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It is undeniable that Montreal is that city which makes Canada a whole lot popular! The culture here is so vibrant and different that you feel it right from the moment you step foot inside Montreal. Situated in the province of Quebec, it is the place with the second highest population number. People used to call it Ville Marie or the City of Mary and is centered on the island of Montreal. Every aspect of nature and people in Montreal contribute in a big way to how the city is and gives it a whole another level of distinctiveness. Here are 9 facts about Montreal which are worth knowing.
Montreal has various subterranean structures which bring out several shortcuts which the locals there love to utilize for different reasons.
Every season brings something special
The city is always alive and has something specific to a specific month. The city has something going on, be it the Igloo fest in winter or the POP in fall.
The art and graffiti culture
Most governments and municipalities treat graffiti as acts of vandalism but Montreal patronizes such artists. They respect every form of art, be it street culture.
The student population is huge
Montreal has 4 universities like Sherbrook located within it as well as numerous colleges, secondary schools, and Cegeps as well. The city’s youth life keeps it breathing and energetic as they bring cultures from all around the world to here.
Residents stand together against atrocities
Even within Canada, people from Montreal are easily identifiable as they are fearless when it comes to standing up for each other and fighting back against bad situations. Not just a cool party scene all the time, they do not shy away from waging war.
It is built on a mountain
The name Montreal came from the words Mount Royal, which completely defines Montreal and it is built on it. A beautiful view of the mountains and skyline, which would not change due to building height restrictions limiting man-made construction lower than the level of Mount Royal.
It is actually an Island
It is one of 400 islands situated in the St. Laurence River and that makes it fully surrounded by water. The native people there take pride in not being a part of a province and fully independent.
Grandeur of celebration
Part of the reason why Montreal is such a rare gem of a city is due to the variety of festivals that they celebrate. Out of these festivals, three happen to be specific to Montreal, like the Jazz festival, International Fireworks festival and Francofolie, which is bigger than any other French music fest.
The architecture of a place really defines it in a whole different way. Habitat 67 was built by Israeli- Canadian architect by the name of Moshe Safdie. The entire country or even the word cannot claim to have this structure because it looks like something which defines Canada as a landmark.
Any person who has lived in Montreal or still lives is completely aware of the kind of energy and aura that governs it. This makes it extremely difficult to make an outline of what to do and what to see when you’re in Montreal. Making such a list would be a tedious task and whoever actually tries to see everything, they are sure to run out of time on their hands. But if one comes to Montreal for the first time, it’s good to have a general list as to which places are worth running towards from the point of architecture, history, culture or cuisine.
A food tour is a good option
Montreal is commonly known as a great place for a foodie to spend time. They may be really good at cooking greasy food but that should not mean that there are no other recipes in their books. Montreal’s per capita restaurants is more compared to New York City.
Take a walk on St. Paul Street
If one decides to see old Montreal, it is the best thing ever. But more often than not, we find ourselves in a time crunch and in these situations, a walk along St. Paul street would go a long way in summarizing the flavor of the older parts of European Montreal.
Basilique Notre Dame
Even if a person is not a tremendous fan of religion and buildings related to it, this basilica cannot be missed by anyone in their right mind. The gothic facades’ beauty is known all around the world and just so you know, Celine Dion got married right here!
Look at the boutiques of Mile End
The heart of fashion in Montreal lies at Mile End and that makes it the reason to be called Montreal’s Soho. The boutiques in this area are so great, they’re sure to keep enthusiast engrossed for a large fraction of the day. A few recommendations would be Unicorn, Annex Vintage, Clark Mercantile, Vestibule and Boucle and Papier.
Biodome brings you closer to animal life
Visiting the Space for Life in Montreal is an absolute must do which should be tried to accommodate the schedules of any visitor. Different sorts of display of animal ecosystems in Canada are at full-fledged display. These include many cute animals and the penguin as well.
Sauntering on Plateau Mont-Royal
For a frequent visitor or resident, Plateau would be a very common recommendation as the architecture there is tremendously elegant to look at. The entire street and neighborhood have such a comfortable appeal to it that you just want to spend your time at local shops and cafes while looking at different kinds of people.
The craft beer locally deserves a taste
Craft beer is so great, people in Montreal like to entertain guests and show them the Montreal craft beer production by taking them on a tour. The people love beer and craft beer is just a class apart.