Observatory of the Montreal Tower
Observatory of the Montreal Tower
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Montreal Canada Tourism Information

As the largest city in the province of Quebec, this island city in the St. Lawrence River is very modern and colorful.  Visitors can use the Metro system or just walk around town to visit the diverse neighborhoods.  Many attractions were expanded and/or renovated in 1992, at the celebration of Montreal's 350th year.  From sports and shopping to arts and sight-seeing, Montreal is full of great reasons to visit. 

Montreal Info:

  • Land Area: 186 square miles
  • Elevation:  118 feet
  • Number of parks:  15+
  • Number of radio stations:  25 FM/11AM
  • Number of television stations:  15
  • Number of newspapers:  10+, including The Montreal Gazette, Le Devior, The Mirror, Voir, Montreal
  • Matin and The Concordian.
  • Transportation:   Montreal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (formerly Dorval Airport), Montreal
  • Central Station (Rail Canada, Amtrak), Greyhound Canada, Coach Canada, Orleans Express

Montreal Weather and Climate:

  • Average daily temperature:  Low 40 degrees F/High 70 degrees F
  • Average annual rainfall:  29.3 inches

Distances to other Metropolitan Areas from Montreal (in miles):

  • Atlanta, GA — 981
  • Boston, MA — 251
  • Chicago, IL — 734
  • Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX — 1,485
  • Houston, TX — 1,562
  • Las Vegas, NV — 2,205
  • Los Angeles, CA — 2,435
  • Memphis, TN — 1,100
  • Miami, FL — 1,389
  • Nashville, TN — 920
  • New Orleans, LA — 1,375
  • New York, NY — 319
  • Orlando, FL — 1,231
  • Philadelphia, PA — 389
  • Phoenix, AZ — 2,150
  • Rapid City, SD — 1,415
  • Salt Lake City, UT — 1,910
  • San Antonio, TX — 1,710
  • San Diego, CA — 2,423
  • San Jose, CA — 2,486
  • Washington, DC — 482

Montreal Safety Phone # and Major Hospitals:

  • Police/Fire/Ambulance: 911
  • The Montreal General Hospital (514-934-1934)
  • The Royal Victoria Hospital (514-934-1934)
  • St. Mary's Hospital Center (514-345-3511)
  • Hopital du Sacre-Coeur de Montreal (514-338-2222)
  • Montreal Children's Hospital (514-412-4400)
  • Montreal Shriner's Hospital (514-842-4464)

Montreal Top Tourism Draws and Seasons:

  • Seasons:  All 4
  • Redpath Museum
  • Jardin botanique de Montreal (Botanical Gardens)
  • McCord Museum of Canadian History
  • The Tam Tams
  • Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
  • Biodome
  • Montreal Insectarium
  • Montreal Planetarium
  • Casino de Montreal
  • La Ronde (Six Flags)
  • International Balloon Festival
  • FrancoFolies
  • Montreal International Jazz Festival
  • World Film Festival
  • Just for Laughs Festival
  • St. Jean Baptiste fiesta
  • Montreal International Fireworks Festival
  • Festival du Monde Arabe
  • The Snow Festival
  • Festival de Lanuadiere
  • Montreal International Tango Expo
  • Montreal Highland Games
  • Tennis Masters Series Canada

Montreal Major Shopping Areas:

  • Le Carrefour Laval
  • Downtown
  • Fairview Pointe-Claire
  • Centre Rockland
  • Place Ville-Marie
  • Complexe Desjardins
  • Rue Ste-Catherine
  • Rue Sherbrooke

Montreal Major Dining Areas:

  • Downtown
  • Old Montreal
  • Chinatown
  • Plateau Mont-Royal
  • Latin Quarter
  • Crescent Street
  • Anjou/St-Leonard
  • Mile-End
  • Villeray/Rosemont

Montreal Famous Landmarks & Historic Places:

  • St. Joseph's Oratory- the largest church in Canada
  • Notre-Dame Basilica
  • St. Patrick's Basilica
  • Old Montreal and the Old Port
  • Mary Queen of the World Cathedral
  • Olympic Stadium
  • Bank of Montreal
  • Bonsecours Market

Montreal Famous Natives and Residents:

  • Yanic Truesdale - actor
  • Eddie Parentic - Olympic swimmer
  • Mack Sennett - actor, director, producer
  • William Shatner - actor
  • Genevieve Bujold - actress
  • Carole Laure - actress
  • Caroline Rhea - comedian
  • Norma Shearer - actress
  • Mario Lemieux - professional hockey player
  • Sass Jordan - singer
  • Pierre Elliott Trudeau - former Canadian Prime Minister
  • Colin Mochrie - comic actor
  • Mark Lutz - TV actor

Notable Moments in Montreal History:

  • 1535- Jacques Carter became the first European person to enter the area.
  • 1639- The first permanent European settlement was created in the area.
  • 1642- A mission called Ville Marie is set up in the area to help a project that had the goal of creating the first French colonial empire dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
  • 1701- A peace treaty was signed with the Iroquois, who until this time had been conducting attacks on the settlement.
  • 1760- Ville Marie is surrendered to the English.
  • 1765- A fourth of the town was destroyed by fire.
  • 1775- The city became known as Montreal.
  • 1832- Montreal was incorporated as a city.
  • 1844- Montreal became the capital of the United Province of Canada.
  • 1860- Montreal had become the largest city in British North America.
  • 1880- Canada Pacific railway made Montreal its headquarters.
  • 1919- The Canadian National Railway also made Montreal its headquarters.
  • 1930s- Skyscrapers began being built in Montreal.
  • 1950- Montreal's population surpassed 1 million.
  • 1967- Montreal hosted a very successful World's Fair called Expo '67.
  • 1969- The Montreal Expos major league baseball team started playing in Montreal.
  • 1976- Montreal hosted the Summer Olympics.

Interesting Facts about Montreal:

  • Montreal is the second largest French-speaking city in the world.
  • Montreal has an "Underground City"- a climate-controlled maze of 2000 shops that cover 18 miles. 
  • French speakers, known as Francophones, constitute 70% of the population.
  • The English speakers are known as Anglophones.
  • The IMAX film technology was invented so it could be premiered at the World's Fair Expo '67 in Montreal.
  • After New York, Montreal has the highest number of restaurants per capita in North America.

Montreal Population and Demographics:

  • Population — 1,812,800
  • White — 87%
  • Native American — 1%
  • Black — 4%
  • Asian — 8%
  • Population 18 and under — 24%
  • 65 and over — 21%
  • Median age — 39 years
  • Average household size — 2.4
  • Median family income — $31,287

Montreal Colleges and Universities:

  • McGill University
  • Universit' de Montr'al
  • Concordia University
  • Universite du Quebec a Montreal

Montreal Economy & Business — Notable Employers and Industries:

  • International Civil Aviation Organization
  • Canadian Space Agency
  • Bank of Montreal
  • Bell Canada
  • Bombardier
  • McGill University Hospital
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • Casino de Montreal
  • University of Quebec at Montreal
  • STM
  • Hydro-Quebec

Montreal Hispanic Community Media and Churches:

  • El Chasqui Latino newspaper
  • Ignatian Spiritual Center
  • Le Voz De Montreal newspaper
     
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