Montreal has recently celebrated its 375th anniversary as a city, surpassing Canada’s 150th anniversary as a nation. In 2017, Montreal was named QS’ best student city, sharing the top three spots with European sister cities Paris and London. With the city’s bilingual language systems, students are free to obtain degree courses in either English or French, with both McGill University and Université de Montreal placing in the World University Rankings.

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Montreal – Gastronomy

Often revered as the gastronomical capital of Canada, Montreal is home to several world renowned chefs that are sure to fill your appetite. From Au Pied de Cochon’s Martin Picard, Joe Beef’s Fred Morain and Dave McMillan, Toqué! and Brasserie T!’s Normand Laprise, to celebrity chef Chuck Hughes of Garde Manger and Le Bremner, the city has a never ending list of restaurants to satiate all appetites and culinary desires.

Montreal – Music

From September 13-17, Montreal hosts the yearly POP International Music Festival, showcasing emerging artists worldwide in a unique independent, community organized five day long festival of music and art.

The music culture beats strong all throughout the year with regular shows at the city’s numerous live music venues. Local and international artists are on the regular at the Metropolis, jazz enthusiasts will enjoy the casually cozy Diese Onze, meanwhile art-house films and spoken-word performances are abundant at Casa del Popolo.

Montreal – Art and History

Old Montreal is the city’s birthplace, composed of picturesque squares, grand old-world architecture… the old main street teems with art galleries… while the broad concourse of the Old Port is lined with green parkland and cafes…”

Musee de Beaux Arts de Montreal | Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Old Port of Montreal

Montreal – Activities (museum, churches, film, theatre)

Montreal’s Museums

Montreal’s Live Performance Theatres

Notre-Dame Basilica

Lantern Festival Montreal

Olympic Park

Place des Arts

Montreal – Fashion and shopping

Frank and Oak

La Montrealaise

Montreal Public Markets

Montreal Underground Network

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