ABOUT MONTREAL

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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. 

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Surrounded by water

The Hochelaga Archipelago, also known as the Montreal Islands sit at the confluence of the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers. There are over two hundred islands, the largest being the Island of Montreal; it forms the main city of Montreal.

The fabulous food

Montreal has the highest number of restaurants per capita in Canada and the second in North America after New York. Montreal’s restaurant scene is very cosmopolitan with menus from literally around the world, with an often added French touch.

A multicultural destination

Wherever you’re from, you’re sure to feel at home in Montreal. Discover the stores and restaurants of Chinatown, explore Italian culture in Little Italy, or taste the world at one of our public markets. Or just settle in at a local indie café and count how many languages you hear.

A responsible city

It’s easy to find eco-friendly accommodations options, locally-sourced products in restaurants and stores, and beautiful green spaces to kick back and commune with nature. You may even discover a secret garden or two.

The green landscape

Montreal lies at the foot of Mt. Royal, from where the place received its name. Mount Royal Park is located on the mountain and was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the same person that designed New York City's Central Park. 

A cultural liveliness

Day and night, Montreal is lively, safe and easy to explore. There is always something to see or do, from outdoor shows and street performers to breathtaking murals and historic architecture.