How Safe Is Montreal for Travel?

Montreal, Canada
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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


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 to avoid any kind of unpleasant situations while in Montreal.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Even though the STM transit system in Montreal is one of the safest in the world, accidents can occur daily. 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


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


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


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


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


Scam risks in Montreal are unlikely and very rare. However, safety precautions are always advisable.

Women Travelers Risk


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.

Some zones 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.

Useful Information

  • 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 for less than $100 is enough for daily costs.
  • Weather - Montreal has a 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 at 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 to feel protected in case of unexpected health problems, luggage loss or theft.
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Montreal Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan -8° C
Feb -7° C
Mar -2° C
Apr 5° C
May 13° C
Jun 20° C
Jul 22° C
Aug 21° C
Sep 17° C
Oct 10° C
Nov 4° C
Dec -5° C
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7 Reviews on Montreal

  1. M
    MontrealMax says:

    Notre dame west and Wellington street do not have gangs

    1. A
      Anonymous says:

      Never heard that Notre Dame and or Wellington street were gang hot spots. Both are vibrant with shops and restaurants. Always felt safe in those areas.

  2. Would you please add timestamp for this article ? Things always change.

  3. N
    No name says:

    Where did you get your info

    “The citizens are well prepared in case of an earthquake which is possible to happen here.” That one is wrong but be careful about snow storm

    “the possible risk of kidnapping and mugging exists, so tourists are advised not to walk through certain risky zones, especially after midnight.”

    Kidnapping ? Really? Who?

    1. R
      Real Montrealer since birth says:

      Surely Richard Cross but no one since … it’s full of errors! Earthquakes lol

  4. M
    MontrealRules says:

    Elegant (and safe) Montreal

    I think a greater danger to tourists than the “gangs’ of Montreal is the appalling grammar used by the creators of this site. So, in addition to a fact checker, you need an editor!

  5. The only real areas where crime happens are in Saint Henry and the East End, both of which are boing and rather useless places to go to as a tourist. Other than that, the Greater Montreal Area as a whole is pretty safe. As for tourist areas I would definetly recommend the usuall places you hear of such as Mount Royal, the Olympic Park, the Old Port, Jean Drapeau Park and La Ronde, etc., as well as a few lesser known places such as Cap-Saint Jacques and Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue.

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