Montreal is the second largest city in Canada after Toronto. A world-renowned metropolis in the province of Quebec, it attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists throughout the year.
French is Montreal’s official language. It is the second largest French-speaking city in the world, after Paris. Montreal is composed of 19 large boroughs which are subdivided into smaller neighbourhoods, including the Plateau Mount-Royal, Little Italy, Jean-Talon, Mile-End and Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. Old Montreal is the historic district of the island, with famous attractions such as Place Jacques Cartier, the Palais de Justice, and the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Montreal is home to over 1 906 811 people.
Known as "Canada’s Cultural Capital" Montreal hosted the 1967 International and Universal Exposition (Expo 67). It continues to host various festivals and events throughout the year, notably, the International Jazz Festival, Formula 1 Grand Prix, Just for Laughs Festival, Igloofest and Nuit Blanche. With over 32 km of tunnels spread over more than 4.6 sq miles, Montrealers are connected year-round to shopping malls, stores, banks and more, all accessible by metro.
Montreal is also known for its beautiful natural surroundings. The city comprises a number of parks, but its most famous one is the Mount-Royal Park, one of Montreal’s largest greenspaces. Surely a walk to remember for any visitors strolling through. Montreal was named "best place to live for its culture, its architecture, its history and its ambiance" by Traveler’s Digest in 2006.