Montréal holiday highlights

Linked by a bridge to the mainland, this eclectic bi-lingual city is impressively easy to navigate, with colour-coded lampposts and street signs distinguishing each neighbourhood. Cycling is the way to get around here. Take in the sights of Old Montreal, explore the Underground City, and visit the Jean-Talon market. Montreal sets the standard for Canadian cuisine, with fine dining restaurants, bakeries, vegan eateries, bagel shops, cafés – and of course, poutine. Made up of French fries and cheese curds, this is a popular dish throughout Quebec.

Montréal key facts

Time difference

GMT -5 hours

Capital

Provincial capital: Québec City

Currency

Canadian Dollar (CAD)

Language

English is widely spoken all over Canada except Québec, which is bilingual (French-English).

Passport & visas

An Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) is now required for British citizens travelling to Canada, please speak to a Personal Travel Expert for details

Montréal good to know

Tipping

Many Canadians in the service industry rely on tips to supplement their income. Tips or tax are not usually automatically added to a bill in Canada, but you should always check. Taxi drivers, hairdressers and waiters are generally given 10-15%. Bellhops, porters and doormen are generally paid Can$1 per item of luggage. It may be advisable to carry small change for this purpose. These figures are for guidance only and assume that service has been good.