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Safety in Montreal - Warnings and Dangers

Safety in Montreal and Other Warnings or Dangers

Safety in Montreal – Warnings and Dangers

Montreal is a beautiful Canadian city with a mix of French and English cultures. It’s a modern city with a reputation for being safe, but as with all cities there are dangers to be aware of.

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Areas to Avoid

You should still take very basic precautions like keeping your possessions close. There’s reportedly gang activity around Notre Dame Quest, and Wellington Street in Verdun as well as Chalevoix and the Montreal Nod neighborhoods have a bad reputation at night. These are areas most tourists would not normally visit anyway.

The Red Light District is also a bad area, with prostitutes and drug dealers around Ste-Catherine street and St-Laurent Blvd., but these areas can easily be avoided.

Debit Card Fraud

There are some criminals who may try to get your pin number and credit card information. Be careful of entering your PIN number in public. Since some card machines can copy the electronic strip on the back of your car, use bank-location ATMs and withdraw cash to use at smaller businesses.


Watch out for snow moving trucks and plows. Drive carefully in snowy and icy conditions. If you are not comfortable driving on snow, or don’t have experience, it is best to avoid driving altogether: the city has a good public transit system.

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