Coin denominations are $1 and $2 and 1, 5, 10 and 25 cents.

Current exchange rates can be found here.

Foreign currency and travelers’ cheques can be exchanged at any bank at the airport and in most large hotels. Most major credit cards are accepted in the majority of hotels, restaurants and shops.

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