With its cutting-edge culture and passion for living, Montréal redefines the urban experience. Places such as the Quartier international, a showcase of modern design, art and architecture at the heart of downtown, testify to Montréal's avant-garde character. Hundreds more examples of our innovation and free-spiritedness flourish in fashion boutiques and interior and industrial design spaces all over the city.
One look at our compact downtown that hums 24/7, with wonderfully preserved Old Montréal at its feet and beautifully landscaped Mount Royal Park as a backdrop, provides a hint as to why Montréal is an internationally favored destination for business and leisure. Four seasons provide the typical northeastern changes in climate and scenery, and there are facilities for every summer and winter sport imaginable. A diverse cross-section of cultures and familiar influences of Europe and North America, make Montréal the perfect playground for all kinds of visitors.
Montréal is the most bilingual metropolis in North America and the second largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris. Located on an island in the middle of the St. Lawrence River, it was colonized by the French and later the British. Today the population of Greater Montréal is approximately 3.6 million, with 53% of its inhabitants bilingual (French and English) and 20% using a third language. Montréal ranked first for university research in Canada – a small wonder for a city with two French-language and two English- language universities! Also renowned for its sensational and original restaurants and as a center for French-cuisine-par excellence, Montréal is part of a select group of 15 cities to join the prestigious World Good Food Cities Network in 2007. Over 80 different kinds of food are served in 6,000 restaurants, from 5-star to soul-comforting smoked-meat counters.
Montréal takes its fun very seriously, and its seriousness lightly. It's a city that loves to party, especially with its visitors. And visitors love Montréal. They rave about the beautiful people, the crazy spontaneity, and that there's always something new and unorthodox at every turn. They love being constantly surprised by fashion trends and wonderful art both woven through every fiber of the city's life. The locals adore meeting out-of-towners and spending time with them. Between these warm welcomes, the gorgeous scenery, the vibrant urban landscape, fabulous food and a glamourous nightlife, we're sure that Montréal will become one of your new favorite destinations for many trips to come! See for yourself and join us for E-Learn 2012, at Le Centre Sheraton Montréal, October 8-12, 2012.
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