Montreal City Life

Whether your Montreal city life preferences go towards city museum, park designs, movie theatres, music centers, architecture and interiors, Montreal has an array of interesting urban areas where to visit, where to work, where to relax and where to have a good time.

From food service and restaurant, to Montreal bars, to dress boutiques, living in Montreal means having access to a large variety of eating and shopping experiences in each of our boroughs and on each of our commercial streets. 

Urban Baseball, Urban Basketball...

A Montreal urban city life that includes the fact that sports in Montreal have always played a major role in our history, our youth and our leisure time.

Montreal is host to many annual sporting events. Sports enthusiasts get to cheer their favorite Ice Hockey games at the Bell Centre, watch Canadian Football at the Percival Molson Memorial Stadiumattend Soccer games at the Saputo Stadium, go to boxing events at the Cabaret du Casino, assist to high profile auto racing at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve...

Urban Climate

Every city in the world has four distinctive seasons but, in our Montreal urban geography, we definitely go through four very contrasting seasons, activities and wardrobes. 

Despite global warming, our autumns still range from warm to chilly, winters are cold, snowy and windy, springs range from chilly to warm and summers bring a warm and hot humid weather.

Montreal Immigration

The French, the English, the Scottish and the Irish were first.

The City of Montreal is home to approximately nine-tenths of the immigrant population of the entire Island of Montreal, while the other 15 Cites are home to the last tenth. Montreal is probably the only city and island in the province of Quebec to hold as many subcultures and lifestyles. 

Non-immigrants, those who are Canadians by birth account for approximately two-thirds of our population, while immigrants and permanent residents form the last third. Non-permanent residents account for only 2% of the total population.

First Nation People

The Saint-Lawrence Iroquoians and their 12 major language groups were first.

Nowadays, the First Nations is the largest group living in Montreal, followed by the Métis and the Innu. The Aboriginal population living in Montreal is slightly younger than the non-Aboriginal population. 

The largest number of First Nation people living in the Island of Montreal are located in the Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie and Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension boroughs as well as in the cities of Dorval, Pointe-Claire and Westmount.

Montreal Urban Accents

Montreal city life is composed of no less than 25 ethnic groups that each offer all the collective challenges and benefits of an intercultural society. The Island of Montreal is definitely multicultural and multilingual, but we have not decided yet what our cultural diversity and social cohesion really is. 

The Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough hosts the largest number of immigrants, followed by the Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension, Ahuntsic-Cartierville and Saint-Laurent boroughs.

Most Chinese, American, Moroccan, Filipino and Roman immigrants live in Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. Algerians and Italians selected Saint-Léonard. The French picked Le Plateau Mont-Royal, Haïtians chose Montréal-Nord and the Vietnamese preferred the Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension borough. 

Montreal URBAN Kit
Montreal City Life by Rachel Louise Barry


Discovering the 60,000 or so companies established on the Island of Montreal.