An irresistible blend of European charm and North American effervescence, Montréal's architecture enchants the visitor with its harmonious contrast of old and new.
With some 3.7 million inhabitants and 80 distinct ethnic cultures, Montréal is a resolutely international city. A world leader in a wide range of industries, including aeronautics, information technology and biotechnologies, the city is also renowned for innovation in medicine, multimedia and the arts.
Getting around the city on a day-to-day basis is hassle-free. Its streets, underground pedestrian network and subway system are safe and easy to navigate. The best way to get to know the city is on foot, through any one of its many colourful and vibrant neighbourhoods—diverse expressions of the inhabitants’ joie de vivre. Montrealers are naturally charming and quite often multilingual, always ready to strike up a conversation and share a moment of friendship.
This spontaneous hospitality has made Montréal the site of many exciting international festivals, which — much like the city and its inhabitants — are a manifestation of pure passion!
Be sure to be well prepared before leaving for Canada for the people coming from outside the country, read the visitor section to be aware of the new Canadian border regulations. For a complete list of attractions and activities to do in Montreal during your stay for the Kinetik Festival, see the sections below.
Canadian Border ::
All the travelers coming to Canada will have to show a valid passport to enter in Canada. All travelers with any criminal records will be denied access to Canada.
For the U.S. travelers, coming by plane to Canada, passport will be required. For the ones arriving by land (car / train), you will need a valid passport to enter Canada. Be aware that no one without passport will be granted access by land to Canada.
For the Mexican travelers, since August 2009 visitor visa are now required to enter Canada as tourist. They are quite easy to get at your local Canadian embassy, but be sure to do your request in time to get them well ahead of the festival dates.
Visas are not required to visit canada except for the countries found on the list on this web site.
For more information on regulation on how to enter Canada, visit the official Canadian Immigration web site.
Please note that Kinetik Productions will not granted any refund on tickets / passes purchases if visitors are blocked at the Canadian border because of criminal records or the lack of passport or visitor visa if they are needed.
Montreal Airport ::
The Montreal airport his Pierre-Éliotte Trudeau (YUL). The cost to go by taxi from the airport to Montreal downtown is around 45$ CAD. A special bus service (STM / Bus 747) is available with different's destinations at a lower cost of 7$ CAD.
Montreal Train Station ::
For the one arriving by train to Montreal, the Montreal train station is directly positioned in downtown Montreal near the Bonavature Metro Station. You will find services by VIA Rail Canada and Amtrak.
Montreal Metro / Bus service ::
The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) operates both the Metro and the bus services in Montreal, thus there is free transfer possible between bus and Metro.
Metro service starts at 05:30 am and stops at 01:00 am on weekdays and Sunday, and 01:30 am on Saturday . Cost for the Metro and Bus is 3.00$ CAD.
[stm web site] [metro plan]
Kinetik Festival official Hotel ::
Hyatt Regency Montreal [website]
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H5B 1E5
Directly on in Complex Desjardins and Montreal underground system with a direct access to green Line Metro. Located in Downtown Montreal near China Town and Place des Arts. Indoor swimming pool, gym and sauna. Kinetik rate at $148 CAD + taxes per night for double room.
If you’re going with a car, ask for long term parking in the Complex Desjardins to save on it.
reserve online via this link or on the phone at this number: 1 800 361-8234
Use this promo code if requested for the booking : Festival Kinetik
hotel reservations are good from May 15 to May 22 2012 upon availability of guestrooms.
FOOD / QUEBEC SPECIALITIES...
A dish consisting of French fries topped with fresh cheese curds and covered with hot gravy (usually brown gravy) and sometimes other additional ingredients. The curds' freshness is important as it makes them soft in the warm fries, without completely melting. It is a quintessential Canadian comfort food, especially but not exclusively among Québécois.
Montreal top 4 poutines (Kinetik Productions choices) ::
|Banquise (more than 25 kind!)
994 rue Rachel Est
Montréal, QC H2J 2J3
|Frite Alors! (belgium fries)
433 Rachel E, Mtl
|Le Resto du Village 24h restaurant
1310, rue Wolfe coin Ste-Catherine
Montréal, Québec, H2L 3J3
|Club Sandwich 24h restaurant
1570 rue Sainte-Catherine Est
Montréal, QC H2L 2J2
The Smoked Meat...
World famous Schwartz's, serving the best smoked meat from the original recipe of spices since 1928.
Imagine walking through the door and taking a step back 75 years into "Main Street" history in Montreal. A "true" Montreal landmark that has welcomed celebrities and visitors from all over the world.
3895 boulevard St-Laurent
Since 1957, the St-Viateur Bagel Shop has depended on its loyal clientele to help build, expand and maintain its reputation for having the best bagel in North America.
St. Viateur Bagel Shop
263 St-Viateur Ouest
St. Viateur Bagel & Café
1127, avenue du Mont-Royal Est