Montreal is one of Canada’s most dynamic cities. Culturally diverse and a designated UNESCO City of Design, Montreal has something for everyone. Places such as the Quartier international and downtown art and architecture showcase Montréal’s avant-garde character. Hundreds more examples of the city’s innovation and free-spiritedness flourish in fashion boutiques and interior and industrial design spaces.

There are several neighbourhoods in Montreal, each with its own distinct feel. Old Montréal is beautifully preserved and offers a peak into the history of the city. Encircling the “Mountain” lie cozy, charming neighbourhoods, each with their own commercial centres and three-storey row housing. The Métro easily services these area and beyond.

Renowned for its sensational and original restaurants and as a centre for French cuisine par excellence, Montréal is part of a select group of 15 cities to join the prestigious World Good Food Cities Network in 2007. Over 80 different kinds of food are served in 6,000 restaurants, from 5-star to soul-comforting smoked-meat counters.

Montréal is the most bilingual metropolis in North America and the second largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris. Located on an island 499 km2 in the middle of the St. Lawrence River, it was colonized by the French and later the British. The population of Greater Montréal is approximately 3.6 million, with 53% of its inhabitants bilingual (French and English) and 20% using a third language (in addition to French and English).

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