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The Canadian city of Montreal has a unique culture and personality that is one of a kind. Quebec’s most populous city is named after Mount Royal (the mountain it sits on) and is technically on an island - being surrounded by 4 different bodies of water. Unlike many other North American cities, residents here experience all 4 distinct seasons. Snowfall in the winter is common, yet summers are warm and pleasant.
One thing that makes Montreal unique is its bilingual nature. You will hear both English and French spoken here, as French is the city’s official language. In fact, Montreal is the second largest French-speaking city in the world – second only to Paris! Montreal is Canada's center for French-language media and the arts, with the majority of the nation’s French entertainment being produced here. Montreal is also known as being one of the most popular host cities in North America for international events; the Summer Olympics were even hosted here in 1976. In addition, the city's 4 major universities draw in more than 30,000 international students each year. Montreal is steeped in "old-world" history and has earned the nickname "City of Saints" for its many ornate churches and abundance of streets named after various saints.
Montreal is also a foodie heaven, with more restaurants per capita than any other city in Canada! A plethora of international cuisine from all over the world can be found here. Montreal’s “underground city” of shopping and dining is a major tourist attraction as well as a local hotspot. Nightlife, sports and the arts are also a thriving part of the urban lifestyle here.