from Outside Quebec
Quebec's natural heritage,
is only now being fully appreciate by the rest of the world. The Charlevoix,
a world heritage site, the Gaspesie with the spectacular Chic Chocs, the
Torngates of the North are just a few of the natural wonders of the province.
We have put together pointers to help make your visit to this unique province
even more enjoyable.
Outside of Canada
Montreal and the Surrounding Regions
Montreal is an island
city located within the St Lawrence River. Bridges and tunnels are a fact
of life here, providing the links to the neighboring regions, including
the island of Laval directly to the north. Off island, there are three
surrounding tourism regions which provide a wide array of recreation and
To the south and
the east is the region of Monteregie (Hwy 20, 40, 10) which is famous
for amongst other things, the number of bike paths within it's boundaries.
Fine dining and excellent accommodations abound.
Further south and
to the east, you will find the Eastern Townships (Hwy 10), which is well
known for it's skiing, and more recently, its mountain biking. You'll
enjoy outdoor recreation, exceptional dining and in an area of exquisite
In the north above
Montreal and Laval is the world renown area of the Laurentians (Hwy 15, 13, 117), with a
well earned reputation for outdoor activities, particularly snow boarding,
downhill and cross country skiing. Just as well know are the areas great
restaurants and bars.
Just to the northeast
is the beautiful area of the Lanaudiere (Hwy 40, 25, 125), which shares
the same natural attributes of the Laurentians but without the crowds.
Within the Montreal adventure sports listings we have included references
to surrounding areas and their activities. In most cases we've included
approximate driving distances to aid you with your planning.
Quebec Tourism - Surrounding Regions
Maps from the City of Montreal (French)
Quebec shares most
of the same holidays as the rest of Canada, with the addition of Saint-Jean
Baptiste Day, which is June the 24th. Other Canadian provinces make up
for this by having an additional holiday, usually on the first Monday
in August. As a general rule, all provinces and territories have holidays
to mark or celebrate the following:
New Years Day -
Good Friday and /or Eastern Monday - Movable
Victoria Day - Monday before the 25th May
Sainte Jean-Baptiste - June 24
Canada Day - July 1
Labour Day - First Monday in September
Thanksgiving - Second Monday in October (not in sync with American Thanksgiving)
Christmas - December 25
Note: Some of these
holidays are movable, usually to the nearest Monday or Friday of the
week in which they fall.
Use the banking and trust links to find ATM machines in the Montreal
ATM machines are available
at most banks and financial institutions. In addition there are lots of
machines in grocery and convenience stores. Most machines connect into
the Interac network. Direct payment is everywhere if you have the appropriate
bank card. Use the Banks and Trusts listing above to locate ATM's in the
- Banque National
801 Ste-Catherine 514-281-1985
- Banque National
5070, avenue du Parc 514-273-1791
- Banque National
4506 rue St-Denis 514-281-9610
- Bureau de Change Du Vieux Montreal - 230 Saint-Jacques, (514) 985-0600
The Montreal International Airport in Dorval also has an exchange office
as does the Eaton Centre on Ste. Catherine in downtown Montreal.
Montreal use to be
made up of the City of Montreal and a large number of smaller municipalities
scattered all over the island. For better or for worse, Montreal has adopted
the Mega City concept and is now comprised of a single entity. They are
still bandying the idea about of restoring the original municipalities.