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Montreal is the financial capital of Quebec, and is the second largest city in Canada. Welcome to Montreal and happy surfing!

Hospitality Networks

General tips

There is a big hospex community in Montreal. Like elsewhere the most active Hosts/Surfers are usually members of more than one network. There are countless meetings and very different activities of the hospex crowd, to take part check the local/regional groups of the networks

General Advice for finding hosts: Montrealer are friendly and welcoming! Make sure you've read How to write a Request). Please fill your profile with much info as you can as well as pictures to give your prospective host a rough idea of who you are as a person. All hosts would greatly appreciate if you will make an effort to use the search facilities and message your prospective host individually. Please be mindful of their hosting status. Be sure to read a prospective host's profile carefully, and personalise your request. If you follow these tips it will exponentially increase your chance of getting a host.

BeWelcome

BeWelcome is still a small project, but there is already a big group of group potential hosts (login to see them all) in Montreal - just give it a try, probably some of them are eager to use this alternative. Also the Montreal provides advice, company and suggestions for all kinds of activities, started bw meetings and more to come.

Couchsurfing

There are thousands CouchSurfers in Montreal, many of whom meet up regularly.

Find Us!

Check out the CSMO Group for latest activity or for latest meetups. This wiki page can also be used as an emergency bulletin board if the CSMO Group ever goes down.

Meetings

The official meetups are yet to be determined

Tipping in Canadian and North American restaurants and bars is common on food and drinks, even if you are not being waited on. For more information on tipping etiquette in Canada: Tipping in Canada

NOTE: There are also ad hoc meet-ups organized almost every day. Check the different groups for more info.

Hospitality Club

tbd.

Hosting Emergencies

Lost? You're host cancelled your stay on short notice? An unexpected change in travel plans? Before searching for a bridge, try the following options:

  • You may also like to post on the Last Minute Request forum - a dedicated forum that is intended to match up couchsurfers to hosts within Montreal in short notice.
  • If you're already in town head to the weekly meetings and you may find a welcoming host there.
  • List of hostels below

Travel Tips

Tipping in Canada - yes, you MUST tip (Generally 15%).

For car hire, use Orbitz.com to compare prices.

There are many streets with a free permanent wi-fi access in Montreal provided by the city. But also some free wifi from public or private buildings are also accessible here.

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Hostels

If you are unable to find a couch to surf on during your stay, here are some hostels located in downtown Montreal:

Refer to Hostel World for other options.

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Transportation

Public transit in the City of Montreal is run by the STM (Societé de Transport de Montréal). This includes bus, and subway transport. The main STM home page is [1].

In summer you can also use the bike-sharing system Bixi. Montreal has even been crowed the fifth world’s most bike-friendly city, which increase the experience of moving around

For transit outside the City of Montreal, please consult the websites of the relevant transit regions. And for long distance trips (outside the province of Quebec) check the bus station website or rideshare / carpooling website: AmigoExpress in French and Kangaride in English (they are the same).

If you’re arriving by air at Trudeau International Airport, you can find the shuttle bus information on the STM website.

Fares and passes: [2]


You can pay: • In the bus directly, cash only, exact change - ONLY FOR ONE TRIP • In the metro, cash only, from a ticket booth attendant • In the metro, with a debit card, credit card, or cash, from a ticket vending machine

With a ticket you have valid unlimited correspondances for buses within one hour following the validation of your ticket, but you cannot re-enter the metro once you exit the paid area unless if you purchase an extra ticket.

• 1 trip: $3.25

• 2 trips: $6.00 One single user. • 10 trips: $27.00 - Not valid for departure from Laval and Longueuil.

• Unlimited Evening: $5.00 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. - This pass must be used once before midnight.

• 1-day pass : $10.00 24 hours The following fares are also accepted aboard the Aéroport Mtl-Trudeau (747)  : 1-day pass, Unlimited Weekend, 3-day pass, Weekly pass, Monthly pass, 4-month pass.

• Unlimited Weekend : $13.75 From Friday 4 p.m. to Monday 5 a.m. The following fares are also accepted aboard the Aéroport Mtl-Trudeau (747) : 1-day pass, Unlimited Weekend, 3-day pass, Weekly pass, Monthly pass, 4-month pass.

• 3-day pass: $18.00 Consecutive. Until 11:59 p.m. the third day. - The following fares are also accepted aboard the Aéroport Mtl-Trudeau (747) : 1-day pass, Unlimited Weekend, 3-day pass, Weekly pass, Monthly pass, 4-month pass.

• Weekly pass: $25.75 From Monday to Sunday until 11:59 p.m. - Not valid for departure from Laval and Longueuil. The following fares are also accepted aboard the Aéroport Mtl-Trudeau (747) : 1-day pass, Unlimited Weekend, 3-day pass, Weekly pass, Monthly pass, 4-month pass.


