About Montreal

Often compared to New York City, Montreal is one of the most exciting cities in North America, with three million residents, four universities, and a laid-back, easygoing atmosphere. Simultaneously boasting Old World charm, modern style and cosmopolitan flair, Montreal has something for everyone. A bilingual city in both theory and practice, Montrealers possess the unique ability to seamlessly switch between Canada's two official languages. However, Montreal's ethnic diversity is not limited to English and French.

The Montreal Island in St. Lawrence River is home to thousands of immigrants from around the globe who have chosen to remain true to their cultural and linguistic roots. Here you can explore a multicultural tapestry where North America embraces European, Middle-Eastern, Asian, Caribbean and South American cultures, retaining the very best of their cuisine, arts, music and traditions. A true appreciation for all things cultured is part of what makes this city so unique.

While you are here, why not take a stroll through one of Montreal's lush parks, bohemian neighborhoods or colorful markets. Sip a café au lait, or La Fin du Monde ('The End of the World', one of Quebec's many delicious local brews) on an outdoor terrasse. Step back in time down at the Old Port, or take in the city from the look-out atop of Mount Royal, with 232 m the city's highest point right in the center of Montreal.

Notre Dame-de-Bon-Secours in Old Montreal
Dining on Prince Arthur Street
Montreal at night

Festivals and Events

Find below a selection of festivals and events that may be a nice addition to your stay in Montreal. A full list of all festivals happening in Montreal is available here or here.

Montréal Canadiens

The National Hockey League's Montréal Canadiens, 24-time winners of the Stanley Cup, play their home games at the Bell Centre annually in October.

Gardens of Light at the Montreal Botanical Garden, September 6 - November 3 2013

Visitors will be delighted by the carefully designed, subtle lighting that has been added to the Japanese and Chinese Garden. At dusk, the pathways through the Gardens of Light will turn into a mysterious, magical study in contrasts.

Arab World Festival, October 25 - November 10, 2013

The Arab World Festival of Montreal is a thematic event dedicated to the meeting of Arabic and Western cultures. Through its four sections - Performing Arts, Culture Forum, Cinema, and Orientalys - the FMA presents modern bodies of work through original productions in dance, music, theater and multidisciplinary arts, debates, conferences, lectures and films.

8e Biennale de Montréal, - "looking forward"

This exhibition is seeking to examine the relationship of contemporary art practices to both historical discourses of futurity and the currency of projecting into the future. Accordingly it will present artists working in film, sculpture, photography, painting and installation who respond to current conditions by considering "what is to come".

Phénomenia, October 18 - 25, 2013

This art festival presents interdisciplinary, outsider, atypical artists using different approaches to art for the independents, and for those who invent and search.

Festival interculturel du conte (Intercultural Story-telling Festival), 18 au 27 octobre (French only)

Le Festival interculturel du conte du Québec a pour mandat de promouvoir la parole comme patrimoine multiculturel et de favoriser, au moyen du conte et de l'oralité, un rapprochement entre les gens. Il œuvre donc à faire connaître les conteurs du Québec et d'ailleurs, ainsi qu'à tisser des liens avec des organismes d'ici et de l'étranger.

La braderie de mode (local designer fashion sale), October 24 - 27, 2013

The Big Fashion Sale by Quebec Designers (also known as the Braderie) is a well established, popular semi-annual shopping event (some people even call it "the mecca of fashionistas"). The Braderie is definitely the place to discover what Montreal and Quebec City have to offer in fashion.


Museums

Montreal has a large range of museums on art, science, and Canadian history.


Weather

You can check the five-day forecast and have a look at the current weather conditions. The city is known for its cold winters, but its summers are hot and generally sunny. The average temperature in October is between 12.3°C (54.1°F) and 5.9°C (42.0°F), and October is an excellent time to experience the beauty of the Indian summer in Montreal.

Picture: Philippe Renault/Getty Images

Dining

Montreal is a food connoisseur's paradise with tens of thousands of cafes, pubs, bistros, and restaurants ranging from casual to fine dining.

Dining in "North America's most European City"

In 2006, the March Issue of the New York based Gourmet magazine was dedicated exclusively to Montreal, "North America's most European City", - an honor previously granted to just 5 other cities worldwide. In comparison to these, Gourmet Editor-in-Chief Ruth Reichl wrote the flattering words: "Devoting ourselves to exploring Paris, Rome, San Francisco, New York and London was wonderful, but spending time in Montreal was perhaps most exciting of all. Everyone knows that those other cities are great places to visit; you have a good idea of what to find there. But Montreal is filled with surprises [...] You won't be surprised to learn that each [Gourmet staffer] returned determined to convince our friends they had to go Montreal."


Try one of Montreal's many "bring your own wine" establishments (look for the signs that say "Apportez Votre Vin"). For a few suggestions try the following sites, or wander along Rue St. Dennis and Rue Prince Arthur, or throughout the old port.

Be sure to try Montreal's famous smoked meat sandwiches and stone-oven bagels.


McGill University and the CRBLM

In 2002, the Centre for Research on Language, Mind and Brain (CRLMB) was established at McGill University. In 2011, we expanded our research and training activities into the domain of music through an alliance with the international Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research (BRAMS) located at the University of Montreal. The newly formed inter-institutional Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music (CRBLM) brings together an exceptional group of over 50 researchers focusing on language, music and their interaction from multiple Quebec universities. The CRBLM's mandate is to foster interdisciplinary research in the social and neurobiological foundations of language and music. Our objectives are to promote innovative basic, clinical and applied research, to develop a shared, high-caliber infrastructure for the study of the brain and behavioral processes of music, language and their intersection, and to provide research and training opportunities to students, as well as to new and established faculty.

McGill University is one of Canada's leading research universities and has a rich tradition in the study of both the multiple aspects of human language and the neural substrates of higher cognition, including language.

In the 2012-2013 academic year, McGill was ranked 1st in Canada among all its major/research universities offering medical and doctoral degrees in the Maclean's annual rankings, maintaining this position for the eighth consecutive year. Internationally, McGill ranked 18th in the world and 1st in Canada in the 2012 QS World University Rankings. In 2012, the Travel + Leisure travel magazine rated McGill's campus as one of the 17 most beautiful university campuses in the world. The main campus is set upon 32 hectares at the foot of Mount Royal in Downtown Montreal.