Discover Montreal like a local!
Welcome to Montreal, Bienvenue à Montréal! The bilingual city is the perfect mix between a charming western European city and a modern North American city. Between great food, beautiful views and over 30 festivals year-round, the city offers plenty of activities to do in winter as well as during summer. Known simultaneously for its party scene and highly cultural and historic destination, the metropolis never ceases to marvel locals and visitors alike.
Montreal can either be the perfect weekend getaway or a week long destination combined with other day trips. The whole charm of the city really uncovers when you live in it. So, I decided to do a series of posts so you can to be seduced by the city like Montrealers do.
Here is a quick intro about the city: Montreal is the second most populous city in Canada (after Toronto) and the biggest francophone city in the Americas. Montreal is an island in the middle of the St-Laurent River and situated in the province of Quebec, the only 100% francophone province in Canada.
Since I’m a full-time 9to5er, I will be writing about Montreal, my adoptive hometown, when I’m not travelling. Through #BRBinMontreal, I take you through my favourite neighbourhoods, where to eat the famous bagels and bike paths that will take you off the beaten path. Explore parks that are not Mount Royal and see the great murals and graffiti that embellish our streets. Through this series, you will explore Montreal like a local!
Practical information about Montreal
Montreal can be easily visited by foot, public transportation and bike. The Public transportation system works farily well. The STM is the the name of the public transport company and has buses as well as a subway system. The STM offers weekend and weekly passes to help you see the city by public transportation. Please be aware that the subway is not 24h and it closes between 11 pm and 1am depending on the day and the line. Here is all the info you need for the public transportation. Uber is also widely used in the city.
Transportation in and outside the city by car can be difficult since the city is undergoing major infrastructure makeover so I would suggest to leave the car and embrace discovering the city by foot, bike or public transport. Also, the signs for parking can be extremely confusing, so you can skip having a headache of where to park.
GETTING in and out of the city
Centrally located, Montreal is 6-hour drive away from Toronto, 2-hour from Ottawa and 3-hour from Quebec City. These destinations can also be easily reached by train (Via Rail) and by bus.
If you are more into nature and small towns, you can visit the Laurentides with Mont-Tremblant being the leading destination. On the south shore, you can visit the Eastern townships and Quebec’s wine route.
Lastly, Montreal is only 1:00 away from the U.S. border. Bordering states are New-York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
Airport: Montreal has an international airport called Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL). From the airport you can take the bus 747 that will leave you in the main subways stations like Lionel Groulx and Berri-Uquam. However, I would suggest to take an Uber or a Taxi since the bus doesn’t come very often.
WHEN TO GO?
The weather in Montreal can be unpredictable. to say the least. Summer is very hot and winter is extremely cold. Look up at the temperature before coming to the city so you can pack accordingly. If you don’t have the appropriate winter gear, I would suggest to come in summer or in autumn.
The currency is the Canadian Dollar. The dollar can be easily found abroad at any currency exchange offices. Credit and debit cards are accepted everywhere
The voltage in Canada is 110 Volt, the same as in the rest of Canada and the US.
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