• Monthly pass: $83.00 From 1st to last day of the month Not valid for departure from Laval and Longueuil. The following fares are also accepted aboard the Aéroport Mtl-Trudeau (747) : 1-day pass, Unlimited Weekend, 3-day pass, Weekly pass, Monthly pass, 4-month pass.


Special rates: for local students and para-transit (physically disable persons)

Notes:

- The last metro leave between 00:30am and 1:30am depending on the day, line and station - The information about the network of night buses is available on the STM website.On the street, look for stops with a black label.

Travelling from Pearson International Airport

Aéroport Mtl-Trudeau (747)  : $10.00

The following fares are also accepted aboard the Aéroport Mtl-Trudeau (747) : : 1-day pass, Unlimited Weekend, 3-day pass, Weekly pass, Monthly pass, 4-month pass. Only coins are accepted (no bank bills). When you use cash to pay aboard the 747, you receive a fare-card valid for a 24-hour period.

-Taking a flat-rate taxi or limo. downtown:
For those traveling in a group, or with a lot of luggage, or just with the money to spend, the rates etc. are available through Montreal Airport Website


Taxis: Taxis are also easily found on most of the main streets in the downtown area. They are metered.

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Cellphones

Virgin Mobile has the cheapest start up cost if you already have a phone. Their rate plans are quite reasonable too.


Tourist Spots

Musical and theatre

MUST SEE

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Pubs / Bars / Restaurants

      • Check out :

Here are some regular CSMO hangouts:

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Montreal Events

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Neighborhoods

The city is composed of 19 large boroughs, subdivided into neighbourhoods. Many of these boroughs were independent cities that were forced to be merged with Montreal in January 2002. However, following a referendum some municipalities decided to became independent again in 2006. Nowadays, all those boroughs and municipalities resulting from the 2006 demerger create a metropolis offering a variety of unique neighbourhoods reinforced by a strong multicultural population.

For a comprehensive description check the list of neighbourhoods in Montreal

Downtown

Downtown displays its skycrapers, shops and world renown university between the river and the mountain. And if the temperature is too warm in summer or too cold in winter for you, don't worry! You can still go around using some of the 32 km of underground tunnel and shopping mall that are part of one the largest underground city in the world!

Old Town

Le vieux Montréal

Chinatown and Chinatown West

Chinatown is the historical site welcoming the Chinese diaspora. Despite, some historical and Chinese features (Chinese hospital, the gates, etc.), you will find a more discrete but more active Chinese community in Chinatown West near the second English speaking university. The neighborhood is also called Shaughenessy Village or Quartier Concordia after the name of the university.

The Gay Village

The village was once an effervescent neighborhood for the most active Gay community in North America, if not the world. Canada legalized Gay marriage since 2005 and the tolerance of local people help to create an healthy environment for this community. The village suffered from the recent economic crisis but remain a landmark neighborhoud in the city with a pleasant atmosphere.

Quartier Latin - For an evening in a more Latin environment

Le Quartier Latin around one the French speaking univeristy renown for its fin arts or sociology programs among others, is good place to have a local beers on a terrace or in one of the numerous bars.

West Side - For an evening in a more Anglo-Saxon environment

The Main is the limit between West and East (for street numbers and direction, - #1 will be the closest to the south / Saint-Lawrence river) and unofficially divide the city between the English speaking community (West) and French Speaking community (East). It is also on this street that you will find most of the popular night club. For a drink in an Irish pub, or with a more international crowd have a look on Peel street on the West side of downtown. Note that the English community in Montreal generally tends to be wealthier than the French and it is reflected in the price of goods and services.

Pointe-Charles - Saint-Henri or Lachine Canal

Is composed of Pointe-Saint-Charles, the Little Burgundy and Saint-Henri with Market Atwater, one of the two big covered market. Originally, a stronghold of the working-class since its leading role as the most industrially active area during the second industrial revolution,

Griffintown

Griffintown

Hochelaga

Mile End

Mile End famous for the bagels https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St-Viateur_Bagel and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairmount_Bagel

NDG - CDG

Cote-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grace A very multicultural neighborhoud

Little Italy

Little Italy

HOMA

Hochelaga-Maisonneuve

Biodome and Olympic Park

Biodome

The Mount Royal

Mount Royal

Ghetto McGill

Milton Parc

Entertainment District

Quartier des Spectacles

Golden Square Miles

Golden Square Miles

The Islands & amusement park

St-Helen Island, Notre-Dame Island and La Ronde

Le Plateau

Plateau Mont-Royal


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