15 Things To Explain To Out-Of-Towners About Montreal
What you need to know if you're new in town or visiting.
Photo cred - Khoa Tran
Being a tourist in Montreal can be a little difficult, and it's time we threw the visitors of Montreal a bone. Any Canadian, American, or anyone who lives outside the city may experience some intense culture shock when they visit Montreal, as there are a lot of strange things the city and its citizens do that isn't found elsewhere.
To prepare all travelers, and yourself as a host, here are 15 things you need to explain to tourists about Montreal.
1. When we say metro, we mean subway
- Some 'merican cities call it the same thing, but most other nearby metropolises refer to the metro as subway.
2. North is not north
- Montreal does its own thing, even when it comes to cardinal directions. Just go with it.
3. Smoking & drinking in public is totally fine
- Feel free to light a joint or sip on a bottle without fear of getting in trouble, s'long as you're not an asshole about it.
4. Crescent street isn't the only place with bars & clubs in the city
- Tourists come into the city with a Crescent state of mind, and honestly, the street is probably the worst (save a few spots) when it comes to going out.
5. Jaywalking is a way of life
- Think of traffic lights as suggestions, not strict rules. No one listens to them anyway.
6. Dep = Convenience Store
- Short for depanneur. Be familiar with the term, you'll hear it a lot.
7. There are English speakers in Montreal
- They just tend to live in the West Island or McGill Ghetto
8. No one goes out before midnight
- Don't expect any bar/club/party to be happening before the dawn of the new day, it's just how it works
9. You can't make a right on a red
- On the island of Montreal, this is not a thing.
10. 5-à-7 is just another term for Happy Hour
- Everyone should know when the best drink deals happen.
11. Our beer is stronger than yours
- Quebec and Montreal made beer regularly rocks a +6% alcohol content, even going into the double digits. Just beware, and check the labels.
12. The Main can mean a few things
- Generally people are referring to a section St. Laurent street, but it can also refer to the deli, which is on the aforementioned street.
13. It's not a patio, it's a terrasse
- Just so you know when a server asks you where you'd like to sit.
14. We don't really eat that much poutine, smoked meat, or bagels
- Of course we adore all of them, but its not everyone's diet. Go nuts and try them all, just know they're a special treat for us too.
15. Downtown technically isn't called Montreal
- The city-center is officially named Ville-Marie, the original title of the city, a cool factoid for tourists and citizens alike.
What would you mention to tourists?
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