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Montreal
Montreal
(/ˌmʌntriˈɒl/ ( listen);[14] French: [mɔ̃ʁeal] ( listen); officially Montréal) is the most populous municipality in the Canadian province of Quebec and the second-most populous municipality in Canada
Canada
as a whole. Originally called Ville-Marie, or "City of Mary",[15] it is named after Mount Royal,[16] the triple-peaked hill in the heart of the city. The city is centred on the Island of Montreal, which took its name from the same source as the city,[17][18] and a few much smaller peripheral islands, the largest of which is Île Bizard. It has a distinct four-season continental climate with warm to hot summers and cold, snowy winters.[19] In 2016 the city had a population of 1,704,694.[9] Montreal's metropolitan area had a population of 4,098,927[11] and a population of 1,942,044 in the urban agglomeration, with all of the municipalities on the Island of Montreal
Island of Montreal
included.[9] French is the city's official language[20][21] and is the language spoken at home by 49.8% of the population of the city, followed by English at 22.8% and 18.3% other languages (in the 2016 census, not including multi-language responses).[9] In the larger Montreal
Montreal
Census Metropolitan Area, 65.8% of the population speaks Canadian French at home, compared to 15.3% who speak English.[11] The agglomeration Montreal
Montreal
is one of the most bilingual cities in Quebec
Quebec
and Canada, with over 59% of the population able to speak both English and French.[9] Montreal
Montreal
is the second-largest primarily French-speaking city in the world, after Paris.[22][23][24][25] Historically the commercial capital of Canada, Montréal was surpassed in population and in economic strength by Toronto
Toronto
in the 1970s.[26] It remains an important centre of commerce, aerospace, transport, finance, pharmaceuticals, technology, design, education, art, culture, tourism, food, fashion, gaming, film and world affairs. Montreal
Montreal
has the second-highest number of consulates in North America,[27] serves as the location of the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization, and was named a UNESCO
UNESCO
City of Design in 2006.[28][29] In 2017, Montreal
Montreal
was ranked the 12th most liveable city in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit
Economist Intelligence Unit
in its annual Global Liveability Ranking,[30] and the best city in the world to be a university student in the QS World University Rankings.[31] Montreal
Montreal
has hosted multiple international conferences and events, including the 1967 International and Universal Exposition and the 1976 Summer Olympics.[32][33] It is the only Canadian city to have held the Summer Olympics. As of 2016[update] the city hosts the Canadian Grand Prix of Formula One,[34] the Montreal
Montreal
International Jazz Festival[35] and the Just for Laughs
Just for Laughs
festival.[36] In 2012, Montreal
Montreal
was ranked as a Beta-plus world city.[37]

Contents

1 Name 2 History

2.1 Pre-European contact 2.2 Early European settlement (1600–1760) 2.3 Modern history (1761–present)

3 Geography

3.1 Climate

4 Architecture 5 Neighbourhoods

5.1 Old Montreal 5.2 Mount Royal

6 Demographics 7 Economy 8 Culture

8.1 Sports

9 Media 10 Government 11 Crime 12 Education 13 Transportation

13.1 Société de transport de Montréal 13.2 Air 13.3 Rail

14 Notable people 15 International relations

15.1 Twin towns and sister cities

16 See also 17 References 18 Further reading 19 External links

Name[edit] In the Mohawk language, the island is called Tiohtià:ke Tsi. It is a name referring to the Lachine Rapids
Lachine Rapids
to the island's southwest or Ka-wé-no-te. It means "a place where nations and rivers unite and divide". In the Ojibwe language, the land is called Mooniyaang[38] which means "the first stopping place" and is part of the seven fires prophecy. Though the city was first named by European settlers Ville Marie, or "City of Mary",[15] its current name comes from Mount Royal,[16] the triple-peaked hill in the heart of the city. According to one theory, the name derives from mont Réal, ( Mont Royal
Mont Royal
in modern French, although in 16th-century French the terms réal and royal were used interchangeably); Cartier's 1535 diary entry, naming the mountain, refers to le mont Royal.[39] A possibility by the Government of Canada on its web site concerning Canadian place names, is that the name was adopted as it is written nowadays because an early map of 1556 used the Italian name of the mountain, Monte Real;[40] this misconception has been dismissed by the Commission de toponymie du Québec.[39] According to the Government of Canada, the Government of Quebec, the Commission de toponymie du Québec, and the Geographical Names Board of Canada, the names of Canadian cities and towns have only one official form. Thus, Montréal is officially spelled with an accented é in both Canadian English and French.[41][42][43] However, the accent in both Montreal
Montreal
and Quebec
Quebec
are often omitted in common English usage. History[edit] Main article: History of Montreal See also: Timeline of Montreal
Montreal
history Pre-European contact[edit]

Jacques Cartier
Jacques Cartier
at Hochelaga. Arriving in 1535, Cartier was the first European to visit the area.

Archaeological
Archaeological
evidence demonstrates that First Nations
First Nations
native people occupied the island of Montreal
Montreal
as early as 4,000 years ago.[44] By the year AD 1000, they had started to cultivate maize. Within a few hundred years, they had built fortified villages.[45] The Saint Lawrence Iroquoians, an ethnicity distinct from the Iroquois
Iroquois
nations of the Haudenosaunee
Haudenosaunee
then based in present-day New York, established the village of Hochelaga at the foot of Mount Royal
Mount Royal
two centuries before the French arrived. Archeologists have found evidence of their habitation there and at other locations in the valley since at least the 14th century.[46] The French explorer Jacques Cartier
Jacques Cartier
visited Hochelaga on October 2, 1535, and estimated the population of the native people at Hochelaga to be "over a thousand people".[46] Evidence of earlier occupation of the island, such as those uncovered in 1642 during the construction of Fort Ville-Marie, have effectively been removed. Early European settlement (1600–1760)[edit] Seventy years later, the French explorer Samuel de Champlain
Samuel de Champlain
reported that the St Lawrence Iroquoians and their settlements had disappeared altogether from the St Lawrence valley. This is believed to be due to outmigration, epidemics of European diseases, or intertribal wars.[46][47] In 1611 Champlain established a fur trading post on the Island of Montreal, on a site initially named La Place Royale. At the confluence of Petite Riviere and St. Lawrence River, it is where present-day Pointe-à-Callière
Pointe-à-Callière
stands.[48] On his 1616 map, Samuel de Champlain
Samuel de Champlain
named the island Lille de Villemenon, in honour of the sieur de Villemenon, a French dignitary who was seeking the viceroyship of New France.[49] In 1639 Jérôme Le Royer de La Dauversière obtained the Seigneurial title to the Island of Montreal in the name of the Notre Dame Society of Montreal
Montreal
to establish a Roman Catholic mission to evangelize natives.

French authorities surrender the city of Montreal
Montreal
to the British after the Articles of Capitulation was signed in 1760.

Dauversiere hired Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve, then 30, to lead a group of colonists to build a mission on his new seigneury. The colonists left France
France
in 1641 for Quebec, and arrived on the island the following year. On May 17, 1642, Ville-Marie was founded on the southern shore of Montreal
Montreal
island, with Maisonneuve as its first governor. The settlement included a chapel and a hospital, under the command of Jeanne Mance.[50] By 1643, Ville-Marie had already been attacked by Iroquois
Iroquois
raids. In the spring of 1651, the Iroquois attacks became so frequent and so violent that Ville Marie thought its end had come. Maisonneuve made all the settlers take refuge in the fort. By 1652 the colony at Montreal
Montreal
had been so reduced that he was forced to return to France
France
to raise 100 volunteers to go with him to the colony the following year. If the effort had failed, Montreal
Montreal
was to be abandoned and the survivors re-located downriver to Quebec
Quebec
City. Before these 100 arrived in the fall of 1653, the population of Montreal
Montreal
was barely 50 people. By 1685 Ville Marie was home to some 600 colonists, most of them living in modest wooden houses. Ville Marie became a centre for the fur trade and a base for further exploration.[50] In 1689 the English-allied Iroquois
Iroquois
attacked Lachine on the Island of Montreal, committing the worst massacre in the history of New France.[51] By the early 18th century, the Sulpician Order
Sulpician Order
was established there. To encourage French settlement, they wanted the Mohawk to move away from the fur trading post at Ville Marie. They had a mission village, known as Kahnewake, south of the St Lawrence River. The fathers persuaded some Mohawk to make a new settlement at their former hunting grounds north of the Ottawa
Ottawa
River. This became Kanesatake.[52] In 1745 several Mohawk families moved upriver to create another settlement, known as Akwesasne. All three are now Mohawk reserves in Canada. The Canadian territory was ruled as a French colony until 1760, when it was surrendered to Great Britain after the Seven Years' War.[53] Ville Marie was the name for the settlement that appeared in all official documents until 1705, when Montreal
Montreal
appeared for the first time, although people referred to the "Island of Montreal" long before then.[54] Modern history (1761–present)[edit]

View of Lachine Canal
Lachine Canal
in 1826, a year after it opened. It bypassed the rapids west of the city, linking Montreal
Montreal
with other continental markets.

Montreal
Montreal
was incorporated as a city in 1832.[55] The opening of the Lachine Canal
Lachine Canal
permitted ships to bypass the unnavigable Lachine Rapids,[56] while the construction of the Victoria Bridge established Montreal
Montreal
as a major railway hub. The leaders of Montreal's business community had started to build their homes in the Golden Square Mile (~2.6 km2) from about 1850. By 1860, it was the largest municipality in British North America
British North America
and the undisputed economic and cultural centre of Canada.[57][58] In the 19th century maintaining Montreal's drinking water became increasingly difficult with the rapid increase in population. A majority of the drinking water was still coming from the city's harbor, which was busy and heavily trafficked leading to the deterioration of the water within. In the mid 1840s the City of Montreal
Montreal
installed a water system that would pump water from the St. Lawrence and into cisterns. The cisterns would then be transported to the desired location. This was not the first water system of its type in Montreal
Montreal
as there had been one in private ownership since 1801. In the middle of the 19th century water distribution was carried out by "fontainiers". The fountainiers would open and close water valves outside of buildings, as directed, all over the city. As they lacked modern plumbing systems it was impossible to connect all buildings at once and it also acted as a conservation method. The population was not finished rising yet however, from 58,000 in 1852 it rose to 267,000 by 1901.[59][60][61]

Political protests from Tories led to the burning of the Parliament Buildings in Montreal
Montreal
in 1849.

