Montréal is the largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris, and Canada’s second-biggest metropolis. The vast majority of its citizens speak both English and French, and often other languages. Montréal’s 4.1 million inhabitants live around Mount Royal, a forest covered mountain in the middle of the city, near to the conference hotel.
- The island called “Montréal” is the traditional and unceded territory of the Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk) people, known as Tiotia:ke in the language of the Kanien’kehá:ka, and it has historically been a meeting place for other Indigenous nations, including the Algonquin people.
- Montréal turned 375 years old in 2017, and is noted for being a cosmopolitan city that retains its historical roots, combining North American modernity and friendliness with the architectural beauty of Europe.
- Montréal is a unique city that is known for being safe and clean, vibrant and diverse, with new things to discover around every corner. Montréal has a multicultural population that shapes its culture through restaurants, fashion, art, technology, music, nightlife and festivals.
Official Tourist Links:
- Visit Tourism Montréal for a complete list of activities and sites to see while staying in Montréal: http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/What-To-Do/Events
- Montréal’s official tourism guide is full of ideas and activities to meet most interests: http://octgm.com/guide/
- Please also see Montréal's tourism blog for information on current events in Montréal: https://www.mtl.org and tourism deals: https://www.mtl.org/en/deals
A few other links:
- New York Times 36 hours in Montreal (2015): https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/11/19/travel/what-to-do-in-36-hours-in-montreal.html
- Trip Advisor Things to Do in Montreal: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attractions-g155032-Activities-Montreal_Quebec.html
- 10 best historical sites in Montreal: http://www.10best.com/destinations/canada/montreal/attractions/historic-sites/
- 20 Tourist Attractions that are not just for tourists in Montreal: http://localmontrealtours.com/montreal-tourist-attractions-that-are-not-just-for-tourists/
- Museums in Montreal: http://museesmontreal.org/en/museums
Travelling to Canada
- All conference guests entering Canada or flying through Canada must have a valid passport. Additional migration documents may be needed depending on a guest's citizenship status.
- Canadian citizens need a valid Canadian passport.
- Individuals with dual citizenship (i.e. Canada and another country) need a valid Canadian passport.
- Canadian Permanent Residents need a valid passport and a valid Canadian Permanent Resident Card.
- Refugees need a valid passport and a valid Canadian visa.
- Citizens of certain countries have a visa exemption agreement with Canada. Click here to find out if your country qualifies. Visa-exempt foreign nationals need a valid passport and an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter or fly through Canada.
- Citizens of counties without a visa exemption agreement with Canada need a valid passport and a valid Canadian visa.
For further information about migration documents required for traveling, click here.