Soak up this unique mix of Northern American and European cultures

Montreal Travel Guide

If you’re looking for a taste of why Montreal is such aunique city, then you have come to the right place.

Find out what makes Montreal famous, take a look at some of its popular sights and discover how to spend your time in and around the city. 

A unique city

Canada’s second largest city in the province of Quebec and the world’s largest fully bilingual city.


Montreal's beautiful natural landscape, mountains and rivers will surely bring out the explorer in you. Where are your hiking boots?

Art and culture

If it's been named a UNESCO City of Design, then you're certainly in for a celebration of art and colour!

North America's 'slice of Europe'

The place where North American, English and French cultures come together in a most unique way.

Public Holidays on a Weekday

  • 2 Jan
  • 14 Apr
  • 22 May
  • 23 June
  • 30 Jun
  • 04 Sep
  • 09 Oct
  • 10 Nov
  • 25 Dec
  • 26 Dec

Useful information


All EC Montreal students must be covered by health insurance for the entire length of their stay. EC can help students to purchase insurance upon arrival at the school. The cost of insurance is $14 Cdn per week. Students will be asked to show proof of coverage on arrival if they are not purchasing insurance through EC. 

Smoking laws

Legal age for smoking in Montreal is 18. Smoking is prohibited in all buildings, including all restaurants and bars, unless a sign says that you may smoke. Smoking is permitted outside. If you smoke in a “smoke free” place, you may receive a fine of up to $5000.

Driving Age

Most rental companies require that you be at least 23 years of age, have an international driving license, a second form of identity and a major credit card.

Drinking Age

Legal age for drinking in Montreal is 18 and many places will ask for identification.

Costs of Living

  • C$2.43

    1 litre of milk

  • C$2

    2 litres of water

  • C$7.36

    Big Mac Meal

  • C$1.77

    Can of coke

  • C$12.75


  • C$2

    Coffee in café

  • C$10 - C$25

    Cost of sim card

  • C$10 - C$15

    Entrance to clubs

  • C$4 - C$6


  • C$20 - C$30

    Average 2 course meal