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Population and size
Customs Regulations
Time zones and temperatures
Legal Holidays
Handicapped Resources
Money exchange
Visitor Information

Population and size

Montreal is the second largest metropolitan centre in Canada and the largest French-speaking city outside France. Approximately one million seven hundred thousand people live on the island and over three million three hundred thousand in the greater metropolitan area. The city of Montr?al has an area of 177 square kilometres; the island of Montreal, 494 square kilometres and the greater metropolitan region, 3,509 square kilometres.


Customs Regulations

Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (CCRA)
400 Place d'Youville, Room 107 Montreal (Quebec) H2Y 2C2
Tel.: (514) 283-2949 or 283-2959 Fax: (514) 496-7055

Time zones and temperatures

Montréal is four times better because it has four distinct seasons. The climate here varies tremendously. Weather reports are given over the telephone in Montréal at (514) 283-4006 and for other regions at 1 900 565-4000. On Internet, visit Météo Média.

Montréal is located in the Eastern Standard Time Zone (EST). We adopt Eastern Daylight Savings Time on the first Sunday in April and revert to Standard Time on the last Sunday in October.

Average temperatures - Montréal

Month Minimum Maximum
April 1.3oC / 34oF 10.7oC / 51oF
July 16.3oC / 61oF 26.4oC / 80oF
October 4.8oC / 41oF 13.2oC / 56oF
January -13.6oC / 8oF -5.8oC / 22oF


Legal Holidays
The following dates are legal holidays in Canada. Banks, government and many business offices offices may not be opened on these dates.
Legal Holidays 2002 2003 2004 2005
New Year's Day January 1 January 1 January 1 January 1
Good Friday March 29 April 18 April 9 March 25
Easter Sunday March 31 April 20 April 11 March 27
Victoria Day May 20 May 19 May 24 May 23
Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day June 24 June 24 June 24 June 24
Canada Day July 1 July 1 July 1 July 1
Labor Day Sept. 2 Sept. 1 Sept. 6 Sept. 5
Thanksgiving Day Oct. 14 Oct. 13 Oct. 11 Oct. 10
Christmas Day Dec. 25 Dec. 25 Dec. 25 Dec. 25

Handicapped Resources

Keroul Inc.
Tourism for People with Restricted Physical Ability
4545 Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue
P.0. Box 1000, Station M
Montreal (Quebec) H1V 3R2
Tel.: (514) 252-3104 Fax: (514) 254-0766
Andre Leclerc, General Manager
Supplies assistance and all pertinent information to handicapped persons with difficulty moving about.


Emergency: 9-1-1
Directory assistance: 4-1-1
Operator: 0 Area code: 514




Montreal has two major airports :
Montreal International Airport at Dorval
Arrival and departure for domestic and U.S. flights as well as most international carriers; located about 14 miles or 22-km west of downtown Montreal. Approximately 25 minutes away from the city. The cost to travel by taxi is of approximately $ 28.00 canadian dollars + gratuity.

Montreal International Airport at Mirabel
International and transborder charter flights will be operated from Mirabel airport; located about 40 miles or 55-km north of the city. Approximately 45 minutes away from downtown Montreal. The cost of a taxi ride is of approximately $60.00 canadian + gratuity.

Bus Shuttle Aeroports de Montreal (Express)
It leaves Dorval every 30 minutes from 7:00 am to 11:00 p.m. weekdays and week-ends. First departure at 7:00 am and last departure corresponds with the last flight coming in Dorval. Transportation is free for children under 5 years old. L'A?robus (514) 931-9002

Bus Montreal
Bus Central Station (514) 842-2281

Train VIA Rail Canada (514) 989-2626
1 800 361-5390 (Que.)
Amtrak (New York) 1 800 872-7245



In general, a tip of 15 percent is given to waiters, waitresses, hairdressers, taxi drivers, etc. Bellhops, doormen, porters, etc., at hotels, airports and railway stations are generally paid $1 per item of luggage.

Money exchange

The Canadian monetary system is based on dollars and cents. Because of current monetary exchange rates (The Universal Currency Converter™), there is a difference in value between the Canadian and American dollar. We advise you to have Canadian money while travelling in Canada to avoid any exchange problems. Legal tender is the Canadian dollar, which divides into 100 cents. Bills come in following denominations: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 1,000 dollars. The coins in use are of the following denominations: 1, 5, 10, 25 cents, one dollar and 2 dollars.

The Universal Currency Converter™ by Xenon Labs



Visitor Information

Infotouriste Centre
1001 du Square-Dorchester Street
Montreal (Quebec) H3B 1G2
Telephone: (514) 873-2015 / 1 877 BONJOUR (266-5687)
Peel Web site:

The best reference for Quebec tourist information! Tourism Quebec's Infotouriste Centre offers a multitude of free tourist information on Montreal as well as the rest of the Province of Qu?bec including hotel and cabin reservations, guided tours, currency exchange, Internet Caf?, cruises, travel agencies, bookstore and car rentals. The scope of the facility in terms of services available makes the Infotouriste Centre a North America first.

Open: September 5 to May 31: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; June 1 to September 4: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed on December 25 and January 1.


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