Advance Planning

Two months before Book tickets for hockey games and major festivals such as the Festivale International de Jazz de Montréal, and make reservations for top restaurants.

Three weeks before Scan web listings for festivals and events; book hotels and rental bikes. Be sure to have adequate clothing for winter.

A few days before Check the weather at


  • The Main MTL ( Insider take on the latest in dining, drinking, music and the arts.
  • Lonely Planet ( Destination information, hotel bookings, traveler forum and more.
  • Ville de Montréal ( Useful travel info and events calendar from the city’s official website.
  • Montreal Gazette ( Montréal's English-language newspaper covers everything from politics to sports.