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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The weather is montreal is changing fast, today it is 15ºC tomorrow it can be 0ºC, during the summer there is not to worry about it is hot (around 20-25ºC) during winter it can go up to -20ºC
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: All is easy access, there is drugstores everyowhere and they sell more than medical supplies, toilet paper, napkins, soap, perfume, cosmetics, gift cards, ...
Photo Equipment: Camera films are cheaper here than in Europe...
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: There is a lot of campings in Quebec province, not near montreal though, but you need a car, no train or buses ...
Be Prepared For Anything
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The weather here in Montreal pretty much reflects the culture. Diverse and somewhat unpredictable
If you're comming here in the winter, it's a good idea to bring ALOT of warm clothing, with the windchill it can get as cold as 40C on some days...it can also be warm enough to melt all the accumulated snow. it really depends on the week you show up since the winters here are rather unpredictable.
It usually starts to warm up around mid April - and by warm up I mean above 10C weather, so no sandals yet.
if you're comming in the summer time, the best weather happens in mid June - early July . After that, expect hot, muggy, sunfilled days - especially at the end of july and early August. make sure you pack lots of tanks and short sleaved shirts and definately make sure your hotel is air conditioned. you'll thank yourself after a long day of strolling around the city.
Miscellaneous: it's a good idea to bring an umbrella no matter what time of year you visit as the rainfall is rather unpredictable. you can always pick one up while you're here, but on a rainy day, you won't find very many under 10 bucks.
Winter clothing essentials
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Montréal winters (Nov - Mar) can be a shock to the system for those who have never experienced sub-freezing temperatures for days on end. Special clothing is required if you are spending any time outside.
jacket - A long (below the waist), warm, windproof, down-filled jacket is crucial. "Down" is goose feathers which are stuffed into the jacket, making it look puffy.
scarf - Not a dainty fashion scarf, but a thick wool scarf that you can wrap several times around your neck and lower face. It will be a godsend!
a hat - any hat will do, but one that covers your ears is ideal. I'd recommend a toque (rhymes with duke), which some may know as a beanie/woolen cap.
gloves - I found fleece gloves better than wool gloves, as the wind doesn't blow through fleece. Some argue that mittens actually keep your hands warmer. Lined leather gloves might also be good.
long underwear - fleece-lined "tights" for your legs are fantastic when it's below freezing, especially underneath jeans.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Chapstick - lip balm (not lip gloss) is very handy. Cold weather dries out your skin. Men, women, and children should have chapstick readily available, as your lips get chapped easily if you spend any time outside in the cold.
Kleenex - or any brand of tissue you prefer! Having a pocket-sized packet in your jacket pocket will be greatly appreciated when you need it. I find that my nose gets runny whenever I'm outside in the cold, even if I'm just walking down the street. Having that Kleenex is nice so you're not sniffling all the time.
skin moisturizer - Although women tend to use it more than men, I'd say it's beneficial for everybody to invest in a little face moisturizer (ie: face cream) and hand lotion because, as I said before, the cold air dries out your skin. Putting a bit of face cream (such as a generic Vitamin E cream from the Body Shop, or something by Oil of Olay, Dove, or Avon) really helps your skin in the winter months.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: waterproof, non-leather insulated boots - When it snows, the snow is cleared off the roads, but the sidewalks eventually build up a layer of thick, dirty ice. The salt that's used to melt the ice off the roads accumulates in the piles of snow at the side of the roads, and forms slushy puddles around intersections. Waterproof boots will protect your feet from these puddles. Salty slushy water stains and physically damages leather around the boot. This is why it's not recommended to wear leather boots. If the boots are insulated with a warm lining, all the better. If you can't get insulated boots, then be sure to wear very thick wool socks. Also, a thick rubber sole also helps, as it insulates your foot away from the cold ground. Be sure the sole has a grip, as you will be walking on ice! Boots with heels are definitely a lot more challenging when walking along slippery surfaces and I would not recommend it.
Layer, Layers and More Layers
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Winters in Canada can get very cold so be prepared and pack those woolies, mittens, scarves and hats. It's easy to spot a tourist because they have a tendency to come unprepared for the frigid temps. Boots are a must and make sure they are not too tight. A little breathing room in the boot helps to keep your feet warmer since the air is circulating.
Warm Winter Clothes, or Freeze!