Montreal
Montreal
was the capital of the Province of Canada
Canada
from 1844 to 1849, but lost its status when a Tory
Tory
mob burnt down the Parliament building to protest the passage of the Rebellion Losses Bill.[62] For strategic reasons, Queen Victoria herself established Ottawa
Ottawa
as the capital. The reasons were twofold; as it was located more in the interior of the nation, it was less susceptible to US attack. Perhaps more importantly, as it lay on the border between French and English Canada, the small town of Ottawa
Ottawa
was seen as a compromise between Montreal, Toronto, Kingston and Quebec
Quebec
City, who were all vying to become the young nation's official capital. An internment camp was set up at Immigration Hall in Montreal
Montreal
from August 1914 to November 1918.[63] After World War I, the prohibition movement in the United States led to Montreal
Montreal
becoming a destination for Americans looking for alcohol.[64] Unemployment remained high in the city, and was exacerbated by the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression.[65]

An anti-conscription rally in Montreal, 1917. During both World Wars, the city saw protest against the implementation of conscription.

During World War II, Mayor Camillien Houde
Camillien Houde
protested against conscription and urged Montrealers to disobey the federal government's registry of all men and women.[66] The Government, part of the Allied forces, was furious over Houde's stand and held him at a prison camp until 1944.[67] That year the government decided to institute conscription to expand the armed forces and fight the Nazis. (See Conscription
Conscription
Crisis of 1944.)[66] Montreal
Montreal
was the official residence of the Luxembourg
Luxembourg
royal family in exile during World War II.[68] By 1951 Montreal's population had surpassed one million.[69] However, Toronto's growth had begun challenging Montreal's status as the economic capital of Canada. Indeed, the volume of stocks traded at the Toronto
Toronto
Stock Exchange had already surpassed that traded at the Montreal Stock Exchange
Montreal Stock Exchange
in the 1940s.[70] The Saint Lawrence Seaway opened in 1959, allowing vessels to bypass Montreal. In time this development led to the end of the city's economic dominance as businesses moved to other areas.[71] During the 1960s there was continued growth, including the World's Fair known as Expo 67, and the construction of Canada's tallest skyscrapers, new expressways and the subway system known as the Montreal
Montreal
Metro.

Lighting of the Olympic Torch
Olympic Torch
inside Montreal's Olympic Stadium. The city hosted the 1976 Summer Olympics.

The 1970s ushered in a period of wide-ranging social and political changes, stemming largely from the concerns of the French speaking majority about the conservation of their culture and language, given the traditional predominance of the English Canadian minority in the business arena.[72] The October Crisis
October Crisis
and the 1976 election of the Parti Québécois, supporting sovereign status for Quebec, resulted in the departure of many businesses and people from the city.[73] In 1976 Montreal
Montreal
was the host of the Olympics.[74] During the 1980s and early 1990s, Montreal
Montreal
experienced a slower rate of economic growth than many other major Canadian cities. Montreal
Montreal
was merged with the 27 surrounding municipalities on the Island of Montreal
Island of Montreal
on January 1, 2002, creating a unified city covering the entire island. There was great resistance from the suburbs to the merger, with the perception being that it was forced on the mostly English suburbs by the Parti Québécois. As expected, this move proved unpopular and several mergers were later rescinded. Several former municipalities, totalling 13% of the population of the island, voted to leave the unified city in separate referendums in June 2004. The demerger took place on January 1, 2006, leaving 15 municipalities on the island, including Montreal. De-merged municipalities remain affiliated with the city through an agglomeration council that collects taxes from them to pay for numerous shared services.[75] The 2002 mergers were not the first in the city's history. Montreal
Montreal
annexed 27 other cities, towns, and villages beginning with Hochelaga in 1883 with the last prior to 2002 being Pointe-aux-Trembles
Pointe-aux-Trembles
in 1982. The 21st century has brought with it a revival of the city's economic and cultural landscape. The construction of new residential skyscrapers, two super-hospitals (the Centre hospitalier de l' Université de Montréal
Université de Montréal
and McGill University
McGill University
Health Centre), the creation of the Quartier des Spectacles, reconstruction of the Turcot Interchange, reconfiguration of the Decarie and Dorval
Dorval
interchanges, construction of the new Réseau électrique métropolitain, gentrification of Griffintown, subway line extensions and the purchase of new subway cars, the complete revitalization and expansion of Trudeau International Airport, the completion of Quebec
Quebec
Autoroute 30, the reconstruction of the Champlain Bridge, and the construction of a new toll bridge to Laval are helping Montreal
Montreal
continue to grow.[citation needed] Geography[edit] Main article: Geography of Montreal

The island of Montreal
Montreal
at the confluence of the Saint Lawrence and Ottawa
Ottawa
rivers.

Montreal
Montreal
is in the southwest of the province of Quebec. The city covers most of the Island of Montreal
Island of Montreal
at the confluence of the Saint Lawrence and Ottawa
Ottawa
Rivers. The port of Montreal
Montreal
lies at one end of the Saint Lawrence Seaway, the river gateway that stretches from the Great Lakes
Great Lakes
to the Atlantic.[76] Montreal
Montreal
is defined by its location between the Saint Lawrence river to its south and the Rivière des Prairies to its north. The city is named after the most prominent geographical feature on the island, a three-head hill called Mount Royal, topped at 232 metres (761 feet) above sea level.[77] Montreal
Montreal
is at the centre of the Montreal
Montreal
Metropolitan Community, and is bordered by the city of Laval to the north; Longueuil, Saint-Lambert, Brossard, and other municipalities to the south; Repentigny to the east and the West Island
West Island
municipalities to the west. The anglophone enclaves of Westmount, Montreal
Montreal
West, Hampstead, Côte Saint-Luc, the Town of Mount Royal
Mount Royal
and the francophone enclave Montreal
Montreal
East are all surrounded by Montreal.[78] Climate[edit] Montreal
Montreal
is classified as a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification: Dfa/Dfb).[79][80]

Montreal

Climate chart (explanation)

J F M A M J J A S O N D

    77     −5 −14

    63     −3 −12

    69     3 −7

    82     12 1

    81     19 8

    87     24 13

    89     26 16

    94     25 15

    83     21 10

    91     13 4

    96     6 −2

    87     −1 −9

Average max. and min. temperatures in °C

Precipitation
Precipitation
totals in mm

Source: Environment Canada[81]

Imperial conversion

J F M A M J J A S O N D

    3     22 7

    2.5     26 10

    2.7     37 20

    3.2     53 34

    3.2     66 46

    3.4     75 56

    3.5     79 61

    3.7     78 59

    3.3     69 51

    3.6     55 39

    3.8     43 29

    3.4     29 15

Average max. and min. temperatures in °F

Precipitation
Precipitation
totals in inches

Summers are, on the whole, warm and humid with a daily maximum average of 26 to 27 °C (79 to 81 °F) in July; temperatures in excess of 30 °C (86 °F) are common. Conversely, cold fronts can bring crisp, drier and windy weather in the early and later parts of summer.

Winters in Montreal
Montreal
bring cold, snowy, windy, and at times, icy weather.

Winter brings cold, snowy, windy, and, at times, icy weather, with a daily average ranging from −9 to −10.5 °C (16 to 13 °F) in January. However, some winter days rise above freezing, allowing for rain on an average of 4 days in January and February each. Usually, snow covering some or all bare ground lasts on average from the first or second week of December until the last week of March.[82] While the air temperature does not fall below −30 °C (−22 °F) every year,[83] the wind chill often makes the temperature feel this low to exposed skin. Spring and fall are pleasantly mild but prone to drastic temperature changes; spring even more so than fall.[84] Late season heat waves as well as "Indian summers" are possible. Early and late season snow storms can occur in November and March, and more rarely in April. Montreal
Montreal
is generally snow free from late April to late October. However, snow can fall in early to mid October as well as early to mid May on rare occasions. The lowest temperature in Environment Canada's books was −37.8 °C (−36 °F) on January 15, 1957, and the highest temperature was 37.6 °C (100 °F) on August 1, 1975, both at Dorval
Dorval
International Airport.[85] Before modern weather record keeping (which dates back to 1871 for McGill),[86] a minimum temperature almost 5 degrees lower was recorded at 7 a.m. on January 10, 1859, where it registered at −42 °C (−44 °F).[87] Annual precipitation is around 1,000 mm (39 in), including an average of about 210 cm (83 in) of snowfall, which occurs from November through March. Thunderstorms are common in the period beginning in late spring through summer to early fall; additionally, tropical storms or their remnants can cause heavy rains and gales. Montreal
Montreal
averages 2,050 hours of sunshine annually, with summer being the sunniest season, though slightly wetter than the others in terms of total precipitation—mostly from thunderstorms.[88]

Climate data for Montreal
Montreal
(Montréal-Trudeau Airport), 1981–2010 normals, extremes 1941–present

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high humidex 13.5 14.7 28.0 33.8 39.7 45.0 45.8 46.8 42.8 33.5 24.6 18.1 46.8

Record high °C (°F) 13.9 (57) 15.0 (59) 25.8 (78.4) 30.0 (86) 34.7 (94.5) 35.0 (95) 35.6 (96.1) 37.6 (99.7) 33.5 (92.3) 28.3 (82.9) 21.7 (71.1) 18.0 (64.4) 37.6 (99.7)

Average high °C (°F) −5.3 (22.5) −3.2 (26.2) 2.5 (36.5) 11.6 (52.9) 18.9 (66) 23.9 (75) 26.3 (79.3) 25.3 (77.5) 20.6 (69.1) 13.0 (55.4) 5.9 (42.6) −1.4 (29.5) 11.5 (52.7)

