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Canada: General Information

Canada is a North American country located between the United States to the south and the Arctic Circle to the north. The main cities are Toronto, Vancouver, West Coast Film Center, Montreal and Quebec City, both French-speaking, and Ottawa, the capital. Canada is home to Banff National Park, with its many lakes in the Rocky Mountains, among its vast wilderness. It is also home to the famous and majestic Niagara Falls.


Tourisme Canada

Québec: General Information

Québec is one of the thirteen provinces and territories of Canada. It is historically and politically considered to be part of Central Canada. Québec is the second-most populous province of Canada, after Ontario and the first province in area. It is the only one to have a predominantly French-speaking population, with French as the sole provincial official language. Most inhabitants live in urban areas near the Saint Lawrence River between Montreal and Québec City, the capital.


Tourisme Québec

Montréal: General Information

Witness a city that's in love with festivals, the arts, good food, living well and enjoying life to the hilt.

Most useful information : QuébecOriginal

Official language: French/English

Time: The local time in Montréal is UTC/GMT -4 hours

Weather in July: Warm to hot humid summers!

Taxes and tipping in Québec: Two taxes—the federal goods and services tax (GST) and the Québec sales tax (QST)—are added to the selling price of most goods and services. In Québec, tipping is de rigueur in restaurants, bars and taxis. The amount, which is not included in the bill, generally represents 10% to 15% of the total bill before taxes. For quick tip calculations, Québecers normally add up both taxes (GST and QST), the sum of which equals approximately 15%.

Business hours: Stores, shopping malls and most businesses are generally open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Wednesday; from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Some establishments (e.g. pharmacies and grocery stores) open earlier in the day and close later in the evening.

Calling Code: The international calling code of Canda is +1

Electricity: 100 V AC, 60Hz. Participants may need an adaptor for electric appliances.

Useful link:
  Toursime Montréal: Click here
  Lonely Planet: Click here

Your starter kit to the local lingo

Hello...................... Bonjour (Pronounced Bo-JOUR)
Goodbye................. Au revoir (Pronounced oh-rev-WARR)
Please.................... S’il vous plait(Pronounced see-voo-PLAY)
Thank you............... Merci(Pronounced mare-SEE)


Boris Bistro © Canadian Tourism Commission

Montréal Events
Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
40th edition : June 27 to July 6, 2019

Ranked as the world’s largest jazz festival in the Guinness World Records, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal has been synonymous with a passion for music for nearly 40 years. Every year for 10 days, the French-speaking metropolis of North America becomes the venue where fans of all types of jazz-related music rub shoulders with aficionados of jazz in its purest form. All on a unique site designed to meet festival goers’ every need, right downtown in an area off-limits to car traffic! Montreal is without a doubt the true heartbeat of Planet Jazz!

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

Each year, the Festival is...

  1. Over 2 million visits
  2. 600 concerts
  3. 400 activities and events
  4. 3000 musicians from 30 countries
  5. 20 stages
  6. And many other greats things

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

Just for Laughs Festival
July, 2019

Just For Laughs ComedyPRO is the most important annual global gathering of the biggest players in the comedy world. Just For Laughs ComedyPRO is a four-day event that explores all facets of comedy and takes place in July during the peak industry/media/performer dates of the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. At Just For Laughs, we take humour seriously. Our festival has become an entertainment landmark, recognized for the quality of its content and the professionalism of its staff.

Victor - Just for Laughs Festival Mascot

Montréal Sightseeing and Attractions
Mount Royal

Like the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Empire State Building in NYC, Mount Royal (Mont Royal—pronounced mawn-row-yal in French) acts as a natural landmark and way to orient yourself in Montreal.

View from Mount Royal
View from Mount Royal

Old Montreal

Old Montreal (French: Vieux-Montréal) is the oldest area in the city of Montreal, with a few remains dating back to New France. Visit  Notre-Dame Basilica, Place Jacques-Cartier, Place d'Armes, and many more other places. Discover The Lighting Plan and the Montreal Science Center.

Montreal City Hall
Montreal City Hall

Tour de l'horloge
Tour de l'horloge, Old Montreal

Biodôme, Jardin botanique, Insectarium, Planetarium and Olympic stadium

Discover and plan a visit to Mother Nature at the Biodome, Botanical Garden, Insectarium and Planetairum. Finish the tour by visiting Olympic Stadium and its beautiful point of view. The Biodôme, whose name means “house of life”, shows visitors the “true nature” of the Americas, by offering up their loveliest and most amazing ecosystems. The Jardin botanique de Montréal, one of the city’s jewels, is recognized as one of the world’s greatest botanical gardens. It offers a colourful program of events, exhibitions and activities all year long.

Stadium & biodome
Biôdome and Olympic Stadium

Stadium & biodome
Lynx in Biôdome

Stadium & biodome
Jardin botanique

The Museums of Montreal

46 museums in the palm of your hand! Visit the Museums Montreal website and discover our great museums like :

  1. Pointe-à-Callière
  2. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
  3. Redpath Museum
  4. MAC Muasuem


Redpath Museum
Redpath Museum


Have fun in family or with friends and discover :

  1. the most important attraction - park La ronde
  2. Casino de Montréal
  3. Year-round food favourites in Montréal : Great food is undeniably the stuff of life in Montréal – locals all have their favourite tried-and-true restaurants, go-to take-out dishes and an ongoing list of new eateries and cafés to try.
  4. OSM: The OSM is a prestigious orchestra recognized around the world. For almost 80 years it’s been enriching the musical life of Québec and Canada through the extraordinary quality of its performances, its leadership and its creativity.
  5. The nigthlife in Montreal with its jazz clubs, bars, theaters, concert halls, afters and many other places.

Experience an overview of Montreal with its diverse culture and historical sites where you will discover all of the characteristics this city offers. Follow this link to know more about all the tours that Gray Line has to offer.

Vieux-port - Montréal

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