If you’re thinking about moving to Canada, Montreal is certainly a location to consider. Situated in the province of Quebec, it is the largest city in the region, and with the population of its metropolitan area amounting to 4,098,927, it is the second largest in Canada as a whole. The city derives its name from the triple peaked hill lying in the heart of the city; Mount Royal. The area’s official language is French, which is spoken at home by 65.8% of the city’s inhabitants. Before it was overtaken by Toronto, Montreal was the commercial capital of Canada, and to this date remains an important centre of commerce for many industries.
Like most urban cities, Montreal is surrounded by suburbs which vary significantly in the culture and lifestyle they offer.
Westmount is an upmarket neighbourhood dominated largely by big, expensive homes. The area is a great place to settle if you can afford the price tag. You’ll find yourself living amongst wealthy business men and politicians in this neighbourhood.
Ahuntsic is a very family-oriented area, and so is a great place to move if you’ve got little ones in tow. Properties here come in a range of sizes, and are close to great parks and good schools. Ahuntsic is also conveniently situated close to the city centre.
Notre-Dame-de-Grace If you’re a little uneasy about living within a French-speaking community when moving to Canada, Notre-Dame-de-Grace has a large English speaking population, so you’re far less likely to have trouble communicating with your neighbours. Like Ahuntsic, this is a family-friendly neighbourhood, and is also situated just 15 minutes from the city centre. These advantages do come at a price, with housing in the area being fairly expensive.
Getting Around in Montreal
Montreal is well serviced by public transport. The Réseau de transport métropolitain operates a regional rail service, and a network of 165 daytime and 20 night-time service routes is operated by the STM (société de transport de Montréal). Furthermore, a Metro system is available, with 68 stations across 4 lines.
Things to do in Montreal
In terms of things going on, Montreal has plenty to keep you entertained once you have made your move to Canada. From shopping in the boutiques of Mile End, to embracing the European atmosphere of St Paul street, soaking up artistic culture in the Montreal museum of fine arts or learning about Canada’s eco systems at the biodome, there is plenty to cater for all ages and interests.
Montreal is a UNESCO city of design, which is testament to its ethos of creativity and cultural development.
No building within the city of Montreal is permitted to be constructed to a greater height than that of the cross on top of Mount Real.
Referred to as ‘the underground city’, Montreal has a series of interconnected tunnels running beneath the city and covering over 32km in length. In the winter months, these are used by over half a million people every day.