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OVERVIEW- Montreal is its own sultry world; distinct within North America. It is influenced by centuries of French tradition, impacted by successive waves of immigration from Europe, North Africa and Asia, and has the beauty of the Canadian landscape.
Montreal is located in the French speaking province of Quebec, part of Canada’s ten provinces and 3 territories. It’s a northern city which means it has long, crisp, snowy winters, and hot, humid summers. For Montrealers the weather is meant to be embraced and enjoyed. It is a cosmopolitan city, but despite the city’s urban flare, it remains connected to the environment.
Montreal has history and energy. It is suave, sophisticated and the shopping is as good as it gets.
POPULATION - 1.8 million
Land Area: 173 square miles
LANGUAGES - English, French
RELIGION - Catholic, Protestant, and most of the
world's major religions
CURRENCY - Canadian Dollar (C$)
Canadian currency is the dollar, which is divided into 100 cents. There are 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and 1000 dollar bills. One and two dollar bills have been replaced by coins. Smaller coins are 1, 5, 10, and 25 cent pieces.
It's easy to exchange foreign currency in Montréal. You can cash traveller's cheques at banks and exchange offices (Bureau de change in French). Many businesses will also accept US dollars and traveller's cheques but always a good idea to have some Canadian money.
ELECTRICITY - 110-120V 60HzHz , American-style plug with two perpendicular flat blades above a circular grounding pin, Japanese-style plug with two perpendicular flat blades.
The weather in Montréal varies greatly with the four seasons. Visitors are encouraged to check the forecast.
April: 1.3°C / 34°F to 10.7°C / 51°F
July: 16.3°C / 61°F to 26.4°C / 80°F
October: 4.8°C / 41°F to 13.2°C / 56°F
January: -13.6°C / 8°F to -5.8°C / 22°F
SHOPPING LINGO - MUST KNOW LANGUAGE
• Hello - bonjour
• Goodbye - au revoir
• Please - s'il vous plaît
• Thank you - merci
• You're welcome - bienvenue
• Yes / No - oui / non
• Do you speak English? - Parlez-vous anglais
• How are you? - Comment allez-vous
• Fine. You? - Bien. Vous?
• What time is it? - Quelle heure est-il?
• Pardon - Pardon
• Excuse me - Excusez-moi
• Where? - Où?
• Hotel - hôtel
• Restaurant (with patio) - restaurant (avec terrasse)
• Boutique - boutique or magasin
• Bank / Exchange Office - banque / bureau de change
• Bill - addition or facture
• Sale - solde
• Free- gratuit
• How much? - Combien ça coûte?
• Beautiful! - C'est beau!