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Moving House to Canada – A City Guide to Montreal

If you are moving house to Canada, Montreal, dubbed ‘The Paris of Canada’, is a fantastic city to settle in with stunning architecture, a wealth of shops, interesting cafes, festivals, art galleries, fabulous food and lively bars. And, if you enjoy outdoor sports, there’s plenty of opportunity to do this including cycling alongside the canal in summer, or skiing at one of the popular winter resorts.

Montreal is the second largest French-speaking city in the world (only around 15 per cent speak English as a first language), and is home to nearly two million residents, with four million in the metropolitan area. It’s an exciting, bustling city where the only downside is the winter weather which can be hazardous with heavy snowfalls and icy pavements. This is when most people make use of the ‘underground city’, which consists of passageways connecting tube stations, office blocks and shopping centres.

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Where to Live in Montreal

If you are moving house to Montreal, it’s vital to brush up on your French as most of the signs and notices are in the mother tongue. Having said that, there are a few English speaking neighbourhoods, and these include Westmount, Hampstead, Plateau, Mount Royal, and Notre Dame de Grace.

Fortunately, compared to the rest of Canada, Montreal is a relatively cheap place to live and has comparatively low rents. You can expect to pay around £425 to £900 a month for a two bedroom flat. However, if you are looking for a home somewhere more upmarket, Westmount and Outremount are considered among the most exclusive places to live, where rental prices are considerably higher.

Working in Montreal

Montreal is an important centre for finance, industry, technology and culture. Among the main industries are aerospace, software engineering, design, telecommunications, transport and electronics. Other main employers include the education industry, film and TV production, video gaming, pharmaceuticals, and research and development.

In addition to this, Montreal is also the headquarters of several big name companies including the National Bank of Canada, Cirque du Soleil, Air Canada, the National Railway, Standard Life and MEGA Brands. However, you will generally be expected to have a good grasp of both French and English to work here.

Schools in Montreal

Schools are generally bilingual in Montreal, with French taught as the primary language. However, there are a few private English-speaking schools, as well as a number of international schools, although you can expect your child to join a waiting list before they enrol.

Some of the English-speaking schools include Kells Academy and Kuper Academy, which take children aged 5 – 17 years, and Lower Canada College, for pupils up to 18 years. Among the many international schools are St George’s, for primary and secondary school pupils, and Marymount Academy, for pupils of secondary school level.

Shopping in Montreal

If you like to pick up a bargain, Rosemont is the place to go, which is home to the Jean-Talon market. It’s one of the most popular and vibrant markets in the city and sells local food specialities at excellent prices.

In addition to this, if you are looking to splash the cash on clothes, there are a wide range of stores in Montreal, from budget to high-end designer shops. The busiest shopping street is Rue Saint-Laurent, and Rue Sainte-Catherine is home to department stores and high street shops. For more upmarket shopping, you won’t be disappointed if you head to Green Avenue, or Avenue Laurier.

A Brief History of Montreal

There has been evidence of human settlement in the Montreal area as far back as 4,000 years ago. In the early 1600’s a French explorer, set up a fur trading post on Montreal Island, and by 1640 a French colony was established. Formerly called Ville-Marie, it became known as Montreal in the early 1700’s, and became the capital of the Province of Canada for a short time in the 1840’s before Ottawa was declared the capital.

Places to Visit in Montreal

If you are moving to Montreal, the good news is that it is declared one of the happiest cities, partly because you will never be short of things to do. Old Montreal has a distinctive European feel with its 17th and 18th century buildings and is well worth a wander; it is also where you will find a number of museums. If you head to Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, there are various attractions including the Olympic Stadium, the Botanical Gardens and the new planetarium. But Montreal is perhaps best known for its festivals which are held throughout the year and include Quebec’s national holiday on June 24th, the Just for Laughs comedy festival in July, the International Jazz Festival in mid-June to July, and the International Fireworks Competition, over the same period.

Food in Montreal

Montreal has an excellent range of restaurants from budget restaurants to exclusive eating establishments, and is considered one of the best cities for dining in North America. Bagels are a big hit in Montreal, as are, unsurprisingly, French restaurants and cafes. One of the local specialities in the city, which you can expect to come across quite often, is poutine, which is basically chips with cheese and gravy. The normal tip to give in Canada is 15 per cent.

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