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LIVING IN MONTREAL

Province: Quebec

Population: 1.6 million 

Climate: Humid Continental, with cold winters and warm summers.

Overview: Montreal is a beautiful city located on the Island of Montreal, and is heavily influenced by European culture. Montreal is one of the largest bilingual cities in the world – with residents speaking both French and English, although French is more widely spoken.

The city is comprised of 19 boroughs, and each has different neighbourhoods within them. Depending on your individual needs, you may choose to live in a family friendly neighbourhood such as Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, or the more diverse, creative areas of Plateau Mont-Royal or Mile End. The main choice for students in Montreal, particularly those attending McGill University, is the McGill Ghetto.

Some of Montreal’s unique features include its historic old town, famous for its restoration and cobbled streets. The old town features one of the most popular attractions in the city, the Basilique Notre-Dame. It also features the Port of Montreal, which is Canada’s largest container port and the largest inland port in the world.

Montreal is often called ‘Canada’s Culture Capital’ due to its reputation in the world of art, music, film and more. The city holds lots of different festivals throughout the year, including the Montreal International Jazz Festival and the Montreal World Film Festival. Sport is an important pursuit in Montreal, with ice hockey and other winter Olympic sports proving popular.

Transport: STM (Société de transport de Montréal) is the public transport system in the city, which provides an underground metro and bus service. The STM won the award of Outstanding Public Transit System in North America in 2010. There is also a commuter rail service.

Economy: Montreal has one of the largest economies in Canada. The main industries include aerospace, pharmaceuticals, engineering, manufacturing and the service sector. The film, TV and video game industry is also strong.

For more information on Montreal, see the official city website