Montreal is one of the oldest metropolises in the New World. Parts of the old town still date back to French colonial times.

The bustling skyscraper canyons downtown are typically North American, whereas picturesque Old Montreal and homely Rue Saint-Denis are decidedly European. The metropolis is wonderfully relaxed, and it is this cultural mix that makes Montreal as unique as it is. Anglo Saxon inventiveness blends with French savoir vivre, American relaxedness with European sophistication.

In recent years, the Francophone metropolis has experienced an exciting rebirth. New restaurants, shops and designers hotels have popped up all over the place and the music scene has flourished; old projects at the interface between art and new technology. Montreal has acquired the reputation of a “fun city”. Especially in the warm season, the number of festivals, concerts and parties is simply endless. Whether film festivals, concerts, parties or sporting events such as the Formula 1 race, there is (almost) always something happening in Montreal.

City Facts

  • Location

    Largest city in the Province of Quebec; second-largest city in Canada.

  • Population

    About 1.6 million

  • Size

    Approx. 431 km²

  • Public transport

    Well-developed network of buses, underground and railway.

  • Climate

    Damp climate. Short humid summers with usually sunny days, and very cold winters with lots of snow.

  • Best time to visit

    Pleasantly mild temperatures in spring and autumn, but the main tourist season is summer.

  • Good to know

    The weather is the biggest enemy in winter. Winter jackets, hats, scarves and thick gloves are essential in order to prevent chilblains or frostbite.

  • Nice to know

    The present airport was meant to be replaced by the Montreal-Mirabel airport in the 1980s, which would have been bigger than city of Montreal. There were plans for 50 million passengers a year, but today it is almost completely abandoned and used mainly for cargo.

  • Airport

    Aéroport international Pierre-Elliott -Trudeau de Montréal; 20 km southwest of the city centre.

  • Bus

    Bus no. 747 travels from the airport to the bus depot in the city 24 hours a day. Depending on the amount of traffic, the travel time is between 45 and 60 minutes.

  • Taxi

    Taxis are just outside the Arrivals hall. There is a set charge to the city, and credit cards are accepted.