Daily mean °C (°F) −9.7 (14.5) −7.7 (18.1) −2 (28) 6.4 (43.5) 13.4 (56.1) 18.6 (65.5) 21.2 (70.2) 20.1 (68.2) 15.5 (59.9) 8.5 (47.3) 2.1 (35.8) −5.4 (22.3) 6.8 (44.2)

Average low °C (°F) −14 (7) −12.2 (10) −6.5 (20.3) 1.2 (34.2) 7.9 (46.2) 13.2 (55.8) 16.1 (61) 14.8 (58.6) 10.3 (50.5) 3.9 (39) −1.7 (28.9) −9.3 (15.3) 2.0 (35.6)

Record low °C (°F) −37.8 (−36) −33.9 (−29) −29.4 (−20.9) −15 (5) −4.4 (24.1) 0.0 (32) 6.1 (43) 3.3 (37.9) −2.2 (28) −7.2 (19) −19.4 (−2.9) −32.4 (−26.3) −37.8 (−36)

Record low wind chill −49.1 −46 −42.9 −26.3 −9.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 −4.8 −10.9 −30.7 −46 −49.1

Average precipitation mm (inches) 77.2 (3.039) 62.7 (2.469) 69.1 (2.72) 82.2 (3.236) 81.2 (3.197) 87.0 (3.425) 89.3 (3.516) 94.1 (3.705) 83.1 (3.272) 91.3 (3.594) 96.4 (3.795) 86.8 (3.417) 1,000.3 (39.382)

Average rainfall mm (inches) 27.3 (1.075) 20.9 (0.823) 29.7 (1.169) 67.7 (2.665) 81.2 (3.197) 87.0 (3.425) 89.3 (3.516) 94.1 (3.705) 83.1 (3.272) 89.1 (3.508) 76.7 (3.02) 38.8 (1.528) 784.9 (30.902)

Average snowfall cm (inches) 49.5 (19.49) 41.2 (16.22) 36.2 (14.25) 12.9 (5.08) 0.0 (0) 0.0 (0) 0.0 (0) 0.0 (0) 0.0 (0) 1.8 (0.71) 19.0 (7.48) 48.9 (19.25) 209.5 (82.48)

Average precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 16.7 13.7 13.6 12.9 13.6 13.3 12.3 11.6 11.1 13.3 14.8 16.3 163.3

Average rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 4.2 4.0 6.9 11.6 13.6 13.3 12.3 11.6 11.1 13.0 11.7 5.9 119.1

Average snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 15.3 12.1 9.1 3.2 0.07 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.72 5.4 13.0 58.9

Average relative humidity (%) (at 1500) 68.1 63.4 58.3 51.9 51.4 55.3 56.1 56.8 59.7 62.0 68.0 71.4 60.2

Mean monthly sunshine hours 101.2 127.8 164.3 178.3 228.9 240.3 271.5 246.3 182.2 143.5 83.6 83.6 2,051.3

Percent possible sunshine 35.7 43.7 44.6 44.0 49.6 51.3 57.3 56.3 48.3 42.2 29.2 30.7 44.4

Source: Environment Canada[81][89]

Climate data for McGill University
McGill University
(McTavish), 1971–2000 normals, extremes 1871–present[a]

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °C (°F) 12.8 (55) 15.0 (59) 25.9 (78.6) 30.1 (86.2) 34.2 (93.6) 34.5 (94.1) 36.1 (97) 35.6 (96.1) 33.5 (92.3) 28.9 (84) 22.2 (72) 17.0 (62.6) 36.1 (97)

Average high °C (°F) −5.4 (22.3) −3.7 (25.3) 2.4 (36.3) 11.0 (51.8) 19.0 (66.2) 23.7 (74.7) 26.6 (79.9) 24.8 (76.6) 19.4 (66.9) 12.3 (54.1) 5.1 (41.2) −2.3 (27.9) 11.1 (52)

Daily mean °C (°F) −8.9 (16) −7.2 (19) −1.2 (29.8) 7.0 (44.6) 14.5 (58.1) 19.3 (66.7) 22.3 (72.1) 20.8 (69.4) 15.7 (60.3) 9.2 (48.6) 2.5 (36.5) −5.6 (21.9) 7.4 (45.3)

Average low °C (°F) −12.4 (9.7) −10.6 (12.9) −4.8 (23.4) 2.9 (37.2) 10.0 (50) 14.9 (58.8) 17.9 (64.2) 16.7 (62.1) 11.9 (53.4) 5.9 (42.6) −0.2 (31.6) −8.9 (16) 3.6 (38.5)

Record low °C (°F) −33.5 (−28.3) −33.3 (−27.9) −28.9 (−20) −17.8 (0) −5 (23) 1.1 (34) 7.8 (46) 6.1 (43) 0.0 (32) −7.2 (19) −27.8 (−18) −33.9 (−29) −33.9 (−29)

Average precipitation mm (inches) 73.6 (2.898) 70.9 (2.791) 80.2 (3.157) 76.9 (3.028) 86.5 (3.406) 87.5 (3.445) 106.2 (4.181) 100.6 (3.961) 100.8 (3.969) 84.3 (3.319) 93.6 (3.685) 101.5 (3.996) 1,062.5 (41.831)

Average rainfall mm (inches) 28.4 (1.118) 22.7 (0.894) 42.2 (1.661) 65.2 (2.567) 86.5 (3.406) 87.5 (3.445) 106.2 (4.181) 100.6 (3.961) 100.8 (3.969) 82.1 (3.232) 68.9 (2.713) 44.4 (1.748) 834.9 (32.87)

Average snowfall cm (inches) 45.9 (18.07) 46.6 (18.35) 36.8 (14.49) 11.8 (4.65) 0.4 (0.16) 0.0 (0) 0.0 (0) 0.0 (0) 0.0 (0) 2.2 (0.87) 24.9 (9.8) 57.8 (22.76) 226.2 (89.06)

Average precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 15.8 12.8 13.6 12.5 12.9 13.8 12.3 13.4 12.7 13.1 15.0 16.2 163.9

Average rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 4.3 4.0 7.4 10.9 12.8 13.8 12.3 13.4 12.7 12.7 11.5 6.5 122.2

Average snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 13.6 11.1 8.3 3.0 0.14 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.62 5.3 12.0 53.9

Mean monthly sunshine hours 99.2 119.5 158.8 181.7 229.8 250.1 271.6 230.7 174.1 138.6 80.4 80.7 2,015.2

Source: Environment Canada[90][91][92][93][94][95][96]

Architecture[edit] Main article: Architecture of Montreal

Many early colonial buildings dating back to the late 16th and 17th centuries may be found in Old Montreal.

For over a century and a half, Montreal
Montreal
was the industrial and financial centre of Canada.[97] This legacy has left a variety of buildings including factories, elevators, warehouses, mills, and refineries, that today provide an invaluable insight into the city's history, especially in the downtown area and the Old Port area. There are 50 National Historic Sites of Canada, more than any other city.[98] Some of the city's earliest still-standing buildings date back to the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Although most are clustered around the Old Montreal
Old Montreal
area, such as the Sulpician Seminary adjacent to Notre Dame Basilica
Basilica
that dates back to 1687, and Château Ramezay, which was built in 1705, examples of early colonial architecture are dotted throughout the city. Situated in Lachine, the Le Ber-Le Moyne House is the oldest complete building in the city. In Point St. Charles visitors can see the Maison Saint-Gabriel, which can trace its history back to 1698.[99] There are many historic buildings in Old Montreal
Montreal
in their original form: Notre Dame of Montreal
Montreal
Basilica, Bonsecours Market, and the 19th‑century headquarters of all major Canadian banks on St. James Street (French: Rue Saint Jacques). Montreal's earliest buildings are characterized by their uniquely French influence and grey stone construction.

Habitat 67
Habitat 67
is a model community and housing complex developed for Expo 67 World Fair.

Saint Joseph's Oratory, completed in 1967, Ernest Cormier's Art Deco Université de Montréal
Université de Montréal
main building, the landmark Place Ville Marie office tower, the controversial Olympic Stadium and surrounding structures, are but a few notable examples of the city's 20th-century architecture. Pavilions designed for the 1967 International and Universal Exposition, popularly known as Expo 67, featured a wide range of architectural designs. Though most pavilions were temporary structures, several have become landmarks, including Buckminster Fuller's geodesic dome U.S. Pavilion, now the Montreal
Montreal
Biosphere, and Moshe Safdie's striking Habitat 67 apartment complex. The Montreal Metro
Montreal Metro
has public artwork by some of the biggest names in Quebec
Quebec
culture. In 2006 Montreal
Montreal
was named a UNESCO
UNESCO
City of Design, only one of three design capitals of the world (the others being Berlin
Berlin
and Buenos Aires).[28] This distinguished title recognizes Montreal's design community. Since 2005 the city has been home for the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Icograda);[100] the International Design Alliance (IDA).[101] The Underground City (officially RESO) is an important tourist attraction. It is the set of interconnected shopping complexes (both above and below ground). This impressive network connects pedestrian thoroughfares to universities, as well as hotels, restaurants, bistros, subway stations and more, in and around downtown with 32 kilometres (20 miles) of tunnels over twelve square kilometres (4.6 square miles) of the most densely populated part of Montreal. Neighbourhoods[edit] Main article: List of neighbourhoods in Montreal See also: Boroughs of Montreal

Map of neighbourhoods on the island of Montreal.

The city is composed of 19 large boroughs, subdivided into neighbourhoods.[102] The boroughs are: Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grace, The Plateau
Plateau
Mount Royal, Outremont and Ville Marie in the centre; Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie
Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie
and Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension
Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension
in the east; Anjou, Montréal-Nord, Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles
Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles
and Saint-Leonard in the northeast; Ahuntsic-Cartierville, L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève, Pierrefonds-Roxboro
Pierrefonds-Roxboro
and Saint-Laurent in the northwest; and Lachine, LaSalle, The South West and Verdun in the south. Many of these boroughs were independent cities that were forced to be merged with Montreal
Montreal
in January 2002 following the 2002 Municipal Reorganization of Montreal.

