Montreal is a year-round vibrant, culturally diverse, lively, colourful and cosmopolitan city of 3.7 million inhabitants. Despite very cold winter days (and it does get very cold, especially in January and February), that can be avoided, by strolling in the vast Underground City - kilometres of tunnels and shopping centres linking métro stations, restaurants, shops, theatres, train stations and hotels.
Whether sipping a cappuccino at an outdoor café, gambling at the Casino de Montreal complex or exploring historic Old Montreal, you can't escape without experiencing the excitement and energy that pervade the entire city.
The international flavour in Montreal is obvious in the numerous fine restaurants, with cuisine from around the world, like Little Italy, a lively area of espresso bars and delectable cuisine. Chinatown also adds to the cultural diversity.
Enjoy historic buildings of St. Paul Street, probably the oldest street of the city with tourist shops, art galleries, cafés and restaurants and the impressive Marché Bonsecours which has been renovated and refurbished and is a must see.
The historical division between the French and English influence has significantly lessened, but distinctive sections still remain. The English districts are mainly on the west side of the City. St. Laurent Street is the city's dividing line for East and West. The street itself is famous for bars and restaurants and for more nightlife, check out the rue Crescent's myriad of clubs, bars and restaurants or for a more predominantly French crowd, the Latin Quarter's pubs and cafés.