Montreal is Quebec’s largest city. Its charms are undeniable, offering a combination of North American modernity and European style.
City of multiplicity, Montreal is both multicultural and multilingual, blending French and English Canadians with over 80 other ethnic communities. It is a city of business and culture, an urban centre and a city of parks. Montreal is full of action, yet it is safe and family friendly. Active by day, unbound by night, Montreal has everything a big metropolis can offer.
Montreal has the world’s highest number of students per capita with its four renowned universities. These four universities are linked by Montreal’s subway system, the Metro, facilitating the formation of joint research institutes and the shared use of libraries. Montreal is also innovative and stimulating, with more and more business enterprises involved in Research & Development, often in partnership with scholars.
Montreal’s cultural life is exceptional. The city boasts more than 30 museums, among them the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art and the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Montreal is home to the famous Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Opéra de Montréal and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. With its numerous festivals, such as the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Just for Laughs, Montreal World Film Festival and the International Fireworks Competition, along with its Grand Prix racing and exciting professional sports teams, Montreal fulfills everybody’s taste.
Montreal is also a great travel hub. It is located about 3 hours by car from Quebec City, 2 hours from Ottawa and 5 hours from Toronto. Within a couple of hours, you can also reach some of the province’s most beautiful tourist sites, such as the Laurentian Mountains and the Eastern Townships. Situated just 60 minutes from the US border, Montreal is close to upper New York state and New England.
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