For information on conference hotels and travel to & and around Montreal, visit Housing & Travel.
Download these area maps before arriving in Montréal:
Remember to take advantage of Tourisme Montreal Delegate Discount Coupons. MS&T’13 attendees will be asked to show their conference name badge at the time they wish to redeem.
The average Autumn weather in Montréal is 9.2°C/48.6°F in October and 2.5°C/36.5°F in November. Visitors are encouraged to check the forecast before packing.
Useful Phone Numbers
Police, Fire, Ambulance and Medical Emergency – 911
Info-Santé/Health Line – 811
Quebec Poison Control Centre – 1.800.463.5060
Directory Assistance – 411
Highway and Bridge Conditions – 511
Overseas/International Calls Assistance – 0
Long Distance Directory Assistance – 1+Area code+555-1212
Tourist Complaint Centre – 1.800 463.5009
Tourist Information – 1.877.266.5687
Participants are advised to get adequate travel and health insurance before leaving their respective countries.
Currency, Credit Cards & Automated Teller Machines (ATM)
The Canadian currency is the Canadian dollar. Foreign currency and traveler’s cheques can be converted into Canadian dollars at foreign exchange banks and other authorized money exchangers. Credit cards such as VISA, MasterCard and American Express are widely accepted. We suggest you have some Canadian funds before travelling to Canada. Travelers who carry internationally recognized credit cards can get a cash advance in Canadian dollars at ATMs installed at airports, hotels, department stores, subway stations and tourist attractions. Credit cards like VISA, MasterCard and American Express are the most widely accepted in Canada. They will also take Interac cards, from known banks.
A federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 5% is charged on most goods and services in Canada. A Québec provincial tax (TVQ) of 9.5% is added to all goods and services purchased in the province of Québec.
In bars and restaurants, it is very rare that gratuities are included in the bill. In general people are expected to leave 15% of the bill to the waiter, and 10-15% to a taxi driver or tour guide. For porters or other hotel employees the average tip is $2.00. If the customer is paying with his card, they will either have to write down the amount they are leaving or will be able to choose it on the machine.
The standard electrical supply is 110 volts (60Hz). Please note that emergency (911), directory assistance (411) and international directory assistance (1+area code+555 1212) phone calls are free from pay phones. On the Island of Montreal, 514 is the area code and in off-island suburbs it is 450.
- The island of Montréal is 50 kilometers long and 16 kilometers wide covering a total surface area of 499.2 square kilometers.
- In 2009, Montréal ranked first in North America for hosting international association events.
- Montréal is home to 11 institutions of higher learning including four major universities, Université de Montréal, Université du Québec à Montréal, McGill University and Concordia University and ranks first in North America for the number of university students per capita.
- Montréal is the university research capital of Canada. It ranks number one in Canada for the number of research centers and for money invested in university research.
- In 2010, Montréal ranked 2nd in Lonely Planet’s list of the World’s 10 Happiest Places.
- Montréal is the city with the largest number of restaurants per resident in all of North America, where diners can choose among 80 different types of national and regional cuisines. In the city’s tourist districts, there is an average of 74.3 restaurants per square kilometer.
- The Green Route that crosses Montréal (and the province from east to west) was declared the best cycling route by National Geographic.
- With the highest number of tango dancers, studios, schools and dance halls on the continent, Montréal is, for many, the tango capital of North America.
- In 2007, National Geographic ranked Montréal’s Underground Pedestrian Network, RÉSO, number one in its top 10 list of the world’s best underground walking tours. RÉSO has 29.7 kilometers of pedestrian walkways, indoor areas and tunnels, the biggest of all the man-made underground networks in the world.