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*The following information is provided on an unofficial basis for the sole purpose of assistance. The Protein Society cannot be held responsible for any change in the data. It is the responsibility of the participant to ultimately validate it from official sources, some of which are named below.

Practical Information

Canadian Currency and Banking Services

The Canadian monetary system is based on dollars and cents. Legal tender is the Canadian dollar, which is divided into 100 cents.


  • On lodging: 3.5% city tax, 5% Goods & Services Tax plus 9.975% Québec Sales Tax.
  • On purchases (supplies, food & beverages, catering services and rentals): 5 % Goods & Services Tax plus 9.975% Québec Sales Tax.


Though French is the official language in the Province of Québec, most Quebecers speak fluent English and are comfortable communicating in either language. Representing the rich mix of Montréal’s 80 different cultural communities, a number of other languages are spoken as well, including Italian, Greek, and Chinese.


Montréal is an eminently accessible city. Its subway system, called the Métro, is a network of 65 well-located stations covering most of the city and beyond. Eighteen miles (30 km) of underground pedestrian passageways—designed with Montréal’s winters in mind—link shopping centers and other institutions in the downtown core. Above ground, public buses run frequently—24 hours a day on some lines—and taxis are always available.

Medical Services

In case of accident or sudden illness, eight major hospitals are located in or near the downtown area, some of them affiliated with leading Montréal universities.

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Seasons and Average Temperatures

Montréal has four distinct seasons: summer, autumn, winter and spring. You can find more information on average monthly temperatures below:

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Time Zone

Located in the Eastern Time zone, Montréal adopts Eastern Daylight Savings Time on the second Sunday in March and revert to Eastern Standard Time on the first Sunday in November.


As elsewhere in North America, the standard current is 110 volts (60 cycles).

Planning Your Travel to Montréal

Getting to Montréal

Only 1 hour by plane from New York, Boston, and Toronto, Montréal offers easy air access to more than 100 destinations worldwide. Just 45 miles from the U.S. border, over 100 million North Americans are within a day’s drive.

Getting to Montréal From the Airport

All domestic, U.S., and international flights (cf. land at the Montréal-Trudeau International Airport (airport code: YUL) located 14 miles (22 km) west of downtown Montréal. The city center can be accessed in approximately 20 minutes.
  • Taxi: $40.00 CA
  • Limousine: $49.50 CA – $54.50 CA
  • 747 Express Bus: $ 9.00 CA per person, one way

747 Express Bus

To go to and from downtown to the Montréal-Trudeau airport, you can board the 747 Express Bus 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This specially-adapted fleet of buses offers convenient service for a low fare, travelling along a route that covers most major hotels.

Pass valid for 24 hours on all STM Bus and Metro lines: $9.00CA.

Public Transportation

Public transportation is a great way to see the city. Hop on the metro and it’s only about 10 - 15 minutes to a myriad of museums, attractions and restaurants and to Old Montréal.

A special transit pass, called the Carte touristique, has been designed specifically for individuals attending conventions in Montréal. It gives holders unlimited access to the city’s public transportation system for one or three days, depending on the pass purchased. This includes the use of four subway lines accessed by 60 metro stations, as well as more than 150 bus routes.

  • $3.00 CA for a one-way ticket
    • $9.00 CA for a one-day Carte touristique
    • $18.00 CA for a three-day Carte touristique
    All rates quoted above are subject to change.

For more information about public transportation in Montreal, please visit


If you prefer getting around by taxi, it’s easy to flag one down on the street. You’ll also find them at one of the city’s many taxi stands or in front of most major hotels.

Taxis from downtown hotels located at more than 0.5 miles from the Symposium Venue would cost between $7.00 CA to $15.00 CA one-way, depending on traffic.

Traveling to Montréal by Train

VIA Rail Canada

VIA operates up to 503 trains weekly and serves 450 communities across the country, from coast to coast and north to Hudson Bay. *Symposium attendees may be entitled to a 10% off best available fare in all classes, system-wide, with the exception of Economy-special and Business-supersaver fares within the Québec City-Windsor corridor.


Online Booking Tips:
Log into your profile, or create one prior to booking. On the Passenger information screen, select "Convention fare" from the "Discount Type" drop down menu, and enter the discount code for your convention or event in the "Discount Code" field. The conference fare will be shown on the next page.

The VIA Rail website:


Amtrak has daily service to Montréal from New York that makes intermediate stops. The train, called the Adirondack, takes a scenic route along the eastern shore of the Hudson River.

The Protein Society is now offering a 10% discount for those flying with Air Canada! See info below:

This a promotion code for the convention product. To book a flight with your promotion code, access and enter your promotion code in the search panel.

Promotion Code

Promotion code:UBJWFY91

This promotion code can be used only on

Applicable Rules

  • The booking is to be made to the following city: Montreal, YUL (QC)
  • The travel period begins Monday, July 17, 2017 and ends Thursday, August 03, 2017.
  • Travel is valid Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
  • No discount will apply to Tango bookings for travel within Canada or between Canada and the U.S. However, all bookings made using the promotion code will count toward the minimum 10 passenger requirement for Meetings and Conventions events.