French and English are the main influences in Montreal, but this unique Canadian city is truly international. Montreal has an energy and joie de vivre found only in the world’s best cities.
The biggest draw in Montreal is the city’s Old Town, which is a central neighborhood close to the water that is preserved in much of its original state and filled with French flair. The 17th-century architecture and cobblestone streets will have you wondering if you traveled to Europe by mistake.
Though Montreal is officially a French-speaking city, as is the province of Quebec, many of its residents, especially those in the retail and hospitality industries, also speak English.
Right up until the 1970s, Montreal was Canada’s economic center until Toronto took the helm. Many important buildings and landmarks remain, including 50 National Historic Sites of Canada.