1255 Peel Street, Suite 100 (corner of Sainte-Catherine Street West)
Métro Station: Peel
Open: Daily 09:00 – 17:00
Tourist Welcome Office in Old Montréal
174 Notre-Dame Street East
Métro Station: Champ-de-Mars
Open: Daily October 1 to 30: 10:00 – 18:00
Persons with Disabilities
Establishments have been assessed by Kéroul, an organization devoted to making tourism and culture accessible to persons with limited physical ability, according to criteria approved by the Ministère du Tourisme du Québec. To find out more on tourism and culture for people with restricted physical ability 514-252-3104 (phone) or www.keroul.qc.ca.
The average temperature in Montreal in the Fall is 9.2°C (48.6°F).
Montréal switches to Eastern Daylight Time (summer time zone) on the second Sunday of March and returns to Eastern Standard Time (winter time zone) on the first Sunday of November. The time difference between Montréal time and Greenwich Mean Time is less than 5 hours in the winter.
Canadian currency is the dollar, which is divided into 100 cents. There are 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 dollar bills. One and two-dollar bills have been replaced by coins, sometimes referred to as “Loonies” (the bird on the $1 is a loon) and “Toonies” ($2). Current exchange rates can be obtained from your bank or online. Most credit cards are accepted in Canada, including American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. In general, the use of credit cards and automated teller machines will provide a far more favorable exchange rate than exchanging currency or traveler’s checks at banks or hotels.
Service is not included in restaurant prices. It is customary to add a 15% tip to the total before taxes (if you’re with a group, 15% for service may be automatically added to your bill). Taxi drivers, hairdressers, etc. are also normally tipped 15%. Bellhops, porters, doormen, etc. generally receive at least $1 per suitcase or per service rendered.
Canada uses the metric system. Electrical outlets in Canada provide the same current as in the USA–120 volts (60 cycles).
Most Canadian hotels offer wired or wireless high-speed Internet connections in their guest rooms. Most hotels also have a Business Center with available computers and printers for their guests use. To find out more, visit: www.zap.coop. The Palais offers free WiFi.
The official language of the ITS World Congress is English. French is Québec’s official language but English is widely spoken in Montréal. The city has more than 120 cultural groups and more than 20% of the population speaks three languages.
There is no smoking indoors in Canada. There are designated smoking locations outside most public facilities, clearly marked by signs.
Water throughout the country is potable and safe for drinking. Bottled water is available at hotels, restaurants, supermarkets, etc.
What road sign system is used in Québec?
Québec uses the metric system, so speeds are indicated in kilometres (100 km/h = 62 mph) and gas is sold in litres (3 3/4 litres = 1 US gallon). Even though road signs are in French, most of them use international symbols. Right turn: Although turning right on a red light is authorized across Québec (except at intersections where a sign indicates this is not permitted), rights on reds are strictly prohibited on the island of Montréal. Cell Phone: Use of a hand-held cell phone that does not have a “hands-free” function is prohibited while driving. For more information, visit Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec: https://saaq.gouv.qc.ca/.
The Organizing Committee of ITS World Congress 2017 can accept no responsibility for accidents or damage to the private property of participants. Please make your own arrangements for health insurance and any other necessary insurance. Children under 18 years are not allowed at the Congress.
The number for emergencies is 9-1-1. The service is always available, free from any pay phone, and available in French and English. Operators are in contact with emergency firefighter, police and ambulance services at all times. The phone number for Québec Poison Control Centre is 1-800-463-5060.