About Montréal

Montréal is the second-largest city in Canada and the largest city in the province of Quebec. Originally called Ville-Marie, or "City of Mary", the city takes its present name from Mont-Royal, the triple-peaked hill located in the heart of the city, whose name was also initially given to the island on which the city is located, or Mont Réal as it was spelled in Middle French, (Mount Royal in present French).

The population of the metropolitan area is 3.7 million. The majority of the population is French speaking, 52.4% of the population, followed by English at 12.5%. With more than 100 different cultures communities, the city is very cosmopolitan. The official language of Montreal is French and Montreal is the second largest primarily French-speaking city in the world, after Paris. Montreal is an island in the middle of the Saint-Lawrence River, one of the most important rivers in the world linking the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.

Montréal is consistently rated as one of the world's most livable cities and was called "Canada's Cultural Capital" by Monocle Magazine. It is an important centre of commerce, aerospace, finance, pharmaceuticals, technology, culture, tourism, film, and multi-media. Montreal is North America's number one host city for international association events, according to the 2009 preliminary rankings of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).

For more detailed tourist information about Montreal: http://www.tourisme-montreal.org.

For a two-minute video on Montreal: http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/MontrealTV.