A view of Downtown Montreal
Downtown Montreal
from Mont Royal. Many neighbourhoods, including downtown, are located in the borough of Ville-Marie.

The borough with the most neighbourhoods is Ville Marie, which includes downtown, the historical district of Old Montreal, Chinatown, the Gay Village, the Latin Quarter, the gentrified Quartier international and Cité Multimédia
Cité Multimédia
as well as the Quartier des Spectacles which is under development. Other neighbourhoods of interest in the borough include the affluent Golden Square Mile neighbourhood at the foot of Mount Royal
Mount Royal
and the Shaughnessy Village/Concordia U area home to thousands of students at Concordia University. The borough also comprises most of Mount Royal
Mount Royal
Park, Saint Helen's Island, and Notre-Dame Island. The Plateau
Plateau
Mount Royal
Mount Royal
borough was a working class francophone area. The largest neighbourhood is the Plateau
Plateau
(not to be confused with the whole borough), which is undergoing considerable gentrification,[103] and a 2001 study deemed it as Canada's most creative neighbourhood because artists comprise 8% of its labour force.[104] The neighbourhood of Mile End in the northwestern part of the borough, has been a very multicultural area of the city, and features two of Montreal's well-known bagel establishments, St-Viateur Bagel
St-Viateur Bagel
and Fairmount Bagel. The McGill Ghetto
McGill Ghetto
is in the extreme southwestern portion of the borough, its name being derived from the fact that it is home to thousands of McGill University
McGill University
students and faculty members. The South West borough was home to much of the city's industry during the late 19th and early-to-mid 20th century. The borough included Goose Village
Goose Village
and is home to the traditionally working-class Irish neighbourhoods of Griffintown
Griffintown
and Point Saint Charles as well as the low-income neighbourhoods of Saint Henri and Little Burgundy. Other notable neighbourhoods include the multicultural areas of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
and Côte-des-Neiges
Côte-des-Neiges
in the Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grace borough, and Little Italy
Italy
in the borough of Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie
Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie
and Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, home of the Olympic Stadium in the borough of Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. Old Montreal[edit] Main article: Old Montreal

Place Jacques-Cartier
Place Jacques-Cartier
is a major public square and attraction in Old Montreal.

Old Montreal
Old Montreal
is a historic area southeast of downtown containing many attractions such as the Old Port of Montreal, Place Jacques-Cartier, Montreal
Montreal
City Hall, the Bonsecours Market, Place d'Armes, Pointe-à-Callière
Pointe-à-Callière
Museum, the Notre-Dame de Montréal Basilica, and the Montreal
Montreal
Science Centre. Architecture and cobbled streets in Old Montreal
Old Montreal
have been maintained or restored and are frequented by horse-drawn buggies carrying tourists. Old Montreal
Old Montreal
is accessible from the downtown core via the underground city and is served by several STM bus routes and Metro stations, ferries to the South Shore and a network of bicycle paths. The riverside area adjacent to Old Montreal
Old Montreal
is known as the Old Port. The Old Port was the site of the Port of Montreal, but its shipping operations have been moved to a larger site downstream, leaving the former location as a recreational and historical area maintained by Parks Canada. The new Port of Montreal
Port of Montreal
is Canada's largest container port and the largest inland port on Earth.[105] Mount Royal[edit] Main article: Mount Royal The mountain is the site of Mount Royal
Mount Royal
Park, one of Montreal's largest greenspaces. The park, most of which is wooded, was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed New York's Central Park, and was inaugurated in 1876.[106]

View of Mont-Royal's eastern slope from the George-Étienne Cartier monument. The park is one of Montreal's largest open space reserves.

The park contains two belvederes, the more prominent of which is the Kondiaronk Belvedere, a semicircular plaza with a chalet, overlooking Downtown Montreal. Other features of the park are Beaver Lake, a small man-made lake, a short ski slope, a sculpture garden, Smith House, an interpretive centre, and a well-known monument to Sir George-Étienne Cartier. The park hosts athletic, tourist and cultural activities. The mountain is home to two major cemeteries, Notre-Dame-des-Neiges (founded in 1854) and Mount Royal
Mount Royal
(1852). Mount Royal
Mount Royal
Cemetery is a 165 acres (67 ha) terraced cemetery on the north slope of Mount Royal in the borough of Outremont. Notre Dame des Neiges Cemetery
Notre Dame des Neiges Cemetery
is much larger, predominantly French-Canadian and officially Catholic.[107] More than 900,000 people are buried there.[108] Mount Royal
Mount Royal
Cemetery contains more than 162,000 graves and is the final resting place for a number of notable Canadians. It includes a veterans section with several soldiers who were awarded the British Empire's highest military honour, the Victoria Cross. In 1901 the Mount Royal
Mount Royal
Cemetery Company established the first crematorium in Canada.[109] The first cross on the mountain was placed there in 1643 by Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve, the founder of the city, in fulfilment of a vow he made to the Virgin Mary when praying to her to stop a disastrous flood.[106] Today, the mountain is crowned by a 31.4 m-high (103 ft) illuminated cross, installed in 1924 by the John the Baptist Society and now owned by the city.[106] It was converted to fibre optic light in 1992.[106] The new system can turn the lights red, blue, or purple, the last of which is used as a sign of mourning between the death of the Pope and the election of the next.[110] Demographics[edit] Main article: Demographics of Montreal

Historical population

Year Pop. ±%

1871 141,276 —    

1881 189,168 +33.9%

1891 271,352 +43.4%

1901 347,817 +28.2%

1911 533,341 +53.3%

1921 693,225 +30.0%

1931 959,198 +38.4%

1941 1,064,653 +11.0%

1951 1,247,647 +17.2%

1956 1,402,704 +12.4%

1961 1,607,601 +14.6%

1966 1,750,969 +8.9%

1971 1,765,553 +0.8%

1976 1,664,527 −5.7%

1981 1,554,761 −6.6%

1986 1,541,251 −0.9%

1991 1,553,356 +0.8%

1996 1,550,369 −0.2%

2001 1,583,590 +2.1%

2006 1,620,639 +2.3%

2011 1,649,519 +1.8%

2016 1,704,694 +3.3%

Based on current city limits Source: [111][112][113]

According to Statistics Canada, at the 2016 Canadian census the city had 1,704,694 inhabitants.[114] A total of 4,098,927 lived in the Montreal Census Metropolitan Area
Montreal Census Metropolitan Area
(CMA) at the same 2016 census, up from 3,934,078 at the 2011 census (within 2011 CMA boundaries), which is a population growth of 4.19% from 2011 to 2016.[115] In the 2016 census, children under 14 years of age (691,345) constituted 16.9%, while inhabitants over 65 years of age (671,690) numbered 16.4% of the total population of the CMA.[115]

View of Montreal's Little Italy. Italian is the third-most spoken language in Montreal.

People of European ethnicities formed the largest cluster of ethnic groups. The largest reported European ethnicities in the 2006 census were French 23%, Italians 10%, Irish 5%, English 4%, Scottish 3%, and Spanish 2%.[116] Some 26% of the population of Montreal
Montreal
and 16.5% that of Greater Montreal, are members of a visible minority (non-white) group,[117] up from 5.2% in 1981.[118] Visible minorities comprised 34.2% of the population in the 2016 census. The five most numerous visible minorities are Blacks (10.3%), Arabs, mainly Lebanese (7.3%), Latin Americans (4.1%), South Asians (3.3%), and Chinese (3.3%).[119] Visible minorities are defined by the Canadian Employment Equity Act as "persons, other than Aboriginals, who are non-white in colour".[120] According to a report published by the city, the population of the island was expected to number 1,991,200 by 2012, with 3.9 million in the Greater Montreal
Greater Montreal
Area, an increase of 15.8% over 2001. However, in 2009, the Greater Montreal
Greater Montreal
Area was estimated to number 3.86 million people, suggesting that the area would surpass the four million threshold by 2012. The four million landmark however, wasn't reached until 2014. In 2015, the Greater Montreal
Greater Montreal
population was estimated at 4,060,700.[121][122] According to StatsCan, by 2030, the Greater Montreal
Greater Montreal
Area is expected to number 5,275,000 with 1,722,000 being visible minorities.[123] In terms of mother language (first language learned), the 2006 census reported that in the Greater Montreal
Greater Montreal
Area, 66.5% spoke French as a first language, followed by English at 13.2%, while 0.8% spoke both as a first language.[124] The remaining 22.5% of Montreal-area residents are allophones, speaking languages including Italian (3.5%), Arabic (3.1%), Spanish (2.6%), Creole (1.3%), Chinese (1.2%), Greek (1.2%), Portuguese (0.8%), Romanian (0.7%), Vietnamese (0.7%), and Russian (0.5%).[124] In terms of additional languages spoken, a unique feature of Montreal
Montreal
among Canadian cities, noted by Statistics Canada, is the working knowledge of both French and English possessed by most of its residents.[citation needed]

Canada
Canada
Census Mother Tongue – Montreal, Quebec[125]

Census

Total

French

English

French and English

Other

Year

Responses

Count Trend Pop %

Count Trend Pop %

Count Trend Pop %

Count Trend Pop %

2016

1,680,910

833,280 1.75% 49.57%

208,140 0.93% 12.38%

20,705 18.79% 1.27%

559,035 4.19% 34.34%

2011

1,627,945

818,970 1.86% 50.3%

206,210 3.1% 12.67%

17,430 44.58% 1.07%

536,560 1.93% 32.30%

2006

1,593,725

834,520 4.45% 52.36%

200,000 2.92% 12.5%

12,055 28.27% 0.75%

547,150 13.01% 34.33%

2001

1,608,024

873,564 2.07% 54.32%

206,025 4.21% 12.81%

16,807 14.02% 1.04%

484,165 13.72% 30.1%

1996

1,569,437

855,780 n/a 54.53%

215,100 n/a 13.7%

14,740 n/a 0.94%

425,725 n/a 27.12%

Religion in Montreal
Montreal
(2011)[126]

Religion

Percent (%)

