Montréal is the largest city in the province of Québec, and the second largest city in Canada. Montréal is also one of the oldest cities in North America, having celebrated its 375th anniversary in 2017. A bilingual city, Montréal has a bit of a bohemian culture, with bars open late, many outdoor events in summer, and more restaurants per capita than any other city in North America. The Vieux-Port (Old Port) of Montreal, pictured above, combines the character of old Europe with other attractions, such as a science museum, a giant IMAX screen, many restaurants and cafes, and a boardwalk with outdoor vendors. Does one have to be bilingual to have a relaxing or exciting time in Montréal? No, most anyone in a service position speaks both English and French, and usually one or two other languages. Fear not!
Key Montreal Neighbourhoods Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (a gentrifying neighbourhood, and the location of the "Espace pour la Vie," which includes a planetarium, an insectarium, the Biodome, the Botanical gardens, and a multiplex cinema) Little Italy (Where you'll find the city's largest outdoor market, and, obviously (!), some of the best coffee and pizza) Le Mile-End (Montréal's most hipster neighbourhood, location of the flagships for both St-Viateur and Fairmount Bagels; also location of the city's largest park, Mont-Royal) Le Mile-Ex (also called Park Extension, an area of old factories gentrified and repurposed as lofts and condos, and the home of popular bar Alexandraplatz and the local foods/game restaurant, Manitoba. Westmount/Notre Dame de Grace (N.D.G.) (west of Dawson, two adjacent neighbourhoods featuring the scenic Westmount Park and library, and many cafes and restaurants) Le Plateau (high concentration of restaurants, pubs and cafés; used book [mostly French] and music stores; and the location of another large and scenic park, Lafontaine) St-Henri (a gentrifying neighbourhood with pubs, restaurants and cafes; within walking distance from Dawson) Le Village Gay / Gay Village (a lively area, closed to traffic all summer; featuring restaurants, pubs, dance clubs, cabarets ... and more!)