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About Montreal

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Montreal is a fantastic and vibrant city located on the bank of the St Lawrence River. Montreal is the largest City in the Province of Quebec, the 2nd largest city in Canada and the largest French-speaking City in North America. Located on the Island of Montreal, which it shares with many other municipalities such as West Mount, Dorval, Kirkland, and others, Montreal is famous for its restaurants, The Montreal Canadians Hockey team and its world-class festivals.

Montreal has a population of just under two million people, but the area of greater, or metropolitan Montreal, has a population of over four million people making it the 9th largest city in North America and 2nd largest in Canada.

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Montreal Mount Police on Mont Royal in winter

French is the cities official language and the language spoken at home by about two-thirds of the population versus English which is the mother tongue of about 17%. Like many modern cosmopolitan cities, the conversations you hear in cafes and stores, or just walking around one of Montreal’s many urban parks will be a mix of just about every major language.

The Economy

Once a commercial powerhouse that rivalled New York and Chicago and dwarfed Toronto, today Montreal remains an important commercial centre. Industries such as Aerospace and pharmaceuticals, digital gaming and entertainment are all major contributors to the Montreal economy. Companies such as Bombardier, Canadian National Railway, Rio Tinto Alcan, Hydro Quebec, Domtar, CAE and Via Rail as well as numerous major Banks still are headquartered in Montreal. Amongst the new “digital” economy Montreal can count companies such as Ubisoft , EA, Gameloft and dozens of others as significant employers.

Montreal is the home of the International Civil Aviation  Organization, a UN body and IATA, the International Transportation Agency and the Canadian Space Agency is situated just a few kilometres south-east of downtown Montreal.

Tourism and education are also major drivers of economic development. Montreal is home to the world-renowned McGill University in addition to which it has the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM), University of Montreal, Haute Ecole Commercial (HEC) and Concordia which collectively have a student body of about 200,000 enrolled students.

Due to its location where the St Lawrence River coming from the Great Lakes drops to meet the water pushing in from the sea Montreal has being a natural port for trade for over 400 years. Today Montreal is one of the world’s largest inland ports as well as being the start of the St Lawrence Sea Way. With Canada’s 2nd largest airport, an extensive rail and highway network Montreal is one of the world’s major trading cities.

Culture

Montreal was home to Expo 67, the Olympics of 1976 and is a UNESCO City of Design. A major centre of film production, and a major centre for arts and entertainment, Montreal is known for being home to the Cirque de Soleil one of the world’s largest cultural enterprises.

Every summer things kick off with a roar as North America’s only Formula 1 race comes to town in June.

Perhaps it’s a result of the long winters, but Montreal has a well-deserved reputation as one of the top summer festival cities in the world. Montreal is the home of the world renowned Just for Laughs Festival, Montreal International Jazz Festival and Montreal World Film Festival to name but a few of the many dozens of events that run from June to September.

Perhaps no organisation is as much a part of Montreal as the Montreal Canadians, one of the most storied teams in professional sports and a focus of passion for Montreal’s sports fans from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds. Part of the original six NHL teams the Canadians or Habs as they are affectionately known as have won 24 Stanley Cups and are a constant source of conversation in many a Montreal office and home.

Montreal also has a CFL football team, the Montreal Alouettes and an MLS soccer team, the Montreal Impact.

Maybe you just got a promotion and need to move to a newer house or you just landed your dream job and need a long distance mover to relocate you to Montreal. With over 15 years’ experience with Montreal moving companies, Moveit.ca can find you just the right mover to get you there cost effectively and with minimal inconvenience.

 

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