Montreal is the beautiful offspring of a union between European charm and North American attitude. Its architecture seduces the visitor with a harmonious chorus of the ancient and the new.
As the world’s second largest francophone city after Paris, it merits the moniker ‘international’ city, a cosmopolitan centre with proud roots in the past that enthusiastically embraces the future. Its avant-garde spirit has not gone unnoticed: in 2006, Montreal was named a UNESCO City of Design.
For a city the size of Montreal, its streets, vast parks, underground pedestrian network and metro system are safe and remarkably easy to navigate. But the best way to get to know Montreal is on foot: walk through any one of Montreal's colourful and vibrant neighbourhoods and you'll discover an abundance of markets, boutiques, restaurants and local cafés—diverse expressions of the inhabitants’ joie de vivre.
Montrealers are naturally charming and quite often multilingual, with a spontaneity and ability to welcome visitors that has propelled Montreal to its current position as an international host city, where some of the world’s most exciting events are held annually.