Montreal Quick Facts
- Founded: 1642
- Population: Approx. 4 million (Metro)
- Nickname: The City of Saints
- Montreal was home to the 1976 Summer Olympics. This was the first Olympics ever held in Canada.
Montreal is an island spanning almost 500 square kilometres and is an international destination which is easily accessible by land, air and water. It is often called the Paris of Canada with French being the prominent language, but there is a lot more that this city can offer then this literal comparison. Its natural features include a triple-peaked hill in the heart of the city, a symbolic ‘crown’ if you will, and the city plays host to many international events.
One of the best starting points in exploring the city is ‘Old Montreal’, a quaint, charming neighbourhood where the city was founded. Ride on the horse-drawn carriage around the cobblestone streets and be captivated by the remarkable landmarks such as the impressive Notre-Dame Basilica (Montreal’s oldest church) and the Jacques Cartier Plaza (European-style plaza). Stroll along the Old Port and fall in love with its charm or enjoy the exhibits at the Pointe-a-Calliere Museum. As Montreal was the financial and industrial centre of Canada for over 150 years its historic legacy is profound and it has been listed as a UNESCO City of Design, one of three in the whole world. There are landmarks to be seen everywhere with geodesic dome structures, pavilions and architectural apartment buildings on the world stage of design. We truly recommend taking a guided tour of Montreal to see more of what it has to offer.
Make sure to visit the business district and be amazed with the skyscrapers and other architectural landmarks as well as the beautiful nature that can be seen there. Mount Royal (where the city gets its name from), is a little mountain above the city that offers a nice skating rink in the winter and gives a great view of Montreal year round. It is an important and mostly forested greenspace for Montreal, designed by the same guy who did New York’s Central Park. This is a great place to hang out so don’t miss climbing Mount Royal when visiting! Another must-do is stroll along St. Catherine’s street for a cultural experience of where Europe meets North America. Here you can try different foods and shop for fashion from all over the world. Check out our travel directory for Montreal at the top of this page for more information to help with your stay.
Have we mentioned that Montreal is a cyclist’s paradise with its 450 kilometres of bicycle paths? Many of these paths conveniently lead to major tourist areas. So if you’re a cyclists, this is a good place to do both; cycle and sightsee at the same time! Arts and culture is also well represented in Montreal with jazz and rock music very popular, theatres and dance companies put on excellent shows and everyone awaits the festivals like the International Jazz Festival and the Just For Laughs comedy festival. Both of these are the largest of their kind in the world – so go right to the heart and book your tickets to Montreal.
Add Montreal to your itinerary and you will surely love every moment of your decision!