Montréal is a city with many facets, proud of its contrasts. The second largest French-speaking city after Paris, with its 3.4 million inhabitants, the city is also a melting pot of cultures all over the world, as evidenced by the mosaic of its neighborhoods, the diversity of its restoration. Its rich architectural heritage covers four centuries of history, from the French Regime to the contemporary era. Insular but open to the world, Montréal is an effervescent city and always prone to the party!
The noise of the carriages is still heard on the cobblestones of the streets of Old Montreal, between the facades of gray stone of the 18th and 19th centuries. Pointe-à-Callière, a museum of archeology and history, reveals the 350-year-old remains and, together with the Marguerite-Bourgeoys Museum, is the best introduction to the history of the city. Nearby, the neo-Gothic Notre-Dame basilica is dazzled by the richness of its interior decoration. Montréal's cultural life is a reflection of exuberant creativity. Cinemas and theaters show diversified programming, while bars, cafés and nightclubs resonate late into the night. Shopping is also one of the pleasures of Montreal, recognized as a fashion capital.