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5 Tips for driving in Canada, Québec, and Montréal


  1. Turning right on a red light is allowed in Québec, EXCEPT in Montréal where it is illegal.
  2. As is the case everywhere in Canada, distances are marked in kilometers, not miles. So too therefore are speed limits. Remember that 8 kilometres is equal to about 5 miles and that a speed limit of 100 km/hr is a limit of 62.5 mph.
  3. In addition, gas in Canada is sold in litres, not gallons. 1 US gallon is equal to about 3.8 liters.
  4. In general, there are no tolls on Québec highways, save for one on the A-30 expressway south of Montréal. The fee depends on your category of vehicle but a passenger vehicle with a height lower than 230 cm will pay $2.80 CAD per crossing.
  5. Keep in mind that road signs throughout Québec will be in French, although most also use internationally familiar pictograms so you should have no difficulty understanding them. One useful pointer is that freeways are called “Autoroute” are numbered with the letter A.