Montreal is the second-most populous city in Canada which is named after Mount Royal, the hill in the heart of the city with Mount Royal Park, one of Montreal’s major greenspaces.
It is full of culture and history and the French influence is noticeable at first sight. What characterizes this city are 50 National Historic Sites of Canada, more than any other city. It is well known for its attractive architecture, parks, theaters, restaurants, and many summer festivals such as Just for Laughs, Montreal World Film Festival, Nuits d’Afrique and the Montreal Fireworks Festival. The city is Canada’s center for television and film productions, radio and theatre, thus it is often referred to as Canada’s Cultural Capital.
Some inevitable attractions are Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, the Notre-Dame de Montréal Basilica, Pointe-à-Callière Museum and many others.
Warnings & Dangers in Montreal
OVERALL RISK : LOW
Montreal is considered a very safe city, but it is not the safest one in Canada. Tourists need to be watchful and pay attention to the suspicious people around them in order to avoid any kind of unpleasant situations while in Montreal.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
Even though the STM transit system in Montreal is one of the safest in the world, accidents can occur on a daily basis. When in buses and public transport, tourists should carry their possessions close to them. Pedestrians should cross the street at the crossroads and respect traffic lights.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM
Pickpocket reports in Montreal are usually from the city’s restaurants and cafes, where thieves just grab money from pockets or purses. You should have your valuables close to you and keep an eye on them.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
Due to the weather conditions, flooding is possible in spring, while ice storms can happen during winter in Montreal. The citizens are well prepared in case of an earthquake which is possible to happen here.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
In some urban areas in Montreal the possible risk of kidnapping and mugging exists, so tourists are advised not to walk through certain risky zones, especially after midnight.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
Recent terrorist attacks on crowded places in Europe make every country feel at danger and prepare the city for possible attacks. However, the threat is unlikely.
SCAMS RISK : LOW
Scam risks in Montreal are unlikely and very rare. However, safety precautions are always advisable.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
When female tourists are in question, an interesting fact is that the STM offers a "between stops" service. This means that if a bus driver considers that certain bus stop is dangerous for a woman that is traveling alone at night, he/she can offer her to get off the bus between two regular bus stops. All in all, women are generally safe in Montreal.
So... How Safe Is Montreal Really?
This historic and cultural center of Canada attracts tourists worldwide and proves its nickname The Paris of Canada. Downtown is full of restaurants and shops, luxury hotels, museums, and galleries. One of its main attractions is Parc Lafontaine and St. Michael and St. Andrew’s church.
Nowadays, the crime rate in Montreal has declined and it makes it an ideal destination for tourists. Montreal people, who are very friendly and helpful, just add to its beauty and attractiveness.
The major crime acts are not common in Montreal, and violence rates are very low. However, some petty crimes and theft are frequent as in any other major city, so tourists should keep an eye on their valuables.
There are zones that have a bad reputation due to drug addicts and prostitution. Gangs are reported to function around Notre Dame Quest and Wellington Street.
Montreal makes an excellent tourist destination and travelers should not be worried about possible dangers, but enjoy its culinary, cultural, historical, and architectural beauties, since Montreal, as well as the whole Canada, is an extremely safe place.
- Visas - A visa to enter Canada for tourists that stay less than 180 days is not obligatory for certain nationalities and that can be checked online. Tourists must have an Electronic Travel Authorization which can also be found online.
- Currency - The official currency in Canada is the Canadian dollar, which is sometimes referred to as the loonie. Other currencies should be exchanged to the Canadian dollar only in banks and exchange offices. Canada is considered cheap since less than $100is enough for daily costs.
- Weather - Montreal has humid continental climate with warm summers and cold, snowy and windy winters. Temperatures in July can be 30 °C, while January is often snowy with temperatures even below −30 ° and very cold wind. However, Montreal lies at the confluence of several climatic regions and climate changes are very often and common.
- Airports - Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport is located 20km away from Montreal's city center, which takes 45 minutes by car. All international flights, not only to Montreal, but to other major cities in Canada, arrive to this airport. Some other minor airports are Montréal/Aéroparc Île Perrot and Montréal/Les Cèdres Airport.
- Travel Insurance - The visitors to Canada should purchase travel insurance before their arrival in Canada in order to feel protected in case of unexpected health problems, luggage loss or theft.