Why is the ACA 2016 Conference & Expo being held in Montréal?
The ACA 2016 Conference & Expo is being held in partnership with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, March 31–April 3, 2016. Given the growth in professional counseling throughout all of the Americas and around the world, holding the conference in Montréal is just one example of ACA expanding its presence in the global community. It’s also an opportunity to learn about counseling techniques and practices on an international level.
Additionally, nearly 60% percent of ACA's membership lives within 1,000 miles of Montréal and the city offers a variety of affordable housing options. For these reasons, Montréal was carefully selected for the ACA 2016 Conference & Expo.
I’VE NEVER TRAVELED INTERNATIONALLY BEFORE. WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
All U.S. citizens and non-citizen nationals must have a valid passport to enter Canada and visit Montréal. For information on applying for and obtaining a new U.S. passport, click here. For information on renewing your U.S. passport, click here.
Non-U.S. citizens should contact their appropriate government entities to determine what documents they need to enter Canada. Please click here to see if you are eligible to enter Canada as a tourist.
Most large U.S. airlines offer daily flights to Montréal. Check your regional airport for additional airlines. Schedule plenty of time and have all your travel documents up to date to alleviate some of the stress of international travel.
WHAT LANGUAGE IS PRIMARILY USED?
French is the official language. However, Montréal is one of the most bilingual cities in Canada with 56 percent of the population able to speak both English and French.
WHAT TYPE OF CURRENCY IS USED?
One dollar in the United States exchanges to about $1.25 in Canadian dollars. Before traveling to Montréal, you should exchange at least some currency so you can pay for transportation to your hotel. Your options are to exchange money or traveler's checks at a bank, get cash from an ATM, or use credit cards. U.S. currency is also accepted at most retail outlets and hotels. Remember to contact the appropriate government entity or financial institution for currency conversion information.
I’M LICENSED IN THE U.S., WILL I GET CE CREDIT FOR ATTENDING A CONFERENCE OUT OF THE COUNTRY?
Yes. Even though our Conference is being held outside of the U.S., ACA is an approved CE provider through NBCC and CE credits from the 2016 Conference will be issued. Learn more about continuing education credit at the Conference here.
WHAT IS THERE TO DO NEARBY?
Montreal's museums, historic sites, shopping districts and nightclubs provide plenty of entertainment. For a taste of historic Montreal, spend a day exploring the 18th-century buildings of Vieux-Montréal, which now house small museums and souvenir shops. This city is also a great destination for families, with attractions such as the Montreal Biodôme and La Ronde Amusement Park. If you're a fan of art, culture, history or science, you'll find plenty to keep you occupied in Montreal. The Musée d'Art Contemporain (contemporary art museum) offers a wide range of exhibits. If the classics are more your style, check out the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for the best in European and Canadian art, Mediterranean archaeology and antiquities from around the globe. Tourisme Montréal maintains a listing of other museums and attractions in the city, including kid-friendly spots like Environment Canada's Biosphere, the Planetarium and the Insectarium.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN LATE MARCH/EARLY APRIL?
March and April are characterized by rapidly rising high temperatures during the day, with lower temperatures in the evening. It is advisable to bring a jacket or even a coat as March can be unpredictable. Spring-like weather typically occurs in early April.
Montréal is a fantastic destination any time of year. And if the weather's not to your liking, there are ways to get around the city in comfort. Montréal is home to the RÉSO, an underground city filled with walkways, shopping centers, restaurants, movie theaters and métro (subway) stations that cover an astounding 33 kilometres downtown!