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Montreal at a Glance

Entering Montreal's Old Town, or Vieux-Montreal, visitors are transported back three-hundred or more years in time. Cobblestone streets are uneven under foot, stone buildings lean from age. The streets are angled towards a center gutter and the churches and old government buildings rise up higher above the rest. You can tour the old city on foot, or hop in a horse-drawn carriage. The dining and shopping you can do while enjoying the historic street scenes makes this area a destination.

If capturing modern Montreal is what you are after, join locals charging to the top of Mount Royale. This steep, unexpected hill in the otherwise flat city, gives visitors panoramic views of the city and is a great stair and hill work-out. Later, catch a show with one of Montreal's hundreds of comedy troupes, or head to a bar for some live music. The city's diverse restaurant scene, and thriving performance culture means that you can party each day of the week.


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May - September
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October - April
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      • Major Airport Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American citizens and permanent residents must now have a valid U.S passport or U.S green card to enter Canada. Visitors from other countries may need a tourist visa and can determine their specific requirements by using the website of the Canadian government.  All visitors must be able to convince immigration officials that they have enough money for their trip, that they are healthy, and that they have ties in their home country that will draw them home again at the end of their visit. American citizens can learn more information on world-wide travel at the U.S State Department's website.

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Montreal has cold and frequently windy winters. Be prepared for traffic and flight hang-ups in big storms. Dress for the weather.

      Safety Concerns Car theft has been a historic problem in Montreal, although crime rates have dropped dramatically in the last ten years. Keep your car locked, avoid storing bags and packages in the passenger area and never leave your car running unattended.

      Health Concerns Montreal has clean drinking water and good public health. Stay well by washing hands and using good hygiene.