Welcome to Montreal
Are you interested in visiting a multilingual, multinational and multicultural city? If yes, you should book a flight to Montreal right now. There are two international airports (Mirabel and Trudeau) in the city, a complex tube system, an elaborate bus route network and a highway system for the drivers. As you can see you don’t have to worry about the transport system here. In contrast, you can easily get to every hotel and every sight you want to go.
The City of Montreal is very special because the majority of the roughly 1,6 million residents speak French and English at the same time. That’s because Montreal is located in the region of Quebec, a predominantly French-speaking province in Canada. Some people just switch from French into English within one sentence which is pretty awesome. Travelers from France should keep in mind that the Quebecois French accent is very different from the one spoken in France. However, its not just the language which is special, but also the people. In comparison to other large cities the residents are friendly and extremely helpful. Whenever they see somebody who might be lost, they just ask him if he needs any help. So do ask, if you loose you way, they’ll always help you.
Montreal is very fascinating because of the different cultures and ethnic backgrounds of the residents. In total, 80 languages are spoken in the Montreal region, including French, English, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Greek, Chinese, German, Portuguese, Creole and Vietnamese. Apart from that, there are lots of things to do and see.
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The closure of tthe club at 3am makes Montreal the city's most festive of Canada. Begin by rue Crescent with the "people-watching" or the near Upstairs Jazz. To the east of the city center, Place des Arts hosts symphonies and outdoor festivals. The Old City is home to the new lounge as very elegant Suite 701, while the Gay Village is full of gay bars. Head to Plateau for trendy bars entertained by DJs and towards Mile End for fabulous cocktails from The Assommoir. The smoking ban makes the terraces very crowded during the summer.
Sights in Montreal
Mount Royal:Nobody would expect a mountain to be situated in the middle of a town. Mount Royal rather is a hill with three peaks west of Old Montreal. The highest one is 233 m above seal level. From the observation point you have a wonderful view over the whole city during the whole year. There are lots of opportunities to go hiking, jogging, biking or walking your dog in the Mount Royal Park. The 31,4 m high cross is especially pleasant at night when its illuminated by white lights.Notre-Dame Basilica:The basilica is located in the district of Old Montreal just across the Place d’Armes. To get in you have to pay a fee of $5,00 but it’s definitely worth it. The Gothic style and impressive interior is overwhelming. The stained glass windows don’t depict the usual biblical scenes, but religious events in the history of Montreal which is something special for a church.The Old Port:Stretched out more than two kilometres on the borders of St-Lawrence River, the Old Port has been the economic, social and cultural soul since the establishment of the city. It is also the number one recreational spot in the city. Take a tour on a Bateau-mouche or go to the IMAX Cinema to watch a film in 3D. Every 2 years, the Cirque du Soleil launches a new show there.
If you visit Montreal you absolutely have to eat the local meal: The Poutine! It is French fries with cheese curds topped with gravy and looks pretty disgusting. But there’s no way around it. You will never be able to forget about it and soon you will be longing to eat it just once more. And that’s a promise!
Standard time zone: UTC-5
Montreal lies at the confluence of several climatic regions. Usually, the climate is classified as humid continental or semiboreale.
Located in Montreal summers are hot, often sultry, with average maximum temperatures of 26 ° C and minimum of 16 ° C, temperatures can exceed 30 ° C. Winter in Montreal is usually very cold, snowy, windy spring and autumn are prone to drastic temperature changes. Heat waves off-season, such as the so-called "Indian Summer" are a common occurrence, as well as severe snow storms in November, March and even April.
The Metropolitan Montréal, known as the Métro de Montréal, is the subway that serves the Canadian city of the same name in the state of Quebec. It has an extension of about 66 km, over 4 lines with 68 stations in turn. It is among the busiest in the country, and was founded in 1966.Il main city airport is the airport of Pierre Elliot Trudeau in the neighboring municipalities of Dorval. 2 other airports of international level are the Mirabel (Mirabel in neighboring municipalities) and the Saint-Hubert (Longueuil in neighboring municipalities).