“Montreal is the second busiest Canadian city, located on an island of the St.Lawrence River, in the Quebec area, in the west of the country. Montreal is the second largest francophone city in the world, after Paris.”
The city has a continental humid climate, what many would call Canada’s typical climate. Summers are humid, with temperatures ranging between 26 and 16 degrees. Winter is known for its snow and wind, resulting in very cold temperatures. In autumn and spring there are milder periods, although there are often sudden changes in temperature.
Montreal’s diversity of people and culture makes it special. The city is full of different languages, ethnic groups and nationalities. It combines tradition with modernity.
The city has different areas: the Portuguese with their typical cod dishes, Chinatown and the Latin Quarter with their typical shops, the international area known for its sculptures and places to walk. Another area is the Plateau, with its bohemian feel, a very popular choice for evening entertainment.
There are also areas like the ‘underground city’ 30km of streets lined with shops, museums and cinemas. Another area to look out for is TOHA, in the Saint Michael district, ONG made up by the Circo del Sol, circus school and the National Association of Circus Arts.
You can’t miss out on Montreal old town, the Olympic stadium or walking along the St.Lawrence River.
Montreal has over 40 festivals each year. Here are some of them:
The public transport network is very good for getting around the city and surrounding areas. Using the metro and bus networks is virtually all you need to get around the city. It’s important to bear in mind that parking in the city centre is not easy, so it is best to avoid using your car.
Montreal Metro has four lines that provide easy access to the city. If your destination doesn’t have a metro stop there is always the option of using an urban bus.
Areas to live in in Montreal
To begin with, it is advisable to choose somewhere close to the city centre or somewhere with transport links to the city centre.
There is specific terminology used to describe apartment size, 1 ½, 2 ½,3 ¼ etc. It refers to the number of rooms, for example 5½ is an apartment with 5 rooms and the ½ usually refers to a smaller space.
Here are some websites that may help you find accommodation in Montreal: