Montreal is the business centre of Quebec and, taking its metropolitan area into account, is Canada’s second largest city. As a result, it is ethnically diverse; a fact reflected in the city’s various neighbourhoods. Montreal features a China Town, a Little Italy, a Little Portugal and various other neighbourhoods adopted by immigrants as their own. These enclaves give Montreal a taste of many world foods, cultures and music.
Creative, cosmopolitan, cutting-edge or chic—call it what you want, one thing’s for sure: Montréal is captivating. Few can resist the charm of this smart and spirited city, whose flair for cultivating one of the coolest lifestyles on the planet plays out daily. Old in soul, but young at heart, Montréal has a storied past that includes a First Nations settlement, a French colony and a British stronghold. Montréal lives in both French and English, but its multicultural population is really what shapes the cuisine, culture and conversation here. A gateway to North America and only just an hour from the U.S. border, Montréal is easy to get to, with direct flights from most major international destinations. (Source: Tourisme Montreal)
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Montreal, which marks its 375th anniversary this year and hosts the Canadian Grand Prix today (June 11), is the second-largest Francophone city in the world after Paris, but where its sister city over the pond favours the formal second person plural “vous”, in Quebecois French, strangers will greet you with the familiar informality of “tu”. In fact, Montreal is a very “tu” kind of city.
Montreal City Guide: What to see, plus the best bars, restaurants and music
Montreal is an in-between land. It is a city of two tongues, two minds and two ways of life. French is the official language, but half the city speaks English. It’s like the confluence of two rivers: some of the waters blend together, but others may never mix. That creates a clash. Montreal’s not the new Brooklyn or the new Seattle. It’s not France, Great Britain or America. It’s not even really Canada. It’s its own thing, an island city.
The Most Romantic French Vacation Doesn’t Require a Transatlantic Flight
If you’re thinking “romantic vacation,” maybe you’re thinking “Paris.” And you’re not wrong! But there’s another Francophone city you should consider. With its pretty rowhouses, green alleyways, and truly incredible food, Montreal is a particularly romantic destination in the summer, when winter coats are in storage and the terrasses are teeming with flaneurs. (Also, they speak French!) Plan a chill, staycation-style getaway to take it all in, and you’ll win major points.
Montreal is the new food capital of North America
The restaurants of Montreal are the attraction. Their evolution, which started in this century, has been swift. They are modest in size and technically proficient, and they provide a sense of casual fine dining that is embraced more wholeheartedly here than anywhere in the U.S. The dining culture is descended from those of both France and England— thankfully, more from France—leaving Montreal a sort of culinary orphan, free to seek its own path.
36 Hours in Montreal
Whether you want to embrace the season on rinks, trails or runs, or dodge the cold and head to the spa, this vibrant city has it all.
The Most Canadian Foods
We’re so fiercely proud of our quirky culinary traditions that even the clichés are whole-heartedly embraced. Still, that doesn’t mean we lack imagination, or an endless variety of ingredients. From Montreal’s smoked deli meat to Prince Edward Island’s world-famous potatoes, Canadians have a huge choice of local foods to experiment with, and they’re often available year-round.
“There’s something special about Montreal, I don’t know what it is because I didn’t spend enough time here, but the band is attracted by the city. Maybe it’s because of the dual culture which reminds us of Ireland, or because Montreal is more a cultural center than a political center, or simply because Montreal has some of the most beautiful women I ever saw in my life.” – Bono, lead signer of U2
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The Olympic Stadium
The AM 2018 logo is inspired by the Olympic Stadium. Since its inauguration in 1976 for the Montreal Olympic Summer Games, more than 67 million visitors have come and it has, along with the famous Montreal Tower, become the international symbol of Montreal!
Designed by French architect Roger Taillibert, the Olympic Stadium is a unique monument. Its design evokes gigantic hands with curved fingers, the 34 cantilever panels, with four shortened panels at the base of the Tower, determine the overall geometry of the Stadium. They support the technical ring, the roof and the electronic score boards.
The 40-year hangover: How the 1976 Olympic Games nearly broke Montreal
The Montreal Olympics left the city with a C$1.6bn debt, a string of corruption scandals, and a creeping sense of economic and social decline. Forty years on, how did the city survive?
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