Montreal Virtual Tour and Travel Guide
by Ed Prifogle


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Watch these Quebec video clips as the intro to your virtual tour of Montreal

Walk around Montreal virtually using this interactive map.

See these movie clips about the Jazz festival and old Montreal to introduce you to this glorious city.


Watch this video about Montreal attractions

See this panoramic view of Montrealers celebrating.

Take a virtual tour of old Montreal.

Experience Montreal by looking at these panoramic scenes.

See the real time sights of Montreal.

Watch this award winning FLASH presentation of the Montreal Canadians

See this
Beluga Whale Watching Article and Video

Read the Montreal Gazette to find out what is happening now.

Watch TV for the current news and sports

stat  See what 50 visitors say about this wonderful city


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City Description

What can I say about Montreal? I am in love with it. In some ways, its more European than some cities on the continent. The cuisine is first class, the night life is extraordinary, the women are so elegant, and the ambiance of the city is beautiful.. Contrary to public perception, Montreal is a multi-cultural city. Although French is the major spoken language, English is used and understood by most of the population

Geographically, Montreal is an island in the St. Lawrence River, 34 miles by 9 miles with a mountain right in the"middle.of an island.    It has an excellent sea port, beautiful parks, and is composed of many little municipalities such as Centre Ville, Dorval, Lachine, Cote de Neige, Laval, Verdun. Driving over the Jacque Cartier Bridge connects you to the surrounding cities like Longueuil. Saint Catherine Street is renown for the Baie (Hudson Bay Company), the Eaton Center, Chapters Book Store, the clubs, and the many excellent fashion and clothing stores where shopping is par excellence. Rue St. Denis is noted for it many international restaurants and sidewalk cafes. .
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mon2Montreal is in the mist of an economic recovery. New technology and art based businesses are sprouting up everywhere. The college student population is the highest per capita of any city in
North America.. The favorable exchange rate creates bargains galore: Four star hotels for less than $80.00 USD  a night, off peak,  (they even return your taxes), haute culture fashions for unbelievably low prices, and the restaurants prices -tres magnifique.

The view of the city from Mont Royal is breathtaking, especially in the evening. The old city has its ancient charm. The Basilica of Notre Dame is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world. The subway (Metro) is so efficient, and the streets are safe at all hours. Hollywood has found Montreal. Over six feature films were made there this year and a new studio has just been completed.

mon2Your city guide will direct you to the many points of interests including the underground shopping malls, the Olympic Stadium to see the Expos and Alouettes, the Molson Center to watch Les Canadiens, the
biosphere, the Musee des Beaux Arts and the Casino among others. To experience Paris in America, visit Mont Royal Avenue with all their wonderful French bakery, fruits, cheese, seafood and butcher shops . For travelers who are looking for beauty, grace, and an expressive culture, Montreal is the place for you. To quote Fodors: "Montreal was founded by the French, conquered by the English, and occupied by the Americans".


FAST FACTS

Airport
Montreal is served by two commercial airports, Dorval International and Mirabel International. Dorval International is 14 miles west of downtown and serves most domestic, U.S. and overseas flights. Dorval Airport charges a $10 beautification tax when upon arrival or departure. Mirabel International is 34 miles northeast of downtown and serves mostly charter flights.

Taxicabs serve both airports and are required by law to charge a flat rate for the trip plus posted rates for luggage handling. The current rate is $25 to Dorval and $56 to Mirabel. There are fees for baggage handling: prices are explicitly posted inside all taxicabs. Shuttle bus service runs from the downtown bus terminal (514-842-2281) with stops at Central Station (trains and the Queen Elizabeth Hotel) and several other downtown hotels before taking the highway to Dorval. Prices are lower than taxis, ranging from $7.25 to $9 for a one-way trip. A two-way ticket is cheaper if you plan on a return trip within a period of several months.

Visas
Citizens or permanent residents of the United States do not need passports or visas, and can more often than not cross the US-Canada border with no problems. Canada Customs strongly recommend that United States citizens carry confirmation of residency, and some identification documents showing citizenship such as a United States passport, birth certificate, baptismal certificate, or voter's certificate.

