What is it like living in Montreal? How do living costs in Montreal compare with other Canadian cities? We help you address some of the questions about living in Montreal as you prepare to move to this unique city.
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Where is Montreal?
Montreal is located in the southwest of the province of Quebec, just 70km (43 miles) from the US border. The city itself is situated on the Island of Montreal at the confluence of the Saint Lawrence and Ottawa rivers.
Montreal is the second-largest city in Canada and the second-largest predominantly French-speaking city in the western world, after Paris. Language is the most conspicuous difference between this city and province and the rest of Canada, but more on that later.
The city’s reputation for lively nightlife and hedonism began during the period of prohibition when revelers would head north in search of a good time. Montreal remains a bustling, cosmopolitan city to this today. It has a more European feel than a standard North American city, but many of the hallmarks of a large North American city — skyscrapers and streets laid out in a grid being among the more obvious examples — are present. Moreover, the cost of living in Montreal is generally more affordable than in other large Canadian cities.
Montreal takes its name from the three-peaked hill, Mount Royal, which sits immediately northwest of downtown.