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The second largest Canadian city (just behind Toronto) keeps a unique character of being an intellectual French-stylized town. Montreal (or Montréal) is a port sited on the Montreal Island in the Hochelaga Archipelag at the southern Quebec Province.

Since its foundation in 1642, Montreal, which name comes from French word “Mount Royal”, had been the biggest and more important city of Canada; but in the last decades it was surpassed by Toronto. However; with a metropolitan population of 3,635,571 and the status of being one of the cleanest and liveliest cities in the world, Montreal is still a vibrant cultural capital, home to the second-largest residents of native French speakers (the official language), after Paris.

Montreal has a rich culture and history with numerous attractive places. The city also favors elegance and prosperity, resembling in many aspects to Vienna. The Gallic charm present in fine restaurants, notable buildings, lively streets and sidewalk cafes has perfectly merged with the culture and traditions of immigrants from the entire world.

Montreal is also a mixture of old and new. Today this prime urban destination in North America still boasts its status of leading commercial, financial, industrial, technological and world affairs centers of Canada. Its strategic location at the confluence of the Saint Lawrence and Ottawa rivers has maintained the port of Montreal as a crucial hub on the Saint Lawrence Seaway, which connects the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean.

Montreal Downtown Basilique Notre-Dame Montreal

From the past, Montreal preserves beautiful buildings, museums, art galleries and shoppings mainly at Old Montréal District (Basilique Notre-Dame, Vieux-Port, Centre d'histoire de Montréal, L'Institut de Design de Montréal, Bonsecours Market) and Le Plateau District (Maison de la culture, Théâtre de Verdure). The modern area is located at Downtown District (Grande Bibliothèque du Québec, The Underground City, Mary Queen of the World Cathedral, Musée des Beaux-Arts), which is plenty of skyscrapers. Montreal has another 9 districts including the famous Gay Village.

Ice skating, biking and water sports like River surfing and kayaking are very popular in the city. There are some grand parks where these sports are practiced, like Square Saint-Louis, Parc Lafontaine and Parc du Mont-Royal. The metropolis also retains the sports infrastructure created for the Olympic Games of 1976, when Montreal was the venue, that includes the impressive Stade olympique. Montreal is also celebrated for putting on fantastic festivals such as the Festival Mondiale de la bière, POP Montréal International Music Festival and World Film Festival.

This cosmopolitan and bilingual city counts with a great metro system festooned with creative artwork. The active Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, located 20 km (12 mi) from Montreal's center and formerly known as Montréal-Dorval, has direct flies to the most important Canadian and worldwide cities.

This important urban area, which has been recognized as a City of Design by the UNESCO, is well connected to the principal eastern metropolis of North America through Via Rail Canada train system and modern roads and highways. Montreal is approximately 275 km (168 mi) southwest of Quebec City, 167 km (104 mi) east of Ottawa, 502 km (312 mi) northeast of Toronto, 407 km (253 mi) northwest of Boston and 530 km (329 mi) north of New York City (10 hours).

Find more information in the Official Website of Montreal.

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