Montreal is a popular holiday destination among tourists. All information about Montreal is presented here: photos, weather, interesting places and facts.
Montreal is located on the island of the same name, at the confluence of two rivers – St. Lawrence and Ottawa. About 200 km separate the city from two capitals – to the north-east is Quebec, the capital of the province of the same name, to the west is Ottawa, the capital of Canada.
Population: over 1.5 million people.
Area: about 360 km².
It is known that this developed, truly European city, at least 2 thousand years old, was dominated by the Indians. Only in the 16th century the French seized the initiative, and until the 18th century the island of Montreal (which used to be called Il-Marie) remained part of the French colony.
Some time after the Seven Years War, Montreal received the status of the capital of Canada, and five years later “transferred” it to Ottawa.
Today it is a major center of the country in many aspects: economic, industrial, technological, tourism, financial and even aerospace, as well as several others. But still the streets of the city are saturated with the French spirit, which, of course, affects the face of Montreal.
The city is often called the second Paris, because 70% of the population consider Hugo to be their native language, and English here acts as a secondary means of communication.
The city received its name thanks to the hill (227 meters above sea level) Mont Royal.
The climate is continental, characterized by high humidity, so there is stuffy hot summers (+ 26 ° C on average) and winters with piercing winds (temperature varies from -9 ° C to -20 ° C). The pronounced off-season is reminiscent of Russian autumn and spring with sudden changes in temperature, unexpected warming and snowfalls.
Snow, by the way, is a common thing in Montreal, he stays within it from the end of autumn to the beginning of spring. He is replaced by thunderstorms – echoes of tropical storms. The most favorable time for visiting is considered to be the period from May to September. Although many prefer to travel to Montreal in winter, when the city is bathed in a Christmas atmosphere and pleases tourists with a large selection of ski resorts.
Montreal is not just the largest city in Quebec, it is one of the most interesting cities in the world, all the wonders of which are difficult to learn in a few days. The historical part of the city is located on the hill of Mont Royal, the peak of which is crowned by a huge cross (almost 32 m high). Around cobbled cobbled streets. Here old mansions coexist with picturesque parks, and somewhere even with skyscrapers!