Montreal is after Toronto the second largest city of Canada and unifies an incredible diversity of people from all around the world, offering a great variety of culture, traditions and lifestyle. Regarding language, what´s so special about this city, is, that it lies in the Province of Quebec, where the official language is French, but nonetheless the second most spoken language is English.
Besides this, Montreal unifies much more than that. For those, who enjoy the city lifestyle but don´t want to renounce the nature, Montreal is ideal, as it is situated on an isle in the St. Lawrence River and therefore offers many green spaces and the sea. As you can see, Montreal is a city of contrasts, which offers the right activities, entertainment and lifestyle to anyone; this city is an absolute must-visit.
Snowfall is abundant in winter but also in spring and fall. The average temperatures vary from -13° to 5°C in January, and 18°-27°C in July. In spite of the hard weather conditions in winter, it is not as bad as it sounds; Montreal is perfectly adapted to it and all the buildings are heated. In summer you can enjoy plenty of outdoor activities and enjoy the sun. When you travel to Montreal in autumn, you will be lucky to enjoy what they call “Indian summer”, which consists in agreeable heat waves.
January 1, April 6 and 9, May 21, June 24, July 1, September 3, October 8, December 25.
5 Things to see
Outdoor Zoo Quebec
The Biosphere Enviromental Museum
Old Port Montreal
Pointe-à-Callière, Museum of Archaeology and History
Saint Denise shopping street
5 things to do
A trip to the Niagara Falls
A boat trip on the St. Lawrence River
Discover Montreal by bike
Climb the Mont Real
Montréal is easily accessed by land, water and air. Downtown is a mere 20 minutes from the Pierre-Elliott Trudeau International Airport.
Bus and Metro
The bus and metro service is well organized and works all around the year, 24 hours a day. The 747 bus service, which also takes you from the Airport to the centre, includes 9 stops in each direction, taking approximately 45 to 60 minutes each way depending on traffic conditions. The busses are handicap-accessible. Furthermore, for only $8, payable on board, travelers may enjoy unlimited bus and metro access for a 24-hour period.
The taxis of Montreal are not always yellow, you must look for the lit-up taxi light. Taxis all use meters, and there is no surcharge for evening service. Fees are $3.45 to start, $1.7 per km, and $0.63 for each minute stuck in traffic. There is a fixed price to travel from or to the airport and the downtown core of $40.
The most enjoyable way to explore Montreal city and its seafront is by bike. The city offers 300 miles (480 km) of bike paths and 300 self-service BIXI bike-sharing stations.