Christian

65.8%

No religion

18.14%

Muslim

9.6%

Jewish

2.2%

Buddhist

2.0%

Hindu

1.4%

Sikh

0.03%

Other

0.3%

The Greater Montreal
Greater Montreal
Area is predominantly Roman Catholic; however, weekly attendance in Quebec
Quebec
is among the lowest in Canada.[127] Historically Montreal
Montreal
has been a centre of Catholicism in North America with its numerous seminaries and churches, including the Notre-Dame Basilica, the Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde, and Saint Joseph's Oratory. Some 65.8% of the total population is Christian,[126] largely Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
(52.8%), primarily because of descendants of original French settlers, and others of Italian and Irish origins. Protestants
Protestants
which include Anglican Church in Canada, United Church of Canada, Lutheran, owing to British and German immigration, and other denominations number 5.90%, with a further 3.7% consisting mostly of Orthodox Christians, fuelled by a large Greek population. There is also a number of Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox parishes. Islam
Islam
is the largest non-Christian religious group, with 154,540 members,[128] the second-largest concentration of Muslims in Canada
Canada
at 9.6%. The Jewish
Jewish
community in Montreal
Montreal
has a population of 90,780.[129] In cities such as Côte Saint-Luc
Côte Saint-Luc
and Hampstead, Jewish people constitute the majority, or a substantial part of the population. As recently as 1971 the Jewish
Jewish
community in Greater Montreal
Montreal
was as high as 109,480.[130] Political and economic uncertainties led many to leave Montreal
Montreal
and the province of Quebec.[131] Economy[edit] Main article: Economy of Montreal Montreal
Montreal
has the second-largest economy of Canadian cities based on GDP[132] and the largest in Quebec. In 2014, Metropolitan Montreal
Montreal
was responsible for C$118.7 billion of Quebec's C$340.7 billion GDP.[133] The city is today an important centre of commerce, finance, industry, technology, culture, world affairs and is the headquarters of the Montreal
Montreal
Exchange. In recent decades, the city was widely seen as weaker than that of Toronto
Toronto
and other major Canadian cities, but it has recently experienced a revival.[134]

The Port of Montreal
Port of Montreal
is one of the largest inland ports in the world, handling over 26 million tonnes of cargo annually.

Industries include aerospace, electronic goods, pharmaceuticals, printed goods, software engineering, telecommunications, textile and apparel manufacturing, tobacco, petrochemicals, and transportation. The service sector is also strong and includes civil, mechanical and process engineering, finance, higher education, and research and development. In 2002, Montreal
Montreal
was the fourth-largest centre in North America in terms of aerospace jobs.[135] The Port of Montreal
Port of Montreal
is one of the largest inland ports in the world handling 26 million tonnes of cargo annually.[136] As one of the most important ports in Canada, it remains a transshipment point for grain, sugar, petroleum products, machinery, and consumer goods. For this reason, Montreal
Montreal
is the railway hub of Canada
Canada
and has always been an extremely important rail city; it is home to the headquarters of the Canadian National Railway,[137] and was home to the headquarters of the Canadian Pacific Railway until 1995.[138] The headquarters of the Canadian Space Agency
Canadian Space Agency
is in Longueuil, southeast of Montreal.[139] Montreal
Montreal
also hosts the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization
International Civil Aviation Organization
(ICAO, a United Nations body);[140] the World Anti-Doping Agency
World Anti-Doping Agency
(an Olympic body);[141] the Airports Council International
Airports Council International
(the association of the world's airports – ACI World);[142] the International Air Transport Association (IATA),[143] IATA Operational Safety Audit
IATA Operational Safety Audit
and the International Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (IGLCC),[144] as well as some other international organizations in various fields. Montreal
Montreal
is a centre of film and television production. The headquarters of Alliance Films
Alliance Films
and five studios of the Academy Award-winning documentary producer National Film Board of Canada
Canada
are in the city, as well as the head offices of Telefilm Canada, the national feature-length film and television funding agency and Télévision de Radio-Canada. Given its eclectic architecture and broad availability of film services and crew members, Montreal
Montreal
is a popular filming location for feature-length films, and sometimes stands in for European locations.[145][146] The city is also home to many recognized cultural, film and music festivals (Just For Laughs, Just For Laughs
Just For Laughs
Gags, Montreal
Montreal
International Jazz Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, and others), which contribute significantly to its economy. It is also home to one of the world's largest cultural enterprises, the Cirque du Soleil.[147]

Tour de la Bourse
Tour de la Bourse
has been home to the Montreal Exchange
Montreal Exchange
since 1965. The Exchange is a derivatives exchange that trades futures contracts and options on equities, currencies, interest rates, and more.

The video game industry has been booming in Montreal
Montreal
since 1997, coinciding with the opening of Ubisoft Montreal.[148] Recently, the city has attracted world leading game developers and publishers studios such as EA, Eidos Interactive, BioWare, Artificial Mind and Movement, Strategy First, THQ, Gameloft
Gameloft
mainly because of the quality of local specialized labor, and tax credits offered to the corporations. Recently, Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros., announced that it would open a video game studio.[149] Relatively new to the video game industry, it will be Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
first studio opened, not purchased, and will develop games for such Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
franchises as Batman
Batman
and other games from their DC Comics
DC Comics
portfolio. The studio will create 300 jobs. Montreal
Montreal
plays an important role in the finance industry. The sector employs approximately 100,000 people in the Greater Montreal Area.[150] As of March 2016, Montreal
Montreal
is ranked in the 21st position in the Global Financial Centres Index, a ranking of the competitiveness of financial centres around the world.[151] The city is home to the Montreal
Montreal
Exchange, the oldest stock exchange in Canada and the only financial derivatives exchange in the country.[152] The corporate headquarters of the Bank of Montreal
Bank of Montreal
and Royal Bank of Canada, two of the biggest banks in Canada, were in Montreal. While both banks moved their headquarters to Toronto, Ontario, their legal corporate offices remain in Montreal. The city is home to head offices of two smaller banks, National Bank of Canada
Canada
and Laurentian Bank of Canada. The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, an instutitonal investor managing assets totalling $248 billion CAD, has its main business office in Montreal.[153] Many foreign subsidiaries operating in the financial sector also have offices in Montreal, including HSBC, Aon, Société Générale, BNP Paribas
BNP Paribas
and AXA.[152][154] Several companies are headquartered in Greater Montreal
Greater Montreal
Area including Rio Tinto Alcan,[155] Bombardier Inc.,[156] Canadian National Railway,[157] CGI Group,[158] Air Canada,[159] Air Transat,[160] CAE,[161] Saputo,[162] Cirque du Soleil, Quebecor,[163] Ultramar, Kruger Inc., Jean Coutu Group,[164] Uniprix,[165] Proxim,[166] Domtar, Le Château,[167] Power Corporation, Cellcom Communications,[168] Bell Canada.[169] Standard Life,[170] Hydro-Québec, AbitibiBowater, Pratt and Whitney Canada, Molson,[171] Tembec, Canada
Canada
Steamship Lines, Fednav, Alimentation Couche-Tard, SNC-Lavalin,[172] MEGA Brands,[173] Aeroplan,[174] Agropur,[175] Metro Inc.,[176] Laurentian Bank of Canada,[177] National Bank of Canada,[178] Transat A.T.,[179] Via Rail,[180] Novacam Technologies, SOLABS,[181] Dollarama,[182] Rona[183] and the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. The Montreal Oil Refining Centre is the largest refining centre in Canada, with companies like Petro-Canada, Ultramar, Gulf Oil, Petromont, Ashland Canada, Parachem Petrochemical, Coastal Petrochemical, Interquisa (Cepsa) Petrochemical, Nova Chemicals, and more. Shell decided to close the refining centre in 2010, throwing hundreds out of work and causing an increased dependence on foreign refineries for eastern Canada. Culture[edit] Main article: Culture of Montreal Montreal
Montreal
was referred to as "Canada's Cultural Capital" by Monocle magazine.[29] The city is Canada's centre for French-language television productions, radio, theatre, film, multimedia, and print publishing. Montreal's many cultural communities have given it a distinct local culture.

Montreal Fireworks Festival
Montreal Fireworks Festival
is the world's largest annual fireworks festival. The city hosts a number of festivals annually.

As a North American
North American
city, Montreal
Montreal
shares many cultural characteristics with the rest of the continent. It has a tradition of producing both jazz and rock music. The city has also produced much talent in the fields of visual arts, theatre, music, and dance. Yet, being at the confluence of the French and the English traditions, Montreal
Montreal
has developed a unique and distinguished cultural face. Another distinctive characteristic of cultural life is the animation of its downtown, particularly during summer, prompted by cultural and social events, particularly festivals. The city's largest festival is the Montreal
Montreal
International Jazz Festival, which is the largest jazz festival in the world. Other popular festivals include the Just for Laughs (largest comedy festival in the world), Montreal
Montreal
World Film Festival, Les FrancoFolies de Montréal, Nuits d'Afrique, Pop Montreal, Divers/Cité, Fierté Montréal
Fierté Montréal
and the Montreal
Montreal
Fireworks Festival. There are many smaller festivals, totalling over 100 each year in Montreal. A cultural heart of classical art and the venue for many summer festivals, the Place des Arts
Place des Arts
is a complex of different concert and theatre halls surrounding a large square in the eastern portion of downtown. Place des Arts
Place des Arts
has the headquarters of one of the world's foremost orchestras, the Montreal
Montreal
Symphony Orchestra. The Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal and the chamber orchestra I Musici de Montréal are two other well-regarded Montreal
Montreal
orchestras. Also performing at Place des Arts
Place des Arts
are the Opéra de Montréal and the city's chief ballet company Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. Internationally recognized avant-garde dance troupes such as Compagnie Marie Chouinard, La La La Human Steps, O Vertigo, and the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault have toured the world and worked with international popular artists on videos and concerts. The unique choreography of these troupes has paved the way for the success of the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil.

View of the Notre-Dame Basilica
Basilica
from Place d'Armes. The number of churches in Montreal
Montreal
led it to be called "the city of a hundred steeples".

