Message to Coach Operators/Drivers and Tour Directors /Managers and Tour Operators
The Montréal Professional Tourist Guides Association (Association professionnelle des guides touristiques, chapitre de Montréal), would like to wish you a pleasant visit and stay.
The APGT would like to take this opportunity to remind you that Montréal has some By-Laws which you should be aware of, to make your stay more pleasant.
- Thank you for turning off your vehicle’s motor at ALL stops made or while waiting for visitors to embark or disembark. Montréal By-Law 90, states that motors may not be left on at any stop. Montréalers take great pride in keeping the air quality clean for visitors and for residents;
- We would also like to remind you that coaches may no longer stop, drop off, or drive in front of the Notre-Dame Basilica. Please consult your licensed professional local tourist guide for further information;
- Due to the enormous number of festivals, events, parades, fund raising for charity, community events, races, fire works, filming of movies, bridge closings and the usual summer construction there are many streets in Montréal closed simultaneously. APGT members, your local tourist guides, are up to date, up to the last minute of the changes and we are there to ensure your visit runs smoothly. At the end of your tour, your APGT tourist guide will be happy to assist you with finding your way to your evening function or a parking area for your coach.
- APGT members will also be able to suggest areas that you should avoid during the season due to various activities where the traffic of people may delay appointments.
- By-Law G-2 requires that any person conducting any type of tour in Montréal be in possession of a city of Montréal permit for the current year. This permit must be worn during the tourist guides function. Should someone be caught without the permit the fines may begin at $120 CAD for the 1st offence and go up.
- APGT Montréal professional licensed tourist guides have in their possession a red triangle which must be placed on the windshield of all vehicles. This indicates to authorities that a licensed guide and member of the APGT is conducting the tour. APGT members are also identified with their membership cards worn with their city permit, a red flag used during walking tours and their distinctive items of clothing. Thank you for returning all forgotten triangles to the APGT’s mailing address or the Note-Dame Basilica.
- We look forward to assisting you during your visit to Montréal!