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     Our City

Facts About Montreal

1. Montréal is an island, one of more than 400 on the St. Lawrence River. 

2. Montréal was founded in 1642, to be a mission station to reach out to the Iroquoian peoples of the region as well as to become a center for the fur trade.

3. Montréal (3.8 million people) is the fourth largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris, Kinshasa and Abidjan. French is the official language of Montréal, as defined by the city's charter.

4. Montréal is well known for it’s dozens of annual festivals from Igloofest in January and the High Lights Festival in February (to beat the winter blues) and throughout the year. Culturally vibrant, Montréal is home to music, dance and film festivals that draw people from around the world. The Montréal Jazz Festival and the Montréal International Fireworks Festival are both the biggest of their kinds in the world. It’s also home to the largest French music event in the world – Les FrancoFolies de Montréal. Some other great festivals in Montréal include the Montréal Beer Festival, the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival and the Montréal Bike Fest. Summer is short so we pack in as much fun as we can !

5. Montréal has the second highest number of restaurants per capita in North America (after New York City).

6. Montréal has the world’s largest "Underground City", a climate-controlled labyrinth of shops, office towers, hotels, cinemas and more, spread over an area of 18 miles and all connected by a maze of tunnels and the Metro. It’s possible to live year-round without ever having to step outdoors !

7. Founded in 1909, the Montréal Canadians are the oldest continuously operating professional ice hockey team in the world, pre-existing the NHL.

8. Montréal was built around a mountain – Mount Royal – which the city was named after. Mount Royal Park is located on the mountain and was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the same person that   designed New York City’s Central Park.

9. Montréal’s flag has five symbols on it. The first is the cross which represents the Christian principles on which the city was founded. The other four represent the largest nationalities of the first settlers: the fleur-de-lis for the French, the Lancastrian rose for the English, the shamrock for the Irish, and the thistle for the Scottish.




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