Nicknamed la ville aux cent clochers (the city of a hundred steeples), Montreal
Montreal
is renowned for its churches. As Mark Twain
Mark Twain
noted, "This is the first time I was ever in a city where you couldn't throw a brick without breaking a church window."[184] The city has four Roman Catholic basilicas: Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, the aforementioned Notre-Dame Basilica, St Patrick's Basilica, and Saint Joseph's Oratory. The Oratory is the largest church in Canada, with the second largest copper dome in the world, after Saint Peter's Basilica
Basilica
in Rome.[185] Sports[edit] Main article: Sports in Montreal The most popular sport is ice hockey. The professional hockey team, the Montreal
Montreal
Canadiens, is one of the Original Six
Original Six
teams of the National Hockey League
National Hockey League
(NHL), and has won an NHL-record 24 Stanley Cup championships. The Canadiens' most recent Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
victory came in 1993. They have major rivalries with the Toronto
Toronto
Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins
Boston Bruins
both of which are also Original Six
Original Six
hockey teams, and with the Ottawa
Ottawa
Senators, the closest team geographically. The Canadiens have played at the Bell Centre
Bell Centre
since 1996. Prior to that they played at the Montreal
Montreal
Forum.

Opened in 1996, the Bell Centre
Bell Centre
is a sports and entertainment complex, and also serves as the home arena for the Montreal
Montreal
Canadiens.

The Montreal Alouettes
Montreal Alouettes
of the Canadian Football League
Canadian Football League
(CFL) play at Molson
Molson
Stadium on the campus of McGill University
McGill University
for their regular-season games. Late season and playoff games are played at the much larger, enclosed Olympic Stadium, which also played host to the 2008 Grey Cup. The Alouettes have won the Grey Cup seven times, most recently in 2010. The Alouettes has had two periods on hiatus. During the second one, the Montreal Machine
Montreal Machine
played in the World League of American Football in 1991 and 1992. The McGill Redmen, Concordia Stingers, and Université de Montréal
Université de Montréal
Carabins play in the CIS university football league. Montreal
Montreal
has a storied baseball history. The city was the home of the minor-league Montreal Royals
Montreal Royals
of the International League
International League
until 1960. In 1946 Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson
broke the baseball colour barrier with the Royals in an emotionally difficult year; Robinson was forever grateful for the local fans' fervent support.[186] Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
came to town in the form of the Montreal Expos
Montreal Expos
in 1969. They played their games at Jarry Park
Jarry Park
until moving into Olympic Stadium in 1977. After 36 years in Montreal, the team relocated to Washington, D.C. in 2005 and re-branded themselves as the Washington Nationals.[187]

Montreal
Montreal
is the site of the Canadian Grand Prix, an annual Formula One auto race.

The Montreal Impact
Montreal Impact
are the city's professional soccer team. They play at a soccer-specific stadium called Saputo Stadium. They joined North America's biggest soccer league, Major League Soccer
Major League Soccer
in 2012. The Montreal
Montreal
games of the 2007 FIFA
FIFA
U-20 World Cup[188] and 2014 FIFA
FIFA
U-20 Women's World Cup[189] were held at Olympic Stadium, and the venue hosted Montreal
Montreal
games in the 2015 FIFA
FIFA
Women's World Cup.[190] Montreal
Montreal
is the site of a high-profile auto racing event each year: the Canadian Grand Prix
Canadian Grand Prix
of Formula One
Formula One
(F1) racing. This race takes place on the famous Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
on Île Notre-Dame. In 2009, the race was dropped from the Formula One
Formula One
calendar, to the chagrin of some fans,[191] but the Canadian Grand Prix
Canadian Grand Prix
returned to the Formula 1 calendar in 2010. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
also hosted a round of the Champ Car
Champ Car
World Series from 2002–2007, and was home to the NAPA Auto Parts 200, a NASCAR Nationwide Series race, and the Montréal 200, a Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series
Rolex Sports Car Series
race. Uniprix Stadium, built in 1993 on the site of Jarry Park, is used for the Rogers Cup men's and women's tennis tournaments. The men's tournament is a Masters 1000 event on the ATP Tour, and the women's tournament is a Premier tournament on the WTA Tour. The men's and women's tournaments alternate between Montreal
Montreal
and Toronto
Toronto
every year.[192]

The Olympic Stadium was built for the 1976 Summer Olympics
1976 Summer Olympics
in Montreal. It is presently used by MLS's Montreal Impact
Montreal Impact
for select games.

Montreal
Montreal
was the host of the 1976 Summer Olympic Games. The stadium cost $1.5 billion;[193] with interest that figure ballooned to nearly $3 billion, and was only paid off in December 2006.[194] Montreal
Montreal
also hosted the first ever World Outgames
World Outgames
in the summer of 2006, attracting over 16,000 participants engaged in 35 sporting activities. Montreal
Montreal
was the host city for the 17th unicycling world championship and convention (UNICON) in August 2014. Montreal
Montreal
and the National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association
(NBA) have been in early discussions for an expansion franchise located in the city.

Active professional sports teams in Montreal

Club League Sport Venue Established Championships

Montreal
Montreal
Canadiens NHL Ice hockey Bell Centre 1909 24

Montreal
Montreal
Alouettes CFL Canadian football Percival Molson
Molson
Memorial Stadium Olympic Stadium 1946 7

Montreal
Montreal
Impact MLS Soccer Saputo Stadium 1992 3

Media[edit] Main article: Media in Montreal Montreal
Montreal
is Canada's second-largest media market, and the centre of francophone Canada's media industry. There are four over-the-air English-language television stations: CBMT-DT
CBMT-DT
(CBC Television), CFCF-DT
CFCF-DT
(CTV), CKMI-DT
CKMI-DT
(Global) and CJNT-DT (City). There are also five over-the-air French-language television stations: CBFT-DT
CBFT-DT
(Radio-Canada), CFTM-DT
CFTM-DT
(TVA), CFJP-DT
CFJP-DT
(V), CIVM-DT (Télé-Québec), and CFTU-DT
CFTU-DT
(Canal Savoir). Montreal
Montreal
has three daily newspapers, the English-language Montreal Gazette and the French-language Le Journal de Montréal, and Le Devoir; another French-language daily, La Presse, became an online daily in 2018. There are two free French dailies, Métro and 24 Heures. Montreal
Montreal
has numerous weekly tabloids and community newspapers serving various neighbourhoods, ethnic groups and schools. Government[edit] Main articles: Montreal City Council
Montreal City Council
and Mayor of Montreal The head of the city government in Montreal
Montreal
is the mayor, who is first among equals in the city council.

Completed in 1878, Montreal City Hall
Montreal City Hall
is the seat of local government.

The city council is a democratically elected institution and is the final decision-making authority in the city, although much power is centralized in the executive committee. The Council consists of 65 members from all boroughs.[195] The Council has jurisdiction over many matters, including public security, agreements with other governments, subsidy programs, the environment, urban planning, and a three-year capital expenditure program. The Council is required to supervise, standardize or approve certain decisions made by the borough councils. Reporting directly to the council, the executive committee exercises decision-making powers similar to those of the cabinet in a parliamentary system and is responsible for preparing various documents including budgets and by-laws, submitted to the council for approval. The decision-making powers of the executive committee cover, in particular, the awarding of contracts or grants, the management of human and financial resources, supplies and buildings. It may also be assigned further powers by the city council. Standing committees are the prime instruments for public consultation. They are responsible for the public study of pending matters and for making the appropriate recommendations to the council. They also review the annual budget forecasts for departments under their jurisdiction. A public notice of meeting is published in both French and English daily newspapers at least seven days before each meeting. All meetings include a public question period. The standing committees, of which there are seven, have terms lasting two years. In addition, the City Council may decide to create special committees at any time. Each standing committee is made up of seven to nine members, including a chairman and a vice-chairman. The members are all elected municipal officers, with the exception of a representative of the government of Quebec
Quebec
on the public security committee. The city is only one component of the larger Montreal
Montreal
Metropolitan Community (Communauté Métropolitaine de Montréal, CMM), which is in charge of planning, coordinating, and financing economic development, public transportation, garbage collection and waste management, etc., across the metropolitan area. The president of the CMM is the mayor of Montreal. The CMM covers 4,360 square kilometres (1,680 sq mi), with 3.6 million inhabitants in 2006.[196] Montreal
Montreal
is the seat of the judicial district of Montreal, which includes the city and the other communities on the island.[197] Crime[edit] The overall crime rate in Montreal
Montreal
has declined, with a few notable exceptions, with murders at the lowest rate since 1972 (23 murders in 2016).[198] Sex crimes have increased 14.5 percent between 2015 and 2016 and fraud cases have increased by 13 percent over the same period.[198] The major criminal organizations active in Montreal
Montreal
are the Rizzuto crime family, Hells Angels
Hells Angels
and West End Gang. Education[edit] Main article: Education in Montreal

Established in 1821, McGill University
McGill University
is the oldest operating university in Montreal.

With four universities, seven other degree-awarding institutions, and 12 CEGEPs in an 8-kilometre (5.0 mi) radius, Montreal
Montreal
has the highest concentration of post-secondary students of all major cities in North America (4.38 students per 100 residents, followed by Boston at 4.37 students per 100 residents).[199]

Higher education (English)

McGill University
McGill University
is one of Canada's leading post-secondary institutions, and widely regarded as a world-class institution. In 2015, McGill was ranked as the top University in Canada
Canada
for the eleventh consecutive year by Macleans,[200] and as the best University in Canada; 24th best University in the world, by the QS World University Rankings.[201] Concordia University
Concordia University
was created from the merger of Sir George Williams University and Loyola College in 1974.[202]

Université de Montréal
Université de Montréal
from the Montreal Metro
Montreal Metro
station. The institution is the largest university in the city.

