Did you know that Montreal is the largest city in the Canadian province of Quebec, and the second-largest city in Canada ?

  • Population: Canada’s second most populous with a population of 1,906,811.
  • Languages: The most spoken language at home in the city is French by 56.9% of the population, followed by English at 18.6% . The official language of Montreal is French as defined by the city’s charter. Montreal is the second largest primarily French-speaking city in the world, after Paris
  • Area Code: The island of Montreal uses the 514 or 450 area code
  • Airports Pierre Elliott Trudeau International, 22 km west of downtown. Aéroports de Montréal’s site has arrival and departure notices and other useful updates.
  • Holidays (2015)
    1. New Year’s – January 1
    2. Good Friday – April 2
    3. Easter Monday – April 5
    4. Victoria Day – May 24
    5. Canada Day – July 1
    6. Natal Holiday – August 2
    7. Labour Day – September 6
    8. Thanksgiving Day – October 11
    9. Remembrance Day – November 11
    10. Christmas – December 25
    11. Boxing Day – December 26
  • Currency Canada’s currency is based on the decimal system, with 100 cents to the dollar. You can exchange your currency for Canadian dollars at authorized currency exchange counters in Montreal.
  • Banks A majority of stores, restaurants and accommodations throughout Ontario accept major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Debit (bank) cards are readily used (Interac, Plus and Cirrus networks). Credit and debit card charges will appear on the purchaser’s statement, converted to the home currency.
  • Credit/Debit Cards Canada’s currency is based on the decimal system, with 100 cents to the dollar. You can exchange your currency for Canadian dollars at authorized currency exchange counters in Montreal. You can also exchange currency at banks, credit unions and trust companies throughout Quebec.
  • Sales Tax & Rebates Most goods and services in Quebec are subject to two taxes, a federal Goods and Services Tax of 5% (usually listed as TPS on receipts – Taxe sur les produits et services) and a provincial sales tax of 7.5% (TVQ on receipts – Taxe de vente du Québec). A tax of 3% per night of hotel stay is also charged.
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