There is something “magical” about Montreal that motivates many visitors to move to this magnificent Canadian city! Located in the eastern Canadian province of Quebec, Montreal was founded back in 1642 and is one of the oldest cities in North America. It also has the second largest population of any Canadian city, with 1,649,519 residents (2011) within the city limits and over 3.8 million people (2011) living in the Montreal metropolitan area. If you travel to Montreal even once, you will soon realize that there is something unique about this sensational city!
Perhaps, the first interesting aspect of Montreal you’ll notice is that it is located on an island (Montreal Island). Almost anywhere you go in Montreal (particularly up on Mount Royal), you will be treated to breathtaking views of the sparkling waters of the Ottawa and St. Lawrence rivers.
Another special characteristic of Montreal is its French-Canadian charm on display through its amazing architecture, as seen in Old Montreal and, of course, the historic and beautiful Notre-Dame Basilica. Your taste buds will be tantalized with the fabulous French-Canadian cuisine Montreal is famous for, while also enjoying the option of other diverse dishes at the city’s many excellent eateries. Of course, with the French language and culture prevalent throughout the city, you’ll feel like you’re in France, yet, be keenly aware that Montreal and the province of Quebec have their own Canadian flair.
If you’re looking for interesting places to explore, Montreal doesn’t disappoint! Be sure to make time to visit the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, Canadian Railway Museum, Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History, St. Joseph’s Oratory, and Montreal Botanical Gardens. Music-lovers will want to schedule their visit in July so they can “chill” to the smooth sounds of the Montreal Jazz Festival, while the Montreal Symphony Orchestra is known to captivate its audiences with timeless tunes. If you’re a hockey fan (or just want to have an exciting night on the town), the Montreal Canadiens will keep you on the edge of your seat with endless action out on the ice (also check out their Hall of Fame).
Whether gazing at the glimmer of city lights during an evening river cruise or hearing the rhythmic clip-clop of horse hoofs on a relaxing carriage ride, the many pleasant experiences you’ll enjoy in Montreal will entice you to not only return for more, but to strongly consider Canadian immigration! If you are interested in starting the Canada visa assessment process or want to learn more about immigration to Canada, Visit the website: www.canadianvisaexpert.com
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