Higher education (French)

Université de Montréal
Université de Montréal
(UdeM) is the second largest research university in Canada
Canada
and ranked as one of the top universities in Canada. Two separate institutions are affiliated to the university: the École Polytechnique de Montréal
École Polytechnique de Montréal
(School of Engineering) and HEC Montréal (School of Business). HEC Montreal
Montreal
was founded in 1907 and is considered as one of the best business schools in Canada.[203] Université du Québec à Montréal
Université du Québec à Montréal
(UQaM) is the Montreal
Montreal
campus of Université du Québec. UQaM generally specializes in liberal-arts, although many programs related to the sciences are available. The Université du Québec
Université du Québec
network also has three separately run schools in Montréal, notably the École de technologie supérieure (ETS), the École nationale d'administration publique
École nationale d'administration publique
(ÉNAP) and the Institut national de la recherche scientifique
Institut national de la recherche scientifique
(INRS). L'Institut de formation théologique de Montréal des Prêtres de Saint-Sulpice (IFTM) specializes in theology and philosophy. Le Conservatoire de musique de Montréal offers both a Bachelor and a Master program in classical music.

Additionally, two French-language universities, Université de Sherbrooke
Sherbrooke
and Université Laval
Université Laval
have campuses in the nearby suburb of Longueuil
Longueuil
on Montreal's south shore. Also, l'Institut pastorale des Dominicains is Montreal's university centre of Ottawa's Collège Universitaire Dominicain/Dominican University College. The Faculté de théologie évangélique is Nova Scotia's Acadia University
Acadia University
Montreal based serving French Protestant community in Canada
Canada
by offering both a Bachelor and a Master program in theology The education system in Quebec
Quebec
is different from other systems in North America. Between high school (which ends at grade 11) and university students must go through an additional school called CEGEP. CEGEPs offer pre-university (2-years) and technical (3-years) programs. In Montreal, seventeen CEGEPs offer courses in French and five in English. English-language elementary and secondary public schools on Montreal Island are operated by the English Montreal School Board
English Montreal School Board
and the Lester B. Pearson School Board.[204][205] French-language elementary and secondary public schools in Montreal
Montreal
are operated by the Commission scolaire de Montréal
Commission scolaire de Montréal
(CSDM),[206] Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys (CSMB)[207] and the Commission scolaire Pointe-de-l'Île (CSPI).[208] Transportation[edit] Main article: Transportation in Montreal

Montreal
Montreal
serves as a hub for Quebec's autoroute system of controlled-access highways.

Like many major cities, Montreal
Montreal
has a problem with vehicular traffic congestion. Commuting traffic from the cities and towns in the West Island (such as Dollard-des-Ormeaux
Dollard-des-Ormeaux
and Pointe-Claire) is compounded by commuters entering the city that use twenty-four road crossings from numerous off-island suburbs on the North and South Shores. The width of the Saint Lawrence River
Saint Lawrence River
has made the construction of fixed links to the south shore expensive and difficult. There are presently four road bridges (including two of the country's busiest) along with one bridge-tunnel, two railway bridges, and a Metro line. The far narrower Rivière des Prairies
Rivière des Prairies
to the city's north, separating Montreal
Montreal
from Laval, is spanned by nine road bridges (seven to the city of Laval and two that span directly to the north shore) and a Metro line. The island of Montreal
Montreal
is a hub for the Quebec
Quebec
Autoroute system, and is served by Quebec
Quebec
Autoroutes A-10 (known as the Bonaventure Expressway on the island of Montreal), A-15 (aka the Decarie Expressway south of the A-40 and the Laurentian Autoroute to the north of it), A-13 (aka Chomedey Autoroute), A-20, A-25, A-40 (part of the Trans- Canada
Canada
Highway system, and known as "The Metropolitan" or simply "The Met" in its elevated mid-town section), A-520, and A-720 (aka the Ville-Marie Autoroute). Many of these Autoroutes are frequently congested at rush hour.[209] However, in recent years, the government has acknowledged this problem and is working on long-term solutions to alleviate the congestion. One such example is the extension of Quebec Autoroute 30 on Montreal's south shore, which will serve as a bypass.[210] Société de transport de Montréal[edit]

A train departs from Acadie station. The Montreal Metro
Montreal Metro
has 68 stations over four lines.

Main articles: Société de transport de Montréal
Société de transport de Montréal
and Montreal
Montreal
Metro Public local transport is served by a network of buses, subways, and commuter trains that extend across and off the island. The subway and bus system are operated by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM). The STM bus network consists of 197 daytime and 20 nighttime routes. STM bus routes serve 1,347,900 passengers on an average weekday in 2010.[211] It also provides adapted transport and wheelchair-accessible buses.[212] The STM won the award of Outstanding Public Transit System in North America by the APTA in 2010. It was the first time a Canadian company won this prize. The Metro was inaugurated in 1966 and has 68 stations on four lines.[213] It is Canada's second busiest subway system in total daily passenger usage, serving 1,050,800 passengers on an average weekday (as of Q1 2010).[211] Each station was designed by different architects with individual themes and features original artwork, and the trains run on rubber tires, making the system quieter than most.[214] The project was initiated by Montreal
Montreal
Mayor Jean Drapeau, who later brought the Summer Olympic Games
Summer Olympic Games
to Montreal
Montreal
in 1976. The Metro system has long had a station on the South Shore in Longueuil, and in 2007 was extended to the city of Laval, north of Montreal, with three new stations.[215] Air[edit]

An Air Canada
Canada
flight flies past the company's corporate headquarters, located at Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.

Montreal
Montreal
has two international airports, one for passengers only, the other for cargo. Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (also known as Dorval
Dorval
Airport) in the City of Dorval
Dorval
serves all commercial passenger traffic and is the headquarters of Air Canada[216] and Air Transat.[217] To the north of the city is Montreal
Montreal
Mirabel International Airport in Mirabel, which was envisioned as Montreal's primary airport but which now serves cargo flights along with MEDEVACs and general aviation and some passenger services.[218][219][220][221][222] In 2015, Trudeau was the third busiest airport in Canada
Canada
by passenger traffic and fourth by aircraft movements, handling 15.5 million passengers,[223][224] and 232,648 aircraft movements.[225] With 60.8% of its passengers being on non-domestic flights it has the largest percentage of international flights of any Canadian airport.[226] Trudeau airport is served by 40 carriers to over 100 destinations worldwide.[227] Airlines serving Trudeau offer flights to Europe, the United States, Western Asia, the Middle East, Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, Mexico
Mexico
and other destinations within Canada
Canada
and it contains the largest duty-free shop in North America.[228] Rail[edit] Montreal-based Via Rail
Via Rail
provides rail service to other cities in Canada, particularly to Quebec
Quebec
City and Toronto
Toronto
along the Quebec
Quebec
City – Windsor Corridor. Amtrak, the U.S. national passenger rail system, operates its Adirondack daily to New York. All intercity trains and most commuter trains operate out of Central Station.

Central Station is a major inter-city and commuter rail hub for the city.

Canadian Pacific Railway
Canadian Pacific Railway
(CPR), headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, was founded here in 1881.[229] Its corporate headquarters occupied Windsor Station at 910 Peel Street until 1995.[138] With the Port of Montreal kept open year-round by icebreakers, lines to Eastern Canada
Canada
became surplus, and now Montreal
Montreal
is the railway's eastern and intermodal freight terminus.[230] CPR connects at Montreal
Montreal
with the Port of Montreal, the Delaware and Hudson Railway
Delaware and Hudson Railway
to New York, the Quebec Gatineau
Gatineau
Railway to Quebec
Quebec
City and Buckingham, the Central Maine and Quebec
Quebec
Railway to Halifax, and CN Rail. The CPR's flagship train, The Canadian, ran daily from Windsor Station to Vancouver, but all passenger services have since been transferred to Via Rail
Via Rail
Canada. Since 1990, The Canadian
The Canadian
has terminated in Toronto. Montreal-based Canadian National Railways
Canadian National Railways
(CN) was formed during in 1919 by the Canadian government following a series of country-wide rail bankruptcies. It was formed from the Grand Trunk, Midland and Canadian Northern Railways, and has risen to become CPR's chief rival in freight carriage in Canada.[231] Like the CPR, CN has divested itself of passenger services in favour of Via Rail
Via Rail
Canada.[232] CN's flagship train, the Super Continental, ran daily from Central Station to Vancouver
Vancouver
and subsequently became a Via train in the late 1970s. It was eliminated in 1990 in favour of rerouting The Canadian. The commuter rail system is managed and operated by the Réseau de transport métropolitain, and reaches the outlying areas of Greater Montreal
Montreal
with six lines. It carried an average of 79,000 daily passengers in 2014, making it the seventh busiest in North America following New York, Chicago, Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia, and Mexico City.[233] On April 22, 2016, a new planned automated rapid transit system, the Réseau express métropolitain, was unveiled. The 67-kilometre-long (42 mi) network, consisting of three branches and 27 stations, is planned to be completed by mid-2021 and will be the third largest automated rapid transit network, after the Dubai Metro
Dubai Metro
and the Vancouver
Vancouver
Skytrain. Most of it will be financed by pension fund manager Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.[234] Notable people[edit] Main article: List of people from Montreal International relations[edit] Twin towns and sister cities[edit] Montreal
Montreal
has sister cities:

Algiers, Algeria – 1999[235] Brussels, Belgium[236] Busan, South Korea – 2000[237][238] Dublin, Ireland – 2016[239][240] Hanoi, Vietnam
Vietnam
– 1997[241] Hiroshima, Japan – 1998[242] Lucknow, India[243] Lyon, France – 1979[244] Manila, Philippines – 2005[245] Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Haiti
– 1995[241][dead link] San Salvador, El Salvador
El Salvador
– 2001[241][dead link] Shanghai, China – 1985[246] Yerevan, Armenia – 1998[247]

Friendship cities:

Paris, France – 2006[248]

See also[edit]

Montreal
Montreal
portal

Largest cities in the Americas List of bridges to the Island of Montreal List of census metropolitan areas and agglomerations in Canada List of communities in Quebec List of mayors of Montreal List of metropolitan areas in the Americas List of Montreal Metro
Montreal Metro
stations List of Montreal
Montreal
music venues List of regions of Quebec List of shopping malls in Montreal List of tallest buildings in Montreal List of rivers and water bodies of Montreal
Montreal
Island

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^ Extreme high and low temperatures in the table below are from Montreal
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McGill (July 1871 to March 1993) and McTavish (July 1994 to present).

