A magnet for world travelers and one of the world's most exciting metropolises, few cities can compare with Montreal. Founded early in the 16th century and dubbed "Mount Royal" by French explorer Jacques Cartier, Montreal is modern, cosmopolitan and alive with culture. The City abounds in buildings which reflect a rich architectural heritage, particularly in the fascinating and historic Old Montreal and Old Port areas. The city's Olympic facilities, casino, high-rise central business core, 30 kilometer underground city and four university campuses attest to the economic vitality of Montreal. The combination of these features appeals to visitors worldwide and has helped to make this largely French-speaking metropolis a major player on the international scene.
Montreal is located on the island of the same name in the St. Lawrence River. At the crossroads of French, English and a myriad of other cultures, Montreal owes its unique character to history... and Montrealers have made their city a warm, welcoming destination.
Photos: The northern edge of Old Montreal as seen from the interior of the "Palais des congres"; City Hall at night, Montreal.