2010 International CDIO Conference
École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada
Montréal is one of the most exhilarating cities in the world, and is known for its superb cuisine, vibrant nightlife, festivals, sunny terraces, cultural diversity and that special joie de vivre for which Quebecers are famous. A popular international destination, Montréal is easily reached by land, water and air. Downtown is a mere 20 minutes from the airport, which handles some 200 flights daily. Visitors will find this compact island-city great for walking, and can easily—and safely— explore its vibrant neighbourhoods on foot at any time of the day or night. Montréal is also multicultural, boasting more than 80 ethnic communities, and enjoys an outstanding reputation worldwide for gourmet dining.
Don’t forget to ensure you have a valid passport at all times, and in some cases, a visa. American citizens returning home should also be aware that there are new customs requirements in effect. For more information, visit the websites of Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the U.S. Department of State.
To visit Canada, you must:
You may also need:
Transportation companies, such as airlines, must ensure you have proper, valid travel documents when you enter Canada. If you do not have the proper documents, you may be delayed or denied boarding.
You may or may not need a Temporary Resident Visa to visit Canada, depending on your citizenship. Even if you are exempt, though, there is important information you need to know before you plan your trip.
Located only 20 minutes from downtown, Montréal—Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport serves the world’s biggest airlines and receives direct flights from some 120 regular and seasonal destinations in Canada, the United States and abroad. An array of information and services is available upon arrival, including several options for making your way to the heart of the city: car rental and limousine transportation companies are on site as well as airport shuttles, like Aérobus. If you are going by taxi, a trip downtown will cost you a flat rate of $35.
Public transit is not only affordable, it’s also a great way to get around the city. Quick, safe and clean, the métro (subway) connects the downtown to major tourism attractions, as well as to numerous bus stops and train stations.
Montréal’s main tourism information centre, Infotouriste, serves travellers and citizens.
1255 Peel Street
1 877 266-5687 (toll-free)
To complete your trip in style, take some time to shop for gifts and souvenirs. Details on the transport of goods can be found on the Canada Border Services Agency website.
Many shopping centres, department stores and some smaller boutiques are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and even 9 p.m. Almost everything is within walking distance and easy to reach. Click for more information on shopping in Montréal.
If possible, visitors should also take some time to visit the many places of interest and attractions such as the Montréal Botanical Garden, Biodôme, Montréal Olympic Park, and Environment Canada’s Biosphère. Click to find out about other attractions in Montréal.
There are two official languages in Canada: French and English. Although Québec and Montréal are officially French-speaking, most Montrealers are bilingual.
In June, Montrealers generally enjoy warm weather with occasional rain. Temperatures are around 20°C (68° F).
Montréal operates on a 120/240-volt system. Most hotels can provide guests with transformers/adapters on request. Tap water is safe for drinking. Bottled and mineral water are also readily available in supermarkets or convenience stores located everywhere.
Local currency is the Canadian dollar. Foreign currencies can be changed either in banks or at conveniently located currency exchange offices.
Major credit and charge cards such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners, are widely accepted.
To make overseas calls from Montréal, dial 011 + country code + phone number.