A striking union of European charm and North American attitude, Montréal seduces visitors with a harmonious pairing of the historic and the new, from exquisite architecture to fine dining.
More than 120 distinct ethnic communities are represented in its population of more than 3.6 million, making Montréal a mosaic of cultures and traditions. A world leader in such industries as aeronautics, information technology, and biotechnology, the city has also made significant innovations in medicine, multimedia, the arts and urban planning. Its avant-garde spirit has not gone unnoticed: in 2006, Montréal was named a UNESCO City of Design. It is considered North America’s most popular city to host international events.
Day and night, Montréal pulses with activity. Getting around the city on a day-to-day basis is hassle-free. Its streets, vast parks, underground pedestrian network, and métro system are safe and easy to navigate. The best way to get to know the city is on foot, through any one of its many colorful and vibrant neighborhoods which overflow with markets, boutiques, restaurants and local cafés—diverse expressions of the inhabitants’ joie de vivre.
Montréal is the second largest French speaking city in the world, after Paris. However, most inhabitants are bilingual. Many more speak a third language. In downtown stores, shoppers are often greeted with a confident BonjourHi, a term which is becoming more and more popular, indicating bilingualism.
With its multicultural nature, stunning beauty, unique architecture, and devotion to the arts, the city is a promise of fun and bon-vivre.