Montréal, Canada

8 Hours In Montreal

Population: 1,649,519 (2011)

Language(s): English, French (Québécois)

Area: 432 km2 (167 mi2)

DemonymMontrealer

Dialing Code: +1

Electricity Adapter: 120 V, 60 Hz, Plug Types A / B

Time Zone: UTC−3.5 to −8 (Summer UTC−2.5 to −7)

Overview

Montreal is the 2nd largest city in Canada, in the eastern Canadian province of Quebec. It is rich in culture and history, and it has a predominantly French-speaking population; it is the second-largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris. It is said to be named after the mountain in the heart of the city, Mount Royal (but in French, of course).

Because of it’s French influence, the city is popular with tourists for its somewhat Parisian feel. However, locals here are proud of their own distinct version of French, called Québécois, just like American English and British English differ, or perhaps more like Latin American Spanish and Spain’s Spanish.

The city is changing rapidly lately; top restaurants are popping up seemingly each day, modern cosmopolitan buildings are being built right next to the beautiful old ones, and the music scene is burgeoning.

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