Luggage and bags: If you are lacking anything in your luggage, we have so many stores that sell warm clothes. Probably for much less money, than what you would have to pay in your own country, if you come where the climate is not as cold.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: When coming to Eastern Canada during winter months, many people are afraid of being cold. Well, let me put it simply, if you come with a light jacket, it won't do the trick. You have to get a warm jacket, scarf, hat and gloves. Shoes won't do the trick either, most of the time, as we often have to cross over patches of snow and or slush(somewhat liquified snow with salt and dirt). And that at -20C more or less, you don't want to have frozen feet. Wear your clothes in layers, as during the day, you might find it much warmer than when the sun is setting or disappearing behind clouds. And as the interior of buildings are more often than not, over heated. Besides, layers offer more insulation against the cold.
So, if you follow these simple rules, you should do fine visiting us during our coldest months, but, how wonderfully beautiful!
This tip mostly applies from December to late March, of course depending on the year!
Look below for Environment Canada's web site for more current info on temperature.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: No need, we have plenty of pharmacies around.
Photo Equipment: Lots of film or space on your camera, as winter scenes are magnificent! The sky is the most beautiful blue....
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Don't forget warm clothes in wintertime!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you arrive during winter bring lots of warm clothes - it really does get cold! I don't wanna make anyone scared but with the wind the temperature can even go down to -45 C! Luckily that doesn't happen often :)
You can check the current weather from the website below.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I visited Montreal in the winter and it snowed every nite. Even though I consider myself an "Iceperson" who prefers being too cold to being too hot I found myself buying a hat,gloves and scarf. Fortunatly I found excellent products and good deals on them .So instead of packing all your own winter stuff, plan on shopping for them here and leave some room in your luggage.
If you go from November through rest of winter...
Luggage and bags: pack warmly! which means thermal leggings.....warm gloves, warm scarf, hat that goes over your ears....and warm sweater. I had a cashmere sweater that was really warm. But it gets cold especially if there is a wind and it gets colder at night... if you dress warmly you will be fine out in the elements and wont miss out on Montreal because you were too cold to go out!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: if winter, obviously boots, but i had comfortable sneakers on
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: down coat
Miscellaneous: gloves , scarf...... hat....warm sweater, umbrella because it rains in november a lot and could have snow showers too
Wide Weather Changes!
Miscellaneous: The Montreal population is flexible when it comes to weather. It can be cold, windy and raining outside and the temperatures can rise in a matter of an hr. So be prepared if you are planning a visit out here. It can be full summer one day, the next practically winter and vice versa. Have an umbrella handy and bring a mix of clothing you can play with.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The weather is one of our favorite conversation topic. It changes everyday. Snow, rain, wind, sunshine, ... Expect everything! From december to april, it's freezing. Bring warm clothes, boots, mitains, winter coats, ... From april to june, it's usually around 15C. A warm coat is still usefull, but you can wear skirts or shorts on the good days. From june to september, it's very warm (usually) and average 20-30C. T-shirts, shorts, bathing suit. And september to december (my favorite season) you can finally wear your big wool sweaters!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you come in the winter, come prepared! Bring clothing that can be layered and is resistant to wetness. Boots and jackets are necessary- gloves, toques, scarves, everything. Temperatures can be -20 easily but the sun is almost always shining.
If you come in the summer, come prepared! It can get extremely hot and humid so don't be bringing your parkas. 40 degrees celsius is not uncommon so bring light, cotton clothing!
Luggage and bags: We mostly travel by car to our hotel. We like the Montreal Delta as it has parking and is easy to get to. We also use the Queen Elizabeth when traveling by rail.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If winter, pack with clothes that will keep you warm from the winds and very cold. A nice thing about the city is that much of it is underground. You can travel all about the city walking walkways between large underground shopping malls. METRO is also a clean nice way to travel.
Luggage and bags: Well, if you're going to Montreal in the winter time, bring LOTS of warm clothes!!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Boots, high heels NOT recommended! (For winter of course!)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If your hair frizzes (like mine do) bring anti-frizz! And lots of lotion for your cold nose and body! Tissues...
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Warm jacket!! Preferably down...or gortex!
It gets cold in the winter!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Here, in the winter, it can get below -40C. Then add the wind factor to that. Ouch! Plus, it is humid in the winter. That means that the cold goes through your bones. Bring : Winter boots, gloves, scarf, hat, warm winter jacket.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Hot shots for your gloves etc if you are not accustomed the cold weather
What to bring
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you're coming in winter, bring warm clothes and winter boots. It can get cold even if there doesn't seem to be much snow.
If you're coming in summer, it can get extremely hot, so bring your sandals and summery clothes.
Miscellaneous: If you don't know much French, I also suggest you bring a French/English dictionary. Many people in Montreal are bilingual, but it's always good to know a bit of French while you're there.
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