If you're a Montreal resident or a Montreal property owner and want to save money on a variety of cultural and recreational activities - think rebates on museum exhibits, movie tickets, Botanical Garden visits, spa treatments, and day camps for kids - then sign up to receive CAM, your Montreal Access Card better known as Carte Accès Montreal as soon as possible.
It costs $8 (as of 2018) and lasts one full year. And the savings can be significant. Below are just a few examples of the perks currently and/or previously offered:
- Save 40% or more on admission to the Montreal Botanical Garden and get access to the outdoor gardens free of charge year round
- One free ticket with the purchase of one regular priced ticket at Cinéma du Parc
- One free ticket with the purchase of one regular priced ticket at Cinéma Beaubien
- Save 25% on flotation baths and 15% on massages at Ovarium Spa
- Two-for-one admission to the Parc Jean-Drapeau beach Monday through Friday
- Free ice skating the first Saturday of the month at Atrium le 1000
How to Get a Card
Go to one of CAM's 70 points of sale, whether your local Accès Montréal office, a participating municipal library, or borough office and bring:
- Money to pay the card fee
- A recent photo of yourself (must be passport size: from a minimum 4 cm x 4 cm (1.5 inches x 1.5 inches) to a maximum of 5 cm x 6 cm (2 inches x 2.5 inches); note that several CAM points of sale offer an on-site photography service)
- Proof of residence (e.g., driver’s license, municipal tax bill, a utility bill from Hydro-Québec, Gaz Metropolitain, Bell, etc., leases not accepted)
- I.D. card (e.g., Medicare card, social insurance card, etc.)
If You Aren't a Resident but Live on the Island of Montreal
Residents living on the island of Montreal but not in the city of Montreal, such as residents of Baie-D’Urfé, Côte-Saint-Luc, Dollard-Des Ormeaux, Dorval, Hampstead, Kirkland, L’Île-Dorval, Montréal-Est, Montréal-Ouest, Mont-Royal, Pointe-Claire, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Senneville, and Westmount can also benefit from an Accès Montréal card.
Conditions and costs are generally the same. The one drawback is fewer companies and organizations extend their rebates to residents of these municipalities.
If You Work in Montreal but Don't Live There
Unfortunately, people who work in Montreal but do not live in Montreal cannot benefit from a Carte Accès Montréal, including the city of Montreal employees residing off-island. You must either be a resident or a property owner to qualify.
Renew the Card
Once you've gone through the paperwork to get your own CAM, your Accès Montréal office will send you a renewal form in the mail one month prior to expiration.
Just fill out the form and send in the payment without visiting the office. But don't wait too long to complete the renewal process. If you notice that the year is almost up and yet you haven't received anything in the mail, contact your Accès Montréal office and request a renewal form. If the card expires before any action is taken, then you'll have to visit the offices in person again and repeat the initial registration process.