*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.
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.
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.
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.
Seasons and Average Temperatures
Montréal has four distinct seasons: summer, autumn, winter and spring. You can find more information on average monthly temperatures below:
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 AirportAll domestic, U.S., and international flights (cf. http://www.admtl.com/en/flights) 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.
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 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.
For more information about public transportation in Montreal, please visit www.stm.info.
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:
The VIA Rail website: www.viarail.ca.
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. Please include the promo codes and rules on our website:
This a promotion code for the convention product. To book a flight with your promotion code, access aircanada.com and enter your promotion code in the search panel.
To qualify for the Meeting and Conventions special fares, a minimum of 10 delegates is required travelling from various origins to the same destination within Air Canada's extensive North American and international network. Customers will benefit from an instant online registration and enjoy a 10% discount on eligible fares.