Montréal

Welcome to Montréal

One of North America’s oldest cities, Montréal is an invigorating cocktail of disparate elements that blend together surprisingly well. At once both historic and progressive, refined and unpretentiously gritty, the city feels like a shifting suspension of identities, somewhat European in sensibility, yet Canadian in spirit.

These contradictions are what make Montréal truly unique. Its inhabitants are ethnically diverse and fluently bilingual, able to switch from French to English in the same breath. The city is fast-paced but it also enjoys slowing down for the finer things in life. Closing entire streets down to have a party? Why not? Not only does Montréal do that in style for its parades and weekend sidewalk sales, it’s famous for its profusion of outdoor festivals in summer, the best-known being the Montréal Jazz Festival and the “Just For Laughs” comedy festival.

Visitors to Montréal will find that there is something for everyone. Clubbers will revel in the vibrant nightlife scene, while gourmands will be spoilt for choice. Shoppers will be thrilled by the many shopping streets (both above and underground) while nature lovers can relax in its parks and gardens. Whatever concoction you prefer, Montréal can mix it up for you.

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Quick facts

  • Inhabitants in Canada:
    34,893,000
  • Inhabitants in Montréal:
    1,649,519
  • Official language
    French
  • Currency
    Canadian Dollar
  • Time zone
    EST (UTC-5)
  • Emergency number
    911
  • Constitution
    Constitutional Monarchy
  • Country phone code
    +1
  • Country code
    001
  • Local transportation
    Metro, Bixi, Bus, Taxi