If your French is a bit rusty (or non-existent), have no fear. Just over 55% of Montrealers are bilingual, speaking both English and French, so a friendly “Bonjour!” will be helpful even if you can’t go much further than that. No matter what language you speak, living in Montreal offers sights and attractions that leave residents speechless. Just For Laughs/Juste Pour Rire is the largest comedy festival in the world, and takes over main streets like St. Laurent Boulevard every July. Art galleries and museums can be found all over the city, and nature lovers will adore the Botanical Gardens.
The Old Port isa full of cobblestone streets, historic architecture from the 17th century, and tons of beautiful cafes and restaurants. The film industry loves this area as a replica of Old Europe, so it’s not uncommon to see crews, cameras, and celebrities lining the streets. Driving in the Old Port is fairly impossible, but it’s extremely pedestrian-friendly — like much of Montreal. If you don’t have a car, the city is also cyclist-friendly, and the Metro (the city’s public transportation system) will get you where you need to be quickly and efficiently.
Whether you’re a student at one of Montreal’s world-class colleges and universities, an executive in one of the city’s leading industries like aerospace, pharmaceuticals, or retail, or a family looking for the perfect home or apartment to rent near great schools, Montreal has something for you. Montreal has among the lowest rental rates in Canada, with prices unseen in markets like Toronto and Vancouver.