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Destination: Montréal, Quebec, Canada

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North America

A gateway to the Americas, Montréal is a fascinating city. Its typically North American vitality is the perfect match for its European-inspired way of life.

  • Located in the province of Quebec, Canada
  • Hot summers and cold winters mean major temperature differences
  • 2 to 13 weeks of snow
  • Indian summer and fabulous fall colours
  • Within easy reach by car of Boston and New York
  • A safe city

An island in the Saint Lawrence

With its expansive green spaces and European-styled neighbourhoods, Montréal is attractive for so many reasons. It offers an exceptional quality of life combine with a relatively low cost of living compared with the world’s other great cities, which can be attributed to the reasonable cost of housing.

  • The Island of Montréal has a population of 1.8 million, whereas the Greater Montréal Area is home to 3.5 million inhabitants.
  • The island lies in the heart of an enchanting and majestic river, the Saint Lawrence.
  • Mount Royal is the geographical heart of the city, an oasis combining green spaces, parks and nature preserves.
  • The city is kept moving with the help of an effective public transit system that includes an easy-to-use and safe underground metro system.Montréal’s Underground City: a veritable city under the city featuring 30 km of underground walkways.
  • Montréal was built on a legacy of heritage and culture with a European flair.

A business city

Montréal’s global outlook serves as magnet that has led many multinationals and organizations to set up their head offices here. The city is home to the head offices of over 65 international organizations.

  • 120 international financial centres, including the Centre de commerce mondial, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), SITA (Société de télécommunications aéronautiques) and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, which took up residence in HEC Montréal’s Decelles Building in November 2001
  • Aerospace capital of Canada
  • Canada’s top venue for international meetings in 2006, and second in North America. A leader in the aerospace sector, Montréal is one of the world’s three top hubs, the others being Toulouse and Seattle*
* Source: Montréal International, 2006

A cultural metropolis

With its four universities, Montréal ranks first in North America for the number of university students per capita and is among the country’s leading university research cities. In 2005, Montréal ranked first in Canada for funding dedicated to research.**
15,000 international students at four English-speaking and French-speaking universities
Libraries in every community, including the Grande Bibliothèque du Québec
Some twenty classic museums to suit every taste, from fine arts to history to humour
Nature museums: planetarium, Botanical Garden, Insectarium and Biodôme
Many theatres, both amateur and professional
Countless performance halls, including the Bell Centre and the Olympic Stadium, both of which can host crowds reaching into the tens of thousands of spectators

** Attractiveness indicators, Montréal International, 2008

A bilingual city

Montréal is not only a bilingual city where English and French live side by side and intermingle quite naturally, but it is also home to some 35 languages and at least as many well-established cultural communities, including the Italian, Chinese, Greek and Spanish-speaking communities.

A city of festivals

Montréal overflows with warmth year-round, thanks to a whirlwind of cultural and sporting activities that fill its busy calendar. A slew of bistros, pubs, restaurants, night clubs and trendy dance clubs… Unquestionably something to suit every taste and budget.
Countless bars, bistros and dance clubs.
Restaurants serving food from all over the planet, enough to satisfy every palate, appetite and budget, not to mention the home-grown specialities that have gained increasing renown.
A plethora of world-class events and festivals held throughout the year, including:

For sports enthusiasts:

Distance between Montréal and...

  • Quebec City: 250 km
  • Boston: 500 km
  • Toronto: 550 km
  • New York: 600 km

Average temperatures

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  • Average annual rainfall: 738 mm
  • Average annual snowfall: 215 cm

Current weather conditions and forecast

Other Montréal sites of interest

Province of Quebec

Approximately three times the size of France or Texas, Quebec is one of Canada’s 10 provinces, a predominantly French-speaking territory within a mostly English-speaking continent. As a jurisdiction that counts on immigration to keep its population stable, Quebec is Canada’s only province to select its own immigrants. Tolerant and open, Quebec is a world leader in human rights. The province’s laws and population are strong defenders of equality of the sexes and keen on fighting discrimination of any kind, be it on the grounds of ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. Protecting nature is important to Quebecers, who produce 98% of their electricity using renewable resources.



The world’s second largest country in terms of geographical size, Canada is a country of wide open spaces. Its population of 33 million is concentrated mostly along the southernmost part of the country, within a relatively narrow yet densely populated strip of land running along the border with the United States. Politically, the country is a parliamentary democracy that has inherited British institutions and a constitutional monarchy. Multiculturalism is one of this immigration nation’s key features. In Canada, permanent residents (selected immigrants) have the same rights and responsibilities as Canadian citizens, other than the right to vote. English and French are its two official languages.

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