There’s no place quite like Montreal, referred to as "Canada's Cultural Capital" by Monocle magazine, and it's really no wonder when this city boasts an exciting jazz scene, thrilling nightlife and access to fantastic museums, festivals, orchestras, operas, ballets and films.
Montreal is the second largest French speaking city in the world, after Paris, but if French doesn’t come easy to you, not to worry, because most Montréalers are bilingual.
Whether you’re here for a short term rental or longer term relocation, might we suggest that you come hungry, because Montreal has the highest number of restaurants per capita in Canada. You’ll quickly discover the restaurant scene is very cosmopolitan, international in it’s offering, and often served up with a French flair. But no visit to this city is quite complete without a Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwich and a Poutine! Or visit the incredible Jean-Talon market where the fresh produce and local delights are sure to inspire you to make the very most of your furnished apartment and fully equipped kitchen.
You’ll want to walk it all off with a stroll through Mont Royal Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, the same gentleman who designed New York’s Central Park. This jewel among Montreal’s many city parks is where Montrealers flock to enjoy a hot day, to picnic, or simply relax and enjoy the view, and in the colder months to skate and cross-country ski. The city of Montreal was built around this haven, so to get there all you need to do is head up any hill from downtown and you’ll eventually find yourself there.
For those that love to shop, brace yourselves because in Montreal, not only is shopping a passion, it’s practically a sport! Montrealers pride themselves on their impeccable taste and as a result have nurtured a thriving fashion industry so not only will you uncover unique finds and delight at the incredible bargains but also be witness to some of the most creative and innovate designers in Canada. If you’re travelling during the colder months, you won’t miss out on a thing because Montreal has established a series of interconnected tunnels beneath the city that run for over 32km. The tunnels connect all the major shopping centres such as the Eaton Centre, Complexe Desjardins, and Place Ville Marie representing over 2,000 stores, 7 metro stations, universities, banks, offices, museums, and restaurants.
Montreal is also home to world-renowned productions and festivals like Cirque du Soleil, the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Just For Laughs Festival, the Montreal Beer Festival, the Montreal Reggae Festival, the International Film Festival on Art, the Montreal Grand Prix and many, many more.