About Montreal

Montreal, in the province Québec and sits on an island in the Saint Lawrence River. Originally named “Ville Marie” (City of Mary), the city is now named after Mont Royal, the imposing hill in the heart of the city.

By 1685 Montreal became a main point for fur trade and is still an important centre of Commerce, Finance, Industry and Technology. The opening of the Lachine Canal in the 19th Century, enabled ships to bypass the Lachine Rapids and nowadays the Port of Montreal is one of the largest inland ports in the world.

Being at the confluence of the French and the English traditions, Montreal has developed a unique & distinguished cultural face. It is the most populous city in Québec with the city’s official language being French and is the second largest second largest French speaking city in the world, after Paris.

In 2006, Montreal was named a UNESCO City of design and offers a wide range of cultural and social activities and events. The Place des Arts is home to the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Opera, Les Grandes Ballets Canadiens, and the Feux Follets, as well as numerous ensembles and quartets. Theater companies include Le Theatre du Nouveau Monde and Le Theatre du Rideau-Vert. Clubs and frequent festivals supplement regular offerings, ensuring that music for any taste is readily available.

Montreal has the highest number of restaurants per capita in Canada and the second in North America after New York. Montreal’s restaurant scene is very cosmopolitan with menus from all around the world, with an often added French touch.

For additional information on Montreal visit the Tourism Montreal Website.