Among Canada’s cities, Montréal is second in size only to Toronto.

It shares its name with the island on which it is located, named after Mount Royal, a three-peaked hill located in its centre. The primary language is French; English is secondary. More than half of Montréal residents are fluent in both languages. The city’s population is approximately 1.75 million (2016 estimate).

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Montréal History

The area of Montréal was inhabited for twenty centuries by indigenous peoples. Records indicate the first European, Jacques Cartier, set foot on the island in 1535. But it was more than a hundred years later (1642) when the first French settlement would be established by Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve. It was named Ville-Marie (city of Mary). The community grew as a fur trading center. The city took the name Montréal in the early 18th century.

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Montréal Weather

Montréal’s climate is cold and temperate. Summers are warm and humid, with average daily highs of 24°C to 26°C during June-July-August. Winters are quite cold with average daily minimum temperatures of -15°C in January and -13°C in February. Snow falls about 59 days a year with annual totals of 209 cm. Annual precipitation (rainfall equivalent) is about 100 cm.

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Cost of living in Montréal

According to Numbeo, the cost of living in Montréal is about 30 percent below the cost of living in NYC. The biggest difference is rent, which Numbeo estimates to be about one-fourth that of New York City. With the exception of groceries, living in Montréal is less expensive than living in Toronto; for renters, a monthly income of $4,580 in Montréal is equivalent to an income of $5,300 in Toronto.

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Real Estate

According to Canada’s census profile, Montréal has 813,819 private dwellings and an average of 2.1 persons per household. The city is composed of 19 boroughs, and each is distinctly unique. As for construction trends, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporate anticipates between 9,600 and 10,000 new single-detached homes in 2017. The expectations are for construction of multi-family dwellings to be more vigorous: between 24,900 and 26,100 units.

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According to Allianz Worldwide Care, there are twelve hospitals and clinics in Montréal. McGill University figures prominently, with four affiliates in this network. The newest, Glen Site, comprises six major centers of care, including Montréal Children’s Hospital, Montréal Chest Institute, Cedars Cancer Center, and McGill Academic Eye Center.

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Montréal’s infrastructure provides ample resources for transportation. Ground travel to and from the city is served by a well-developed network of roads, including the Trans-Canada Highway. Montréal is known for being pedestrian-friendly, with an extensive underground network of walkways serving half a million people each day. With 350 kilometers of bike paths, Montréal is extremely popular for cyclists. Other options for getting around include the metro rail, buses, and taxi service. The prime hub for air travel is Montréal-Trudeau (YUL).

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Public education is free for all Quebec residents, from kindergarten through college. In addition to public schools, a network of private schools offers educational programs based on tuition and fees. French is the official language and the language of instruction, with some exceptions. There are also several colleges and universities in Montréal, including McGill University, consistently ranked among the world’s best.

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Montréal’s accommodations are diverse, located throughout the city’s many neighborhoods. Whether you are traveling for business, pleasure, or both, you have plenty of options—from stately, historic hotels to contemporary boutique lodgings. The Ritz-Carlton downtown is a five-star hotel within walking distance to McGill University as well as Mont-Royal Park. U.S. News & World Report rates it number one among all hotels in Canada. For a chic blend of modern amenities and historic sensibilities, Hotel Gault offers a comfortable stay a short walk from the Old Port.

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What are you in the mood for? Chances are good you can find it in Montréal. From traditional to ethnic to fusion, the restaurants are as diverse as the city itself. Among the eclectic choices, you’ll see Korean desserts at Cafe Momo; fried chicken of your dreams at Le Bird Bar; Hawaiian poke a Koa Lua; and the popular Québécois cuisine with creative flair at Le Mousso.

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Things To Do

Where to begin? There’s so much to see and do in Montréal, you could spend years trying to take it all in. But here are a few highlights you should have at the top of your list. The Montréal Biodome offers fascinating immersions in nature as you walk through four, distinctly American ecosystems. For architecture, art, and history all in one unforgettable location, don’t miss a visit to the Notre-Dame Basilica. And plan a visit to the Old Port, located in Old Montréal along the St. Lawrence River. You’ll enjoy shopping, dining, and diversions galore.

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