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About Montréal

Montréal is the populous city in the Canadian province of Quebec. It is a creative metropolis with magnificent inventions, and a population of 1,704694 people. Montréal is the amazing chance to relish in fine cuisine and cozy snow-filled winter months. Touristic attractions of this gem of a city include Notre Dame Basilica, Montréal Biodome and Parc Jean-Drapeau.

Cheap flights to Montréal are now available, so get ready to visit this surreal city which has so much to offer! Montréal is home to Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL), located only 20-minutes away from the city centre. Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport serves a multitude of airlines – including Air Canada, Delta Airlines and American Airlines. Popular flights depart from Cape Town to Johannesburg. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Montréal is approximately 19 hours, 36 minutes.

Why visit Montréal

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Vibrant Culture

Canada’s city of immense culture, Montréal is the perfect place to explore the best of the Francophone life. Festivals held in the city includes the Montréal Chamber Music Festival.

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Canadian Cuisine

Make sure to grab a piece of the French-Canadian classic dish, poutine. It is a robust dish of French fries, fresh cheese curds and brown gravy. It is simply amazing!

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Markets

Engage with the locals at the city’s markets. It is perfect for snapping incredible photos. Check out the two main markets: Jean-Talon and Atwater. Try Quebec-made strawberries, it is divine.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Canada
Currency Canadian Dollar
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.10 CAD
Language English and French
Hub Airport Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport
Airline Air Canada
Time Zone GMT -5
Travel Adaptor Type A and B

Best time to visit Montréal

Montréal is categorised as a humid continental climate. Below is a break-down of the seasons in the city: Summer (June to August) – It is generally warm and humid with a daily average of 27 degrees Celsius. Temperatures reach 30 degrees Celsius in July. Summer is perfect for wandering through the historic streets, sidewalk cafes and dancing at world-class nightclubs. Montréal’s summer festival calendar comprises of the Montréal International Jazz Festival, the Formula One Grand Prix of Canada and Montreal International Tango Festival. Autumn (September to November) – Touristic crowds begin to leave in September which makes this the best time to visit. Enjoy fairly warm weather until November, with a comfortable warm jacket and snug boots you will be set to enjoy the city during autumn. Festivals: POP Montréal, World Film Festival and Montréal Burlesque Festival. Winter (December to February) – Cold, windy and icy weather can be expected in the heart of winter. The city is a spectacular sight during these cold months. Festivals: Montréal En Lumiére and Igloofest. Spring (March to May) – Witness the beautiful flowers begin to bloom as the spring air sets in and relieves the city from the winter chills. Spring is also considered low season, with less touristic crowds, cheap flights and reasonable hotel prices. Festivals: Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and Vue sur la Reléve Festival.

Weather & Climate in Montréal

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall level (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C -1°C -0.1°C 3°C 5°C 9°C 12°C 14°C 13°C 11°C 7°C 4°C 1°C
High °C 5°C 7°C 12°C 16°C 19°C 22°C 25°C 24°C 21°C 15°C 10°C 6°C
Rainfall (mm) 67 60 51 49 68 71 51 69 61 57 66 77

Overview

Montréal is one of Canada’s first cities and has an interesting French past. Museums and galleries showcase its Francophone roots. This linguistically dynamic city is evidence of the welcoming ethos that is to be found amongst the people. Visitors can witness the amalgamation of European and North American cultures throughout Montréal’s streets!

A wealth of proud heritage is ingrained in the architectural landscape, with buildings dating back to the late 16th and 17th centuries, interesting attractions include Notre Dame Basilica and Château Ramezay.

Montréal excites all the senses, including your palette as food is an integral part of the Montréal identity. Explore the depths of the people through dishes such as poutine, bagels and delicious smoked meat.

A trip to this stunning and friendly city will prove worthy as you engage with the joie de vivre, which is to be found amongst the Montréalers!

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Visa & Customs

South African passport holders require a visitor visa to travel to Montréal and the rest of Canada.

Basic travel requirements:

• Have a valid passport – your passport must be valid for six months beyond your stay and must have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. • Be in good health. • Have no criminal record. • Have enough money for your stay in Montréal.

Health & Safety

All travellers going to Montréal should be up-to-date with their routine vaccinations. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox), polio, and your yearly flu shot. Depending on which parts of Montréal you will be going to and what you will be doing, some travellers will require vaccines for hepatitis A, hepatitis B and rabies.

You should review your medical health insurance plan to determine what medical services you are covered for during your holiday. There are no areas in Montréal with serious crime issues. Tourists can be assured that they will be safe during their stay. Tourists should remain cautious nonetheless, as with every major city.

Staying safe in Montréal:

• Do not leave valuables in the car. • Park in areas that are well lit. • Remain aware of your surroundings. • Do not flaunt large sums of cash or flashy jewellery in public. • Walk in populated and well-lit areas. • Do not allow a stranger to assist you at the ATM. • Always carry your cellphone with you, when touring the city.

Cost of Living

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Montréal
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R100 R100 R145
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R25 R25 R58
Cappucino (regular) R23 R22 R36
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R10 R10 R16
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R40 R40 R108
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