We recommend that you bring some warm clothes so that you aren't left shivering on the first cold days after you arrive. However, you should purchase clothing suited to the Canadian winter once you get to Montréal.
Don't miss our workshop entitled "How to survive winter in Montréal", which is given by the International Student Affairs every term to help answer all your questions about winter, how to enjoy it and how to get equipped for it.
Average temperatures in Montréal
In North America, the voltage used is 110 V, 60 Hz. If you plan to use European devices (220 V , 50 Hz), make sure to bring along the necessary adapters and converters.
To find out whether the device you plan to bring requires a converter, read the electrical specifications label usually affixed to the power pack. If it indicates “100-240V”, it means that the device can be used with any voltage rating between 100 and 240 volts. If, rather than a hyphen, it uses a forward slash (“110 V/220 V), it means that the device can be used with either voltage, but you need to toggle the device between the two voltages using a special switch usually located next to the power connector.
Most portable computers and mobile phones work with any voltage and do not require a converter; in such cases, a simple adapter will suffice.
A multiple-outlet extension cord from your home country may come in handy if you have to plug in several small devices at the same time, all with one adapter. But make sure that all your adapters, converters and extension cords have grounded wires. You can tell by the presence of a third plug (on the male side) and hole (on the female side).
Devices that consume a lot of energy, like those using heating resistors (blow dryer, curling iron, clothes iron, toaster, etc.) not intended for use with 110 V will not work. You are better off purchasing these devices once you get to Montréal.
In North America, NTSC is the audiovisuel standard, which operates at a frequency of 60 Hz. In Europe, PAL is used (50 Hz). Video devices (such as televisions, DVD players, game consoles and so on) that do not support NTSC will not work in Canada. Games that you bring with you will only work in a country that is part of your home zone. For instance, North America is Zone 1, whereas Europe is Zone 2.
Here's a litle checklist to help you remember everything you need to do and bring
Baggage losses and delays are very common. Consequently, you should always keep important items with you.
Remember that you will need to present all your documents to a Canadian immigration officer when you get off the plane. If you don't, you could be sent back to your home country. You will not have access to your luggage at that point, so make sure that you have your papers on you.