Further reading[edit]

Collard, Edgar A. (1976). Montréal: the Days That Are No More, in series, Totem Book[s]. This ed. slightly edited [anew]. Toronto, Ont.: Doubleday Canada, [1978], cop. 1976. x, 140, [4] p., ill. in b&w with maps and numerous sketches. ISBN 0-00-216686-0 Gagnon, Robert (1996). Anglophones at the C.E.C.M.: a Reflection of the Linguistic Duality of Montréal. Trans. by Peter Keating. Montréal: Commission des écoles catholiques de Montréal. 124 p., ill. with b&w photos. ISBN 2-920855-98-0 Harris; Lyon, Patricia David (2004). Montréal. Fodor's. ISBN 1-4000-1315-1.  Heritage Montréal (1992). Steps in Time = Patrimoine en marche. Montréal: Québécor. 4 vol. of 20, 20 p. each. Text printed "tête-bêche" in English and in French. On title covers: "Montréal, fête, 350 ans". Marsan, Jean-Claude (1990). Montreal
Montreal
in evolution. McGill-Queen's University Press. ISBN 0-7735-0798-1.  Tomàs, Mariona. "Exploring the metropolitan trap: the case of Montreal." International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (2012) 36#3 pp: 554–567. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2427.2011.01066.x. "2006 Census of Canada". Statistics Canada. 2008. Retrieved May 28, 2008.  "Montreal". 2006 Census of Canada: Community Profiles. Statistics Canada. 2008. Retrieved May 28, 2008.  Natural Resources Canada
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(2005). Canadian Geographical Names: Island of Montreal. Retrieved August 29, 2005. Michael Sletcher, "Montréal", in James Ciment, ed., Colonial America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History, (5 vols., N.Y., 2005).

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Ahuntsic-Cartierville Anjou Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève Lachine LaSalle Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Montréal-Nord Outremont Pierrefonds-Roxboro Le Plateau-Mont-Royal Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie Le Sud-Ouest Saint-Laurent Saint-Léonard Verdun Ville-Marie Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension

Neighbourhoods of Montreal

Ahuntsic Benny Farm Bois-Franc Cartierville Centre-Sud Chinatown Cité du Havre Cité Multimédia Côte-des-Neiges Côte-Saint-Paul Darlington Downtown Faubourg à m'lasse Faubourg Saint-Laurent Garment District Gay Village Glenmount Golden Square Mile Goose Village Greektown Griffintown Habitations Jeanne-Mance Historic Jewish
Jewish
Quarter Hochelaga-Maisonneuve La Petite-Patrie L'Île-Bizard Îlot-Trafalgar-Gleneagles Little Burgundy Little Italy Little Maghreb Little Portugal Mercier-Est
Mercier-Est
(Tétreaultville) Mercier-Ouest
Mercier-Ouest
(Longue-Pointe) Mile End Milton Park Monkland Village Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Nouveau-Bordeaux Nuns' Island Old Montreal Olympic Park Overdale Park Extension Pierrefonds Pointe-Saint-Charles Pointe-aux-Trembles Quad Windsor Quartier Bonaventure Quartier Concordia Quartier International Quartier Latin Quartier du Musée Quartier des spectacles Red-Light District Rivière-des-Prairies Rosemont Roxboro Saint-Henri Sainte-Marie Saint-Michel Sainte-Geneviève Saraguay Sault-au-Récollet Shaughnessy Village Snowdon Technoparc Le Triangle Viauville Ville-Émard Ville Saint-Pierre Villeray

Former municipalities of Montreal
Montreal
Island

Cartierville Longue-Pointe Mercier New Bordeaux Pierrefonds Roxboro Saint-Laurent Saraguay Tétreaultville

Former boroughs of Montreal
Montreal
Island

Beaconsfield–Baie-D'Urfé Dollard-Des Ormeaux–Roxboro Dorval–L'Île-Dorval L'Île-Bizard—Sainte-Geneviève—Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Pierrefonds-Senneville

Administrative subdivisions of Quebec Urban agglomerations of Quebec Municipal reorganization in Quebec

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Municipalities of the CMM and/or Montreal
Montreal
CMA

Urban agglomeration of Montreal Urban agglomeration of Longueuil Laval

North Shore

Blainville Bois-des-Filion Boisbriand Charlemagne Deux-Montagnes Gore¹ Kanesatake¹ L'Assomption L'Épiphanie (P)¹ L'Épiphanie (V)¹ Lavaltrie¹ Lorraine Mascouche Mirabel Oka Pointe-Calumet Repentigny Rosemère Saint-Colomban¹ Saint-Eustache Saint-Jérôme¹ Saint-Placide¹ Saint-Joseph-du-Lac Saint-Sulpice Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac Sainte-Thérèse Terrebonne

South Shore

Beauharnois Beloeil Calixa-Lavallée² Candiac Carignan Chambly Châteauguay Contrecoeur² Coteau-du-Lac¹ Delson Hudson Kahnawake¹ L'Île-Cadieux L'Île-Perrot La Prairie Léry Les Cèdres Les Coteaux¹ McMasterville Mercier Mont-Saint-Hilaire Notre-Dame-de-l'Île-Perrot Otterburn Park Pincourt Pointe-des-Cascades Richelieu Saint-Amable Saint-Basile-le-Grand Saint-Constant Saint-Isidore Saint-Jean-Baptiste² Saint-Lazare Saint-Mathias-sur-Richelieu Saint-Mathieu Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil Saint-Philippe Saint-Zotique¹ Sainte-Catherine Sainte-Julie Terrasse-Vaudreuil Varennes Vaudreuil-Dorion Vaudreuil-sur-le-Lac Verchères

¹Does not belong to the CMM — ²Does not belong to the Montreal
Montreal
CMA

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 Administrative divisions of Quebec

Subdivisions

Administrative regions Regional county municipalities Montreal
Montreal
Metropolitan Community (Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal) Communauté métropolitaine de Québec Kativik Regional Government

Communities

All municipalities Types of municipalities Cities Parish municipalities Townships United townships Villages Indian reserves Boroughs Urban agglomerations

Major cities

Montreal Quebec Laval Gatineau Longueuil Sherbrooke Saguenay Lévis Trois-Rivières

Other cities

Alma Amos Baie-Comeau Beloeil Châteauguay Cowansville Dolbeau-Mistassini Drummondville Granby Joliette La Tuque Lachute Matane Mont-Laurier Rimouski Rivière-du-Loup Rivière-Rouge Rouyn-Noranda Saint-Georges Saint-Hyacinthe Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Saint-Jérôme Salaberry-de-Valleyfield Sept-Îles Shawinigan Sorel-Tracy Thetford Mines Val-d'Or Varennes Victoriaville

Subdivisions of Montréal

Regional county municipalities and equivalent territories(*) Montréal*

Municipalities Baie-d'Urfé Beaconsfield Côte Saint-Luc Dollard-des-Ormeaux Dorval Hampstead Kirkland L'Île-Dorval Montreal Montréal-Est Montreal
Montreal
West Mount Royal Pointe-Claire Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Senneville Westmount

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Summer Olympic Games
Summer Olympic Games
host cities

1896: Athens 1900: Paris 1904: St. Louis 1908: London 1912: Stockholm 1916: None[c1] 1920: Antwerp 1924: Paris 1928: Amsterdam 1932: Los Angeles 1936: Berlin 1940: None[c2] 1944: None[c2] 1948: London 1952: Helsinki 1956: Melbourne 1960: Rome 1964: Tokyo 1968: Mexico
Mexico
City 1972: Munich 1976: Montreal 1980: Moscow 1984: Los Angeles 1988: Seoul 1992: Barcelona 1996: Atlanta 2000: Sydney 2004: Athens 2008: Beijing 2012: London 2016: Rio de Janeiro 2020: Tokyo 2024: Paris 2028: Los Angeles

[c1] Cancelled due to World War I; [c2] Cancelled due to World War II

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World Book Capitals

2001: Madrid 2002: Alexandria 2003: New Delhi 2004: Antwerp 2005: Montreal 2006: Turin 2007: Bogotá 2008: Amsterdam 2009: Beirut 2010: Ljubljana 2011: Buenos Aires 2012: Yerevan 2013: Bangkok 2014: Port Harcourt 2015: Incheon 2016: Wrocław 2017: Conakry 2018: Athens 2019: Sharjah

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Montreal
Montreal
skyscrapers

Over 150 m

1000 de La Gauchetière 1250 René-Lévesque Tour de la Bourse Place Ville Marie Tour des Canadiens CIBC Tower 1501 McGill College Complexe Desjardins, South Tower

125 m to 149 m

Deloitte Tower Le V KPMG Tower Telus Tower Château Champlain 500 Place D'Armes Complexe Desjardins, East Tower Scotia Tower Complexe Maisonneuve Bell Media Tower 1000 Sherbrooke
Sherbrooke
West Terminal Tower

100 m to 124 m

Altitude Montreal Altoria Sun Life Building Le Port-Royal Royal Bank Tower 400 Sherbrooke
Sherbrooke
West E-Commerce Place Centre Sheraton 1010 de La Gauchetière Hydro-Québec
Hydro-Québec
Building Complexe Desjardins, North Tower AXA
AXA
Center Le Châtel Apartments Evo Square Victoria 500 René-Lévesque West Maison Radio-Canada Hotel Omni Mont-Royal 1010 Sherbrooke
Sherbrooke
West La Laurentienne Building Alexis Nihon Plaza
Alexis Nihon Plaza
III Hôtel le Crystal Gouverneur Hotel Place Dupuis Intercontinental Montreal
Montreal
Hotel Alexis Nihon Plaza
Alexis Nihon Plaza
II 2020 Robert-Bourassa Evolo 1 Evolo 2 2250 Guy

Under construction

L'Avenue Roccabella Icône Le Peterson Tom Condos Holiday Inn Downtown Montreal YUL Condos  Maison Manuvie AC Hotel Montreal

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 123157705 LCCN: n80132975 ISNI: 0000 0001 2150 1478 GND: 4040188-1 SELIBR: 154447 SUDOC: 026585588 BNF: cb118804980 (d

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