I was introduced to the city, the first time when I was looking for my post-graduation opportunities. A city with beauty. I am talking about Montreal. A little Europe in North America. It is quite impossible to describe the beauty of a 188 years old city. So instead of describing the beauty, I prefer to say some facts about it and to provide a video to see it.
Montreal is the second-largest city in Canada. It was the largest city until sometime in the ’70s when Toronto took over the title. Montreal is the second-largest French-speaking city in the world, after Paris. However, most Montrealers – especially downtown – are bilingual. Many speak a third language. In downtown stores, shoppers are greeted with a confident BonjourHi, a term that is becoming more and more popular, indicating bilingualism.
Montreal is the first North American city to have been designated UNESCO City of Design by the Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity in 2006. With this honor, Montreal’s effort and enthusiasm are recognized.
Montreal has the highest number of restaurants per Capita in Canada and the second in North America after New York. Montreal’s restaurant scene is very cosmopolitan with menus from literally around the world, with an often added French touch.
Montreal is built around Mont-Royal, from where the city received its name. Montreal is North America’s number one host city for international events.
Montreal has an Underground City, which is a series of interconnected tunnels beneath the city that run for over 32km. The tunnels connect shopping malls, over 2000 stores, 7 metro stations, universities, banks, offices, museums, restaurants, and so on.
Every year, Montreal hosts more than 18,000 foreign students from more than 150 countries and in 2013 it has been ranked the number 1 destination for tertiary studies. There are 11 university-level institutions in Montreal, including the 4 world-class universities: McGill University, Concordia University, University of Montreal and UQAM. Montreal has the cheapest Tuition in Canada and tons of scholarship opportunities.
Not but the least the downtown Montreal is an island. If you get a chance, don’t forget to visit this beautiful city. It took me to 15 minutes to write without any revisions. Please forgive me for any mistakes.