Montreal, originally called Ville-Marie, is the second largest city in Canada, and it’s full of culture and history. It is also the largest city in the Canadian province of Quebec. The French influence is hard to miss. Historic and modernity are the juxtapositions that characterize this city, as well as the wide gamma of activities, attractions, and festivals. Montreal is a very safe city and people are very friendly and helpful. Rates for violence are very low. However, you should still take basic precautions like in any other city.


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Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

Montreal is a very safe city. It is ranked 17th on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous cities.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : N/A

There have been some pickpocket reports in Montreal, especially at restaurants and cafés. The strategy is always the same: grabbing wallets from coat pockets or from purse hanging off chairs. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pick pocketed.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : N/A

Montreal is a safe city regarding mugging and kidnapping risks, although some urban areas are best to be avoided at night.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : N/A

There are virtually no scammers in Montreal.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : N/A

Transports and taxis are generally very safe in Montreal.


Floods in spring are the most frequent natural hazard as well as winter ice storms and blizzards during winter in Montreal.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : N/A

Possible but unlikely.


Montreal is generally very safe for women travelers.




Montreal is divided in 19 districts. The most popular one is Ville-Marie, which has sub-districts. Among the most visited:  
  • Downtown is an enjoyable and safe area of restaurants and shops. It includes most of the metropolis’ luxury hotels, museums, and businesses headquarters among others.
  • The third largest Chinatown in Canada where you can find various restaurants and shops.

Plateau Mont-Royal & Mile-End

This popular district is well known for its picturesque architecture, parks, theaters, restaurants, music venues, and for being the host of many summer festivals. One of its main attractions is Parc Lafontaine. If you are looking for shopping, eating and drinking spots, St-Denis and Mont-Royal are recommended.

Mile End is one of the sub-districts of this area. It is well known for its restaurants and bagel shops like Fairmount and St. Viateur, as well as its antique shops, cafés, bookstores, and don’t forget to check out the Rialto Theater, St. Michael and St. Andrew’s church.

Vieux-Montreal & Vieux-Port

This is where the city was born in 1642. You will find many terraces with café tables to sit and enjoy street performers. If you walk south, you’ll come across the Vieux-Port; a spacious waterfront path for pedestrians and cyclists, skaters, and even picnickers!

*Areas to avoid:

The following zones have a bad reputation at night and are not areas that tourists would normally visit. The Red Light district should be an area to avoid due to its active drug-related crimes and prostitution. There are also reports of gang activity around Notre Dame Quest and Wellington Street in Verdun as well as Chalevoix and the Montreal Nod districts. En savoir plus sur

Useful Information

Citizens from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia and other countries do not require a visa to enter Canada for stays of up to 180 days. An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is required (except for US residents/citizens). The eTA cost is $7 CAD, and you can request it online; the approval process only takes a few minutes. is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The Canadian dollar is the currency of Canada. Canada can be explored on any budget. There are many free and inexpensive attractions, and low-cost food and drinks can be easily found.
With an average temperature of 21°C, July is the hottest month in Montreal. January is the coldest month reaching -9°C.
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page