Montreal is the second most populous city in Canada. It is located mainly on the Montreal River Island, on the St. Lawrence River (between Quebec and Lake Ontario) in the south of the province of Quebec, where it is the main city.
The most populous French-speaking city in America4, Montréal is considered to have the second largest Francophone population in the world after Paris. In 2016, the city had 1,704,694 inhabitants and its urban area more than four million, about half of the population of Quebec. Montréal is the 19th most populated city in North America and the 122nd most populous city in the world. In 2011, about 50% of Montreal’s population was French-speaking, 13% English-speaking and 33% other-language1, making it one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world.
As the economic heart of Quebec, Montréal remains the second largest financial center in the country and has an economy that is highly diversified by trade, education, information technology and the aerospace, pharmaceutical, tourism and film industries. Ranked world city in 2012, Montreal is the second largest consular city in North America, home to the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization and is home to more than 60 international organizations. In addition, the city is the first in North America for the number of international conventions. In 2017, Montreal is dedicated to the “best student city” in the world and is considered Canada’s university metropolis. 2017 also marks the 375th anniversary of Montreal, which originally bore the name of Ville-Marie, was founded May 17, 1642 by the French Paul de Chomedey, Sieur de Maisonneuve, and Jeanne Mance, near the current Pointe-à-Callière Museum.
Montreal has hosted a number of major international events, including the 1967 World Expo and the 1976 Summer Olympics. As host of the Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix, it hosts numerous annual festivals, such as the International Jazz Festival. Montreal, the FrancoFolies, and the Just for Laughs Festival. The Montreal Canadiens hockey club has been home to it since its creation in 1909.
· The Montreal flag represents the French, English and Irish communities
· The oldest tree on the island is in Pointe-aux-trembles
· There are 4 Egyptian mummies in Montreal
· You can visit a natural cave in St-Léonard
· More than 5000 km of old sewers and tunnels run under the city
· Boulevard Goui and the longest artery, with its 50 Km
· Cartierville airport was the first of the metropolis
· Some 100 species of fish swim in the waters around the city
· 1000 De La Gauchetière is the only building taller than Mount Royal
· Peanut butter was invented in Montreal
· The 1st Internet search engine, Archie, was designed at McGill
· The Royal Curling Club is the oldest sport club in North America
· A secret laboratory at UdeM (University of Montreal) continued in spite of himself to develop the atomic bomb
· The Unemployed man’s pudding was born in Montreal during the economic crisis of the 30s
· The oldest garden still maintained in North America is that of the Sulpicians (1657)
· Notre-Dame-de-Neiges Cemetery is the largest in Canada
· A segment of the Berlin Wall is on display at the World Trade Center (747 Square Victoria Street)