Montreal is a city of contrasts, a mélange of European style with a North American flair. Whether you visit the historical monuments of Vieux Montreal or take in a street show in the Quartier des Spectacles, hike to the summit of Mont Royal or spend the day shopping on rue Sainte Catherine, Montreal blends the hustle and bustle of a high-tech metropolis with friendly neighborhoods that have the no-fuss attitude of a quaint village. Montreal is a former French colony that is part of an English-speaking nation, which itself is a democracy with a royal sovereign – Queen Elizabeth. Montreal is a Francophone city where bilingualism is the norm. It combines old and new, art and business, nature and culture. Whatever you think Montreal is, it is that and more!

Montreal is a UNESCO-recognized City of Design and a world-renowned city of festivals and events, from its famous Jazz Festival to Canada Day to Francofolies to the Grand Prix.  One of the world’s top hubs for the gaming, 3D animation, and VFX industries, Montreal is home to dozens of design studios, including Ubisoft,Eidos-Montreal, and EA Montreal.

It is also home to the second highest number of restaurants of any city in North America after New York. You can sample gastropub fare or smoked meat in the Plateau, buy hot Montreal-style bagels right out of the oven in Mile End, try out a noodle bar, izakaya, or fusion restaurant in Chinatown, purchase fresh produce and cheeses in the Jean Talon market, and eat traditional or gourmet poutine to your heart’s desire. And don’t forget about the city’s Indian, Jewish, Italian, and Portuguese neighborhoods!

Because Montreal is so friendly and so diverse, it’s the perfect place to practice your French while exploring a city that is vibrant but laid-back, historical but modern, familiar yet unique. And because it’s so close to home and so much more affordable than Europe, we’re betting this won’t be your only visit, just your most memorable!