Montreal combines old world charm with contemporary living.
Known for its rich history, the city was once the site of the St. Lawrence Iroquois village of Hochelaga before the French established the settlement of Ville-Marie on Montreal Island in the 17th century.
Now called Montreal, Canada's second largest city gets its name from Mount Royal, a hill to the west of the city, named by French explorer Jacques Cartier in 1535. Almost 500 years later, Montreal is home to 1.6 million people and is an important centre of French culture in Canada.
While the city houses Canada's French language television, radio, theatre, print, and film productions, it's also home to healthy commerce, technology, design and tourism sectors.
As the host of the Just For Laughs Festival, one of the largest comedy festivals in the world, Montreal offers great entertainment too. The city is also home to popular events like Les FrancoFolies de Montréal, the International Jazz Festival, the Montreal Fireworks Festival and the Canadian Grand Prix. Perhaps most popular though, is the Montreal-based acrobatic company Cirque du Soleil, known around the world for its unique and awe-inspiring art form.