Permanent residents of the United States who are not United States citizens are advised to carry their alien registration receipt card (US Form I-151 or Form I-551). If you are traveling with persons under the age of 18, they MUST have their birth certificate AND a letter from their legal guardians, giving permission to travel to Canada.



Citizens of Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Ireland must have valid passports. Visitors from other countries ought to contact the Canadian consulate or embassy in your country. You will be required to carry at least a valid passport, and perhaps a visa.

Currency
Canadian money is in dollars and cents, similar to the United States. Coins are the copper colored 1 cent (penny), silver colored 5 cents (nickel), 10 cents (dime), and 25 cents (quarter), brass colored $1.00 (loonie), and the $2.00 (toonie) which is made of two different colored metals and quite unique. Notes come in $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 with a different colour for each bill. $1,000 bills are obtainable from banks, but are not in everyday circulation. Some stores are cautious about accepting bills larger than $20 because of counterfeits.


Credit Cards
Credit cards are accepted widely, with Visa and MasterCard dominating the market, followed by American Express, Diners Club, and its Canadian cousin, enRoute. The Discover and Carte Blanche cards fall well behind the others in usage. Charge slips are written up in Canadian dollars and card companies convert the amount to U.S. dollars when they credit the transaction to the account.

Tipping
Practices are similar to those in the United States: 15% to 20% of restaurant bills, 10% to 15% for taxi drivers, C$1 per bag for porters, C$1 per night for the hotel room attendant. Hairdressers and barbers expect 10% to 15%. Hotel doormen should be tipped for calling a taxi or other services.

Useful Numbers
Ambulance: 911
Police: 911
Fire: 911
Sexual Assault Center: (514) 934-4604
Suicide Action: (514) 723-4000
Poison Centre: (800) 463-5060.
Non-emergency police matters: (514) 280-2222


Electricity

110 volts AC, 60Hz; regular two-pin and grounded three-pin plugs are standard.

Health Risks
Health care is of a high standard but it is advisable to get travellers' insurance because it is not free for visitors. Make sure to have the insurance documentation in case of emergency. Also, sufficient quantities of prescription medicines and other medications should be kept in handy.

Sanitation is equal to any developed country and tap water is drinkable. Special immunizations is not needed to visit Canada.

Crime rate in Montreal is low and no particular area of the city is marked off as dangerous. Nonetheless it is a large city and visitors should remain normally vigilant about their possessions and their persons. It is not recommended to wander around Mount Royal or other large parks alone at night. The Metro is safe at all times.

Time Zone
Montréal is in the eastern time zone. Daylight saving time is observed, moving clocks ahead an hour in the spring and back an hour in the fall.

Business Hours
Stores are open from 9 a.m. till 6 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, from 9 a.m. till 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. Saturdays. Many large pharmacies, some grocery stores and some bookstores stay open late all week, and some smaller boutiques may open their doors later in the morning. It is advised to phone in advance to check a store's hours.

Holidays
Jan 1, New Year's Day; Apr 13, Good Friday; Apr 16, Easter Monday; May 21, Victoria Day (Fete de Dollard); Jun 24, Ste. Jean Baptiste Day (National Day); Jul 1, Canada Day; Sep 3, Labor Day; Oct 8, Thanksgiving; Nov 11, Remembrance Day; Dec 25, Christmas; Dec 26, Boxing Day

Climate
Temperatures in Montreal are usually a few degrees higher than in Québec City. Spring is short and arrives around the middle of May. Summer (mid-June through mid-September) tends to be humid. Intense but usually brief heat waves mark July and early August, but temperatures rarely remain oppressive in the evening. Autumn (September and October) is as short and changeable as spring, with warm days and cool or chilly nights. Canadian maples blaze with color for weeks. Winter brings dependable snows for skiing in the Laurentians, Estrie, and Charlevoix. After a sleigh ride or a ski run in Parc Mont-Royal, Montréal's Underground City is a climate-controlled blessing. Snow and slush are more-or-less constantly present from November to Marc
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