10 Fun facts about Montréal!

published on March 10, 2022
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Many people know Montréal as that charming French-Canadian city with great food and cute accents. But we’re so much more! Here are just a few facts about Montréal that you might have not known.


Montréal is a UNESCO city of design. The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development. Check out the beautiful architecture around the city, especially in Old Montréal and the Old Port.


While working as a McGill system administrator in 1989, Alan Emtage wrote an open-source program to automate searching for software, which he called Archie. Just in his mid-twenties, Emtage had created the first Internet search engine.

Religious history

Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal is Canada’s largest church. With construction started in 1904, this National Historic Site is a pilgrimage site for both spiritual and architectural reasons.


In the summer of 1976, Montréal hosted the first Olympics ever held in Canada and the only summer games hosted in Canada. Today, visitors can explore various Olympic venues and see icons like The Montréal Tower. Some venues are still available for sporting events and/or meetings.


Montréal is built around a hill known as “Mont Royal.” It is from this term the city received its name. The hill —which is designated park space — was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the same person who designed New York City's Central Park. The city has a bylaw stipulating that no skyscraper can be taller than the iconic cross found atop Mont Royal.


Montréal is home to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a specialized agency of the United Nations. It changes the principles and techniques of international air navigation and fosters the planning and development of international air transport to ensure safe and orderly growth.


Montréal is the most affordable city in Canada and the U.S, and it’s more affordable than most major European cities. This accounts for quite a significant cost advantage for either leisure travel or hosting events. Montréal is 31.4% less expensive than New York City—the benchmark used in the study. See more…


Signed in 1987 at the Montréal convention centre, The Montréal Protocol is an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production of numerous substances that are responsible for ozone depletion. “The Montréal Protocol is the most successful international environmental agreement ever implemented.” That’s what Margaret Heffernan declared in her TED Talk, Forget the pecking order at work.


Montréal is home to one of the world's largest cultural enterprises: the Cirque du Soleil. The Canadian entertainment company is the largest contemporary circus producer in the world.

City of meetings

For four years in a row, Montréal has topped the Union of International Associations (UIA) annual list of top host cities for international conventions in the Americas. Because of the city’s culture, affordability, and location, the world loves to gather in Montréal.



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