Montréal is undeniably a leading capital of culture and gastronomy, but it wouldn’t be Montréal without the signature relaxed attitude, open-mindedness and enviable quality of life enjoyed by its friendly, welcoming residents. The city owes its true flavour to its 3.8 million residents (representing no less than 120 ethnocultural backgrounds!), their legendary hospitality, and their attachment to their metropolis.
Add to that its world-class arts, culture, and food scenes, all amplified by a yearlong frenzy of festivals. It’s easy to see why the city is a magnet for businesses and one of the world’s premiere high-tech hubs for artificial intelligence, gaming, life sciences, neurosciences, and aeronautics.
Harmonizing with the city’s heritage while simultaneously highlighting its future, a host of innovative legacy initiatives continues to pay homage to Montréal and its 375th anniversary celebrations in 2017. Living Connections, the spectacular, larger-than-life light installation on the majestic Jacques-Cartier Bridge, is just one example of how the city’s past and present are lighting the way into the future.
Sound exciting? We’ve barely begun to scratch the surface! Discover Montréal for yourself and prepare to be charmed by the city’s endless sources of forward-looking creativity, culture, inspiration, and innovation.
CITY OF CREATORS
While masterful chefs continue to elevate Montréal’s reputation as a gourmet destination, creative artists and artisans draw admirers in droves to the haute couture ateliers, arts galleries and charming boutiques that line the city streets. Its avant-garde spirit has not gone unnoticed: in 2006, Montréal was named a UNESCO City of Design.
As the world’s second largest francophone city after Paris, Montréal merits the moniker ‘international’ city, a cosmopolitan centre with proud roots in the past that enthusiastically embraces the future. Discover Montreal, the festival city, cultural and friendly, and resolutely looking forward.
Montréal’s neighbourhoods are like the members of an extended family. They each have their personality, their qualities, and their tastes. You need to take the time to get to know them and appreciate them for their uniqueness. All put together, they make Montréal the eclectic and charming city that it is.
Downtown / Old Montreal / Plateau Mont-Royal, Mile End and Little Italy / Quartiers des Spectacles / Quartiers du Canal / The Village
MONTRÉAL IS FOR FAMILIES
Both small children and teens will love the playful atmosphere of Montréal, found in the street performers at a downtown festival or marveling at the butterflies going free at the Botanical Garden. The more mature members of the family will appreciate the sophisticated elements of the city, discovered in archeological museums and fine art galleries. What makes Montréal great for families is that most attractions are walking distance from one another or involve a short hop on the city’s easy-to-navigate subway system. This means less worry and hurry, and more grins and wins with the kids.
Do you want something that will grab the kids’ attention — and hold it? Or perhaps you’d like an option where the kiddos can burn off some pent-up energy? These five activities might just do both!
Connect with your inner genius at the Science Center
Hold a creepy-crawler at the Insectarium
At Pointe-à-Callière Archeology museum, climb aboard a huge ship and see if you are a pirate or a privateers
Go ice skating (year-round) at Atrium Le 1000
Live an immersive experience of the Universe at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium
SHOPPING WITH STYLE
There’s a crop of stores in Montréal that offer genuinely cool branded gear you’ll want to take home not just for you, but for anyone on your gift list.
Oops! Our new website is optimized for recent versions of the most popular browsers.
For a better user experience, please use the latest version of one of the following browsers: