A bit of History
Originally, the city of Montréal was known as Ville Marie, named after the triple-peaked hill, Mount Royal, which is located in the heart of the city and is a popular inner-city destination for all. The city originally settled around Mount Royal and currently has 19 individually sanctioned boroughs, including popular tourist destinations Le-Plateau-Mont-Royal, Outremont, Saint-Laurent and Ville-Marie.
Historically, Montreal was the commercial capital of Canada and today, remains a strategic centre for business, economics, technology, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, education, design, culture, tourism, film, world affairs and is considered North America’s most popular city to host international events. With four internationally renowned universities, Montreal was ranked the number one destination for international students in 2013. Its vitality and vibrant atmosphere as well as its international reputation create an ideal environment for new language students,
Population and Culture
Montreal has a population of roughly 2 million people and has at least eighty different ethnic communities. This is probably why it is called “Canada’s Cultural Capital” with its exquisite beauty, outstanding museums, antique stores and first-rate restaurants that students of Language Courses are free to discover.
Montreal is the second largest primarily French-speaking city in the world, after Paris and is one of the largest bilingual cities in the world. Around 60% of Montrealers speak a combination of English and French and many even speak a third or a fourth language. This makes Montreal the ultimate place to take Language Courses in Canada, especially English and French courses.
Montreal is also known as a shopping destination packed with thousands of shops. Nearly all of Downtown’s shopping malls are connected to Montreal’s Underground City that students of Language Courses in Montreal can discover.
Montreal has a variety of restaurants and different cuisines that have been recognized on a global level by famous chefs, including smoked meat and poutine. In fact, Gordon Ramsay chose Montreal to anchor his first Canadian restaurant venture. Montreal is slowly making an international name for itself by conceptualizing unique dishes with unique flavours from different parts of the world.
With its multicultural nature, its European epicurean culture, its stunning beauty and unique architecture, its devotion to the arts and its international events, the city is a promise of not only education for students of Adult Language Courses in Montreal but also a guarantee of fun and bon-vivre while studying English, French or both at the same time.